Today is Friday, Jan. 27, the 27th day of 2017. There are 338 days left in the year.

DEAR DR. ROACH: I've frequently read that while alcohol might help you get to sleep, it disturbs your getting back to sleep later in the night. I believe that your body dispenses with the alcohol effects at the rate of about one drink per hour. Thus, if I have a drink at 6 p.m., another at 7…

Q: Whenever I have wheel or tire work done, the shop always makes a note on the repair order to return after 50-100 miles to have the lug nuts retightened. Is this necessary, or are the tire dealers just covering their butts in case of a screw-up? It is hard to believe that lug nuts properly…

The state Corrections Department caused a stir last week by releasing a proposal to close two state prisons. That reverses a trend of recent decades when the state scrambled to build prisons to meet the growing number of inmates.

The resettlement assessment report by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees reveals a Cold War-era program that spends millions of dollars but achieves precious little for the people it supposedly helps, according to an immigration research organization.

Today is Wednesday, Jan. 18, the 18th day of 2017. There are 347 days left in the year.

The clamor over the cost of Mylan's EpiPen has generated a reaction in the health care market. The CVS pharmacy chain announced last week that it will make a competing product - the generic version of Adrenaclick - available in all of its stores for much less than the EpiPen. While that's gr…

After Donald Trump's rant at Buzzfeed and CNN at his news conference last week, there were calls for the news media to unite against the president-elect's bullying. The theory was that if we don't present a united front, Trump will outflank reporters who have legitimate questions by signalin…

DEAR DR. ROACH: Do women who have their ovaries and uterus ever stop ovulating? I am 70 and have begun having menses regularly again. I do know when I ovulate, and always have. My periods did not begin to cease until I was about 57. - A.S.

The Chicago Sports Museum contains a defining artifact of former Cub Sammy Sosa's career - and it's not one of the 609 home run balls he rocketed, eighth best among major league hitters. Memorialized behind glass is the corked bat he was caught using in 2003, a relic of shame that will alway…

DEAR DR. ROACH: Like thousands of people, I have experienced heartburn for years. Chewable antacid tablets provide temporary relief. Extended use of ranitidine and famotidine gave me partial relief, but I still required regular use of antacid tablets. But starting omeprazole gave me immediat…

Today is Tuesday, Jan. 17, the 17th day of 2017. There are 348 days left in the year.

Q: I recently picked my daughter up from her father's home after the Christmas Break only to hear her call out the car window as we left, "Bye Mom!" I did my best to cover up my shock, but oh my gosh, I never thought I would have to face this. I do not want my child calling anyone else, "Mom…

Q: I've been using the free Linux operating system on my PC for 10 years, and I wonder why more people don't have it. It's easy to use, there is free software for it and it installs on most PCs (it can even can be installed alongside Windows). What's the problem?

Today is Monday, Jan. 16, the 16th day of 2017. There are 349 days left in the year. This is the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

Looking ahead, the Pennsylvania Legislature might have the Republican majorities it needs to affect a $14 billion tax shift- "killing" the hated school property tax while saddling people with higher sales and personal income taxes.