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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 3, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta 6 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Monday, February 3, 1975 Lawrence Lamb M.D. Dear Dr. Lamb I have just been told that I have mul- tiple sclerosis (cuss, I would appreciate any in- formation that you can provide. Particularly what are my odds of living and for how long? Of course, this question refers to the average multiple sclerosis patient. What can I do for myself? Dear Reader Cuss, cuss is right, because it can be a real problem. Multiple sclerosis is one of those dis- eases that is poorly under- stood by medical science. We still are not sure what causes' it. There is some evidence that it is caused by a slow virus. You are probably used to thinking _of viruses causing sudden illnesses, as with the common cold. There now appears to be a whole group of very slow-acting viruses that cause problems even years after the infection starts; But, we still are not sure that this is true of multiple sclerosis. Characteristically, multiple sclero'sis, called M.S. for short, causes the outside cover of nerve fibers, called the myelin sheath to degenerate. When these defects occur the function related to that nerve is im- paired. This can mean problems in movement, paralysis, visual 'distur- bances, or any variety of symptoms capable of being produced by involvement of the nerve system.. If only a few fibers are affected, the defect may not be very great. A common characteristic of M.S. is the widespread, scattered involvement. With brain tumor you can usually relate the symptoms to a special part of the brain. The same is true with other nerve diseases. But M.S. may cause symptoms that indicate a patchy involvement of the brain and spinal cord. Another characteristic of M.S. is its tendency to cause sudden attacks, then clear up and disappear for long periods of time. Curiously M.S. is more com- mon in the northern areas, or colder areas, than the warmer areas. It is six times as com- m6n in the northern United States and Europe than in the south. One theory is that it resembles polio in this regard. Polio caused more paralysis in the North than in the South because polio was much more common in warm temperatures. The virus affected people early in life and conferred an immunity against the paralyzing type that occurred in the North. There isn't much I'can tell you to do for yourself, except follow good general health measures and avoid excessive fatigue. Flashback I960 The French National Assembly approved special powers for President de Gaulle to deali with the Algerian crisis. Goren on Bridge BY CHARLES H. GOREN AND OMAR SHARIF KtTS.Thi-ChirigoTHburH! South, vulnerable, you hold: VAQ873 4KJ865 The bidding has proceeded: North East South West I Pass 2 V Pass 3 Pass What do you bid now? should gamble on slam. Six no trump is preferable to six dia- monds because the opening lead will be coming up lo partner's hand, not through it. vulnerable, as South you hold: The bidding has proceeded: West North East South _. Pass Pass 1 Dble. no trump. While this bid hardly describes such an un- Kass balanced hand with one suit un- What action do you take? stopped, the iilternatives iire is a close choice be- even less appealing. A bid of tween three clubs and two no four clubs is too forward-going trump, hut our preference is for in view of the possible misfit, an'd the latter. We would like lo have you should avoid raising spades a slightly stronger hand and a on a singleton. Besides, partner betler stopper in the enemy suit rates to have something in dia- lor two no trump, hut the bid mondsforhis jump rebid. does describe our 'powerful, balanced hand. Q.2-As South, vulnerable, you hold: vulnerable, as South you hold: The bidding has proceeded: South West North East 1 4 4V Pass 4AK762 The bidding has proceeded: South West North East I Pass INT Dble. Pass .2 9 Pass Pass What do you bid now? clubs. Despite the What action do you take? pressure of West's preempt, it A.