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Your Best Life - The Biggest Loser

NBC has a hit with their show, “The Biggest Loser”! It’s still on, right? Like Season 163 or something …? If you couldn’t recognize sarcasm printed in black and white, suffice it to say that I’ve never agreed with the show’s concept or it’s execution.

Attacking an abscess (pus must pass)

Pus is an exudate, a protein rich fluid that includes dead white blood cells (wbc) and bacteria and or parasites. It can range in color from yellow, white, brown, to green. The color depends on the bacteria causing the infection or substances made by the wbc to kill the bacteria. A collection of pus in an enclosed space of the body is called an abscess. Abscesses are very common in the skin, but can also be found in solid organs (brain, liver, lung, etc.). Other terms for an abscess in the skin include boil, furuncle or carbuncle.

They will know us by our love

“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13:34-35

Heart surgery patient may be depressed

Q. My husband had heart by-pass surgery two months ago and appears to be recovering well physically. However, he’s lost interest in most of his usual activities and complains frequently about being tired and depressed, and that is not improving at all. Could his depression be related to his heart surgery?

Tips for helping Mom feel less depressed

Q. My mother is in her late 80s. She is asking me to come home and live nearby because she is depressed. I’ve begged her to take medication, but she won’t. Although I’m divorced, I have a settled life in another state. I don’t want to relocate right now. What can I do at 55 to satisfy my mother and keep my own independence?

Body image

Body image. A topic fraught with danger! While I certainly don’t have the answers to deep-seated psychological issues, I’d like to — ever so gingerly — dip a toe into these waters.

Plantar fasciitis

The plantar fascia is a flat band of ligaments that connects the heel bone to the toes, supporting the arch of the foot. If the plantar fascia is strained, it gets weak, swollen and irritated. This condition is called plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis is responsible for about 2 million medical visits per year. As we age, the condition affects males more often than females due to the deterioration of the fat pad on the bottom of the heel after the age of 40.

‘The Man Who Knew Infinity’ is a by-the-numbers biopic

“The Man Who Knew Infinity” tells the fictionalized true story of Srinivasa Ramanujan, a brilliant unschooled mathematician whose work changed the field. Let me stop you before you say “A Beautiful Mind” or “The Imitation Game.” This biopic, from writer-director Matthew Brown, is a dutiful effort that never quite adds up to those vastly superior efforts.

Why would Cruz insult New Yorkers?

When it comes to votes, the state of New York is a gold mine. In the 2012 presidential election, more than 11 million New Yorkers were registered. By itself, New York accounted for half of Barack Obama’s margin of victory in the popular vote over Mitt Romney.

Your Best Life - Add life to your years

​Just this morning I was speaking with a member who recently lost his mother. As he talked about her situation I made the comment that “medical science can add years to our lives, but only we can add life to those years.”

Opiod addicts face difficult path to recovery

Q. Our daughter, who is in her late 40s, has become addicted to pain medication. She was taking it as prescribed for injuries received in a car accident, and now she is taking eight or nine pills a day. Could you please explain the dangers of these medications so that she and others will understand the problems of pain pill addiction?

‘Ride Along 2” just a carbon copy of the first film

Rapper-turned-actor Ice Cube and stand-up comedian Kevin Hart are a promising comedic duo. It’s just too bad the material falls woefully short of their abilities in the buddy-cop comedy “Ride Along 2.” Director Tim Story’s follow-up to the 2014 original, is more of the same. I shudder to think how awful the movie would be without its two stars.

Your Best Life - Gender differences in metabolism

We often think that men and women are as different as apples and hammers, when actually, we are very similar metabolically. About 90 percent of daily energy expenditure is due to muscle mass, fat mass and activity level. Women do tend to have slower metabolisms than men, but the difference is primarily a function of muscle mass and body size, not gender.

Winter doesn’t have to make you S.A.D.

Q. Starting in January each year, I get very depressed. I think I may have a low-level depression, but I deal with it effectively other times. In the winter, however, I don’t want to go to work, do things with friends or get out of bed. Why does this keep happening and what can I do about it?

El Chapo Got Caught. So What?

All across America last weekend, panicked drug users rushed to their dealers to stock up on marijuana, heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine for fear of running out. The arrest of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, head of the biggest drug cartel in Mexico, was sure to cause a sudden shortage of illegal substances in this country.