HAPPY BIRTHDAY for Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021 — You are loyal to your friends and have strong family values. These relationships are important to you. You are honest and sincere; you are also insightful and quite intuitive. This year you feel creative and have a stronger zest for life. You wil…

When I was a graduate student, one of the parenting memes then emerging from within the mental health professional community had it that “children deserved explanations.” The flip side of that very progressive notion was that parents should never say “Because I said so” in response to “Why?”…

Busy families often are pulled in many directions, so tools that make it easier to manage schedules, important documents and more can help people keep a clear head on hectic days.

The lines between work and home life can easily become blurred. Such lines became even more blurry during the pandemic, when many children did not attend school in person while their parents worked from home exclusively. Such situations made it hard for everyone to differentiate between work…

DEAR DR. ROACH: Could you address problems that may or may not be aftereffects of COVID-19? The problems seem to be common among people who have had COVID-19, but not acknowledged by all medical professionals. — A.C.S.

Scary movies are a must-see for many Halloween enthusiasts each October. Classic characters like Freddy Krueger, Michael Myers and Jigsaw make their way into millions of people’s living rooms each year and serve as testaments to the staying power of scary movies.

Even though thousands of trained professionals play vital roles in the care of the aging population, many of the unsung heroes of long-term care are the unpaid or informal caregivers who step in to provide assistance to someone they love.

Spending time with their families benefits children in myriad ways. Such quality time can strengthen bonds between parents and children, and one study from the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse found that frequent family dinners make children less likely to use tobacco, consum…

“Diligence is the mother of good fortune.”

Who hasn’t been spending more time at home lately? Many families have perfected the balance of managing a household in which kids may be engaged in virtual learning while Mom and Dad are putting in a full day’s work from the home office.

Many of us millennials have graduated from our lattes and leisurely brunches to become parents with jobs, car loans and perhaps even a mortgage.

Devices are everywhere in the digital age. The Statista Research Department notes that a 2020 survey found the average American has access to more than 10 connected devices in his or her household.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY for Friday, Sept. 24, 2021 — You are an easygoing, friendly, generous person. You are receptive and cooperative. You are also loyal to others. You appreciate beautiful things. Because this year is more slow-paced, you have an opportunity to rejuvenate yourself. You will have a…

“The secret of life is to fall seven times and to get up eight times.”

Q: I have a 2014 Kia Soul with just over 37,000 miles on it. Yesterday I was backing into my drive and noticed water drops on the concrete. I looked under the car, and they were dripping from somewhere close to the back of the engine. I do not think it was brake fluid, not oil, but suspect i…

DEAR DR. ROACH: My niece died at age 65. She was initially diagnosed with Parkinsonism but in the last year of her life she was diagnosed with multiple system atrophy. She had been a very healthy person, eating well and exercising regularly. Prior to her diagnosis, I had not heard of MSA. We…

HAPPY BIRTHDAY for Thursday, Sept. 23, 2021 — You are an energetic person who is friendly, witty and open-minded. People like you. You are a gentle leader of others. You will always be youthful. You are also a sensitive idealist. This year is the beginning of a fresh new cycle for you. Open …

Today is Wednesday, Sept. 22, the 265th day of 2021. There are 100 days left in the year. Autumn arrives at 3:20 p.m.

“The mind is a flexible mirror; adjust it to see a better world.”

HAPPY BIRTHDAY for Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2021 — You are an optimist who is fair-minded, independent and self-sufficient. You have a natural grace and elegance. You are a hardworking perfectionist capable of self-discipline. This year is your final year of a nine-year cycle, which is why you a…

Dear Savvy Senior, I have struggled with shortness of breath for several years now. I just thought I was getting old and fat, but a friend recently told me about COPD. So, my question is could I have COPD and not know it? Huffing and Puffing

DEAR DR. ROACH: I’ve been taking calcium supplements for many years to assist in strengthening my bones. I’m 74, weigh less than 95 pounds and stand 5 feet tall. I’m on the verge of osteoporosis, and have been getting Evenity injections for almost a year. Now I’m hearing that calcium supplem…

“It is not easy to be a pioneer — but oh, it is fascinating!”

FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida (TNS) — As the country emerges from the pandemic, doctors say they are flooded with patients who are battling sleep disorders.

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CHICAGO (AP) — Medical experts warn the approaching flu season could be particularly severe, renewing fears of a potential “twindemic,” with COVID-19 still spreading.

Cancer affects people from all walks of life. The National Cancer Institute estimated that, in 2020, roughly 1.9 million new cases of cancer would be diagnosed and more than 606,000 people would die from the disease.

A small, butterfly-shaped gland located in the front of the neck may not seem like a significant part of the body, but it performs many critical functions.

The National Stroke Association says that stroke is one of the leading causes of death and adult disability. However, it is largely preventable.

Health experts call it “sitting disease.” It refers to when people spend more of their time behind a desk or steering wheel of a car or planted in front of a television than they do engaging in physical activity.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY for Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021 — You are energetic, friendly and always witty. You love mysteries and are a skilled and original communicator. You are also confident in your ability to put your own spin on things. This is an excellent year for you, because it’s a time of achievem…

Q. I have a bonus family. My husband has two kids and I have two kids. We’ve added a son three years ago. We have tried your suggestion of a family discussion to air differences, but things seem to spin out of control. What’s good ex-etiquette?

