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Sundowning may be a response to one’s environment

DEAR DR. ROACH: Can you explain what sundown syndrome is? My mother is 96 and has been diagnosed with it, but said they could do nothing about it. Is there some medication out there for this type of syndrome? She says she sleeps well. -- P.S.

April 03, 2016 | Keith Roach, M.D. | Other Views


REPUBLICAN RUCKUS

The Wisconsin primary could be an axle-breaking speed bump on Donald Trump's road to the nomination.

April 02, 2016 | | Other Views


The streets of San Francisco

"Sometimes I think we're so liberal that we're OK stepping over dead people on our sidewalks," Daniel Bergerac of the Castro Merchants Association and Castro Cares told me as we discussed the state of the streets of San Francisco. As he knows, people stepping over dead people does happen in San Francisco.

April 02, 2016 | | Other Views


What are Trump’s values?

A man who proclaims he'd like to punch a protester in the face - as Donald Trump did recently in Nevada - isn't fit to serve as the president of the United States. That's the first thing that must be said.

March 31, 2016 | | Other Views


Paying for low-wage pollution

Imagine if a corporation set up shop in your community and immediately dumped toxic sludge in your local waterways and buried radioactive waste next to your biggest playground. You and your neighbors, I bet, would demand full compensation from that corporation to pay for the clean-up and public health costs.

March 31, 2016 | | Other Views


Obamanomics has failed

President Barack Obama, when asked to name an accomplishment for which he is most proud, said, "I'm proud of saving the American economy." Breathtaking.

March 31, 2016 | | Other Views


Global ruling is just not cool

They say that if you get up in the morning and swallow a live toad, nothing worse will happen to you for the rest of the day. Well, we Americans have just been fed a live toad by the World Trade Organization.

March 31, 2016 | | Other Views


Trump right about NATO?

I am "not isolationist, but I am 'America First,'" Donald Trump told The New York times last weekend. "I like the expression."

March 30, 2016 | | Other Views


The Great American Plane Robbery

If you take the word "free" and rip the "r" out of it, what do you get?

March 30, 2016 | | Other Views


Sacramento’s tax on new jobs

In their infinite wisdom, Gov. Jerry Brown and the California Legislature have come up with five more reasons for California businesses not to hire new workers. They are introducing a bill to raise the state minimum wage gradually by $5 - from $10 an hour to $15 an hour by 2022 (and a year later for small businesses). Methinks Sen. Bernie Sanders' call for a $15-per-hour federal minimum wage -- more than double the current $7.25 floor - has started a bidding war among Democrats who can promise workers increasingly higher wages with other people's money.

March 29, 2016 | | Other Views


Hillary Clinton’s grim legacy

Who murdered Honduran environmental activist Berta Cáceres?

March 29, 2016 | | Other Views


$1 BILLION PAY RAISE

If Donald Trump's gravity-defying ascendancy has validated anything, it is that for Middle America, jobs and economic security are still the dominant issue. Republicans have talked up tax reform, regulatory relief and fiscal restraint -- and those are all critical to growth.

March 28, 2016 | STEPHEN MOORE | Other Views


The best exercise is the one you’ll keep doing

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am an overweight 68-year-old woman who wants to exercise. I would like to know what type of exercise I can do to help me lose weight. I am allergic to the chemicals in pools, so I cannot swim. Each knee has had a total replacement, leaving me with a limited range of motion, making it impossible to bend my knee enough to ride a bike. I am not sure what I can do. I was hoping you could help me with that. I can walk half a mile without losing my breath. I live on the ...

March 27, 2016 | Keith Roach, M.D. | Other Views


About toenails on dogs

DEAR DIDI: I know where my greyhound, Sasha, is at all times. Her nails echo through the house on my hardwood floors. I am terrified to trim them and hurt her. Is it bad in some way for her if I don't trim them? -curious mom

March 27, 2016 | | Other Views


Would The Donald govern like Arnold?

They're both iconic figures in American culture who are known by their first names. California's former governor is Arnold. The GOP presidential front-runner is The Donald. We Californians who lived through Arnold's two terms in the governor's office have watched The Donald's presidential campaign unfold with a sense of deja vu.

March 26, 2016 | | Other Views


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Uncontrollable hand shaking may be focal seizure

DEAR DR. ROACH: Yesterday, my right hand started shaking uncontrollably. It did not stop for two hours. Earlier this year, I found that it shook ...

June 25, 2017 | Keith Roach, M.D. | Other Views


Time for a Good Buddy Tale

Americans needed a good buddy movie after a deranged gunman targeted Republicans practicing for a bipartisan ballgame to raise money for charities Wednesday morning.

June 19, 2017 | | Other Views


Gender studies at Hogwarts

J.K. Rowling, author of the bestselling Harry Potter series, just made headlines for an epic tweetstorm condemning misogyny. Referring to women politicians, she tweeted ...

June 19, 2017 | JILL RICHARDSON | Other Views


High-dose vitamin C supplements unlikely to prevent dementia

DEAR DR. ROACH: Is there any evidence that high doses of vitamin C have decreased or prevented the risk of Alzheimer's disease? I ask ...

June 18, 2017 | | Other Views


Does neomycin skin allergy preclude getting shingles vaccine?

DEAR DR. ROACH: I have been tested for skin allergies twice in the past 30-plus years. I am a 71-year-old female in good health. One ...

June 11, 2017 | Keith Roach, M.D. | Other Views


Why do dogs sniff each other?

DEAR DIDI: Why does my dog, when he meets other dogs, sniff their butts. It embarrasses me when I am with my friends! -Embarrassed 13 ...

June 11, 2017 | Didi McElroy | Other Views


Mexico’s trump card: Corn

Turns out corn farmers south of the border know more about trade than the U.S. president.

June 05, 2017 | JIM HIGHTOWER | Other Views


Afghanistan: A lost cause?

"We are there and we are committed" was the regular retort of Secretary of State Dean Rusk during the war in Vietnam.

June 05, 2017 | Pat Buchanan | Other Views


Is there a noninvasive alternative to bypass surgery?

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 70-year-old, retired, white male with no major health history, who is not overweight, diabetic or a smoker. All my ...

June 04, 2017 | Keith Roach, M.D. | Other Views


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