Dear Readers: Women should have a MAMMOGRAM. Talk with your gynecologist or doctor about what age you should start getting one. When you go for the exam, here are some hints from the American Cancer Society on what to do that day:

* Have the dates of your previous mammograms and locations where they were done (if going to a different facility).

* Don’t wear deodorant, perfume or dusting powder. Some ingredients can interfere with the mammogram and show up as white spots.

* You will be asked to undress from the waist up, so dress accordingly.

* Tell the facility of any symptoms you may be having and if you have breast implants.

Try to schedule your mammograms around the same time every year so you don’t forget. How about your birthday (a gift to yourself for good health), the beginning of spring or something as simple as “May can be mammogram month”? -- Heloise

P.S.: A personal note to women who should have a mammogram and for whatever reason haven’t: Please go! Five minutes (or less) is all it takes!



P.O. Box 795000

San Antonio, TX 78279-5000

Fax: 1-210-HELOISE



Dear Heloise: Here is another hint about carabiners. We were worried about our new dog getting away when getting her in and out of the car. We asked ourselves, “What would Heloise do?” The answer is a carabiner attached to the leash and the headrest post. Having a good grip of the leash before we release the carabiner gives us peace of mind. -- Cathy R., Omaha

It can be tricky, especially if you have a big dog! Woof, woof. -- Heloise


Dear Heloise: My family and I go on many road trips, and with a family of four, the laundry really piles up. If we are staying at a hotel/motel that has laundry facilities, I have started doing a few loads while there. It saves me a lot of time by not having to do so many loads when we get home. -- Felicia in Utah


Dear Heloise: What’s the cheapest and best product to use for computer and TV-screen cleaning that won’t harm the surface? -- A Reader, via e-mail

The easiest and best way is with a clean, dry microfiber cloth. Gently dust your computer and TV screen. Delicate screens, like LCD and plasma, can be damaged by getting them wet, so to be safe, never spray or use window or household cleaners on a screen. If you have stubborn spots or fingerprints, use a wipe specially designed to clean electronic screens. You don’t want to risk ruining your expensive computer or television. -- Heloise


Dear Heloise: I could not loosen the defective light bulb in one of my table lamps. I unplugged the electrical cord and removed the lampshade. I placed several elastic bands at the base of the bulb and, with rubber gloves, was able to loosen the bulb. Problem solved. -- Grace S. in Virginia

Send a hint to Heloise, P.O. Box 795000, San Antonio, Tex. 78279-5000, fax it to 210-HELOISE or e-mail it to Please include your city and state.

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