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Doctor and endocrinologist disagree on metformin dose

DEAR DR. ROACH: I've been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes and prescribed 1,500 mg of metformin. My A1C is now 6.0, although even when it was 5.8, my endocrinologist kept the same dosage. My primary care physician suggested I cut the dosage down to 1,000 mg, but my endocrinologist told me that ...

Hints From Heloise for Oct. 19

Today's Sound Off is about public transportation. Dear Heloise: After the coronavirus hit and people were staying home, the air quality in many cities got much better. This was directly linked to fewer cars on the road since more people were at home instead of driving to work, school or ...

Today in History for Oct. 17

Today is Saturday, Oct. 17, the 291st day of 2020. There are 75 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Oct. 17, 1933, Albert Einstein arrived in the United States as a refugee from Nazi Germany. On this date: In 1777, British forces under Gen. John Burgoyne ...

Horoscopes by Holiday for Oct. 17

The cosmic dance club does not involve a DJ or masks, high-priced drinks or an outfit that sends the right message while allowing for the right moves. The cosmic dance club only lays down an infectious beat. (The moon in and Mercury are conjunct in Scorpio, so it's a pretty deep groove.) ...

This Week in History for Oct. 18

Today is Sunday, Oct. 18, the 292nd day of 2020. There are 74 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Oct. 18, 1944, Soviet troops invaded Czechoslovakia during World War II. On this date: In 1867, the United States took formal possession of Alaska from ...

From The Telegraph Files

Nashua’s Memorial Day and Veterans Day parades drew thousands of spectators in the years following the end of wars, especially World Wars I and II. Memorial Day in 1949, less than four years after Nashua joined all of America in celebrating the end of World War II, was no exception, as ...

Greater Nashua Flashback

A speaking program believed to be connected to Nashua’s Centennial Anniversary celebration in June 1953 takes place on Foster Square, named for Maj. Gen. John G. Foster, Nashua’s Civil War hero, whose statue stands in the middle of the square. A man can be seen speaking just in front of the ...

Horoscopes by Holiday for Oct. 18

Mother Teresa of Calcutta said it’s easier to give a cup of rice to relieve hunger than to relieve the loneliness of someone unloved in our own home. The needs of those closest to you are complicated. As the Libra sun (partnership) antagonizes Saturn (lessons), pay special attention to the ...

Nothing wrong with morning routine: Window watching is perfectly acceptable

Dear Annie: I am a woman in my 80s, and I like to sit and enjoy my morning daily cup of tea looking out of the upstairs window of my home. The window faces the street and has Venetian blinds that I can adjust horizontally. One day, a male neighbour in his 40s was walking to his car that was ...

Hints From Heloise for Oct. 17

Dear Readers: As we go into fall and winter, we’ll be spending more time indoors, and less time outdoors breathing in the fresh air. Do you know that houseplants absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen into your home through the process of photosynthesis? One of my favorite houseplants is ...

Today in History for Oct. 16

Today is Friday, Oct. 16, the 290th day of 2020. There are 76 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Oct. 16, 1968, American athletes Tommie Smith and John Carlos sparked controversy at the Mexico City Olympics by giving "Black power" salutes during a victory ceremony ...

Horoscopes by Holiday for Oct. 16

The Libra moon offers another chance for getting it right in relationships. The sun and moon come into close alignment, and so will people trying to connect with one another. This isn't just a moment of softness, a forgiving heart, a willingness to look the other way. It's something even ...

Celebrating while being mindful of others’ struggles

Dear Annie: After years of fiscal discipline, my wife and I have paid off our mortgage. We contemplated having a mortgage-burning party to celebrate but were advised this would be in poor taste and akin to bragging. While we are justifiably proud, we don't wish to offend anyone. What is your ...

Nuclear stress test is better diagnostic option for heart disease

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 64-year-old woman with a family history of heart disease. Both of my parents had heart attacks and open-heart surgery. At ages 50, 55 and 60, I experienced what I thought were signs of a heart attack. With each experience, I ended up in the hospital and was given a ...

Hints From Heloise for Oct. 16

Dear Heloise: When my daughter was getting married, I gave her a number of bulky items for her shower, including towels and plastic storage bowls. As I shopped for wrapping supplies, I was disheartened at how expensive it would be to make a pretty presentation and that the wrapping paper would ...

Today in History for Oct. 15

Today is Thursday, Oct. 15, the 289th day of 2020. There are 77 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Oct. 15, 1976, in the first debate of its kind between vice-presidential nominees, Democrat Walter F. Mondale and Republican Bob Dole faced off in Houston. On this ...

Today in History for Oct. 14

Today is Wednesday, Oct. 14, the 288th day of 2020. There are 78 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Oct. 14, 1964, civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. was named winner of the Nobel Peace Prize. On this date: In 1890, Dwight D. Eisenhower, 34th president ...

Horoscopes by Holiday for Oct. 14

Some days it seems that the brilliant ideas are sprinkled down from angels on high or come gift-wrapped by muses in our midst or inspiring outside forces we can't steer or regulate. Then there are days like today, mentally cloudy and the fog isn't giving favors. It's not impossible to get the ...

New love doesn’t replace old

Dear Annie: I was troubled by one particular sentence in the letter from "Missing Love," who wanted another relationship after his wife died. He said, "My problem is that I still love her." My husband died four years ago, and I can assure Missing Love that he will continue to love his wife, ...

Searching for a cause of mystery discharge

DEAR DR. ROACH: Back in late 2014, I noticed a dampness in my underwear -- no coloration, only dampness. I consulted a gastroenterologist about a possible anal discharge. After obtaining a history, we took some conservative approaches to deal with this, including probiotics and exercises for ...