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Breakage of modern prosthesis extremely unusual; Rebreak unlikely

DEAR DR. ROACH: If a person has a titanium hip as a result of hip replacement surgery and that person later falls, is it possible that their hip would break? – A.W. ANSWER: A hip replacement, or total hip arthroplasty, replaces the head and neck of the femur with a prosthesis, which will go ...

Trying to beat addiction; let us get rid of the stigma of asking for help

Dear Annie: This is in response to the letter from “Outside the Bottle Looking In,” whose wife is an alcoholic. I will start by saying I am so tremendously sorry for the heartbreak you are experiencing, and I admire the unselfish love you have for your wife and your never-ending desire to ...

Pushup challenge OK, but listen to your body; know your limits

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 69-year-old man, in pretty good health. I have some normal age-related arthritis in my hand. I am an active walker and hiker; all in all, I have no major issues. I do pushups and have done so for many years as a way to keep my upper body and core strong -- usually four ...

Parents with no boundaries; teenagers should have boundaries

Dear Annie: I have great neighbors who have two daughters, ages 15 and 16. The 16-year-old has a 20-year-old boyfriend, and the 15-year-old has a live-in boyfriend who is also 15. The fact that he lives there is OK with his parents and hers. I have walked by the room of the older girl more ...