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Health, Lifestyles & History

Today in History for July 23

Today is Thursday, July 23, the 205th day of 2020. There are 161 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On July 23, 1829, William Austin Burt received a patent for his "typographer," a forerunner of the typewriter. On this date: In 1885, Ulysses S. Grant, the 18th ...

Horoscopes by Holiday for July 23

The Virgo moon makes sure that the first full day of the Leo sun is a productive one. This is the moon of health and nurturing, of elegant details, and of vigilance. All the power and control goes to the one who takes responsibility. Various motives abound. Many say yes out of a sense of duty, ...

Boyfriend disrespected by ex-wife

Dear Annie: What advice would you give to a divorced man regarding "moving on"? My boyfriend and his ex-wife have been divorced for 10 years, yet she continues to manipulate him and behave spitefully toward him. She and their adult children show no consideration for my boyfriend's wishes. And I ...

Insomnia, COVID complicate treatment of depression

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am an almost 69-year-old man in generally good health. Until the pandemic, I exercised regularly, but with Pilates studios closed I have only been walking. I have always been troubled with insomnia and have tried every sleep aid -- both prescription and nonprescription -- to ...

Hints From Heloise for July 23

Dear Readers: We are in the middle of peak hurricane season, and some reports indicate this could be an active one. Hurricanes impact coastal states in a major way, but their effects (high winds, tremendous rainfall, possible infrastructure damage like gas leaks, etc.) can spread inland for ...

Horoscopes by Holiday or July 22

When the sun returns to Leo, it is going back where it belongs, to the realm it rules. The weeks to come will have the laid-back feel of being in a familiar place where kith and kin are never far and everything needed is within reach. This is also the realm of entertainment, and, suddenly, ...

Is ‘really low’ urine pH a health hazard?

DEAR DR. ROACH: I have a friend who's 28 with "really low" urine pH (I don't know how low). Apparently, it is due to constant dehydration and drinking coffee all day long, to the point that the doctor recommended that he drink lots of water with lemon (perhaps just to prevent dehydration and ...

Hints From Heloise for July 22

Dear Heloise: If you are invited to dinner and you ask what you can bring, and the hostess says, "nothing," should I bring something anyway? -- Henry in Nebraska Henry, you can always bring a hostess gift of flowers or a bottle of wine. The hostess might have her menu planned and not need ...

Cutting off the conversation

Dear Annie: One of my elderly relatives is a real sweetheart, but she also is quite a talker. Our phone conversations go on and on -- for 45 minutes or longer. I do not want to hurt her feelings, but her conversational skills far exceed my listening skills. The only way I can get a word in is ...

Today in History for July 22

Today is Wednesday, July 22, the 204th day of 2020. There are 162 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On July 22, 1862, President Abraham Lincoln presented to his Cabinet a preliminary draft of the Emancipation Proclamation. On this date: In 1587, an English colony ...

Today in History for July 21

Today is Tuesday, July 21, the 203rd day of 2020. There are 163 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On July 21, 1925, the so-called "Monkey Trial" ended in Dayton, Tennessee, with John T. Scopes found guilty of violating state law for teaching Darwin's Theory of ...

Horoscopes by Holiday or July 21

Tell yourself what you want and it may or may not be true. Humans are, after all, notoriously bad at predicting their own happiness. How do you know if you really want a thing? You don't have to convince yourself. You're already in action before you know what the thought process is. The lessons ...

Should posterity get the whole truth?

Dear Annie: I need some advice on what to do about my daily journals. I keep a daily journal and have for many years -- including during a time when my husband was an alcoholic. He's been sober for 27 years. (We are in our late 70s.) In those journals, I wrote about the times he got drunk -- ...

Osteoporosis is a common condition

DEAR DR. ROACH: I'm 86, and was finally, after a few false starts, diagnosed with two compression fractured vertebrae, which were very painful. This was followed by a diagnosis of osteoporosis. The doctor who diagnosed it told me that it was a disease mainly of the northern part of the planet, ...

Hints From Heloise for July 21

Dear Heloise: Here are some hints for staying comfy and cool this summer while saving money: * Maintaining the air conditioner is critical. Schedule yearly maintenance to be sure everything is working properly. * Consider adding window treatments to keep heat out -- awnings outside, blinds ...

Today in History for July 20

Today is Monday, July 20, the 202nd day of 2020. There are 164 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On July 20, 1969, astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin became the first men to walk on the moon after reaching the surface in their Apollo 11 lunar module. ...

Horoscopes by Holiday for July 20

It's rare to have two new moons in the same sign, though the sun was in the early stages of Cancer with the first new moon, and this moon disappears with the late-stage Cancer sun. Like the famous '80s song "New Moon on Monday" by Duran Duran, today's new moon will come complete with a fire ...

Dad worried about daughter’s relationship arrangement

Dear Annie: My 26-year-old daughter is in a serious relationship with a partner 10 years her senior. He comes to the partnership with an established home. What would you advise my daughter to expect or require going into this marriage-like arrangement? Should she expect to be put on the house ...

Hints from Heloise for July 20

Today's Sound Off is about overbooking: Dear Heloise: What is it with doctor's offices overbooking people? I had a doctor's appointment at 9 o'clock this morning. While sitting in the waiting room a woman came in and she also had a 9 o'clock appointment with my doctor. Three minutes later a ...

Deep South doctor disagrees with statin recommendation

DEAR DR. ROACH: As a family physician, I must differ with you on your advice to the 71-year-old lady whose doctor wanted to start her on a statin. Using a Mesa score and her desire not to take any medicine, you advised her to decline the statin. I am able to obtain generic Crestor with the ...