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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 29, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta LETHBRIDGE Lawrence Lamb M.D. Dear Dr Lamb father died at age 47 from i heumatic heart disease He had rheumatic as a child When I was 7 I went to the doctor with him for four months and took some medicine After his death I didn t go to the doctor any more Mv mother said I had rheumatic lever but I have never been restricted in activitv and have led a healthy and active life I ve never had anv symptoms I m concerned because I ve heard of people dying from bad hearts because the heart was damaged by rheumatic fever in childhood I have had routine examinations and two chest X where I work If my heart was scarred or damaged in am rheumatic fever would this show on the X ray9 Is there anv test I could take now to show definitely that I had rheumatic fever as a child or not and how much damage it has done9 I m 20 years old Should I have anv symptoms now or what symptoms should I have had as a child9 Dear Reader About the onlv to tell if you had rheumatic fever as a child now is if it left anv heart damage Rheumatic fever ma> not cause any heart damage The heart disease is a complication The sequence goes something like this A strep- tococcal infection strep tnroat may be followed by rheumatic fever or it may not If vou have rheumatic (ever as a complication of the strep throat then you may get the complication of heart involvement or vou may not If the heart is involved it may I Flashback 1901 Prohibitionist Carrie Nation attacked the New York saloon owned former world heavyweight boxing champion John L Sullivan 1916 Gen Paul von Hmdenburg was appointed chief of the general staff of the German 1922 The Chilean ship Itata in a storm off Copumbo with a loss of 301 lives 1961 Six tourists were kill- ed when a French jet fighter hit a cable on a scenic nft on Mont Blanc have residual damage that can progress to cause changes in the heart later or the heart may recover completely Your father's illness began as a child, with a streptococcal infection Such a strep infection is contagious The rheumatic heart disease he had afterward is not contagious Apparently he was about 40 when you were born, so he would not likely have had anything that was contagious for you You can have rheumatic fever with few, if any, symptoms The diagnosis sometimes has to be made upon an examination of the heart and certain blood tests In other instances it causes fever red hot swollen joints, generalized evidence of an infectious disease, and, if the heart is acutely involved, a variety of heart problems, including heart failure If the heart is involved even with an unrecognized case of rheumatic fever, in later life the valves in the heart may be damaged Incidentally a lot more can be done for these problems today than was possible even 15 years ago In mild cases it takes more than an X ray to see the problem The X ray mav be entirely normal but the doctor can hear a murmur or abnormal sound from your heart beat The electrocardiogram can also be helpful In cases with severe heart damage or seriously affected valves then the size and shape of the heart may be changed so that it is apparent on X ray Obviously if you have no valve damage or significant damage to your heart it is unlikely that you would have any symptoms Certainly if vou have no symptoms and have never had any health problems you should not limit vour activities in any way Knowing that your father did not have a contagious disease when you were a child, that you were a child in the age when rheumatic fever was being prevented by antibiotics and your lack of problems I too doubt you ever had rheumatic fever Send your questions to Dr Lamb, in care of this newspaper, P 0 Box 1551, Radio City Station, New York, N Y 10019 For a copy of Dr. Lamb's booklet on losing weight, send 50 cents to the same address and ask for the "Losing Weight" booklet Goren on Bridge BY ES H GORLN c 1974 The Chicoo Tribune South rabl( South NOR! H A V A K J H 1 1 K Q A 7 b WEST EAST KJ 542 J 7 5 2 10 9 54 SOLTH Q 10 8 7 b 8 6 .1 8 2 1 IK bidding South North East 1 PASS 2 Pass 2 Pass Pa-ss 5NT