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Dear Readers: Winter’s dry air, low humidity and freezing temperatures can do a number on the skin. Do you adjust how you shower? You should. Frequent long, hot showers can dry out the skin, leaving it red, irritated and inflamed.

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Dear Heloise: I read with interest the letter from a woman who commented on a previous writer’s letter about two elders reduced to looking for free meals to eat after a funeral service.

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Editor’s note: Elvie Ancheta is off today. This column originally appeared Jan. 15, 2018.

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Dear Readers: For seniors, a reverse mortgage may seem like a great way to get extra cash to pay bills and expenses, but make sure you thoroughly understand what it is before you dive in.

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What can we learn from history? Dr. John Yudkin, Professor of Nutrition at Queen Elizabeth College of London, made headlines in 1972 when his book was published, “Pure White and Deadly.” Yudkin’s research convinced him it was not fat that caused heart attacks, but sugar. So has history prove…

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BEIJING — Since late last year, people in the central Chinese city of Wuhan have been infected with a viral pneumonia whose cause was unknown. The outbreak raised the specter of another SARS epidemic, which killed hundreds in 2002 and 2003.

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Editor’s note: Annie Lane is off this week. This colum was originally published in 2018.

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Researchers thought they had a way to keep hard-to-treat patients from constantly returning to the hospital and racking up big medical bills. Health workers visited homes, went along to doctor appointments, made sure medicines were available and tackled social problems including homelessness…

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Dear Annie: I have a 31-year-old son who has always struggled with mental illness issues. He was diagnosed with depression at age 15 and again in his early 20s when we sent him to a weeklong involuntary residential treatment. He will not stay on medication or go to counseling.

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Winter in the Antelope Valley means cold nights and clear bright days. Some days are warm and beautiful, and others are cold and windy.

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Dear Annie: My husband and I have been married for five years. We are in our early 30s and child-free. We talked about having children before we got married. At the time, we were both very much on the fence. We promised to keep checking in with each other and having honest conversations abou…

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Dear Heloise: Of all the places in San Antonio to get an oil change, I happened to pull into the one that had found a tiny, black newborn kitten that morning. He couldn’t have been more than two or three days old. An abscess had formed on his neck, and I knew a feral mother cat would not was…

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SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A newborn right whale spotted off the coast of Georgia was suffering from deep cuts on either side of its head, dismaying conservationists who closely monitor the Southeast U.S. coast during winter for births among the critically endangered

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Dear Annie: Since I was a little girl, I’ve always known I wanted to be a mother. Now, as a woman in her late 20s, and after four failed embryo transfers through IVF, that dream seems less and less a reality. My husband and I shared our news of infertility with his sister and her husband aft…

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Dear Readers: Have you and/or your kids and grandkids written thank-you notes for holiday gifts? A handwritten thank-you note is not only appropriate, it tells the gift-givers that you appreciate them.

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Dear Annie: New Year’s Day is approaching, and it’s time for new resolutions. I’m ashamed to say that mine will be the same it is every year. My goal is to get into shape. Each year, I start with a few workouts but quickly fall back into my old lazy routine and let my diet slip. I’ve tried j…