DEAR DR. GOTT: My husband has occasional bouts with difficulty in swallowing. It seems as though his esophagus contracts, and he is unable to swallow at all for one half to two hours. During this time, great quantities of phlegm come up. He is 78 years old, and I worry that as he ages, he might choke. He usually has bouts two or three times a year, and this has been going on for many years. He does not mention this to the doctor when he has physicals, but I am concerned. Is there anything to help his attacks or ...
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. - Support in early voting states such as South Carolina, Iowa and New Hampshire is important, but Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani explained Friday that he has to follow the money.
Your natural leadership qualities, along with your managerial and organizational abilities, will be very pronounced. This could be one of your better years for accomplishing extraordinary feats.
MIAMI - The new director of the National Hurricane Center, under fire from staff members who want him ousted, said Friday that he doesn't plan to resign but will if that would benefit the public.
WASHINGTON - The public has little faith the government is adequately screening visitors to the country or could cope with an outbreak of an infectious disease, according to an AP-Ipsos poll.
LOS ANGELES - Andruw Jones homered, Chipper Jones and Brian McCann added RBI singles and the Atlanta Braves defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-2 on Wednesday night to stop a three-game losing streak.
LOS ANGELES - A heat wave sizzling across the West showed little sign of letting up Thursday, with Las Vegas forecast to tie a record high and even northern Idaho expected to top 100 degrees.
"You can become dehydrated really quick before you know it. You step outside and, 'wow,'" said Charlie Schlott, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Las Vegas.
Statesboro Police are seeking a man they said snatched a purse from a woman Monday. The victim told officers she was at Sea Island Bank's main branch parking lot on East Vine Street, and had just got out of her car when a man walked up and shoved her, causing her to strike her head on the car, said Statesboro Police Capt. L. C. Williams.
ATLANTA - The Atlanta Braves say the results of an examination on John Smoltz's sore right shoulder may not be known until Monday.
DOUGLASVILLE, Ga. - Standing on the steps of the Douglas County Courthouse, the Rev. Al Sharpton embraced the mother and sister of Genarlow Wilson, joining hundreds of supporters Thursday in continuing to demand Wilson's immediate release from prison.
DEAR DR. GOTT: I have a friend who is 84, as I am. She has a brain tumor and is in a nursing rehabilitation center. When I visited her the other day, I noted that her ID bracelet had the name of a doctor whom I did not recognize and was not the doctor she had for at least a decade. I asked an attendant if her doctor visited, and the answer was no, they don't visit patients in the center.
Social involvements are likely to turn out to be equally as important as your career or work-related activities. New friends could be instrumental in furthering your material interests.
DEAR ABBY: I met my best friend, "Chanelle," a hairstylist, 20 years ago when she worked in a beauty salon and I was a walk-in client. We hit it off immediately. She has been doing my hair ever since, and I have referred clients to her over the years.
ATLANTA - Mary McElroy says she knows that some refer to Georgia State's opening months of its fundraising drive for a possible football program as only ''baby steps.''
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WASHINGTON - After a dismal winter, the U.S. economy sprang back to life in the April-June quarter, growing at a fast 4 percent annual rate on the strength of higher consumer and business spending.
Statesboro Christian Bookstore will close for the last time Saturday.
LOS ANGELES - Tommy La Stella put together his second straight three-hit game and fourth since making his major league debut in late May. Freddie Freeman broke out of his slump, too. Their offense just wasn't enough to keep Atlanta's winning streak going.
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FLOWERY BRANCH - Matt Ryan is expanding his leadership role to include teaching young players and other newcomers in his seventh training camp with the Falcons.
AKRON, Ohio - The landmark at Firestone Country Club is among the most popular in America, a massive water tower in the shape of a golf ball on a tee.
PORTAL - No matter the expectations, the preseason preparations rarely change for the Portal Panthers.
Two down, one big one to go.
DALTON - The challenges presented by an influx of unaccompanied children and youths from Central America streaming across the southern border into the United States have reached Dalton.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - A 9-year-old girl who was struck by a plane that crash-landed on a beach while she vacationed with her family has died from her injuries, law enforcement officials in Florida said Tuesday.
If I ever write a book I'll call it "Truths, Half Truths and Downright Lies," mainly because I can't remember which category all my little adventures fall under.
A family of seven escaped a fire early Monday morning caused by food left cooking, Evans County Fire Chief Andy Sikes said.
Dr. Shawn Williams has been named the medical director of Willingway, the addiction recovery center announced Tuesday.
Georgia Southern University President Dr. Brooks A. Keel recently announced that the university will double-match funds for the needs-based Realizing Educational Achievement Can Happen, or REACH, Scholarship program.
Metter police seek the public's help in identifying a man they say robbed a hotel Sunday afternoon near Interstate 16.