Pass, Pass b 4> Pass Pass Pass Opining lead Three of A ProbabK the most exciting bridge to kibitz is manv time world champion Benito of Italy s famed Blue Team Both his dummy play and defense are designed to keep his oppo nents guessing and he has brought off many spectacular coups This hand is from Italy s match against Spain in the World Team Olympiad The Spanish North South pressed a little in bidding to the spade slam South was aggressive in accepting North s slam try with his minimum hand However he reasoned that if North eould jump to five spades without UK two minor suit aees there had to be play for twelve truks unimaginative defense lie would have been nght led his fourth best club and P ast s queen drove out the ace Declarer had to get nd of dummy s club loser so he cashtd the king and queen ot diamonds and the ace ot hearts and came to his hand with a heart ruff A club was discarded on the ace of diamonds and a club was ruffed in dummy After discarding a club on the king of hearts, declarer continued with a low heart Kast discarded a club and South ruffed with the six of spades Without a moment s hesitation Garozzo overruffed with the king1 This play convinced declarer that East held the jack of spades so when Garozzo returned a club, declarer ruffed with dummy s ace to prevent an overruff Now he confi dently led the nine of spades and finessed but Garozzo produced the jack of spades for the setting trick Observe that if overruffs routinely with the jack of spades, declarer will make his contract He has no alternative but to ruff the club return with the rune of spades and cash the ace, dropping the king, leaving declarer with two high trumps Your horoscope ByJeamDiion FRIDAY, AUGUST 30 Your birthday today: Finds you striving for balance, putting mind over matter, dis- covering personal experience in previously unknown and un- suspected areas Material af- fairs go according to you logical plans and continued diligence Re lationships de- mand attention Today's natives often work at remote specialties, sometimes mathematical or technological disciplines using exact calculation ARIES (March 21-April 19) Assume another's feelings to be as sensitive as your own Stay busy with what you've begun, avoid changing direc- tion as you finish the work week TAURUS (April 20-May Make this a slow but methodical day Give care to and be tolerant about check- ing facts and figures Don't take anything seriously in lively discussions this evening GEMINI (ay 21-June Withdraw for a period of in- dividual experience, depend on nobody for co-operation Get a new perspective on social contacts and where they lead CANCER (June 21-July Confirm what s been done lately rather than begin something completely different People go off on their own tangents, let them go in peace LEO (July 23-Aug 22) You least resist useless bickering, impatience Stop and realize that most issues are tran- sitory Then opt for long-range plans VIRGO (Aug 23Sept Your own feelings and those of others can be easily bruised in hasty or humorous references to current concerns Put your wishes aside and help another LIBRA (Sept 23-Oct Be- ing tactful isn't enough, place deep trust in those you love Verify stones going around before you accept them as fact Postpone purchases of personal items SCORPIO (Oct 23-Nov Move in business on faith and without adequate preparation Don t pry or scoff at associates they have much on their mind Summon the initiative to finish your work week promptly SAGITTARIUS (Nov 22-Dec Nothing goes quite as planned You save the day with good humor and sym- pathetic support for loved ones but expect no immediate acknowledgment or gratitude CAPRICORN (Dec 22-Jan 19) Make this a calm day of minor routine fine ad- justment Follow well- established thrifty financial habits Don t pursue a difference of opinion very far AQUARIUS (Jan 20-Feb 18) Unsolicited or free advice of vours is taken in a manner you didn t intend Friends pur- sue ventures suitable to their, not your taste Let them do so in peace PISCES (Feb 19-March 20) Keep life simple today Do only what >ou've promised to, don t attempt more activities There s enough already in progress to fill all your time Ask Andy TARANTULA Andy sends a