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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 5, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta LETHBRIDGE May Lawrence Lamb M.D. Dear Dr. Lamb 1 had a checkup six months ago. and 1 the doctor why 1 had an enlarged scrotum (around the testicle on the right side) and wanted to know if I had a turnor He said I didn't, but the enlargement wouldn't get bigger. I believe the fluid is increasing and it is about as big at> an orange. I am 68. Do you think that I should have surgery'' There is no pain. I'm going to the doctor at present because of a blood condition; I am a bleeder The doctor said it was called a hydrocele I asked what it was and what caused it. and he talked for 20 minutes, and I still don't know. Could you please help me'' Dear Reader Each testicle is contained within a sac. like a plastic bag. Under certain conditions the sac connects with the abdominal cavity There is normally fluid in the abdominal cavity. The fluid may then collect in the sac around ihe testicle literally causing a large water sac, which is what the term hydrocele really means. "Sometimes there are reasons for the accumulation of the fluid, such as pressure inside the abdomen on the normal mechanism that drains fluid out of the tissues within the scrotum. In any case, it's not unusual for such a bag of water to increase in size Sometimes these are drained simply by sticking a needle into the bag and draining the water out. The needle does not go into the testicle, just into the swollen and distended sac around the testicle The problem with Fun with figures By J. A. H. HUNTER If five times nine is 113, Say "one one three" in words you see, Then what's the score For twelve plus four9 Just figure out what that will be. Thanks for an idea to F. C. Ashbury. Toronto. Ontario. (Answer tomorrow) Yesterday's answer; SAMMY was 10773 this treatment is that water usually comes right back. In some cases doctors will attempt to correct the problem surgically by removing the external sac around the testicle and sealing oil the factors that allow the fluid to leak or accumulate into that area Your doctor may be reluctant to recommend this because you are a bleeder, but even so, that's still an option that could be used if the condition becomes too troublesome. Dear Dr. Lamb I'm 30. married, and have two sons, ages 9 and 10. My problem is that I do not shave and cannot grow sideburns or a beard. I have taken a lot of kidding about this in the last several months from my friends and even my wife and children. I feel embarrassed when the subject comes up about shaving. I would like to know if I could go to a doctor and get some kind of shot to start to shave Dear Reader There isn't any shot that will work. The lack of beard and sideburns in your case has nothing to do with your masculinity or how much male hormone you are producing Just to illustrate the problem, in some races beards are quite scanty or non-existant. even though the men may be vigorous, rugged warriors. Whether hair grows or not depends on whether there is a hair follicle present, the root of the hair itself which is imbedded deep within the skin. You are literally bald on the face instead of being bald on the top of the head. To tell you the truth of the matter, I think you've got the best end of the deal. There are a lot of men who are bald on the top of their head who would like to trade places with you and be bald on the face. I don't believe that your friends are showing you proper consideration, and this is because they don't understand the problem. You wouldn't go kid someone because he had a birthmark or because he had a large freckle. Your problem, although not very important, really falls in that ballpark. 