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Promising study on rectal cancer has narrow scope

Dear Doctors: I saw on the evening news that some doctors in New York City actually cured rectal cancer with a new drug. My dad has rectal cancer, and when I asked his doctors about this drug, they hadn’t heard anything about it. Are the news stories wrong? Dear Reader: We believe you’re referring to…

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Partner facing health challenges even after slowing down

DEAR HARRIETTE: I have been partying pretty hard since the pandemic started. That’s a good two years — maybe a little more if I’m totally honest. Partying means drinking, smoking, hanging out. For the most part, it hasn’t been such a big deal. Sometimes I have gotten a little sick to my stomach, but then…

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Beware What You Wish For … 

Susan Estrich Two days after Kansas voters overwhelmingly rejected a ban on abortion in their state, the other front-runner for the Republican nomination, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, went out of his way to cement his hardcore anti-choice stance. On Thursday, he issued an order suspending a county prosecutor who had signed a pledge not to…

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Donald Trump is the establishment frontrunner in 2024

Rich Lowry In 2015, Donald Trump burst on the scene with a megaphone, a populist message, an army of grass-roots supporters — and not much else. If he runs for the Republican nomination again, as seems likely, it will be different. Early in his first presidential campaign, he had to be grateful for every small…

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Monkeypox is now a national public health emergency in the U.S.

Kathryn H. Jacobsen University of Richmond (THE CONVERSATION) After news broke that the U.S. declared monkeypox to be a public health emergency, friends and family started asking me, an infectious disease epidemiologist, if monkeypox is about to begin causing widespread death and chaos. I assured them that the Aug. 4, 2022, public health emergency declaration…

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Sinusitis shares symptoms with many other conditions

Dear Doctors: Can you please talk about sinusitis? I’ve been having headaches and postnasal drip for a few months, and I thought it was because of my allergies. But my brother, who is a nurse, thinks it could be sinusitis. What are the symptoms, and how is it treated? Dear Reader: Sinusitis occurs when inflammation…

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Houseguest wants to give hostess a gift

DEAR HARRIETTE: I stay with a family friend every time I visit my son at college. It is so kind of her to offer to put me up. She is incredibly generous with her home and hospitality. She won’t allow me to give her any money, but I feel like I should give her something.…

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Even simple exercise may help aging brain, study hints

LAURAN NEERGAARD AP Medical Writer New research hints that even a simple exercise routine just might help older Americans with mild memory problems. Doctors have long advised physical activity to help keep a healthy brain fit. But the government-funded study marks the longest test of whether exercise makes any difference once memory starts to slide…

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Appreciation: Bill Russell lived a life like very few others

TIM REYNOLDS AP Basketball Writer Bill Russell hated autographs. Saw no point to them. If he was out dining and got approached by someone asking for his signature, Russell’s usual response was to instead ask the person to join him at the table to have a conversation about life. The autograph-seekers almost always declined. Oh,…

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Joe Manchin Blinks

Susan Estrich On Wednesday, just as the bad news was coming on the economy, West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin announced that he had reached an agreement with Majority Leader Chuck Schumer on the president’s signature legislative package. Build Back Better has now become Stop Inflation Now, or some such name, but what it really is…

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