-Pass. The opponents have is inconceivable that partner COme to rest in the spot where could he lacking a spade control vou have excellent defensive for his four heart response, so prospects, so there is no reason you intend to drive the hand to to try to persuade them to seek slam. The only is an alternative contrast. If West's whether you can reach a grand nand is distributional, you might slam. If partner can cue-bid the not heat (hree of a minor. ace of spades over your five club cue-bid, you should respect his Q.7-Both vulnerable, as judgment and leap to seven no r. trump. Otherwise, you should settle for six hearts. Q.3- East-West vulnerable, as South you hold: 1097642 4Q962 The bidding has proceeded: South West North East Pass Pass 1 V Dble. 49 44 Dble. Pass The bidding has proceeded: South West North East 34 Pass 3 NT Pass What do you bid now? What action do you take? four spades. It is not our style to overrule, partner's choice of contracts. Here, how- ever, we have a certain degree of safety in that we have an eighth trump which partner doesn't hearts. Partner is not know about, and a hand that is expecting much from you defen- barren of useful values except in sively, but you have less than he the spade suit. could reasonably hope for. In addition, youn. sixth heart South, vulnerable, weakens his defensive strength. vou Discretion is the better part of vulnerable, as South you hold: 4106V 72 The bidding has proceeded: North East South West 2 NT Pass Pass 4 NT Pass What action do you take? The bidding has proceeded: South West North East 1 Pass INT Pass What do you bid no.w? 18 points in high cards some vigorous action to get to game should be taken. Though you have only a five-card suit, a jump to three spades is a distinct no trump. Four clubs is possibility. However, we would the Gerber Convention, asking not blame you for taking the bit partner how many aces he has, firmly between the teeth and and his response showed three leaping to game in no aces. Since your hand will pro- raise to two no trump would duce seven tricks for him, you place too much strain on partner. Astrological Forecast by Sydney Omarr FEBRUARY 4 ARIES (March 21-April Accent is on meditation, perception, sense of what future portends. Aries, Leo and Aquarius are likely to be in picture. You can do much now about "forming" your own cycles, patterns, poten- tials. YOU are in control, despite apparent "wild" emotional responses. TAURUS (April 20-May What seemed a "lost cause" could turn out to be a blessing in disguise. Means you ean rebound. Your intuition is sharp. Persons you aided in past want to return the favor. Aquarius, Leo persons play prominent roles. GEMINI (May 21-June Lie low play waiting game. Be aware of legal re- quirements, implications. Ac- cent public relations. Gain allies from sources previously regarded as indifferent. One who "brags" may tell you a tall story. Don't take what you hear too seriously for your own good! CANCER (June 21-JuIy Slow pace is more effective now than sensational spurts. Fellow workers are in your corner. Give some face sav- ing devices. Means strive to be evenhanded. Don't "pour it on." Straight talk with one who performs basic service is iii offing and necessary. LEO (July 23-Aug. Ac- cent is on children, creativity, affairs of heart. Emotions dominate. You may want to change for sake of changing and this could be expensive. Gemini, Virgo persons figure prominently. Member of op- posite sex professes love with capital VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) Utilize ability to analyze situations and individuals. Practical matters are to be considered, such as building materials and costs. Basic security could be at stake. Family member is trying to tell you something of significance. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. Ideas blend with selectivity means you sense what is valid, what must be dis- carded. Accent is on how you approach close neighbors, relatives. Short trip could be on agenda. Pisces, Virgo per- sons are in picture. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. You show financial gain. You are repaid for- efforts. Emphasis is on personal possessions, profit. What was abstract will become real and solid. Older individual offers benefit of experience. Be receptive. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22- Dec. Brightness replaces gloom. You discern possibilities, potential. Secret fears are erased. Cycle moves up you can take initiative and succeed. Strive for greater independence of thought, action. