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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? – ...

Friends have bad table manners; try to focus on the good

Dear Annie: I recently dined out with three friends. The restaurant was very busy, and we waited for nearly two hours for our food. We were drinking and enjoying a band, so it wasn’t that bad. I went to the restroom and was literally gone for three minutes. When I came back, the food had ...

What’s the source of cracking sound in ear?

DEAR DR. ROACH: About two or three months ago, I got a cracking sound in my right ear, and it hurts off and on. This happens several times a day, both day and night. I saw my doctor, who said it was nothing. He told me to take Sudafed two times every 24 hours. It does let up when I take it. Can ...

Slowing down; put the phone down and live life

Dear Annie: I retired 11 years ago, but I could have been the obsessed woman addicted to her iPhone before I retired. But in the previous decade, as I lay in my hospital room, recovering from serious stress-induced internal surgery, I kept addressing the “pings” on my phone. My oldest ...

Coconut oil in coffee can have mixed results on cholesterol

DEAR DR. ROACH: I’ve started using coconut oil instead of milk and sweetener in my coffee. I find that a quarter teaspoon of coconut oil blended with 12 ounces coffee is pretty yummy. But I want to make sure I’m not doing any harm, since my own LDL has risen and my HDL has fallen since ...