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 diverticulosis, send 50 cents to the same address and ask for "Diverticulosis" booklet. Goren on Bridge BY CHARLES H. GOREN c Chicago Tribune North- South vulnerable. South deals. NORTH A A 4 K986 A Q 10 4 2 J" WEST EAST 4 Q J 10 8 A 9 7 6 5 3 A 73 QJ J 9 8 5 '63 62 A 10984 SOUTH K2 10 5 4 2 K7 A K Q 5 3 The bidding: South West North East I Pass 1 Pass 1 Pass 3 Pass 4 Pass 4 A Pass 3 Pass R Pass Pass Pass Opening lead: Queen of A Some hands require a mir- acle if declarer is to succeed at his contract. On others not even a miracle is enough the opposition must con- tribute as well. Six hearts cannot be de- scribed as a dignified con- tract. North must take most of the blame, for there was no valid reason for him to continue when South could do no more than bid four hearts over the jump raise South, too, might have been content to suppress his diamond fea- ture in view of his weak trump holding. West led the queen of spades, and the sight of dummy did not fill declarer's heart with joy. It seemed that two trump losers were unavoidable. After some thought, however. South de- vised a scheme whereby an unsuspecting defender might be lured into giving him some assistance. Dummy's ace of spades was played at trick one, East followed with the three and South with the deuce. Declar- er cashed dummy's jack of clubs. led a club to the queen and continued with the king of clubs. He was trying to create the impression that he wanted to discard dummy's spade loser, and West rose to the bait He ruffed the king of clubs with a low trump, and this was all de- clarer needed. He returned to his hand with the king of dia- monds and led a trump. Whether or not West rose with the ace. declarer could limit his trump losers to one. West could have defeated the slam either by refusing to ruff the third club or by ruffing with the ace. -for then East would stili have a trump trick. Was there any clue to the correct play? Yes. if West trusts his part- ner. followed to the first trick with the lowest spade possible If he held the king, he would have encouraged by playing a high spade. Thus, West should have realized that declarer was not trying to discard a spade and that, therefore, his play had a dis- tinctly fishy odor. Your horoscope By Jeane Dixon THURSDAY, JUNE 6 Your birthday today: Brings on the first of many new responsibilities in a year of busy progress. Skills you haven't yet mastered fully are called into use now, and overtime efforts are expected of you. Relationships are tested, you soon know where you are with friends. Today's natives include many sensitive individuals with keen intuitive capabilities. ARIES (March 21-April You can make money today, but have to cope with the contrary opinions of all. Parents, other older people are particularly determined. You can make more definite plans tonight TAURUS (April 20-May You'll do better to stick with things you know well, at or near home base Relatives and business contacts tend to resist change. You may advance in romance today GEMINI (May 21-June Today's impulse buying borders on outright folly. Others follow your example, so that it's more important than ever to be prudent. Simplify home arrangements. CANCER (June Your own pet schemes encounter competition, resistance. It's easier in the long run if you seek harmony, co-operation today. Try not to take things personally. LEO (July 23-Aug. Much depends on your adaptability People who usually pay no attention to what you're doing now turn out to be very alert. Where there's nothing you can do about a detail, let it rest. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. If you have it in writing, fine. Avoid speculation, gambling in any form. Time spent in solitary work yields a lasting result. LIBRA (Sept. 23 Oct. Firm resolve on your part saves the day. The needs of others create delays. Home conditions conflict with work and business obligations, so priorities are in order. SCORPIO (Oct. 23 Nov. Advice can be expensive and unusable. Close associates react, having had too much of your determination give them plenty of room to do so. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22 Dec. It's up to you today. Chances are you're lazy or not clear as to what you want. Select something requiring no direct co-operation, get done early. CAPRICORN (Dec.22-Jan. Emotional matters for the unattached come first today, progress being assured. Marital and family ties complicate any career move. Be philosophic; plan another effort. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20 Feb. It's a day for doing your own specialty. Never mind stragglers they can catch up later You have to carry the duties of others temporarily; no complaint! PISCES (Feb. 19 March Younger people, children tend to develop problem situations. You are called in on all sorts of considerations. Leave your money safely stowed away, unchanged. 