Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 30, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
8-THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Tuesday, April 30, 1974 I Health officials question excessive use of drugs GENEVA (Reuter) Too many doctors are issuing too many pills for too many wrong reasons, according to a World Heafth Organization (WHO) report The report said there is a potential danger of a medicine- dependent society unless urgent investigations are con- ducted into drug over-use and methods to halt the alarming rise in the amount of medication taken throughout the world Its Lloyd Christopher, a member of the Geneva-based organization's drugs evaluation unit and James Crooks, professor of pharmacology at Dundee Uni- versity in it is important to give doctors' prescribing habits "prompt and carefull attention before too much ground is lost Increasing reports of resistant strains of bacteria could be due to an over-liberal prescription of antibiotics, they wrote in the current edition of WHO'S official journal, World Health The report said doctors often approved combinations of drugs when one was sufficient, prescribed higher doses than necessary and even using drugs when alternative methods are available LACK TRAINING It also complained of inadequate training of university undergraduates in clinical pharmacology, and said "much remains to be done In the preparation of the doctor to meet the complex problems of drug therapy." The article recommended regular postgraduate re- fresher courses for general practitioners, "who could then approach the management of their patients in a more informed and critical way According to the article's authors, doctors often give in to the temptation to write out prescriptions to postpone the return of troublesome patients to their offices They pointed out that in industrialized countries, more than half the adult population may take some kind of medi- cation every day Estimates made on the basis of manufacturers' sales figures, government purchases and field surveys "reveal a vast increase in drug use, and although the evidence is wholly circumstantial, there are signs that there may be a growing problem of drug the article said Dr Christopher and Prof Crooks noted that in the United States approximately two billion prescriptions were dispensed in 50-percent increase over the previous a total cost to the consumer of billion. In England and Wales the number of prescriptions issued by pharmacists rose from 188 million in 1949 to 247 million in 1970 In France, even allowing for inflation, total national expenditure on Pharmaceuticals increased by 170 per cent between 1959 and 1972. The report also revealed that in France children under two years of age are high consumers, and that in Sweden married persons of either sex are significantly more frequent drug consumers than the unmarried "It is undoubtedly true that the large amount of thera- peutically useful drugs made available by pharmacological and pharmaceutical research has contributed to the in- creased use of the article said "But since many of those drugs exert powerful effects the extent and gravity of the potential problems cannot easily be disregarded The WHO article slammed drug manufacturers for mak- ing excessive claims about their products In information received from those firms by the doctor, "contra-m- dications, types of patients who may develop side-effects, interaction potential and uncommon side-effects may not be adequately the report said "Another trend to be deprecated is the use of the mass media of press and television to promote unjustifiable claims for over-the-counter products Sales pressure of this type militates against the public using such drugs sensibly I i Soldiers reunited with orphaned girl 32 years after war NEW YORK (AP) Greta- Jean was only eight in 1942 when her life was shattered in war-torn England Her mother dead and her sister evacuated, Gret-Jean was befriended by Harry and Smitty two United States soldiers She never forgot their kind- ness, and she and Harry and Smitty and all their wives got together again in a reunion resulting from an emotional letter she wrote Remembering the kind things Harry and Smitty had done for her three decades ago, Greta-Jean Jolhff, now the mother of three, reached out for them recently in a let- ter to "The Editor of the American Newspaper with the Widest Circulation The letter went to the New York Daily News, which pub- lished it Publicity from the message reached Robert Wen- dell Smith and Harry Lit- tlefield Smith, 56, and Littlefield, 61 who lived within 90 miles of each other in Washington state without realizing it, re- called the grief-stricken waif they had cared for and ar- rangements were made through The News for a reun- ion Smith and Littlefield ar- rived with their wives at Ken- nedy Airport in time to greet Mrs Jolhff and her husband as they arrived on a flight from London "Everything has been won- derful and it is said Mrs Jolhff, who is now 41 years old She married a railway electrical technician CANADA'S FINEST STORAGE Call 327-4348 for Rapid Pick-up CANADIAN FURRIERS Paramount Theatre Building Herald- Family Parents' skin used as bandages Burned children saved Super speedy worker Gary Harper has been doing his job in the Hennepin County General Hospital supply warehouse on roller skates for three months His boss says Gary has been doing alone what it took two men, timewise to get done before. BOSTON (AP) Some burned children who once would have faced almost certain death now are being saved with a new treatment that uses their parents' skin as bandages The treatment purposely inhibits their ability to fight infection, one of a