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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 15, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 4-THE LETHBRIOGE HERALD Monday, April 15, 1974 Tough policy of restraint needed now Emergency session The special session ol the United Nations General Assembly undei way now in New York City could be one ot the most important happenings ol our time It has been called as a result ot the ciitical shortage ol lood and resources Hitoughout the world A new economic oidet is required In some ways the situation paiallels that which existed when the UN was bom 29 years ago in San Francisco It was hoped then that a new world was being fooin and it is realized now that the need loi a new older is even more urgent The dillerence is that the hope now is tcmpeied bv the that the UN has novel lived up to expectations So massive are the problems tacmg the delegates to the UN special session and so entrenched are the interests ot nations that the attempt to hnd wav to a new order seems doomed Irom the outset But as the discussions proceed and the gravity ol the situation is impressed with all its oppressiveness, a diiection emerge that cannot be avoided Sconng political points and manoeuvring tor advantage ceases to have meaning in some in a leaky lifeboat only a partial answer will be lound lot the need to deal with wracking mllution and (Tightening shortages The woild lias lived with an imperfect msti umenl tor meeting the threat ol anai and has been better ott probably than il the UN had not been in existence as a loium The world mav also be able to suivive a beginning is made at sti IK tin ing a ditteient economic order At least national representatives are meeting which is a more hopetul thing than it the situation were simply ignored Fashions in child care Fashions in child care may not change as frequently as they do in clothing but they do change, sometimes drastically The periodic swings between disciphnananism and permissiveness are illustrative of this One of the most durable fashions in child care has been the pushing ot children out into all sorts ot situations, away from home, in order to develop sell-reliance and guard against dependancy Excessive parental attention, especially from the mother has long been believed to be the way to 'spoil a child, and perhaps emotionally cripple him or her Now this notion is being challenged and a new fashion in child care may be the consequence Dr John Bowlby of the Tavistock Institute of Human Relations in England says the more support a parent gives a youngster, the more independent the child becomes Dr Mary Salter Amsworth of Johns Hopkins University savs that in human beings even short-duration isolation from the mother mav attect a child The grounds for Dr Bowlby's assertion are not known but Dr Amsworth bases her conclusion on a five- month study 0} 20 children in day-care centres It was found that the children, aged two and three, exhibited more signs oi anxiety and a greater fear of strangers than a similar group reared at home There is no way of knowing whether these attitudes will prove to be enduring but such a study introduces a cautionary note into the praises generally sung for day care centres It also provides some comfort for those mothers who, against the pressures to go to work, elect to stay at home to be near their children Moldy cure for jet lag By Don Oakley, Consider the lowly Neurospora The familiar bread mold fungus toils not neither does it spin but it does have something in common with human beings a sensitive biological clock that could reveal the key to the problem experienced bv jet travelers jn adjusting to rapid time changes Frot Malcolm L Sargent cell biologist with the University of Illinois at Urbana hampaign has been studying the simple organism for 10 years He reports that Neurospora has a built-in activity cycle close NFA service to 24 hours The cvcle is kept on time by exposure to light, and like that of a human, can be reset and shifted over a period of time to a new dav-night pattern Just how the time control mechanism worki is still a mystery but jSargent and others researching the phenomenon believe a chemical is involved If the chemical can be identified and its function understood, it may be possible someday for travelers to take a c apsule or a few drops to reset themselves to ;