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Patients get confused when doctors feud. That’s why controversial new guidelines for blood pressure treatment are causing consternation.A committee of experts took five years to review all the available evidence and make recommendations for optimal blood pressure treatment. They are urging their medical colleagues to start drug treatment of older people (over 60) only when…

Question: I’ve been divorced for 1½ years. Since my divorce, my ex-wife and I will get together a few times a month with the kids (age 13 and 16) to talk about their schedule or other issues related to the kids. This may include pizza and a game of pool. My ex-wife and I are both in relationships, and my girlfriend and her boyfriend don’t join us when we do this. We’ve don…

Dear Carolyn: What should a mom do when her children feel rejected by their own grandparents?My in-laws are divorced, yet each is disconnected from my children’s lives, despite living no more than 15 minutes from us. My own parents live an hour away yet visit frequently, help out and never miss a chance to see them in performances or sports competitions. The difference has…

Dear Abby: When my daughter was 20, she met a guy who one minute showered her with roses and the next would beat her up. She stayed with him thinking she could change him, and became pregnant. On her 21st birthday, she tried to get away from him. He chased her up the road and went to punch her in the stomach. When she turned to avoid the blow, it landed, killing the child.…

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SWOOPE, Va. – Hog heaven, it turns out, is a place on Earth, a sun-dappled mountainside in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia where, one day this fall, a herd of Gloucestershire Old Spots, Hampshires, Yorkshires and Durocs contentedly gorged their way toward 300 pounds.Some vacuumed the underbrush with their snouts, noisily ingesting grasses and herbs, acorns and persimmons…

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Lohan’s mom toes the lineA judge says actress Lindsay Lohan’s mother is continuing to attend substance abuse counseling sessions following her September arrest on drunken driving charges.Newsday reports that Nassau County Court Judge Andrew Engel said at a court conference on Tuesday that Dina Lohan had finished half of her 12 counseling sessions. Engel said in November th…

By Alan Pergament With the snow and cold delivering a captive audience to local television stations, it isn't surprising that the ratings for Monday night's newscasts were the highest they've been in years. At 6 p.m. Monday, Channel 4 won with a 19.3 rating to Channel 2's 16.8 rating. Channel 7 had a 9.4 rating. The collective rating of 45.5 means is a …

By Alan Pergament  During a pre-show interview for an appearance on the popular cable show "American Pickers,"  a former Western New York volunteer firefighter was repeatedly told "good stuff, good stuff." The "Pickers" production member wasn’t talking about all the stuff around Frank Raquet's barn in Akron eventually to be pick…

Cold comfort“Could we please stop talking about the mercury plunging?” a colleague protests. “They haven’t used mercury for years.” And they don’t make Mercury cars, either! So, no mention of the mercury, just of the pleasures of the extreme cold we’ve been seeing. Observed a friend: “Best part about this 5 degree weather: The beer in the basement is perfectly chilled.” Bu…

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When Alaskan author Eowyn Ivey called her mother to tell her that Ivey’s magical and gritty first novel, “The Snow Child,” had been named the January selection of The Buffalo News Book Club, Ivey’s mother announced the news to a hometown family gathering.“I could hear a big cheer in the background when she told them,” said Ivey.It should surprise no one to learn that the f…

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Viewers had a preview of BET’s very solid new series “Being Mary Jane” in the form of the network’s first original film in June. The story of a single woman trying to balance a busy career, a needy family and a complicated personal life was strong enough to make viewers want to see how things turned out for Mary Jane Paul, and we get our chance when the series premieres at…

Dear Miss Manners: A friend and I attended a prerecorded broadcast of a live opera performance, and during the applause segment, we began quietly discussing aspects of the performance. At the time, there were no titles being shown on the movie screen, just the bows by the cast from the audience perspective.Shortly after our conversation began, an audience member in front o…

Some things are hard to store in your garage, at least so that they are out of the way. Trim, pipe, conduit and dowels are just a few of these things. They either end up on the floor or propped up in the corner, where they sometimes fall down. But you can take a scrap of large-diameter PVC pipe and use a screw or two to attach it to your garage wall, vertically several fee…

As we head into the new year with all our resolutions to do better and be more efficient, to eat better and be more compassionate, more generous and more buff, I’m reminded of a word I wrote on a Post-it note and stuck to my desk calendar a few weeks before Christmas.The word, an unfamiliar concept to me and a lot of mothers I know, is simply “Rest.”I’d written it down as …

Dear Abby: My husband and I will celebrate 15 years of marriage next year. We have a 5-year-old daughter. Our dilemma is whether or not we should have another child. I’m 38 and my husband is 40. We have become comfortable with the fact that our daughter is getting more independent. We plan on doing a lot of traveling, and I will change jobs after I complete school. We are …