Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 8, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta
Monitor, februory 1t71 THf HHAIB 15 More susceptible to osteoporosis Older woman may Iwve bone fracture condition before she falls MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (MW) an older woman falls and fractures a bone, she's usu- ally taken to an orthopedist. But the fracture might have been avoided entirely had she seen her gynecologist long be- fore. Although he couldn't prevent the fall, the gynecologist, if early enough, might have reduced the chances of frac- ture. He could have diagnosed j the condition u i Paul Jensen. "It is only when thinning or softening of the she has a he adds, "that bone that accompanies the aging process and prescribed a course of therapy to help pre- vent it. An estimated four mil- lion American their later menopausal years are affected by this bone condition. A woman with osteoporosis might have no outward symp- toms and "go through her en- tire life without any serious says gynecologist I J II I I lendar of local n. appeninq6 11 The Literature Department of the Mathesis Club will meet at the home of Mrs. G. Pragnell 832 -13 St. S. Tuesday at p.m. The Southern Alberta Western Dance Association (SAWDA) will hold their regular monthly meeting Tuesday at p.m., at the 702 Wing Building at the Kenyon Airport. All square dancers are welcome. Women are requested to bring a box lunch. Kappa Chapter, Beta Sigma Phi will hold a supper meeting at Ericksen's family restaur- ant on Tuesday at 8 p.m. Xi Nu Chapter, Beta Sigma Phi will hold the next meeting at the home of Mrs. Brent Logan, 906 10 Ave. S. at p.m. The program will be given by Mrs. Nigel HaU and Mrs. Henry Matteotti on We Exchange Time for Experience. Sigma Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi will meet at the home of Mrs. Dureen Soderquist, 2211 18 Ave. So., Tuesday, at 8 p.m. The program will be presented by Mrs. Edith Bosch on Liter- ature. Co-hostess is Mrs. Delor- es Christie. Tau Chapter Beta Sigma Phi will hold a dinner meeting on Tuesday at at Sven Ericksen's. Program for the evening on "Natures L a n d- will be presented by Mrs. Verna Blair and Mrs. Liz Schroeder. The St. Patrick's CWL groups will meet as follows: Mrs. J. Gleason 1004-30 St. S. on Tuesday at p.m. for a Tupper Tea. Mrs. R. Mathews with Mrs. L. Elder 403-20 St. S. on Tuesday at 8 p.m. Mrs. R. Tobin with Mrs. A, Bruneau 930 -12 St. S. Wednes- day at p.m. Mrs. H. Bartram 640 17 St. Wednesday at p.m. Mrs. J. McDonnell with Mrs. Wolfe 2806 6 Ave. S. Wed- nesday at p.m. Mrs. L Rieve 1238 8 Ave. S. 'ednesday at p.m. Preceptor Eta Chapter, Beta igma Phi will meet at the ome of Mrs. Boris Evanoff, 2863 6 Ave. S. on Tuesday at :15 p.m. Always room for one more STELLARTON, N.S. (CP) Mr. and Mrs. Kenny Robson live out the adage "always room for one more." .They havi been parents to more than 81 children. Their house is listed as an emergency home, which mean they will take a child any time of the day or night. They began caring for othe children in 1958. Then they hai one child of their own and tw adopted children and there wen no playmates of the same age where they lived. The Robsons asked the Chil dren's Aid Society for a four year-old girl as a companion fo their daughter. Days later (he society said i had two sisters, aged nine an II, who needed a home, and th Robsons began their practice o looking after other people's chil dren. Although the Robsons ope their doors to children for a days or a.few weeks, they als make children full-fledge members of their family. They have had one child fo five years; two sisters for si years; a boy for six years an their one-year-old baby sine birth. love is... letting him rest his betid on your Up, his becomes a problem." Dr. Jensen is in obstetrics and gyn- ecological group practice here. In some cases, he reports, the fracture may actually precetd the fall, since the bones can become so brittle that when the woman falls, her reflex action causes the fracture. He points out the contraction of her mus- cles which softens the impact "may actually be enough to snap the bone itself." Men can also develop osteo- porosis as they grow older, but women seem to be more susceptible. Gynecologists attri- bute this to a gradual decrease in a woman's ovarian function after the age of 40 and to a cor- responding decrease in the out- put of female hormones or es- trogens. The woman goes into menopause as her hormone pro- duction diminishes. Medical evi- dence has linked the thinning of bones in older women to this de- crease In estrogen levels. Some gynecologists have found, how- ever, that the periodic replace- ment of such female hormones can improve the situation. Dr. Alfred Jay Bollet of the Georgia Medical College and Dr. Gil- bert S. Gordan of the University of California Medical Center doesn't develop at all. ling the bone-mending process. both report that when women I Dr. Paul Jensen notes that But beyond that as far as receive estrogen replacement many orthopedists, who see the i long-term therapy is concerned therapy, osteoporosis is slower j woman patient after a fall, will orthopedist often refers to develop and sometimes! prescribe female hormones dur- her to a gynecologist. Dr. Jen- sen points out, too, that osteo- porosis apart from its frac- ture potential can result in "a softening of the vertebrae and a subsequent shrinking of the woman's stature." A num- ber of gynecologists have dem- CELEBRATED WOMEN IAWYERS These thres women are among the most celebrat- ed women lawyers in Canada. Helen Kinnear (left) was appointed to the county court bench in Haldimand County, Ontario, in 1943, the first woman appointed to such a high judicial post. She also was the first woman to appear before the Supreme Courts of Canada and Ontario. In 1969, Rejane-CalaS (centre) was sworn in as judge of the Quebec Superior Court. The best-known woman lawyer to seek political office is Judy la- Marsh who was health minister and state secretary in tester Pearson's admin- istration. Jensen finds that, although X- rays do indicate reduced densi- ty" in the bones, he prefers the vaginal smear, since it "pro- vides a relative idei of a wo- man's hormone level." If hor- mone deficiency is revealed. he saw, the woman should be given replacement therapy to the point where she again shows "good evidence of estrogen." onstrated that estrogen replace- j The effectiveness of this in ment therapy can be of value hsre, too, in counteracting Ihis stature reducing condition in older women. Concerning the ways in which osteoporosis is detected, Dr. treating osteoporosis, he con- cludes, is one reason for pre- scribing long term hormone therapy for women, "be it 20 or 20 years after the meno- pause." JACKPOT BINGO This Tuesday Evening, February 9th Starts p.m. Sharp Parish Hall Corner 12th Street B. and 7th Avenue North Jackpot starts at and il won every Tuesday Sth 1 No. Jackpot Cards 25c or 5 for Also free cards, free games and a door prize. Persons under 16 years not allowed Sponsored by the Men's Club to St. Peter and St. Paul's Church TherS's a new world of comfort, luxuijr and convenience at dealer's. 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