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. Look behind scenes for valid answers. You are able to make new starts in new direc- tions. You could be selected to make special "media" appearance. Leo, Aquarius persons play significant roles. Clandestine conference has direct effect on your< welfare. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. Emphasis is on income derived through professional endeavors. You make right contact at proper time. Some of your hopes and wishes are fulfilled. Another Aquarian plays important role. .Follow through on hunch. PISCES (Feb. 19-March One in authority displays sense of humor. Don't take all directives seriously. Highlight ability to be flexible. There is room for you at more elevated position. Know it and act like you are aware of it. IF TODAY IS YOUR BIRTHDAY you are independent, seldom follow the crowd, were on your own at relatively early age. August should be your most impor- tant month of 1975. You are dynamic, somewhat of a revolutionary willing to tear down for purpose of rebuilding. You create your own traditions. Aquarius, Leo and Scorpio play significant roles in your life. Ask Andy RED TIDE Andy sends a complete 20 volume set of the Merit Students Encyclopedia to 'Sheila Jones, age 15, of Montgomery, Ala., for her question: What causes red tides at cer- tain seasons? A so called red tide or red sea may bring disaster to a beach, a river or a lake. It is caused by a population explo- sion among certain minuscule creatures that live in the water. Scientists are not sure when or why this happens, so the event is hard to predict. Population explosions are disastrous because they upset the ecology, or balance of nature. Normally, things are arranged so that a multitude of assorted plants and animals can share a given area on a basis of give and take. This harmonious existence re- quires enough and no more of each species. When one species multiplies out of its proper proportion, others are starved or suffocated. A so called red tide occurs when certain microscopic dinoflagellates go on a mul- tiplication spree. Nobody knows for sure, but this may occur when these single cell creatures are supplied with extra food, minerals or suitable temperatures. Nor- mally there may be of them in a quart of the local water. Suddenly there are enough of them to color the water red or rusty brown. A red tide of this sort may be fairly harmless and even provide extra food for larger water dwellers. But a few of the exploding dinoflagellate types can be disastrous. Some give off poisonous chemicals in large enough quantities to destroy the local fish pop- ulations. Dead and decaying fishes wash up on the beach or lake side, adding horrible odors to the air. Other dinoflagellates give off milder poisons that kill indirectly. They poison shellfish which poison other creatures who eat them. Sometimes the local sea life is not destroyed by poisons. The population explosion con- sumes more than its share of oxygen, and other water .dwellers die from suffocation. Fun with figures By J. A. H. HUNTER exclaimed Sally. "You remember that number after all thoseyears." Glen shook his head. "No great problem. Just a simple he declared. "It's one less than three times the difference between its figures." What was that number? (Answer tomorrow) Friday's answer: The time was 24 minutes before 4 o'clock. Mr. Hunter answers all letters: ideas welcomed. ALUWfS WXM ABOUT fOU ON WEEKENDS EE nnn UIELL, I USW.LY TALK THAT Olll LITTLE PRESS SHOP ACROSS THE STREET... 'SHE HAS BEAUTIFUL I 111 SHORT MBS "BOIL THE SCOUNDREL1 IN FORGOT ABOUT THE SHORTAGE.' HI AND LOIS I'M NOT GIVING YOU ANOTHER PENNY THIS WEEK. YOU HAVE TO LEARN TO EAKH YOUR OWN THERE ARE LOTS OF THIN6S HE CAN DO. ME JUST HAS TO PUT HIS MIND TO IT. BUGS BUNNY CHISELIN' CREEP... SNAFFLIN' UP MV CRACKERS AN' CATSUP AGAIN FEK FREE. HOW COME YER MOOCHIN' BUDDY ISNT WITH YA T'DAY? CEDRIC IS FEEUIN6 A PIT UNDER. THE ..50 I PROMISED 1O BRINIS HIM A BLONDIE IP YOU DOWT STOP HOUNDING ME, YOU'LL NEVER GET 177 AMP HE WAS SO SWEET WHEN I LOANED IT TO HIM. HERB, HAVE YOU GOT THAT TWENTY DOLL.APS I LOANED YOU? 'WELL, IF HE'S A GUARD, WHAT'S HIS NUMBER? THEY 63AVE HIM A I DON'T SEE HIM IN THE LINEUP! I DON'T SEE HIM ON THE. BENCH IS HE IN UNIFORM? ARE YOU SURE ARCHIE. IS PLAYING GUARD HAGAR THE HORRIBLE BEETLE BAILEY AIL KI6HT-- IN HERE ANP reeue, THAT SHOW KEALLV CQvllNSPOvVN- THERE LI'L ABNER TUMBLEWEEDS ;