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Columns

  • The controversial right to die

    My article regarding treatment of brain tumors received the most attention of any article I have written over the past five years, and the recent news of the 29-year-old woman with terminal brain cancer and her choice to end her life on her terms, not the terms of her cancer, added to this response of my readers.

    The right to choose when and how we die is a topic that cannot be covered in one column, but the chance to discuss this topic is one that cannot be passed up.

  • Allergy sufferers beware, allergens lurking everywhere

    Fall is here and that means fall allergies are here once again.

    Many of us spend more time in the house as the weather gets cooler and we occupy ourselves with TV, electronic devices, reading, hobbies, etc. Sometimes that’s done to avoid outside allergies, but there are allergens that can be hiding in your house waiting to cause you all sorts of symptoms and problems.

  • Prevent breast cancer

    This is breast cancer month and so I am going to write this article on breast cancer prevention. Yes, we cannot prevent all breast cancers, but we can significantly reduce the odds of getting it.

    At what age should we start these efforts to prevent breast cancer? Studies after studies show that the earlier we do it, the better it is.

  • Digital X-rays important tools

    Wilhelm Roentgen, a German physicist, was the first person to use X-rays to see through flesh. That was on Nov. 8, 1895.  

    Roentgen won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1901 for his pioneering work with the X-ray.  He gave the medical world a valuable tool!  

  • Cracked tooth may not be cause of pain

    Q.I cracked one of my molars, an upper right tooth. The dentist capped it. The problem is it hurts when I crunch down on it and there is pain. The dentist put something in my mouth to bite down, nothing happened. They said they did not want to do a root canal. They did not want to do something I did not need.  They said come back in two months for a re-check. I cannot identify the tooth that hurts. Is this customary?

  • Hysterectomy 101: Women have a choice

     

     

    Dr. Armando Rojas

    Guest Column

    A hysterectomy is a surgical procedure used for the treatment of many gynecologic conditions. Two common options are a total hysterectomy, which involves removing the uterus and cervix, or a supracervical hysterectomy, where the uterus is removed but the cervix remains in place.

    Either procedure can be done with or without removal of the ovaries. Hysterectomy is a major surgery and for this reason should be considered only after careful discussion of less invasive options.

  • I promise to start paying more attention

    I can manage a successful newspaper company and handle the stress of being barked at by politicians and newsmakers every morning of the week.

    But I cannot figure out where the soap comes from in the dispenser on my bathroom counter.

  • After 100 years of war, it's time to make our peace with drugs

    By Anthony J. Schembri

    Apparently we are not learning from lessons learned.

    It’s been said that one of the definitions of insanity is doing the same thing and expecting different results. On 

  • Big ears? That's not what I wanted to hear

    By Fred Brannen

    High school homecoming season is upon us once more, and we’re beginning to see some photos in the Chronicle of members of the courts. The bright eyes and the big smiles on the faces of these young people always bring a smile to my face. I don’t dwell on memories from high school, but once in a while, a catalyst such as the aforementioned pictures will spark a recollection. For a brief instant I might find myself again in the fall of 1962 standing at midfield as a member of the Pasco High School homecoming court. 

  • Profiles in hypocrisy: Amendment 2 and the paper trail

    By Bob Goethe

    The Chronicle was kind enough to publish my Oct. 4 column “Yes on 2, and here’s why.” I subsequently received personal stories on Facebook about how cannabis has helped family members with various problems such as epilepsy and cancer. I also received several comments which gave me references to some interesting things I didn’t know. I will share some of them here.