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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - February 25, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta Thundoy, February 25, 1971 - THE IETHBRIDOE H If AID - 21 Your horoscope By Jeane Dixon FRIDAY. FEB. 26 YOUR BIRTHDAY TODAY: Even though you deal with nothing new and spend more of your time picking up the pieces, conserving what remains of past reality, your approach to life and work this year develops original qualities, so that by the end of the year you've taken a different direction from your present orientation, with generally satisfying results. Emotional experience becomes quite intense, but very little of it appears on the surface. Today's natives are capable of sustained effort able to find unusual resources. Many changes of fortune are typical of these people's history. ARIES (March 21-Aprll 19): Inside information confirms what you had already figured out. Patience with colleagues profits in the long run. TAURU8 (April 20-May 20): Push your work vigorously, then have an evening of social activity shared with cheerful friends. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): If you take your credentials with you, a definite good buy or revision of an account is possible. CANCER (June 21-July 22): S'eek out the well-established, older people you know; good advice and other benefits can be gained. LEO (July 23-Ang. 22): Additional people get in the act; some to your advantage, but LAWRENCE E. LAMB, M. D. Help possible if heart beat slows Dear Dr. Lamb - What causes the pulse to slow in a Stokes - Adams attack? As in the case of other types' of heart ailments, are restricted activities and diet necessary following this condition? Dear Reader - A Stokes-Adams attack usually refers to an episode characterized by a seizure or convulsion that has been caused by inadequate blood flow to the brain. The poor circulation results from the heart beating so slowly that it is not pumping enough blood. The slow heart rate is caused by a defect in the heart that prevents the normal transmission of the heart's electrical impulse from the top part of the heart to the lower heavy muscular pumping chambers. In normal people the heart is stimulated by a tiny anatomical spark plug at the top of the heart. When this impulse can not pass to the lower part of the heart, a much slower signal is generated within the heavy heart muscle itself. This is all that keeps the heart going. Depending upon where the slower signal comes from, the heart rate may be SO or 30 or less a minute. Trou- ble begins when the rate gets real slow. Usually, the reason the normal impulse from the top of the heart is not transmitted is because of a diseased area at the junction of the upper and lower heart chambers. The disease is usually our old "friend," atherosclerosis, or fatty deposits, in the arteries that supply blood to that area. In some cases when there are too many attacks or the heart rate can not be kept at high enough level by other means (pills), an electrical pacemaker or stimulator can be put in the heart. This device sends out signals regularly that are transmitted directly from the device to the heart muscle of the lower chamber through wires attached by needles to the heart muscle. Many people are alive today because of these devices. Not all patients need them if they respond well to medicine. Yes, diet is important. Just controlling the body weight is important since it decreases the amount of work the heart must do. Obviously, anyone with Stokes - Adams attacks should be under a doctor's care. mostly not. Enjoy mild good news this evening. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Scpt. 22): Advance your career, seek new positions or increases. Interviews are important; keep your attention on what you're about. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Wind up work for the week as simply as conditions permit, as your interests turn more toward social pleasures. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Now it's your turn to cheer up those around you. New enterprises may not be quite as rep-resented SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Doing your share of the work accurately builds your future career, with nothing said or indidcated at the moment. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Delayed family and neighborhood affairs begin to take shape, perhaps more swiftly than you anticipated. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): There's a chance to improve your earnings if you organize a deal with more of your friends participating. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 21): Long term plans are strongly favored - what you do or skip doing now has a lasting impact. (1971: By The Chicago Tribune) The Walrus Andy sends a complete 20-volume set of the World Book Encyclopedia to Suzanne Cook, age 14, of Louisville, Kentucky, for her question: What is the life sppn of a walrus? This jumbo of the frozen north is on the list of mammals threatened with extinction. Sad to say, we don't know him as well as we should. Science teams trying to pro* tect him are also studying the details of his life. No one is sure of his normal life span. But in his present hazardous situation, the chances of any walrus' dying from old age seem pretty slim indeed.  *  In the past, Eskimos used harpoons, skill and lots of courage to kill walruses, one by one as needed. They ate his meat and made fuel from his fatty blubber. They also used his very thick, durable hide to cover tents and boats, to make ropes, dog harnesses and other leather goods. But his most valuable contribution was a pair of tusks, measuring two feet or more. This hard, smooth walrus ivory was carved into tools and artistic objects. In those days, walruses were plentiful throughout the Arctic Ocean, around its icy shores and on lonely islands. The huge herds frequented the coast of Labrador, Sable Island and as Those taken by the Eskimos far south as Massachusetts. Johnny responds notv PALO ALTO, Calif. (AP) - When Johnny hadn't begun to talk by his second birthday, bis parents began to worry. They knew it wasn't uncommon for toddlers to wait until 30 months or even three years before speaking in two- and three-word sentences. But they also knew that an infant quickly learns to understand portions of his parents' speech, even if he isn't talking yet. Other habits worse than marijuana CALGARY (CP) - Cigarettes and alcohol are more "addictive" than marijuana, Mr. Keith MacCannell, of the University of Calgary told provincial court here. He was testifying on behalf of a 17-year-old high school student caught with a half ounce of marijuana and sentenced to four months in jail. It was the first jail term imposed in Calgary for first - offence marijuana possession in 18 months. Judge L. A. Justason said a negative probation report coupled with a theft conviction four months earlier necessitated a jail term for Larry D. Bishop. Dr. MacCannel, head of the university's pharmacology department, said there is less dependence on marijuana than on other commonly abused substances such as cigarette tobacco and alcohol. There is no physical depen-dence on marijuana but there might be psychological depen dence on the drug, Dr. MacCannel said. ELDERLY POPULATION MOSCOW (AP) - About 80 centenarians arc living in villages of the western Ural Mountains, including one man aged 113, the official Soviet news agency Tass reported. It quoted a 100-year-old peasant woman as attributing her longevity to "work, and also, I suppose, honey, which I am fond of since childhood." And that's what concerned J o h n n y's parents, because their son, besides not speaking, didn't seem to be listening. It wasn't a hearing problem, because he would run to the telephone when it rang, jump at the blare of a horn or sit enraptured by music on the phonograph. But if an adult spoke, Johnny would stare blankly, unresponding. It was as if he could hear everything normally, except human speech. TWO FACTORS HELP The child's physician was especially perceptive and Johnny's parents lived in the San Francisco Bay area. So he was referred to the Scottish Rite Institute for Childhood Aphasia at the Stanford University School of Medicine in Palo Alta. There, institute director Dr. Jon Eisenson and his staff of neurologists, linguists, psychologists and speech therapists correctly diagnosed Johnny's condition. Ha had developmental aphasia, a subtle, little recognized brain disorder, probably the result of a birth defect, that impaired his ability to discriminate among spoken sounds. That was three years ago. Now, after careful treatment at the institute, Johnny is listening, speaking and preparing to enrol in the first grade with normal six-year-olds. Stanford's facility is the only one of its kind in North America and the institute has become the pioneer in treatment and research into the disorder. Then researchers discovered that the left half of the brain controls perception of speech, while the right half controls perception of other sounds-music, traffic noise or ringing bells. SPEECH CENTRE HIT That was why Johnny didn't respond to his parents' talk-something was wrong with the speech centre in the left half of his brain. Dr. Eisenson and his staff have found that an aphasic child, when discovered earlv enough, can be taught to function almost normally. First, a child must he taught to appreciate the nature of symbols, particularly symbols used in language. A therapist might teach a young patient that an object -such as an apple-is represented by the printed workd "apple." The child would repeatedly be asked to match the apple with its word. And each time, the child matched them, the therapist would repeat the word "apple." Eventually, the child would learn to recognize the spoken sound for apple and repeat it. In this manner, the vocabulary would be slowly expanded, with emphasis from the therapist on the child's Inability to hear as rapidly as normal children or remember the order in which sounds were heard. were not a serious threat to the total walrus population, But those days are gone forever. We regret to report that his gentle giant may become extinct. It is almost as regret-able that this could happen before scientists have studied the details of his life in his natural environment. We do know that the female bears one pup in two years. He depends entirely on his mother until the tusks he needs to gather food are three or four inches long. Some of the youngsters fall prey to their natural enemies, the polar bear and the killer whale. Hence the herd increases' slowly. The males that survive mature at the age of five. The females are ready to mate at four and bear their first pups about a year later. We do not know the average life expectancy of the adults in nature. But we do know that man-the-hunter has certainly reduced their chances of reaching old age. The walrus is protected by Canada and Norway, Hoi land and Russia - but conservation laws are hard to en force in the desolate north land. Ruthless hunters still gun down the large adults because these animals have the largest ivory tusks. A walrus census of 1966 estimated the survivors to be around 25,000 and the yearly kill to be about 2,700. At this rate of slaughter, the herds cannot increase fast enough to survive much longer. Research teams in the Arctic are marking individuals to study their migrations and other habits. It is hoped that this information plus stricter protection migm\ just might nreserve the walrus from extinction.    A bull walrus may reach a length of 12 feet and weigh 1% tons. His ivory tusks are about three feet long and past sneci mens were known to have tltree - foot tusks. The cow walrus is smaller and her tusks are slimmer. But at present, we caTinot say how old these large adults are - or guess their average life expectancy, Questions asked by cnildrcn of Herald readers should be mailed to Ask Andy, P.O. Box 765, Huntington Beach, California 92648. (Copyright Chronicle Publishing Co. 1971) THAT'S A 6REtfrSEP!CTlWl 7- LANCELOT-By Ceker t Penn 'tow, will you ^ OF COUK&6, LANCE, I'LL b6 6lap ID. BLONDIE-By Chic Young GOREN ON BRIDGE BY CHARLES H. GOREN le ltrii *i Tkt cnuw tiMm) North-South vulnerable. North deals. NORTH 4AKQ