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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 18, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 8 LETHBRIDQE HERALD Monday, February II, 1974 Lawrence Lamb M.D. Dear Dr. Lamb Will you please tell me why doctors are always reluctant, and very often absolutely refuse, to tell a patient what his blood pressure is even though it is normal? A patient pays a fee to find out for his own peace of mind if his pressure has risen or is normal Is it fair for a doctor not to tell him? I'll be interested to hear your answer. Dear Reader Not all doctors avoid telling patients their pressure reading. The main reason most doctors avoid giving you numbers is that it fluctuates normally and most patients have a tendency to think erroneously, that something is wrong if their pressure is five or 10 points higher on one reading than on a previous examination Some patients have a reflex reaction to having their blood pressure reading taken They become overly anxious about their pressure and everytime the blood pressure cuff goes on, whammo, their pressure goes way up When they are distracted or relaxed, the pressure may be normal. Doctors have learned that one way to avoid having their patients develop such a reaction to the pressure is to avoid their becoming fixed on the numbers It's not a very satisfactory solution, but it is a common practice with the best of intentions. Most doctors would not agree that you pay them to find out what your blood pressure is Rather, they think of their role as guarding your health. If guarding your health means not transmitting anxiety about your blood pressure reading to you, that is what they are likely to do. Dear Dr. Lamb Do singers' nodes have anything to do with thyroid disease? The doctor has been treating me for singers' nodes about four months He tells me not to talk, yet I see no improvement. He advised me to write notes and save my voice. Pray tell me how you can get away without talking especially if your children can't read because they are too liltle. I am frightened that one day I won't be able to talk or sing. I am a mother of four children and am in my early 40s. Dear Reader Singers' nodes are little white nodules that develop in the vocal cords of people who use their voice a lot. They are caused by irritation and might be thought of as a callous of the vocal cord They have nothing to do with the thyroid. It is usual for doctors to advise people having trouble with their voice to give their vocal cords a rest. This helps in some instances People also lose their voice because of an inflammation such as occurs with a severe cold or laryngitis. The rest helps and time also helps as the person recovers from the illness. Some people also lose their voices from nervousness, but this is a different situation than the singers' node problem. I gather you like to sing. In that case, you might want to see an ear, nose and throat specialist. They can sometimes do a lot for such problems. In some instances, the nodule can be surgically removed. Send your questions to Dr. Lamb, in care of this newspaper, P.O. Box 1551, Radio City Station, New York, N.Y. 10019. For a copy of Dr. Lamb's booklet on balanced diet, send 50 cents to the same address and ask for "Balanced Diet" booklet. Your horoscope arwfllW WXHI TUESDAY, FEB. 19 Your birthday today: Following a brisk, adventurous period of experimentation with new skills and better work methods, you enter a steady developmental phase. Take the time for regular deep meditation to help you find the dynamic equilibrium needed for full success. Relationships require your serious effort at understanding reasons for behavior. Today's natives are seldom in want, somewhat given to speculation in theory if not in cash, rarely stay put for very long. ARIES (March 21-April Personal plans advance to the extent you can give and persuade others to put in their share. New people and old friends both have happy tidings TAURUS (April 20-May Start on the main task first, get everybody in on the act, get enough done to make a celebration of it. Whatever you do deserves comment. GEMINI (May 21-June Many extra details have to be taken care of before the day is out. It's a great time for a roundtable discussion to come to common terms. CANCER (June 21-Jnly You've passed the low point and things are looking up Be willing to ask directly for what you want and to bring along those who are helping you LEO (July 23-Aug. Time is right for a clever idea, but because of it, don't divert your course from planned, conventional business or vocational effort. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. From the brisk discussions and disclosures of the morning you can rethink your position and go on to better things. Learning can be great fun. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. Your imagination is stimulated. Just make sure it doesn't tempt you to skimp your work or provoke waste. Younger people stir local action. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. Being in the good graces of your community helps. You have much to do and most of what it takes to do it get busy and supply the difference. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22 Dec. Schedule changes are likely; have some alternative activity at hand so no time is lost. With relatively little trouble, the search for information is rewarded. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. The pursuit of secret facts and figures deserves your full effort. A break in the evening is for personal comforts, sharing of confidences. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. Concentrate on your own plans Open communication with those far away or seldom seen in person. Creative projects advance with little interference. PISCES (Feb. 19-March Get out of the center of attention. You have many productive actions within your reach if you will adopt some helpful change of habits. 