Q. What are allergy shots?
Allergy shots, also known as immunotherapy, are a series of scheduled injections meant to desensitize you to specific allergens, which are substances that trigger an allergic response.
The usual schedule is one shot once or twice a week for about three to six months. After that, you’ll need one shot about once a month for three to five years.
Allergy shots are commonly used to treat allergic rhinitis (hay fever) and asthma. Allergy shots may also control allergic reactions to stinging insects, such as bees, yellow jackets, hornets and wasps.
I get very uncomfortable when I’m standing in a line and the person behind me is standing too close. When I try to put a little distance between me and the other person, the person always seem to move closer. How close should you stand next to someone in a line?
When a person is within arm’s reach, or even worse, close enough to feel their breath, they are in your personal space.
Anytime someone steps across that invisible line, it’s natural to feel uneasy and uncomfortable.
The upside about the movie, “The Upside,” is that it’s entertaining, thought-provoking and uplifting.
Kevin Hart plays Dell Scott, whose parole officer mandates that he find a job. Bryan Cranston plays Phillip Lacasse, a wealthy self-help author who is a person with a disability, quadriplegia, after being injured in a para-glider accident.
Dell Scott is hired to be Phillip Lacasse’s in-home health-care worker, much to the dismay of Nicole Kidman, who plays Yvonne Pendleton, Lacasse’s home office manager.
The Allentown St. Patrick’s Parade Committee, Inc. has announced events for the 62nd Allentown St. Patrick’s Parade, which departs from the Allentown Fairgrounds at 1:30 p.m. March 17.
Call 610 - 829-4540 (ask operator for Area Agency on Aging) for locations or visit https://www.northamptoncounty.org/HS/AGING/Pages/default.aspx.
Wednesday, Feb. 6: Pork Rib-B-Q, cabbage and noodles, pickled beets, wheat bread w/ margarine, chilled peaches.
Thursday, Feb. 7: Spinach cheese soup, sweet and sour pork, white rice, oriental vegetables, wheat bread with margarine, chilled pears.
Friday, Feb. 8: Minestrone soup, Tater Tot casserole, fresh golden beets, tossed salad w/ Thousand Islands dressing, cranberry oatmeal cookie.
Warm up to the classics: The Allentown Symphony Orchestra, conducted by ASO Artistic Director Diane Wittry with guest solist, pianist Simon Mulligan, presents “Appalachian Spring & Rhapsody In Blue,” 7:30 p.m. Feb. 9 and 3 p.m. Feb. 10, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown. The program includes Aaron Copland’s “Appalachian Spring” in its full orchestra version with 75 musicians on stage and featuring dancers from the Ballet Guild of the Lehigh Valley, with new choreography by Ballet Guild of the Lehigh Valley Artistic Director Karen Knerr.
Q. I eat a little chocolate every day. How bad is that for me?
You didn’t say how much chocolate you eat daily. If you eat a chocolate Easter bunny a day, there is an obvious risk of becoming overweight. However, a little chocolate has health benefits.
A recent Harvard study suggested that a bit of high-quality dark chocolate one to three times a month may protect women from heart failure.
Submissions are now being accepted for the 14th annual award-winning Lehigh Valley Press Student Poetry Project.
In celebration of National Poetry Month in April, poems will be selected in each of the Elementary School, Middle School and High School categories and published in the April 17 and April 18 Focus section in the eight Lehigh Valley Press newspapers and web sites.
LV HERITAGE MUSEUM:
Lincoln scholar Dr. Joseph Fornieri will present a lecture, “Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass,” exploring the friendship between President Lincoln and leading African-American abolitionist Frederick Douglass, 1 p.m. Feb. 9, Lehigh County Historical Society’s Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum, 432 W. Walnut St., Allentown.
Dr. Joseph Fornieri is Professor of Political Science and Director of the Center for Statesmanship, Law, and Liberty at the Rochester Institute of Technology.
Nominations for the 91st Academy Awards have been announced.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences presents the 2019 Academy Awards ceremonies honoring 2018 movie releases, 8 p.m. (EST) Feb. 24, Dolby Theatre, Hollywood and Highland Center, Los Angeles, televised live on the ABC-TV.