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Menthol rubs should be used with caution

Dear Dr. Gott: My mother is old school in that I grew up slathered in Vicks and put to bed at the first sign of sniffles or a cough. The …


Dear Annie: Being there helps son greatly

Dear Annie: I am a single mother of a 7-year-old son who has a lot of anger problems. When “Ryan” was 3, his dad and I split up. My ex …


Carolyn Hax: Insistent advice was out of line

Dear Carolyn: I have five beautiful nieces, whom I adore. The eldest has been accepted to a prestigious design school. Her mom is ecstatic, and so am I. I helped …


Microphone etiquette: To leave or not to leave?

Dear Miss Manners: Some of the lectures and panel discussions I have attended recently have been large enough to need microphones to ask the speaker questions. I understand the process …


Neuropsychology aids early diagnosis

Dear Dr. Gott: I applaud your approach to Alzheimer’s disease and other cognitive impairments. Blood work and imaging studies are important in making or ruling out certain diagnoses. I take …


Ask executor for a hearing

Dear Annie: I was adopted at birth. I was a “daddy’s girl,” and although he always stood up to my Mom on issues of discipline, it was very clear that …


Dear Annie: Who you marry is up to you

Dear Annie: I was supposed to be married this month in a small private ceremony. However, my fiance, “John,” admitted he had communicated very poorly with his parents. His relationship …


Let jerks see their grandkids

Dear Carolyn: Wouldn’t it be neat if all grandchildren stood “to gain love, insight, continuity and perspective beyond measure” from grandparents (to quote your Jan. 14 column)? Unfortunately, they can …


Is glaucoma remedy too farfetched?

Dear Dr. Gott: I have an advanced case of glaucoma with only partial vision in my left eye, which causes annoying difficulty in reading. I came across a delightful after-dinner …


Miss Manners: Even old-school ways can still be distracting in public

Dear Miss Manners: At a condo association meeting consisting of about 60 people, there was a head table with six people, facing about six rows of tables, about 5 feet …


Dear Carolyn: With her, future’s bleak

Dear Carolyn: I have been seeing a girl I work with for five months. We don’t see much of each other, and talk only as she can. She has been …


Misunderstanding of diagnosis causes confusion

Dear Dr. Gott: My 73-year-old husband has been diagnosed with vascular Parkinson’s (progressive supranuclear palsy). After the neurologists’ diagnosis, I did research on the Internet and found that my husband …


Dear Annie: Illness taking toll on marriage

Dear Annie: My husband has been diagnosed with a terminal illness. He is doing everything to fight it, including taking various medicines and having treatments, which have been somewhat effective. …


Take well-meant remarks graciously

Dear Miss Manners: I’m one of two employees at a lovely local boutique that has, unfortunately, become a victim of our soured economy. We have officially been going out of …


Ask Mr. Dad: Adult child who moved back home should act age

Dear Mr. Dad: My 24-year-old daughter just moved back into my home, which I also share with my 80-year-old mother. She recently quit her job as a nurse and is …


Let husband teach son self-sufficiency

Dear Annie: My husband’s ex, “Sophie,” is driving us crazy. They divorced 17 years ago when their son, “Sam,” was 3 years old. The ex is an alcoholic, very controlling …


Bad cold damages Eustachian tube

Dear Dr. Gott: I read your column everyday and enjoy it very much. Awhile ago, you had a letter from a woman who was concerned about the fact that her …


Every choice has consequences

Dear Annie: Seven years ago, I left my marriage of 22 years to be with someone I still absolutely adore. However, I now realize that as much as we love …


Carolyn Hax: Examine own biases

Dear Carolyn: You’ve said in the past that bean-counting is wrong, and I see your point. But what do you do if you get the sneaking suspicion you’re the only …


Seek alternatives to cholesterol medicine

Dear Dr. Gott: I am an active 71-year-old woman with a cholesterol reading of 258, which I know is high. I do not want to go on medication, and my …


Fiance is not being honest

Dear Annie: My fiance, “Ryan,” talks to his ex-wife daily. He even set a romantic love song as the ring tone for her incoming calls. He deletes her text messages …


Embrace differences – once or twice

Dear Miss Manners: Because my job is to embrace cultural differences, I try to keep an open mind – especially when it comes to food. However, I had a host …


Political tirades can be turnoff

Dear Carolyn: My husband and I were out to dinner with a dear friend of mine and her husband when he launched into what can only be described as a …


Decide if affair can be forgiven

Dear Annie: I am a 69-year-old retiree and have been married to the same man for 43 years. We have three wonderful sons and seven beautiful grandchildren. When our boys …


Gallstones may not be source of gallbladder pain

Dear Dr. Gott: I read your article about the elderly woman who had possible gallstones. I misplaced it and just recently found it again, so I decided it was time …


Nosy questions need no answer

Dear Miss Manners: We are a very noticeable family, as our children are black and my husband and I are white. As such, we draw an inordinate amount of attention. …


Parents have many opportunities to teach child to reject bigotry

Dear Mr. Dad: My son is in middle school and comes home with stories about witnessing discrimination and hearing bigoted comments from other students. How can we keep him from …


Initiate peace with family

Dear Annie: I am a 42-year-old woman and have never had a normal relationship with my mother. She says every time she looks at me I bring out the bad …


Bride decides whom to invite

Dear Carolyn: How does one draw the line between “doing the right thing” toward family, versus treating them like any other person? My sister is having a wedding and the …


Seroquel not advised for elderly

Dear Dr. Gott: Please give your opinion on Seroquel being prescribed to a patient with dementia. I’ve heard it is a dangerous drug when given to the elderly, as it …