DEAR DR. ROACH: At what point in COVID-19 does a person’s do not resuscitate order become an issue? When does treatment become an “exceptional or extraordinary” effort? It would seem that organ transplants, if not coma/prolonged artificial ventilation would qualify. I have never seen anythin…

HAPPY BIRTHDAY for Monday, Sept. 20, 2021 — You are a gentle, intelligent person who seeks peace and harmony in your life. You value your personal security. However, when you want to be, you are straightforward and to the point! This is a year of learning and teaching for you. Seek ways to l…

“No wise man ever wished to be younger.”

DEAR DR. ROACH: Why aren’t the hospitals nationwide mandating all personnel be COVID vaccinated? I am getting conflicting information. Don’t you think the first-line people treating the ill, whether it is to check a patient in to the hospital or a nurse, should have their vaccine in order to…

Q: My two young teens are constantly begging me to buy them clothes. It’s become highly annoying. After reading your book on teenagers, I’ve decided to stop buying them any clothing and give them each an $750 annual clothing allowance. Should I give them the whole amount at once or give it t…

For 18 months, we have been living through a pandemic and have continually been dealing with loss of some type or another. We have faced separation from loved ones, sickness, deaths and strained relationships over politics, masks or the COVID-19 vaccine.

DEAR DR. ROACH: Do you think scientists will find a cure for herpes 1 and 2 soon? Can a person with herpes 1 and 2 donate blood? Can herpes be transmitted via a kiss? — K.J.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY for Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021 — You have a strong, enduring energy that you apply to whatever you do. You are a caring, sympathetic person. You are optimistic, modern and cutting edge in your interests. You are also reliable, mature and responsible. This is a year of change in …

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If this were a normal year, Labor Day would have traditionally kicked off the start of end-of-model-year vehicle clearance sales. Consumers can often find good deals as dealerships are eager to sell their remaining inventory to make room for next year’s models. But this hasn’t been a normal …

HAPPY BIRTHDAY for Friday, Sept. 17, 2021 — You are an inventive, resourceful person who is a natural problem solver because you have a fine mind. You are also trustworthy, dependable and reliable. You are fun-loving in a youthful way, but also levelheaded. This year you will work hard to bu…

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With all the developments in the auto industry you may think your next car will be electric, including a new federal target that would mean half of all new vehicles sold within a decade will have zero emissions.

Without question, Americans’ relationship with vehicles turned a new direction over the last year and a half, and it is evolving yet again. As vaccination rates increase, restrictions ease and a sense of “normalcy” returns, new research revealed trends in the way drivers view, depend on and …

“Happiness is not a goal. It’s a by-product.”

DETROIT (TNS) — The saying goes you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, but as Jeep turns 80, the adventure brand of Stellantis NV is looking to make some of its biggest moves yet.

Visitors to large cities often marvel at how drivers traverse urban roadways. Non-city dwellers may white knuckle their way through crowded city streets, all the while wondering how anyone could handle such a stressful experience on a daily basis. Though suburban or rural residents may never…

Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration indicates that distracted driving was responsible for the deaths of more than 3,100 people in the United States in 2019.

Seasoned travelers know that few things match the excitement of taking to the open road. Whether you’re heading off for parts unknown or following a carefully planned itinerary, a road trip promises to be a unique experience.

Americans are holding onto their vehicles longer than ever, with the average age of a car in 2020 rising to a record 12.1 years, according to data from IHS Markit. But if you own a car for long enough and something goes wrong mechanically, you’re likely to see an amber check engine light som…

Whether it’s the welcoming weather or the chance to follow a favorite football team or, of course, the awe-inspiring foliage, fall compels many people to hit the open road.

Does a little outdoor adventure sound enticing to you? To many Americans it does, as evidenced by crowded national parks and increased demand for trucks and SUVs. If you’re looking for a vehicle that can handle going off-road yet still be your inexpensive source for daily transportation, the…

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am confused about how HIPAA applies to my medical information. Some people are saying they don’t have to tell people if they have been vaccinated or not or respond to an employer that is requiring the vaccine to go back to work or to businesses that may require vaccination …

HAPPY BIRTHDAY for Thursday, Sept. 16, 2021 — You are naturally enthusiastic and exuberant about life. You are also courageous and honest in everything you do. You are very loyal and steadfast. Security is important to you.

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 78-year-old female, and I am in my 10th week of shingles. I have them on my left chest and back (at the bra line!) and on my upper arm. I can’t go anywhere because I can’t stand when my clothes or bra touches me. I now have severe shooting pains on my arm area, mostly …

Q: Regarding the topic of clogged sunroof drain tubes, I have found a quick and easy way to clean them using weed-whacker trim line. It is long and flexible enough to navigate the entire drain tube yet firm enough to get the job done by pushing any blockage out without damaging anything in t…

“Don’t wait. The time will never be just right.”

It’s easy to forget there are still cars that are about driving rather than just transportation. Cars that make the trip more appealing than the destination.