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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - January 17, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 18-THE LETHBRIDOE HERALD - Thur�d�y, January 17, 1974� Lawrence Lamb M.D. Dear Dr. Lamb - Some time ago my son picked a pimple on his nose, and the pressure of the fluid in it flew across the room. He hardly got it stopped bleeding. Now this pimple is a red spot that rises up at times, but he never makes the mistake of reopening it again. ' A few weeks ago I was reading in the paper items of 50 years ago. There was a story about a young man picking a pimple on his face and in a short time he was dead. I assume he bled to death. I don't have the name of the disease but it still worries me about my son. Could he have the same thing as this man? Could you tell me the name of this disease and what can be done about it? I like to read your column every day as you give plain, everyday advise I can understand, so hope you can help me. Dear Header - My guess is that your son has a very small artery at the surface of the skin. When he succeeded in . breaking it, the high pressure in the small artery caused the blood to squirt. An artery will actually pump blood out with each heartbeat in a spurting fashion. A vein merely allows blood to flow out. There is a lot more pressure inside an artery than there is inside a vein. I doubt the man you read about in the paper had the same problem your son has. Fifty years ago we didn't have antibiotics to combat infections. The man probably ruptured his pimple and some of the infected material spread into the surrounding tissue and was picked up by the blood. The nose and mouth area is particularly rich in tiny blood vessels, especially veins, The infection can be carried by the veins in this area to the brain. Here it sets up an infection in the large venous sinuses or large pockets of blood encased around the brain called the cavernous sinus. When these are infected large clots can form in them, a condition called cavernous sinus thrombosis, and the infection is very dangerous. This is one of the main reasons people are always ad-vised against squeezing pimples around the nose and mouth. Today when an infection does occur it can be quickly treated with antibiotics. So. it is not the dreaded rare complication it used to be. Nevertheless, it is still good advice not to squeeze forecefully on pimples. Rather it is best to let them mature and then carefully lift off the top and gently express the material. The area should be cleaned with alcohol first and a clean needle also sterilized or at least soaked in alcohol used. Never squeeze hard. Your son should leave his spot atone. It might be worthwhile seeing if he can have the spot treated with an electric needle. A dermatologist should be able to treat it easily so that it will not be a problem in the future for him and will not affect his appearance. But, I think you can put your mind at ease about the possibility that he has the same problem you read about. (Newspaper Enterprise Assn.) 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 ulcers, send 50 cents to the same address and ask for "Ulcers" booklet. Pun with figures By J. A. H. HUNTER This would be quite interesting. Each letter stands for a different digit, so what do you make of the TALES? OLD SALT TOLD TALL TALES (Answer tomorrow) Yesterday's answer; Ada, 41 years old. Goran on Bridge BY CHARLES H. GOREN c t�7�. The CkiCli* TritaM North-South vulnerable. South deals. NORTH > Q 9 � 2 0 9 32 *Q J42 WEST EAST 4tA4 3 2 AKQJ ^ A K 1^ 10 4 3 OQJin87fi 0K4 43 4I0 986S SOUTH � I09� 7 r J765 0 A.=i * AK7 The bidding: South West North East 1 V Pass Pass Dble Pass Pass Pass Opening lead: Queen of 0 North America will be represented in the 1974 World Team Championship by Bobby Wolff. Robert Hamman, Bob Goldman, Mark BIu-menthal, Sammy Kehela and Eric Murray. They earned this honor with two smashing victories in the four-team North Ainerican playoffs held some weeks ago in Milwaukee. In these davs of an evergrowing tendency towards artificial methods, it is noteworthy that Canadians Kehela and Murray, regarded as one of the world's outstanding pairs, still rely heavily on natural methods. One of the largest cains scored by any team in the Milwaukee playoffs came when Murray and Kehela opposed two practitioners of the Precision System on this hand. Be-t w e e n them. North and South had won seven major American titles using their methods, so this debacle cannot be attributed to the fact that they were not first- caliber players or that they were unfamiliar with the system they were using. South's choice of opening bid was dictated by the sys-tern. Since North-South played five-card majors, South could not open either one heart or one spade-indeed, neither suit is biddable. However, the normal 'convenience' bid of one club was also not available in their methods as that would show a hand of 16 points or better. The hand was also a shade too weak for a Precision 13-15 point no trump opening bid, so South elected to open with his two-card diamond suit. With his best suit 'stolen' by the opposition, West, Sammy Kehela, passed to see how the bidding would develop. North passed and East, Eric Murray, reopened the auction with a double, requesting his partner to bid. However, after South had passed, West saw no reason to disturb the contract. Much to his surprise, North passed as well, and one diamond doubled became the final contract. Kehela led the queen of diamonds and declarer could take only his two minor-suit aces. That meant a penalty of 1,400 points! Now, it can be argued that either South or North should have run from one diamond doubled and so prevent the disaster. But if national champions can misjudge the situation in top-level competition, how much more accident-prone is the average player. So next time anyone tells you that a highly artificial system is easy to learn and to play, treat his remark with just the right degree of skepticism. LI'L ABNER Your horoscope By Jeane Dixon l>J AMIS FRIDAY, JANUARY 18 Your birthday today: Opens a long up-spiral of spiritual expansion-growth, with almost everything you do or experience contributing to your understanding of the larger reality. Material affairs seem by and large to flow smoothly. Relationships are productive where you permit them to be so. Today's natives are industrious planners, often scheduling more than is feasible and then urging others to bring the plans into actual existence. ARIES (March 21-Apr� 19): Be prompt and active as you wind up the work week. Do it right the first time, as things are on the move, never to be repeated quite the same. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): You have all the energy that is needed, with perhaps a streak of laziness to overcome. Penetrating insight into old mysteries is available. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Other people have their own schemes and schedules. Find out what they are. Possibly you don't have to do as much as you thought, CANCER (June 21-July 22): Inconvenient as this spell of diverse deeds may be, you are better off with a strong sense of humor and the will to stay in a positive approach. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Resist that temptation toward showing off. Instead, get started on a definite effort to fix nearir/r Cash... 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