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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - February 5, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta �2 - THE IETHBRIDGE HERA ID - Monday, February 5, 1973 OROSCOPE By JEANE DIXON TUESDAY, FEB. fi Tour birthday today: Relations strengthen with people sharing like problems. Today's natives do their greatest thinking and most enduring work in isolation, after having gathered materials over a long period. ARIES (March 21-April .ID): LAWRENCE E. LAMB, M. D. Paget's disease cause unknown Dear Dr. Lamb - Last fall my husband was told by our family doctor that he has _ a rare bone disease, Paget's disease, and he was referred to an orthopedic specialist. The doctor said it progresses slowly, nothing can he done to check its progress and that its cause isn't known. It might require surgery later and bone fractures may easily occur later on. The main area involved at that time was the pelvic bone and the left hip socket. Lately, my husband had aching in "the hip and after sitting a while, especially after crossing that leg, he has trouble walking at first. In the meantime, he continues to lose weight, looks bad and is chronically fatigued and exhausted with the slightest exertion. He had a heart attack seven years ago but no further ones. I know his smoking may contribute to this (and I know how you feel about that) but I have resigned myself to the fact that he isn't going to give that up. He has a chronic cough and goes to bed promptly at 10 p.m. He will be, 60 in April. Would this disease cause weight loss or fatigue and what do you think the future holds for him, if you can tell by what I've told you? Also would a lack of calcium cause or worsen this? His alkaline phosphatase was elevated to 190 which our doctor thought might be associated with the process in the bones. Dear Reader - Your husband's problem is fairly typical of Paget's. disease and you described his symptoms well. Paget's disease involves a defect in bone growth with abnormal bone growth replacing and dissolving normal bone. Good healthy bone tissue has its own architecture. The newly formed bone is deficient in calcium with soft, irregular type formations without adequate strength. The softening of the bones often leads to bowing of the legs and fractures. The most common bones involved are of the hip and sacrum. When this area is involved, there is often accompanying arthritis of the hip joint. This may be the reason your husband has so much pain in his lup. Paget's disease frequently does not cause pain or other symptoms unless it's associated with pressure on nerves or arthritis of the hip. If it is extensive or causes complications, then symptoms are common. Because of the bone changes, the alkaline phosphatase level is often high. It's more common in men than in women, almost never noted before the age 30, but occurs in five per 1,000 people in the 40 age group and in ten per cent of people who are 90 years of age. Your doctor's statements are correct. Some doctors have claimed some success using high doses of salicylates as found in aspirin and this might relieve pain particularly from arthritis of the hip. Pagets' disease can cause little, if any, difficulties or severe problems. It could be a factor in your husband's weight loss. Don't worry too much now about his diet problems mentioned in the rest of your letter, in view of his weight loss. No definite statement can be made about calcium in the diet but I believe he should receive the normal amount. Because of the severe pain and weight loss, you should go back to the doctor you saw for his problem very soon. Nothing works out according to yesterday's plan. Take the nearest expedient, knowing that further changes are inevitable. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Those who won't take suggestions learn by their own experience-today is taken up with such learning. Stay uninvolved. GEMINI (May 21-Junc 20): It is just as well nothing is ready for final decision or disposition. "What is taken to be settled can yet be negotiated. CANCER (June 21-July 22): Your sympathy runs strongly -don't let it tempt you into expansive commitments. Legal obligations should be- deferred. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): You have a duty to exercise on behalf of the common good, stewardship over others' resources, a contribution to make. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sent. 22): Resisting a general drift toward negative reactions is your challenge now. Both partners and rivals pose complications. LIBRA (Sept. 23 - Oct. 22): Your work is cut out for you, balancing what you must do | with your available resources. Essentials come first. SCORPIO (Oct. 23 - Nov. 21): The handiest form of entertainment today is quibbling and squabbling. Pay no attention to wild stories from friends. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): You can sell or dispose of difficult items by being reasonable and prompt to respond. Purchasing is all too smooth | and easy. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22 - Jan. 19): Stick to your own pace] and schedule, doing things] alone if need be. Checking details can bring flaws to view. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20 - Feb. IS): It is your turn to see your basic course in a critical light, resolve to correct old habits before going on to direct others. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Steady routine and calm temper ease you thru a day of minor setbacks, slowdowns. Give people a chance to turn around. 1973, The Chicago Tribune Ask Andy Fossilized teeth Andy sends a complete 20-volume set of the Merit Students Encyclopedia to Jan Griffin, age 12, of Charlotte, North Carolina for her question: Why do so many teeth become fossils? Most fossils are built from material that can last and last and last. Some of the most successful ones are the durable bones that belonged to the whopping dinosaurs. However, the teeth of most animals are made of even tougher material than their bones. This is one of several reasons why so many toothy fossils remain long after the rest of a body has decayed to dust. Teeth are such successful fossils because their durable material is built to last. GOREN ON BRIDGE BY CHARLES H. GOREN c 1973, Th* Chicago Tribune BRIDGE QUIZ ANSWERS Q. 1 - Neither vulnerable, your partner has opened with one spade and you hold: 4J1043 S>Q106 OK84 *754 What is your response? A.-One no trump. While this hand ostensibly contains seven points in support of spades, one point must be subtracted for even distribution when contemplating a raise. You, therefore, have no choice but to respond with one no trump. A96532 OK9 *A75 The bidding has proceeded: North East South West 1 A Pass 2 V Pass 4 S> Pass 7 What do you bid now? A.-With this powerful holding, you are concerned merely with tlie question of whether the hand should reach six or seven. You have better than an opening bid. facing partner who has opened the bidding and Jumped. You may inquire for aces and kings by a bid of four �io trump or, if you prefer the direct method, bid five clubs, showing the ace, and await partner's reactions. as Q. i-Both vulnerable, South you hold: *KJ7