Friday, October 31, 2014

Employer is taking advantage

Dear Annie: My husband’s half-brother is 59 and working as a custodian. “John” does not drink or smoke and can converse well, but has a learning disability and cannot read. He tried tutors, but made no progress. He did OK while his mother was alive, but she died, and then John’s wife died within the same […]

Old dog trying new tricks (gulp) speaks out

Longtime readers have followed me through thick and thin as I became a hospice volunteer, got braver about singing and plunged into new rapids in my kayak. Recently, I took on something else that’s new, something that scares me much more than holding the hands of the dying. What did I do? I took a […]

Despite Victoria’s denials, customers still report breast rashes

October being Breast Cancer Awareness month, it’s the perfect time to talk about boobies, or more specifically, things that harm them. Like our bras. In May 2013, I wrote about a horrific rash I kept getting on my breasts, and over time realized that it reoccurred every time I wore a particular Victoria’s Secret bra. […]

Get the flu vaccine for your child

By Michael Vovakes, M.D. The American Academy of Pediatrics just released this year’s policy statement on influenza vaccination for children. All public health officials recommend that all people 6 months of age or older get a flu vaccination every year. Because the protective effect of vaccination decreases with time, yearly vaccination is always recommended. There […]