burn patient's deadliest foes The experimental technique, which has been used to treat 11 youngsters in less than two years at the Shnners" Burns Institute here, is considered risky because it relies on suppressing the body's immune system that defends against foreign bodies and disease But for patients who have almost no chance of survival with traditional treatments, the doctors feel the risks are acceptable Seven of those treated have survived, and of the four who died only one failed because of uncontrolled infection Thei others died of lung difficulties' because of inhalation burns to the respiratory system, doctors say The severe burns treatment involves skin transplant specialists, surgeons and other experts from Massachusetts General Hospital, which staffs the burns centre Because of the risk, the doc- tors limit use of the technique to children who have severe burns over at least 70 to 80 per cent of their bodies Dr John Crawford, the Shri- ners' chief of pediatrics, makes the final decision on whether to use the treatment He says, however, that parents' refusals to approve the treatment or donate the skin are strictly abided by Temporary skin transplants from the parents or a sibling lasting up to eight weeks allow the burned child to heal and survive while doctors get enough skin from unbUrned parts of his body to per- manently graft over the burned areas Previous skin from cadavers, animals or synthetic processes or tissue- matched skin from close rela- with only limited success because of rejection by the body By suppressing the immune system, rejection is delayed and the graft of closely- matched skin can "take" for up to eight weeks This gives the doctors the extra time they need to cover the badly burned child with his own skin During the first three months of treatment, the burned children stay in an intensive-care facility called a bacteria-controlled nursing environment The entire treatment takes six to seven months Trinj-Cinida Telephone Systtm THESE TWO LONG DISTANCE CALLS ARE BEING MADE FROM THE SAME OFFICE SAME DAY, SAME TIME, SAME DISTANCE. ONE COSTS 05% LESS THAN THE OTHER. WHY? Mr. Left is calling person to person, Calgary to Toronto. Mr. Right is dialing direct. Both calls will last 1 minute. Mr. Right's call will cost 85% less than the other call because he's using the new low ODD day rates, and pays only for 1 Mr. Left pays higher person to person day rates, and is charged a 3 minute minimum. Dialing direct can save money. It only takes a few long distance calls for the difference to show up in dollars on a business phone. Its sound business to make Direct Distance Dialing company policy. Why not let our ACT Service Adviser hold a ODD seminar for your staff It need only take 20 minutes And it may make a real difference on your phone bill 1-MINUTE MINIMUM DIAL DIRECT RATES APPLY TO CALLS FROM ALBERTA TO OTHER PROVINCES Keeps you in touch with a bargain If Direct D'stance Dialing is not available where you live your operator will place your call at the same Dial Direct rale Those rains do not apply to certain areas of Northern Canada and USA THE BETTER HALF By Barnes HELP US TO HELP OTHERS! The Salvation Army Welfare Services NMd Clothing, Furniture, Toyt, Houujiold Effects Cill 318-2180 For Pickup OR LEAVE AT 412 1st AVE. 6. LOYAL ORDER OF MOOSE 1234-3rd Ave. N. Regular Wednesday Night p.m. 25 GAMES-DOUBLE MONEY CARDS-MANY EXTRAS Jackpot in 53 Humbert ProcMdi this week to Mutcular Dlttrophy 5 card! cards Double-Door Prize No one under 16 years allowed to play BINGO Wednesday at 8 p.m. Lethbridge Fish Game Assoc. Jackpot in 54 Numbers 3 4th 8th 10th In? Humbert GOLD CARDS PAY DOUBLE FREE CARDS EAGLES HALL 13th ST N FREE GAMES ______ No Children Under 16 "I am NOT giving you lots fat and bone you're paying for every bit of Club corner notes} The Lethbridge Y's Menettes will sponsor a garage sale from 10 a m to 4 pm Saturday at 1721 18th Ave S Coffee will be served The Christian Science Church will hold a prayer and testimony meeting at 7 30 p m Wednesday in the church auditorium, 1203 4th Ave S Everyone welcome Friendship Lodge will hold a regular meeting at 8 p m Wednesday in the IOOF Hall. Plans will be made for members to attend the union meeting in Medicine Hat Usual lunch The women of the U and I Club of Central Church of Christ will hold a dessert tea at the Pemmican Club from 2 to 4 p m Saturday. There will also be a home baking and novelty table The social division of the Lethbridge Handicapped Society will hold a strawberry tea and bake sale Friday from 7 to 9 p m in the Moose Hall Handicrafts and a white elephant table will be featured Music by the Happy Handicappers Everyone welcome EGGS BEAT THE SAME Egg whites do not necessarily beat higher when at room temperature than when refrigerator cold However, it takes a few seconds longer to beat the cold egg whites to the same volume The Hi Neighbour Club will hold a dance from 7 30 to 9 30 p m Wednesday at the Lotus Inn Everyone welcome to attend There will be a meeting for St Michael's Alumnae members at 7 30 p.m Wednesday in the nurses' recreation room Following the meeting the Knights of Columbus will show films and slides on abortions All staff welcome to attend LEGION BINGO EVERY WEDNESDAY it 8 p.m. JACKPOT Blackout in 56 or less (IncrtMlng number (Mr until wen) OAME 150 JACKPOT 8th GAME 126 (X) 10th Game Jackpot in 51 Numbers FREE BUS SERVICE HOME AFTER IINQO MEMORIAL HALL PUBLIC MEMBERS AND QUESTS NORMANDY LOUNGE CHILDREN UNDER NOT ALLOWED Auxiliary to CimrtUn TO A MAN'S WARDROBE fflfflfflfflffi Hartt 9 Macfarlane Rand Pedwin Sizes to 14m A to EEE Black, Brown, Blue, White and Two-Tones Joe GREEN'S SHOES Downtown on Sixth Street Open Thursdays till p.m.