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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 26, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta 26 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Wednesday, February 26, 1975 r Lawrence Lamb M.D. Dear Dr. Lamb A year ago I started to have extra systoles quite often which worried me very much. My doctor put, me in the hospital for tests: x-rays, cardiograms and exercise tests. He called in a heart specialist who said my trouble was nervous ten- sion. My doctor passed away and 1 upon receiving my records I read: Mitral insufficiency, valvular grade two systolic murmur, myocardial irritability with multiple ex- tra systoles. Now when I have an extra beat I am so afraid I will drop dead. Please explain the above. Dear Reader Despite all those ominous sounding terms it is obvious that the heart specialist did not think you had anything seriously wrong with your heart. I might point out that the reaction you have had to reading your medical records is exactly why many doctors are reluctant to tell some patients what they have. Doc- tors are used to those big words and know how little they mean, but sometimes the patient overreacts to them. Let's start from the begin- ning. You had, and apparently still have, extra systoles, sometimes called premature contractions, skipped beats and a variety of other things. These often occur in otherwise healthy individuals. In the Air Force I saw many healthy young pilots with these who were totally un- aware that they ever oc- curred. Even when they are not associated with heart dis- ease they can be annoying in some people. In general the niore concerned the person is, the more likely he or she is to notice these flip flops, and they can make the person very uncomfortable. It is wise to be certain that the extra beats are not associated with disease. When they are not, then it is better to reassure the person and ad- vise him to avoid coffee and cigarettes. If the irregularities continue and cause the patient to be too un- comfortable, then it is sometimes advisable to give medicines to control them. Many of these medicines are powerful and doctors prefer not to use them if the problem is not really all that impor- tant. The term myocardial irritability of the heart-mere- ly refers to the occurrence of those extra beats that originate in the heart muscle The systolic murmur means a sound during heart contrac- tion (systole) that shouldn't be there. These can occur without heart disease. The grade two means it is very faint which suggests it might not be important. Your family doctor probably called it mitral insufficiency because a minor leakage of the mitral valve is one cause of such a sound. If the leak in the valve is greater the murmur is usually louder. Grade two is about as faint a murmur as you can have and expect anyone except a well trained heart specialist to hear it. Apparently the heart specialist who saw you was unimpressed with the mur- mur and probably thought it was of little consequence. So I think you should have a checkup once a year to evaluate the status of the alleged murmur, but I don't think you have anything major to worry about, and you are not going to drop dead from those problems. Stay off the coffee and cigarettes and try to develop or maintain a regular exercise program. Send your questions to Dr. Lamb, in care of this news- paper, P.O. Box 1551, Radio City Station, New York, N.Y. 10019. For a copy of Dr. Lamb's booklet on cholesterol, send 50 cents and a long self addressed stamped envelope to.the same address and ask for the "Cholesterol" booklet. Astrological Forecast by Sydney Omarr TIIURS. FEB. 27 Capricorn women devastate me with a look, a batting of eyelashes. The woman born under this zodiacal sign buys me slippers that are too big, asks for astrological counsel and then proceeds to. tell me what it's all about, from astrology to the Republican Party. The woman born under this sign is willing to ask, but not always prepared to listen. Does your Capricorn woman fit this pattern? ARIES (March 21 April Accent on waiting, agreeing, co operating, showing that you can accept reality. Pisces, Virgo person's figure prominently. Accent is on coming into your own. Don't rush. Weigh actions. Say "no" to one who tries to force you into affixing signature to legal document. TAURUS (April 20 May Expect pressure. Some people will apparently take delight in attempting to push you to the wall. Defend posi- tion in calm, deliberate Ask Andy CLOUD FORMS Andy sends a complete 20 volume set of the Merit Students Encyclopedia to Mary Lou Troman, age 11, of Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada, for her question: How are clouds formed? Wherever you are, you can watch the clouds in at least a small section of the sky. And cloud watching is a fascinating hobby. For ex- ample, no two clouds are ex- actly alike what's more, they change