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Where do COVID variants come from?

DEAR DR. ROACH: We know COVID-19 came from Wuhan, China. Where are the delta and other variants coming from? -- D.B. ANSWER: COVID-19 was first described in Wuhan, China, although the exact mechanism of how the virus that causes COVID-19 (called SARS-CoV-2) came to infect humans is not known. ...

Hints From Heloise for Sept. 15

Dear Heloise: My neighbor had me over for dinner recently, and she served the best potato salad I've ever eaten. I asked her what the secret was, and she said she sprinkles a little fresh lemon juice over the potatoes after they're cooked and had cold water run over them. This recipe has a ...

Today in History for Sept. 14

Today is Tuesday, Sept. 14, the 257th day of 2021. There are 108 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Sept. 14, 1814, Francis Scott Key was inspired to write the poem "Defence of Fort McHenry" (later "The Star-Spangled Banner") after witnessing the American flag flying ...

Horoscopes by Holiday for Sept. 14

Mars entering Libra is the war god sitting down for peace talks with the United Nations. Because of the political nature of Libra, this transit can also signal a shift in the nature of the fight; a kind of cosmic cold war. Conflict may dissipate, resolve or change into forms more covert, such ...

Therapy with a narcissist

Dear Annie: While reading the letter from the "Parent Who Does Not Want to Get Divorced," the way she was describing her husband sounded very much like he might have narcissistic tendencies. My husband is a narcissist, and the worst thing you can do is go to marriage counseling. I know that ...

Post-COVID natural immunity has its limits

DEAR DR. ROACH: How does one manage natural immunity to COVID-19 if one has an autoimmune disease? Does that person take vitamin D3, zinc, etc.? -- J.K.S. ANSWER: "Natural immunity" refers to the protection that is conferred after a natural infection, as opposed to vaccination. Studies have ...