Today is Wednesday, Sept. 15, the 258th day of 2021. There are 107 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:

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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…

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…

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.

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 …

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…

“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

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.