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Battling my son’s depression; Recovery takes time

Dear Annie: My son is soon to be 23 years old. He was two courses short of earning his Bachelor of Science degree in computer science when something bad happened. He would not tell me what. He fell apart and did not graduate. That was two years ago. We got him into counseling, and he saw ...

Medical advances difficult in wake of world events

Medicine has made incremental benefits on many fronts. There have also been dramatic, life-changing improvements in a few, and utter failures in others. If you look at mortality rates in the past two years compared with previous years, the longstanding trend of improvement has been reversed. ...

Do I share family drama with my son? You are not wrong

Dear Annie: I’m a father of two amazing children and completely loyal husband of more than 20 years. But I have an ongoing issue with my parents-in-law, especially my father-in-law. About 15 years ago, when our oldest child was a toddler, my in-laws became upset that I wasn’t pushing ...

Reader bemoans lack of precise post-vaccine immunity testing

DEAR DR. ROACH: Can you comment on the lack of a test that truly demonstrates the effective level of immunity an individual has from receiving the COVID vaccine? My wife has lupus and rheumatoid arthritis, and had both doses of the Pfizer vaccine over a month ago. Now we learn that her immune ...

Boyfriend moves on; spend some time as a single person, take care of you

Dear Annie: My former boyfriend and I were in a serious, exclusive relationship for nearly six years. While we never lived together, we were intimately close and spent most nights together. He always told me how much he loved me and that I was the best. Seven months ago, he blindsided me. He ...

High calcium score warrants a closer look at heart attack risk

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am 74 and in good health except for osteoporosis. I’m 5 foot, 3 inches tall and weigh 106 pounds, and have followed a plant-based diet for eight years. I take no medications, walk briskly daily and still work, but my calcium score was 640. What’s happening here? – ...