Today is Wednesday, Oct. 13, the 286th day of 2021. There are 79 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:

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“You’ll never be criticized by someone who is doing more than you. You’ll always be criticized by someone doing less. Remember that.”

DEAR DR. ROACH: My 61-year-old husband has had 24 squamous cell carcinoma (skin cancer) surgeries on his scalp in the past five years. He has used dandruff shampoo (Head & Shoulders brand or similar) for the past 36 years or more. He has a full head of hair and is not bald. My question f…

HAPPY BIRTHDAY for Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021 — You can be direct and assertive as well as charming. You have an excellent memory and a wonderful eye for detail. You are open-minded and imaginative. When you want to be, you are persuasive! This is a year of learning and teaching for you. Time sp…

I recently received an email from two co-parents who wrote to me together — a novel approach, I must say. They were looking for direction. They knew they have a problem, they just weren’t sure what to do. They asked, “What’s good ex-etiquette when…”

HAPPY BIRTHDAY for Monday, Oct. 18, 2021 — You are strong-willed and confident, which helps to boost your creative abilities. You are also an excellent problem-solver. Your theme for this year is service to others, especially with regard to your family. In order to help others, you first hav…

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 71-year-old female in very good health. I have been taking a thyroid replacement since I was 12 years old. I currently take 125 mcg of thyroxine once daily, as well as 60 mg of Cymbalta. Other than arthritis and obesity, I have no health problems. My question is regard…

DEAR DR. ROACH: My recent echocardiogram indicated that I had 50% heart function, which my doctor said was “low normal.” I’m a 74-year-old male who exercises two to three times a week on a treadmill, spending 45 minutes at 3.5 mph covering 2.6 miles. Can exercise increase heart function, or …

Q: Our 13-year-old eighth-grader says he doesn’t like the small private school he attends and wants us to put him in public high school next year. His grades are fine, he’s got several close friends, and he’s on the basketball and track teams, but he says that he’s bored and wants to attend …

HAPPY BIRTHDAY for Saturday, Oct. 16, 2021 — You are graceful, talented and an excellent communicator. Friends and social contacts are important to you. Justice and fair play have always been strong values for you. This year you might build new structures in your life. They might be physical…

HAPPY BIRTHDAY for Friday, Oct. 15, 2021 — You have a lively, energetic spirit! You enjoy socializing and talking to others. You also enjoy beautiful things, especially attractive clothes. People view you as generous and kind. This is a lovely year for you because you have many more opportun…

DEAR DR. ROACH: Why is it that no matter what time a surgery is scheduled, the rule is “no food or drink after midnight”? My recent procedure was scheduled for 12:30 p.m. I was told I could have no food after midnight. My procedure would take two hours and recovery was for two hours. That’s …

DEAR DR. ROACH: I have been having pains and discomfort in my chest area for over a month now. I am a woman and in my early 30s. My doctor says my heart is OK, but I can’t help but wonder. The pain is mostly in the right side of the chest but will stretch to the left and recently, I feel lik…

Would you be interested in a lighter, quicker — and less expensive iteration of BMW’s Z4 roadster? One with a hard top rather than a soft-top?

HAPPY BIRTHDAY for Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021 — You are a naturally curious person who is verbally expressive and dynamic. You are kind, well-meaning and always fair. This year is a bit slower for you; it is totally appropriate for you to focus on yourself and your closest relationships. Trust …

Q: With the advent of adaptive cruise control, my question is, do the brake lights come on when the system detects a need to slow down, especially when it is somewhat abrupt? S.M., Round Rock, Texas

Dear Savvy Senior, My husband and I are looking for the simplest and least expensive way to dispose of our bodies when we die. We hate the idea of wasting a lot of money on high-priced funerals and would like some advice on some simple and cheap send-offs. Simple Seniors

HAPPY BIRTHDAY for Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2021 — You have a strong, optimistic energy that is coupled with an original, impulsive streak. You think outside the box. You have fresh new ideas that are modern and often unconventional. This year is the beginning of a new cycle for you, which is why…

DEAR DR. ROACH: I recently went to my dermatologist because I noticed a dark mole I hadn’t seen before. He did a biopsy, and it was called a “moderately dysplastic nevus.” He recommended removal, which was done right away. During the appointment he mentioned that I am now at greater risk for…

HAPPY BIRTHDAY for Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2021 — You are optimistic and confident. You have charm, intelligence and wit, and are an excellent communicator. This is the last year of a nine-year cycle for you, which means it’s time to wrap up certain things that have involved you for years. Be prep…

DEAR DR. ROACH: Can you elaborate on “long COVID”? Specifically, do people experiencing long COVID carry the virus for an extended period? Are they contagious during long COVID, or does the term refer to lingering symptoms but not necessarily testing positive? — S.E.

Q. My ex moved out nine months ago. He has no furniture in his apartment — nothing but a TV in the living room and a bed in his room. I told him maybe he should take a break and postpone his weekends with our daughters, 6 and 8, until he gets some furniture. He refuses! If I called Child Pro…

“The greater the difficulty, the more the glory in surmounting it.”