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Astrograph 10/20

Your splendid imagination and creativity can be put to profitable uses if you believe in yourself. Ideas you conceive can be moneymakers, once you set your mind to following them through to conclusion.

October 27, 2006 | By BERNICE BEDE OSOL | Coffee Break

Ask Dr. Gott 10/20

DEAR DR. GOTT: I am 80 and had a bypass about eight years ago. Several years later, I had congestive heart failure, atrial fibrillation and diabetes type 2. I heard about Enhanced External Counterpulsation and, as my heart disease was worsening, I thought I would give it a try instead of more life-risking surgery or even catheterization. My cardiologist said that EECP was a last resort. Since EECP was noninvasive, Food and Drug Administration-approved and fully paid for by my insurance and Medicare, I thought his advice was not logical. The cardiologist's advice might also have been self-serving.

October 27, 2006 | By DR. PETER GOTT | Coffee Break

Dear Abby 10/20

DEAR ABBY: My mother is in her early 70s, and her health is deteriorating after a lifetime of alcohol abuse, smoking and other vices. She has been in and out of hospitals for different ailments over the last four years or so. The last few episodes have been the most worrisome, including breathing problems related to congestive heart failure.

October 27, 2006 | By ABIGAIL VAN BUREN | Coffee Break

Dear Abby 10/19

DEAR ABBY: You told "Nervous in Bernardsville, N.J." (9/2), whose daughter reads romance novels, that "some might argue that the idealized depiction of romance and women being 'rescued' by powerful, wealthy men is more worrisome than the sex and eroticism." It is clear from that statement that you haven't read one yourself in a long time.

October 26, 2006 | By ABIGAIL VAN BUREN | Coffee Break

Ask Dr. Gott 10/19

DEAR DR. GOTT: I have a perplexing problem that I hope you can help me with. I break a lot of blood vessels in my fingers and wondered if you could give me some information on the subject, as I have one right now and it is very sore. I am constantly getting bulging, blue, broken blood vessels and don't do anything out of the ordinary to get them. Is this normal, should I be concerned, and is there any remedy to reduce them once they happen, like put cold or warm compresses on them?

October 26, 2006 | BY DR. PETER GOTT | Coffee Break

Bridge 10/19

Fred R. Barnard claimed that one picture is worth a thousand words. At the bridge table, although a picture - of the opposing hands - may be worth only one trick, that can be the difference between success and failure.

October 26, 2006 | By PHILLIP ALDER | Coffee Break

Astrograph 10/19

Your circle of friends and relationships will be substantially advanced. Each new group you meet, place you go or activity in which you engage could serve as a contributor toward furthering your popularity.

October 26, 2006 | By BERNICE BEDE OSOL | Coffee Break

Dear Abby 10/18

DEAR ABBY: During the last few weeks, two young women I know have confided to me about similar situations with their boyfriends. Each said her boyfriend took her cell phone and went through her logged calls, voice messages and text messages, checking to see who she had talked to. Both young men were furious that the girls had contact with other male friends. Both incidents were frightening.

October 25, 2006 | By ABIGAIL VAN BUREN | Coffee Break

Astrograph 10/18

In the year ahead, be optimistic and look for upswings in your life, from finances to love life to everyday issues. Positive convictions will help speed along all the good things in store for you.

October 25, 2006 | By BERNICE BEDE OSOL | Coffee Break

Bridge 10/18

Your left-hand opponent opens one spade, your partner passes, your right-hand opponent jumps to four spades, and you overcall four no-trump. What message are you transmitting to partner about your hand? Sorry, but not all four-no-trump bids are Blackwood.

October 25, 2006 | By PHILLIP ALDER | Coffee Break

Ask Dr. Gott 10/18

DEAR DR. GOTT: We were interested in the question sent by the 80-year-old registered nurse about older people having difficulty getting back to sleep after waking up during the night. In my case, I have to get up in the night for bladder relief, then lay awake or finally turn on the light to read for two hours. I have been helped by taking sleep aids. They all have the ingredient diphenhydramine. The product is labeled nonhabit-forming but is recommended for only occasional sleeplessness. I am concerned that frequent use might be detrimental. Would every third night on a continual ...

October 25, 2006 | BY DR. PETER GOTT | Coffee Break

Dear Abby 10/16

DEAR ABBY: Does it make me a horrible daughter if I don't want to take my mother to visit my older sister who lives 90 miles away? According to my mother, it does. I have always taken her in the past, even when it was the last thing I wanted to do.

October 24, 2006 | By ABIGAIL VAN BUREN | Coffee Break

Bridge 10/17

Yesterday, I recommended that declarer should take between 30 and 60 seconds to plan the play after the dummy has been tabled. The defenders should also be using this time to think. In particular, each should ask himself this question: From where will we get the tricks that we need to defeat the contract? Often, answering that will make the right defense obvious - as in this deal.

October 24, 2006 | By PHILLIP ALDER | Coffee Break

Bridge 10/16

When you are the declarer and the dummy has been tabled, on average how long do you take to call for a card from the board?

October 24, 2006 | By PHILLIP ALDER | Coffee Break

Astrograph 10/16

You could be especially fortunate where personal relationships are concerned. Shared situations or ventures that turn out well with those who are important to you will ease tensions that once existed.

October 24, 2006 | By BERNICE BEDE OSOL | Coffee Break

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