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Family ignores invites; perhaps it is all a misunderstanding

Dear Annie: There is tension between some of my relatives and me, and I would appreciate your advice. Over the past couple of years, I have noticed that certain relatives stopped answering my text messages and declined any of my invitations to get together. I am clueless as to why. I have ...

The (slowing) march of medical advancement

DEAR DR. ROACH: Are medical advances going backward? If not, why are so many people dying in their 50s and 60s? Just look at the obituaries. By now, we all should be living into our 80s and 90s. What’s your take on this subject? – R.S. ANSWER: Medicine has made incremental benefits on many ...

Marriage takes two; will you meet me half way

Dear Annie: I have been married to my wife for just over two years. We each have a child from a previous marriage, and we have a child together. A few months ago, she started accusing me of distancing myself from her. I was confused by this, as I truly hadn’t intended to. I thought everything ...

Optimistic news on COVID vaccine: drop in asymptomatic cases

DEAR DR. ROACH: Can you get long COVID from symptomless post-vaccine infection? – L.B. ANSWER: “Long COVID” refers to long-term symptoms following an infection with the novel coronavirus. These symptoms, which may persist for months (at least), include fatigue, difficulty concentrating ...

When and how long to treat a tick bite to prevent Lyme disease

DEAR DR. ROACH: Two days ago, I was bitten by a tick, which drew blood. Yesterday I was given just two 100-mg doxycycline caps to be taken together with a meal and instructions to “continue the observation of any symptoms.” It does not seem sufficient to me. Last year, when I was bitten, I ...