1974, The Chicago Tribune Ask Andy ELEPHANT BIRD Andy sends a complete 20- volume set of the Merit Students Encyclopedia to Jonathan Martin, age 13, of Pine Ridge, So Dakota, for his question: What is the elephant bird? From his name, one would expect him to come in the large economy jumbo size. And so he did. But he was not as big as the Arabian roc, reported by Marco Polo. This bird was said to fly off with elephants to feed to his chicks. Of course the impossible roc was a legendary bird. He was not related to the real elephant bird, except in people's imaginations. So far as we know, the real elephant bird was the largest bird that ever lived on the planet Earth. The fact that he is extinct is no fault of modern man. Nobody knows why the last of his enormous kinfolk perished, for the tragedy occurred at the dawn of human history, perhaps 5.000 years ago. In the distant past, several sized birds developed on isolated islands where there were no predators to threaten them The great moa birds of New Zealand were enormous. The bulky dodos and the elephant birds had their heyday on the windswept island of Madagascar, in the mild Indian Ocean. A couple of thousand years ago. seagoing peoples from various parts of Indonesia began arriving and several groups stayed to settle this island. But the last of the native elephant birds already had departed, or so we think. We know that these giant birds existed from their fossil bones and from their enormous eggs, found in swampy bogs The egg of the elephant bird really was jumbo sized. It was at least a foot long and weighed perhaps 18 pounds. The hollow shell held two gallons and had room enough for 30.000 eggs of the tiny bee hummingbird. the chick that hatched from this jumbo egg was destined to stand ten feet tall Nobody knows how long it took him to reach maturity, but finally he weighed 1.000 pounds. It's hard to imagine a bird weighing half a ton and standing ten feet tall. But on the island of Madagascar. 5.000 years ago. there was such a bird Like the giant moas of New Zealand, he resembled an oversized a bulky body, long neck and small head. His long, strong legs no doubt made him a fast sprinter, though so far as we know, there were no enemies around to chase him. Even if there had been, those mighty legs were powerful enough to bash a tiger to a pulp Judging from modern birds, there is a weight limit to flight. Our heaviest flying birds weigh about 14 pounds. Obviously, the elephant bird was grounded. However, his fossil breast bone is shaped like a ship's keel, which suggests that maybe his ancestors were flying but no doubt very, very much smaller. Marco Polo's fabulous roc makes a wonderful tale. But let's face it, such a bird was downright impossible Just suppose the feathered monster was big enough to capture and dine on elephants. A bird of such dimensions certainly would be unable to fly. And the fabulous roc was reported to zoom aloft on enormous wings, pounce down on an elephant and carry it back to his nest. by chil- dren of Herald readers should be mailed to Ask Andy, P.O. Box. 765, Huntington Beach, California 92648. (Copyright Chronicle Publishing Co. 1973) Flashback By THE CANADIAN PRESS A force of about American troops was taken by surprise in an attack by 700 British soldiers at the Battle of Stoney Creek 161 years ago today in 1813 and routed in confusion. The invaders were camped near Burlington Bay on the Canadian side of Lake Ontario when the redcoats attacked in the early morning. The American commanders. Gen. John Chandler and Gen. William Winder, were captured in the engagement. HAVIN6 OUR X IT EARS PIERCED WASN'T WAS WUR IDEA, 5UCHA LUCILLE.' J GOOP IDEA... THEPOCTORI ww DON'T WAITING, I WU 60 FIRST? LUCILLE J I'M NOT REAW... SHORT MBS ONE OF OLJR FAVORITE- PISHES IN JAPAN IS CALLED SUSMI IT OP SLICED RAW AND GINSER ME WRETCH.' i DISCOVERED INGREDIENTS OF VOUP HOT HI AND LOIS WHAT MISERABLE M WEATHER BUGS BUNNY IS MY A FEW I I IS CAR "A MINUTES FUODSY .----HAVE A HOW ABOUT A CUP 0- COFFEE ER... THANK YOU.' WE LIKE T' MAKE OUR CUSTOMERS FEEL AT r THAT'S NOW, LE'S TALK h ABOUT YER BILL BLONDIE HI, I'M SELLING H THESE LUCKY- CHARMS MOTH INS BAD CAN EVER HAPPEN TO YOU 'CAUSE THEY'RE TO BRIMS YOU GOOD LUCK I WAS JUST GONNA SAY I'VE CARRIED ONE J FOR YEARS -f ARCHIE OH, IT'S TOO I'LL VERONICA. XWAIT TILL EVERYONE'S IN SWIMMING.') 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