complete 20 volume set of the Merit Students Encyclopedia to Chris Kosky age 12, of Sarasota Florida, for her question Is the tarantula really a spider' Yes she is When it comes to spiders many people take definite sides Many of us ad- mire them We waited with baited breath while Arabella spun her perfect web in the onbitmg space lab, with no gravity to guide her But some people panic at the sight of an ordinary little spider The furry brown tarantulas, as big as a fist, scare them out of their wits The original tarantula is a one inch member of the wolf spider family Like all her close km she spins no web and pursues her prey like a wily wolf During the Middle Ages, she stirred up a frantic fuss around the town of Taranto in southern Italy Apparently this furry grey wold spider bit some of the people Like all spiders, her fangs are fed by poisonous glands In most cases, the fangs are tio fragile and the venom too weak to do much harm to humans But her bite is more venomous than most and some of the people suffered serious poisoning This was, remember, during the Dark Ages when a lot of medical treatment was merely guesswork And the treatment for wolf spider bites turned out to be downright fantastic The people of Taranto believed that the victim could be cured by dancing danc- ing to a state of complete ex- haustion So when a spider bite was reported, the fiddlers were sent for and the victim danced a frantic dance until he dropped in his tracks At this point, he was assumed to be cured Apparently others joined in the performance and a good time was had by all The dance of Taranto became the popular tarantella The spider of Taranto became known as the tarantula Several similar wolf spiders were known and feared throughout Europe Then Columbus discovered the New World and Spanish explorers discovered several un believable spiders in Central and South America If the lit tie wolf spiders of Europe were a menace surely these huge hairy fellows must be monstrous menaces It seem ed logical to call them all tarantulas, even though some of them were as big as a man s fist Later, the scientists got around to classifying these tropical whoppers Yes, all the so-called tarantulas of the New World proved to be spiders But they were not members of the same wolf spider family to which the European tarantulas belong And their bite though serious, turned out to be less dangerous than expected Most of the so called taran tulas of the New World are classified in the spider family Theraphosidae The famous spider of Taranto is classified in the spider family Taran- tulidae, with the other taran tulas of Euope Questions asked by chil- dren of Herald readers should be mailed to Ask Andy, P.O. Box. 765, Huntington Beach, California 92648. (Copyright Chronicle Publishing Co. 1973) Fun with figures By J A H HUNTER Each letter stands for a different digit 'KOOKY9" you may ask Well, that's truly odd Yes, odd So what do you make of the BIKINF KOOKY KOOK BUYS BIKINI (Answer tomorrow) Yesterday's answer: Candies, six cents and 17 cents. Gentlemen, Enclosed is the manuscript of my new novel. I know you are going to like it. In the meantime, please send me some money so I can live it up. SHORT RIBS I SOT SOME DlSGgiSE.5 HERE TDNK3HTS JOB THESE DISGUISES ARE SURE RJNNW, BOSS. THE THINWNG TO VWCKfiONNA AND THE EASTER HI AND LOIS FLOOR WALL BUGS BUNNY DO VOU THINK THIS WILL HELP CURE MV FEAR OF BEFORE AN O' THESE GUYS GOTTA LISTEN- THEY'RE FEKA WHAT DO THOSE CLUCKS KNOW ABOUT MUSIC BLONDIE r HOPB (TDOTSIE WILL. LET ME GO BOWLING V, _ TONIGHT SHE DROPPED MY BOWLING BALL- ON IT ARCHIE A STOP SIGN WHEN I'M NOT IN I'LL BET YOU HAVEN'T READ A SINGLE _. THING ALL.MYEAH9 SUMMER WHY, JUST THE. OTHER DAY I READ SOMETHING TO KEEP ME HEALTHY WHAT THESE ARE BEST-SELLERS] DON'T YOU HAVE A SUMMER READING PROGRAM, V STICKSHIFT? HAGAR THE HORRIBLE FAlP BEETLE BAILEY WALK: SHOULD X-RAT6D r-w LI'LABNER TUMBLEWEEDS THFVRE NO DOUBT CELEBRATING THE OLD DAYS WHEN SUCH A SIGHT MEANT DEATH DO TO US yOU TRAINMEN- THINK YOU RE DOING TO OUR TRAIN n Km ft WHAT PO VOU CAPITALIST PI6S THINK VOLTRE POIWG TO OUR COUNTRY AMP mo MIGHT VOU PE? HEMP- MEMBER OFTHESOCIETy'OF L-ANCE GI0PET GAP! VDO'RE A HANGMAN.' i YOU WERE EXPEC71N6, ;