from moment to moment. They seem to do as they choose. But when you learn a little about them, you know that they form and reform themselves because they must obey certain rules and regulations. All the clouds on high are made from a foggy mixture of air and misty moisture. The basic ingredient in nature's cloud making recipe is water vapor, which the sun evaporates from the wet and moist surfaces of the earth. This invisible vapor mingles with the other invisible gases of the air. A certain amount of water vapor is present, even in the driest air above the arid deserts: So clcud making is possible everywhere above the earth. However, certain weather conditions are necessary to complete the recipe. These conditions de- pend almost entirely on temperature and on the Goren on Bridge BY CHARLES H. GOREN AND OMAR SHARIF 1975. The Ttikun. North-South vulnerable. East deals. NORTH 6QJ105 WEST EAST A 9832 4 Void V10986 SOUTH OK764 2 The bidding: East South West North 1 Dble. INT 2 Pass 3 4 V Pass Pass Pass Opening lead: Jack of 4. We all know that today's players bid better than they did 25 years ago, but do they play better? Study de- clarer's technique on today's hand, and then answer that question for yourself. North's bid of one no trump after South's takeout double showed a fair hand. South introduced. the heart suit and, when partner showed support, judged that the hand warranted going on to game. West got off to a good start by leading the jack of a low club would have endplaycd his partner there and then while ace of spades and another, though giving East a ruff, would have greatly simplified declarer's task. Declarer covered with the king. East won the ace and .continued with the queen. With hardly a mo- ment's thought, declarer dis- carded a low diamond and the defenders were helpless. Since the ten of clubs con- tinuation would establish dummy's nine (a low club, however, would have put de- clarer to a Severe East elected to shift to a-diamond. Declarer finessed, drew four rounds, of trumps and con- ceded a trick to the ace of spades. Making four-odd. Note'that declarer cannot afford to ruff the queen 'of clubs. When West wins the ace of spades, he leads his re- maining club, and East will have longer trumps than de- clarer, although this is not necessarily fatal as the cards lie. What made South play the hand in this fashion? When East did not return a spade after winning the ace of clubs, declarer presumed that he was void in the suit. it was quite likely that East held four hearts, and declarer decided to pro- tect against that possibility. Was this hand played in the 1974 World Team Cham- pionship? By no means. It came up in the ACBL Mixed Team Championship in 1948! Declarer was the late Helen Sob'el Smith, the greatest woman player who ever lived. Admiring her technique from the North scat one of the writers of this column. amount of vapor that happens to be present in an air mass. This is so because of a rule that warm air is allowed to contain more water vapor than cool air. The rule is call- ed relative humidity. For ex- ample, saturated air has a relative humidity of 100 percent. It contains its limit of water vapor. With a slight change in temperature, some of its gaseous water is converted into liquid droplets and a cloud begins to form. Most cloud formations oc- cur when the sun warms patches of the land and sea. The air gets its warmth from the surface. Warm air ex- pands and rises aloft, where things are cooler. Now sup- pose this rising air is saturated with vapor. As it rises, it chills then the air has more vapor than per- mitted at this cooler temperature. This is when the surplus vapor changes to misty moisture and clouds form high above the ground. Other clouds form when cool moist air is warmed as it blows over a mountain and when mild, damp air blows from the sea onto the cooler continents. For a time, a fluffy new cloud can float aloft because its separate droplets are very small and light. But its total water weighs many tons and gradually it sinks. Meantime winds and temperatures change its condition. Dust and cool winds may change its droplets into heavy raindrops. Sometimes a warm air mass evaporates the liquid droplets and its clouds change back into invisible water vapor. asked by chil- dren of ahould bt mailed to Ask Andy, P.O. Box. 765, Huntlngton Beach, California 92648. (Copyright Chronicle Publishing Co. 1973) Flashback By THE CANADIAN PRESS Feb. 26, 1975 Sgt. Aubrey Cosens of the Queen's Own Rifles of Canada took over command of his pla- toon when his officer was wounded 30 years ago in 1945 and led his foot- soldiers and six tanks in a successful attack on German paratroopers at Keppeln, Holland. He personally directed tanks in firing at the enemy and ramming, three houses while he killed or cap- tured the occupants single handed. A few minutes after the action he was killed by a sniper. Sgt. Cosens, of Latchford, Ont., later was awarded the Victoria Cross. 