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Testy about takeout; Shake off the bad manners and be a gracious host

Dear Annie: Both my adult daughter and her husband are employed. Since they do not cook, when my husband and I visit them, which is approximately four times a year, they send out for food and ask us to pay our share of the bill, or, on occasion, she will use my credit card to pay for the whole ...

Is it safe to switch vaccines for your COVID booster?

DEAR DR. ROACH: I’m 71 and have had both Moderna COVID-19 vaccination shots. When I called my doctor to inquire about a Moderna booster, I was told one was not available now but that I could take the Pfizer booster. Can you confirm this? I’m a little wary of taking another type of booster ...

Sensitivity and specificity: taking the measure of at-home tests

DEAR DR. ROACH: How reliable are home COVID-19 tests? I’ve read one article that said that if you tested negative you could be certain that you did not have COVID-19, but if you tested positive there was a significant chance of a false positive. Another article said exactly the opposite. What ...

Unanswered prayers; When you let go, stop looking back

Dear Annie: This letter is addressed to all those who think back on a first love and believe their feelings are undiminished. I did that and had the ability to discreetly check back on that love. I found that he had told his wife he was glad he married her because he never could have married ...

Natural COVID immunity does not outshine vaccination benefits

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am told by doctors that the natural immunity your body develops by having had the COVID-19-19 virus is just as, or even more, effective at protecting you as one of the three vaccines that you are pushing people to get. Like I’ve read up on, natural immunity is science also. ...