1974, The Chicago Tribune WELL I THERE'S ALUMS NEXT HEAR, ISN'T THERE PIDN'T ME A VALENTINE THIS ifEAR WERE EXPECTING MAY3E UKTHCW TO YOU, A AND LOB by dik A COUPLE OF MONTHS VOU WERE HOT ON THE IDEA OF US JOININS THE SWIM PERIODS AT WHAT COOLED >OU OFF MJGS BUNNY Ask Andy WHAT'S THS WITH MM? V HE KNOWS I SOU? HIM AND HE DOESN'T WANT TLEAVE1 I THIN< I'LL LOOK SOME- WHERE ELSE! I DON'T WANT A PO6 WITH A 9LONME by chic young Ottawa research contracts cover almost everything By DOUG SMALL OTTAWA (CP) How much tax money would you suppose it costs to design and build an "expendable drifting or to test a "glulam rivet connection for highly loaded glulam Government research con- tract figures released yesterday show that the first is worth and the second, a mere The two projects were among 85 awarded to industries, universities and private citizens during January under the 11-month old policy of parcelling out more government research work. Total value of January contracts was Largest of the lot went to Surveyer, Nenniger and Chenevert Inc. of Montreal. That company was given on behalf of the National Research Council to design the dome and building for an optical telescope on Mama Kea in Hawaii. Smallest went to the University of Alberta in Edmonton for the glulam beam test That was one of 46 contracts totalling endorsed by the environment department It is aimed at improving ways of holding together large supporting beams such as those found in modern churches and arenas. Glulam, incidentally, is a combination of the words "glue" and "laminated." MEASURES CURRENTS An expendable drafting buoy is a floating object used to measure currents, water temperatures and related matters. Since the program began last March 1, a total of 804 projects have been let on contracts worth million. Largest user is the environment department, which has been responsible for research contracts worth more than J million. The communications department sponsored the second largest number of worth the energy department has spent the in second largest amount of research million for 86 projects. The breadth of eligible proj- ects appears limitless. The agriculture department, which employs roughly of its own scientists and spends about million on in-house research, awarded its first contract under the program during grant to the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon to study ways of suppressing wild oats. Original sponsors of the pro- gram, the ministry of state for science and technology, agreed to support some of the least readily fathomable projects. Kates, Peat, Marwick and Co. of Toronto, for example, was awarded an grant last month for a "study of the handicaps of Canadian innovators as well as the extrinsic benefits of industrial technological innovation in Canada." That, say ministry officials, is a look at what problems in- ventors in the country face and what benefits the country gets Iioiu inventions. Ironically, the ministry en- dorsed a siinuar contract last November. That one, for SOO, went to Toronto investment dealer Robert Grastey for a study of the problems faced by inventors who need money to do their work. "The two are a ministry official said. All the contracts are awarded by the supply department and are published in the monthly Research and Development Bulletin. A separate section of the pubUcatkn outlines requests by various depailmenU for further research, inviting companies to submit proposals. Among projects up for grabs is one for a dfrectory of security systems available to the goveratneat, including such things as equipment available to identify draft, and explosives. Andy sends a complete 20- volume set of the Merit Students Encyclopedia to Kenneth Kaye, age 11, of Toronto, Ontario, for his question: SATURN'S RINGS What are Saturn's rings made of? This story goes to show that even the most scholarly astronomers have to change their minds. Lately this has happened quite often as space probes sent back close-up information from our neighboring planets. For example, the Martian landscape is not a' flat, featureless desert. Giant Jupiter is not colder-than- cold. However, the latest information on Saturn's rings was gathered not by spacecraft, but !oog range radar, beamed from California's Mojave Desert. A few years ago, most astronomers agreed that Saturns rings must be made from tiny particles, most likely of ice and dusty gases. They bad good reasons to believe this was so. But in December of 1972, the popular theory was blown sky high by a NASA 210-foot radar antenna. Using a 400-kilowatt radar beam, it bounced back signals from Saturn's rings. And we now know that these dazzling golden circles are made of sizeable chunks. The beams left the Goldstone station in California, bounced back from Saturn and their signals came back to home in two hours and IS minutes. The experiment was made 12 times and each round trip was one and a half billion miles. The results were full of surprises. Radar signals echo back their signals from solid surfaces. No radar echoes returned from the planet itself. This suggests that Saturn's surface is a mass of gases, which is what everybody thought Had the rings been made of small particles, they would have returned weak signals or none at all. Instead, they were five times stronger than they would be from Venus, if Venus were at that distance. When the amazing signals were analyzed, astronomers learned that time glorious, mysterious rings art made from chunks and bouUeii, ranging from one to three yards wide and possibly wider. In countless numbers they orbit around the big hazy planet, reflecting sunlight like a swarm of golden bees. At present, astronomers speculate that most of the sparkling chunks may be made from ordinary ice. Perhaps they contain otter frozen gases and maybe an assortment of minerals. But for these particulars, we most likely must wait until the spring of 1981. This is when a Mariner spacecraft is scheduled to pass by Saturn and relay close-up scientific evidence back to Earth. Now, little Mariner will be programmed to stay more than miles from the surface of Saturn at a safe distance beyond the outer limit of those chunky rings. The famous rings were photographed and measured in the 1800s. One of the three rings appeared to be made of sizeable chunks. But according to the laws of physics, solid or fluid rings would come crashing down to the planet. This is why most astronomers assumed that they must be made from tiny particles. Maybe some of them do fall. But most of them overcome the laws of gravity by orbiting fast enough to stay in whirttngfonnatipn. Quwtibna asked by cMM- ran of Herald atiawM ha matted to Ask Andy, Box. 70S, Huntington 92949. HERE'S OUR CURRENT BEST-SELLER, "HOW TO KEEP YOUR MARRIAGE HAPPY Co. 1173) Flashback By THE CANADIAN PRESS Feb. Western planes delivered the one-millionth ton of into Soviet-blockaded 125 years ago today in 1949. The blockade was imposed in June, 1948, in an attempt to force the Western powers to abandon their rights to the city. The blockade ended in May, 1949, after UK airlif e had cost an estimated million. 1957-A federal grand jury in Washington indicted playwright Arthur Miller or charges of contempt of IS HE AW AUTHORITY IT'S BY DOCTOR RUDOLF ZINSLEOORF by bob montani HOPE HE HAS BETTER. LUCK. THAN YOU'VE HAD WITH HOW'S W HE WON HE _ CAN'T OVER AT j S i) I'LL CALL AND FIND. I HOPE HE ARCHIES WHERE'S HE'S YCUR DOG, )TEACHING THIEF" SPEAK SIT. BEG, AND TKHMMLtt LOOK AT ALU I'VE SAVEP ALPEAPY. MERE WHY by nort wilkcf planet Pluto was discovered. WHAT THAT ALL ABOUT? byaiopp ;