1846 Frederick William Cody better known as Buf- falo Bill was born. 1848 The second French republic was proclaimed. 1936 Martial law was declared in Tokyo after military uprising. 1J50 Scottish comedian Sir Harry Lander died. 1952 Prime Minister Churchill told the British House of Commons that Bri- tain had the atom bomb. manner. Avoid panic Basic loyalties will surface. You could be surprised by prac- tical support. GEMINI (May 21 June Your ability to animate, create, illustrate comes to forefront. By "animate" is meant your talent for moving, getting around, laughing and cajoling. Aries, Libra persons are fascinated and will play key roles. CANCER (June 21 July Practical efforts dominate. Job, health, routine shove sensationalism aside. You are direct with one who has "fearful" reputation. You come out okay and your prestige is on upswing. Leo, Aquarius persons are in pic- ture. You get on solid ground. You will be more secure. LEO (July 23 Aug. What you thought was going to be an unpleasant experience turns out to be almost joyous. Short trip and relative could be involved. Aquarian is likely to be in picture. Special call or message is featured. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. Your ability to ask the right questions could lead to profit. Emphasis is on money, per- sonal possessions and collec- tions. Gemini, Sagittarius per- sons are in picture. Concentrate on separating quality from second hand goods. Message becomes increasingly clear. LIBRA (Sept. 23- Oct. Lunar cycle is such that per- sonality shines, people are compelled to applaud you. Take advantage get going. Go and be seen. Highlight creativity, independence and originality. You break through red tape and perceive heart of matters. SCORPIO (Oct. 23 Nov. Much that happens is sub- dued. People want to impart information but there is a barrier. Know .it and read between the lines. Bypass the obvious detect the subtle nuances. Emphasis is on what occurs behind the scenes. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22 Dec. A friend makes some constructive suggestions regarding home decoration, domestic ad- justment, revision of lifestyle. You discover that at least one person does have your welfare at heart. That's good appreciate it! CAPRICORN (Dec. 22 Jan. Spotlight is on what you want to achieve, basic goals and contacts which aid in attaining desires. Separate fact from fancy enjoy flattery but always consider sources. You may soon be ask- ed to assume added respon- sibility. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20 Feb. You're going to be busy with correspondence, general communications, advertising and questions pertaining to publication dates. One who ad- vocates stimulating philosophy could become your "main ally." PISCES (Feb. 19 March Finish project. Get going in areas previously closed. You now have more appeal. You are more convincing. People are drawn to you and cheer your efforts. Mate or another close to you is willing to intelligently discuss finances. IF TODAY IS YOUR BIRTHDAY domestic adjust- ment now is of paramount im- portance. Emotional bruise will heal. February .and November should be out- standing months for you in 1975. Aries, Libra persons play key roles in your life. You have sense of drama, are attracted to law and have way of aiding the underdog. Fun with figures By J.A.H. Hunter We have 3558 for the game today. One 3, two 5's and one K. Using all four each time, but no other digits at all, you form expressions for the consecutive numbers from one up. Any arthimetical signs may be used, but no summation or factorial symbols. Don't forget decimals, regular and repeater, also roots and powers (no extra For example, 58 5 3- is a solu- tion for 60. The limit without a break in continuity seems to be 91, with some "toughios" along the way. 61 and 89 may challenge even the expert. I shall be glad to check solutions. Yesterday's answer: BABY was 4249 (BAG 423, SW I SWARM. THE ONLY THIN6 THAT 5POIL RIPE ww WOULD ee A... HI AND LOIS ISN'T THAT ONE OF YQUR TROPHIES TRIXIE'S BAN6INS AROUND IT'S THE ONE MOM GAVE ME FOR HAVING THE MESSIEST ROOM IN BUGS BUNNY HOW COME YER NOT EATIN SYLVESTER? TIME IS MONEY, I WONDER V WHAT THAT ADPt-ED ALLEY CAT IS UP TO f MONTMpKENCV ANP I HAVE PEVELOPEP A RATHER LUCRATIVE LUNCH-HOUR BLONDIE LAPY, YOU'VE BEEN IM WAT BOOTM POR TWENTY MIMUTES WHO ARE VOU TRYING TO CALL? ARCHIE WHY NOT YOU'RE FOOT- TRYING TO JTHREE, MAKE THAT DUAAAAY LUNK YARMS A BASKETBALL LIKE PLAYER? J A ORILLA.' I TOLD HIM TO 6ET UP CLOSE TO THE NET AND KEEP SHOOTING FOR THAT WHY AREN'T YOU PRACTICING HAGAR THE HORRIBLE WE'LL, IP I'M NOT A UOT OF WORK JU5T TO INTO TROUBLE I'M WRITING A POEM FOR WHAT WlTM TUMBLEWEEDS TW.L ME I PONT SEE MY PEWTY IN THE MIPPiE Of THEREBY i FEW WDRPS ATA LI'L ABNER THARS A AWFUL SICK MUST BHSITTIM' IT r. HeALTHY NATIVES r- TH6 FLAPALOO HASNT MOVED INTO THIS'NeiSHBORHOOR THAT'S FOP. SURE ;