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Though Rare, Meds Can Cause ED

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 77-year-old man who has had erectile dysfunction for eight years. I have been on the following medications for over 12 years: atenolol, lisinopril and amlodipine for high blood pressure; metformin and glipizide for Type 2 diabetes. Recent lab results have shown normal ...

Going for Gold Is No Accomplishment In Unhappy Marriage

DEAR ABBY: I will soon be married 48 years (nearly 50!), but it is not much of a marriage. There is no sex, no touching, no kind and compassionate words, only bickering and arguing. I can’t figure out why I’m still here. I have thought about leaving many times. I have written three ...

Unphotogenic Gal Wants Out Of the Frame

Dear Annie: I use Facebook to keep up with relatives and friends, but I hardly post anything — especially not pictures of myself. I am attractive enough, but I’m not photogenic. These days, I find myself having to discreetly ask people at parties and events not to take pictures with me in ...

Garbage Hoarding Poses Risk

DEAR ABBY: My 36-year-old son lives with me, which benefits both of us. I am retired and his income helps. The problem I’m having is he hoards garbage. It’s terrible. There’s garbage on his bed, and it has reached the ceiling in other parts of the room. This has been going on for ...

Beware of Energy You Can Drink

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, in 2016 more than 20,000 people visited emergency departments for complaints associated with high caffeine stimulant drinks, also known as energy drinks. In 2011, the U.S. government reported a real concern about the ...

Onus Is On Grandma To Quit Smoking

Dear Annie: I love reading your column so much that I have decided to ask your opinion on a sensitive issue. I recently found out that I am expecting, which is exciting news! However, we have run into a situation with my mother-in-law, as she is a smoker. My husband has mentioned to her ...

Afternoon Delight Ends When Wife Takes Call

DEAR ABBY: My wife and I have been married for many years, work long schedules, and actually sleep when we go to bed at night. Saturday afternoon, we had “nothin’ to do,” so I suggested some hanky-panky. We were just getting into it when the phone rang. I told her to let it go to ...

Grandsons’ Affection Disgusts Him

Dear Annie: My daughter is single and raising two sons. Her husband died in an automobile accident four years ago. I am worried about the relationship between her sons, “Steven,” 16, and “Frederick,” 10. I think they are too close and too affectionate with each other. Steven is very ...

Marijuana’s Many Variables Stunt Its Effectiveness

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am hoping you can weigh in on the use of cannibidiol (hemp-derived) for managing anxiety. My son has diagnoses of major depression and ADD. He has done a lot of online research and is interested in using CBD to manage periods where his anxiety is elevated, as he does not like ...

New Marine’s Mom Questions Contact

DEAR ABBY: My son and I are very close. He joined the Marine Corps (a decision I fully support) and shipped out recently. I had read on a Marine family site that frequent letters from home are encouraged, so I had letters written even before I got his mailing address. I sent off three ...

Guest Poet Inspires Audience

While not “confessional” in the strictest sense, poet James Harms offered a glimpse of his personal life and thoughts to a Wheeling audience earlier this month. Harms, who resides in Morgantown, gave a reading Oct. 3 at the Ohio County Public Library’s Lunch With Books program as part ...

Divorcing Mom Puts Kids in Awkward Spot

DEAR ABBY: Please help with some advice regarding my children. My almost-ex-wife filed for divorce while asking me to “work on myself.” She refused counseling despite our 17 years of marriage and two children, ages 12 and 10. While I was out of our family home — at her request — she was ...

Clerk Gets Lesson In Privacy From Service Dog Owner

DEAR ABBY: Yesterday I was in a retail store with my service dog. The clerk asked me what kind of service dog she was and I replied, “She’s my service dog.” She kept pressing me as to exactly why I have one, so I asked her if she was inquiring about my disability. When she said, ...

Pancreas Processes Fat for Body

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am 57 and generally in good health. My doctor diagnosed me with chronic pancreatitis, after I had weight loss with diarrhea, and was found to have fat in my stool. The CT scan showed that I have a 12-mm stone blocking my pancreatic duct. He said I have chronic pancreatitis. My ...

Special Education Teachers Make a Difference

One in 16 American students has been diagnosed with a specific learning disability and receives special education services, according to a 2017 report from the National Center for Learning Disabilities. Most students with learning disabilities look and sound like typical students, showing ...

Man Tasks Children With Keeping Siblings Away From Funeral

Dear Annie: This is a problem I know my family will have pretty soon. My mother married my stepfather, “Skip,” after my father died 19 years ago. My stepfather had eight children before they got married, so I have eight stepsiblings. My mom passed away a few years ago. Three of Skip’s ...

Special Education Teachers Make a Difference

One in 16 American students has been diagnosed with a specific learning disability and receives special education services, according to a 2017 report from the National Center for Learning Disabilities. Most students with learning disabilities look and sound like typical students, showing ...

Exercise: You Can Overdo It

There is a lot of information available if you are in the market to lose weight, tone up, build muscle, increase cardiovascular capacity and increase your overall health and fitness level. All of this is wonderful and useful information which I highly encourage most people to check ...

Meat Eater Pans Vegan Friend’s Food

DEAR ABBY: I retired after a 40-year career. A friend from work, “Bernie,” is the same age I am (62) but is still working. Six years ago, I had a serious health crisis. Three years ago, Bernie survived a heart attack. Since then, Bernie worries incessantly about dying. He exercises ...

Exercise: You Can Overdo It

There is a lot of information available if you are in the market to lose weight, tone up, build muscle, increase cardiovascular capacity and increase your overall health and fitness level. All of this is wonderful and useful information I highly encourage most people to check out. However, as ...