Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 25, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta
12 THI UTHBRIOOf HERAID thunclay, 55, 1970 THE DOCTOR'S MAILBAG Thyroid Claud Regulates Fuel Burned iu Body By WAYNE G. BRANDSTADT, M.D. Written for Newspnpcr Assu. Q _ What are the functions of the thyroid gland? What tests are given to determine abnormal function? A Tlie thyroid puts out a hormone, thyroxin, which reg- ulates the at which fuel is burned in the body. The basal metabolic rate determin- ation has been largely replaced by (1) the protein-bound iodine test, (2) the bulanol extractable iodine test and (3) the uptake of radioactive iodine by the thyroid. All three tests are in- creased in persons with an overactive thyroid. Q My doctor Is treating me for hyperthroidism and my- ocardial ischemia. Do the two conditions usually go together? A Overactivity of the thy- roid causes a fast and some- times irregular pulse. It may lead to enlargement of the heart and heart failure. It does not cause myocardial ischemia (coronary heart disease) but it does aggravate it. Q _ What is malignant exo- phthalmos? What is Werner's syndrome? A Malignant exophthalmos (acute prolusion of the eye- balls) Is a complication of an overactive thyroid. Werner's syndrome is premature senil- ity. The two are not related. Q My thyroid was re- moved two years ago. I am taking Cytomel. Are there any side effects from this drug? A Sodium liothyronine (Cy- tomel) is a synthetic thyroid hormone. Too large a dosage may cause headaches, nervous tension, irritability, sweating and a fast pulse. Q I am 17. My doctor says I have an overactive thyroid. He is giving me Tapazole. Now I have cold hands, a breaking out on my face and shoulders, a gain in weight and episodes of mental confusion. What do you advise? A breaking out is probably juvenile acne. The other symptoms are most likely due to too much Tapazole. The dosage should be adjusted to your individual need. Q About 18 months ago my eyes started to bulge and my doctor gave me radio- active iodine for an over-active thyroid. My eyes still bulge a little. What do you advise? A Further steps should be taken to control the activity of your thyroid through drugs or surgery. New Developments In Gonorrhea War CHICAGO (AP) Two new developments will aid in com- batting gonorrhea, the venereal disease which now is the No. 1 reportable communicable dis- ease In the United States, re- searchers reported here. One is a new medium or cul- ture in which the germs caus- ing gonorrhea can be kept alive longer. It is hoped this could lead to a simpler system of test- ing for presence of the disease in humans. The other is that chimpan- zees now have been infected with the disease and animal studies could disclose new de- tails about the infection and its course. Dr. William J. Brown, chief of the Communicable Disease Centre in Atlanta, told a news conference at the annual meet- Ing of the American Medical Association cases of gonorrhea were reported in the United States last year. But it is estimated there are up to because only a frac- tion of the cases are reported. Doctors In the United States are required by federal law to report many communicable dis- eases, such as gonorrhea, to the Atlanta centre. Other diseases, such as measles and chicken- pox, are not reported. One problem in detecting gon- orrhea has been that women who have it do not display any symptoms. Dr. Brown said the new medium will make possible the use of a simple smear for detection. The organisms which cause gonorrhea die quickly if not placed in a suitable bacteriol- ogical medium. This has kept many doctors from performing routine culture tests because no suitable laboratory was nearby. The new medium, tentatively called Transgor, preserves and grows the germ for two to four days and even longer. Infection of chimpanzees with gonorrgea gives laboratory workers an animal model to study. The researchers say they have for the first time suc- ceeded in transmitting gonor- rhea from one chimpanzee to another. For Summer Fun CORTINA PER MONTH So LitHe Paid Fee So Much! AVINUI1 (Ih JTRIET, Ihk STREET IT AVIMUF, LITHBJUOGr, AL1ERTA Your Horoscope By JEANE DIXON I'lUDAY, JUNE 26 Your birthday today: The year to come promises a dy- namic equilibrium between your urge to settle for what you have and a stronger but erraic compulsion to break out into entirely new direc- tions. Startling events will stir your imagination and inspire your career efforts. Today's natives are keen of hearing, sociable but easily offended, interested in justice for all. ARIES (March 21 April The weekend opens with un- anticipated or unexp'n'ned events. Your quick reactions may in turn trigger additional everything; pause for intuitional guidance. TAUKUS (April 20 May Impulsive moves do not im- prove the situation. Expect im- patience on all sides. A flash of inspiration conies during the evening's meditation. GEMINI (May 21 June Relationships are at their most- fragile today. Money is the sub- ject of sudden whims. Unex- pected circumstances are not known imtil later; withold de- cisons. CANCER (June 21 July The utmost care is essential to- day with anything which has a hazardous nature, such as pow- er tools. Any discussion can de- teriorate into estrangement now if you let it. LEO (July 23 Aug. Take the day as it comes, first come first served, and watch the cir- cus. Getting personally involved would pull you out of a position of advantage. VIIIGO (Aug. 23 Sept. Disturbing news should not pan- ic you into making emergency arrangements. Economic mat- ters are to be guided by the ad- vice of expert consultants ob- tained some time ago. LIBRA (Sept. 23 Oct. There will be change and ex- citement enough without volun- tarily making changes. Stand by for sudden differences, flash- es of temper, possible acci- dents. SCORPIO (Oct. 23 Nov. Now it is not easy, but very important, that you keep on a steady work-effort. Stay on the safe side; contain your emotion- al pressures. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dcc. Your energy is safely channeled off into sentimental ventures or sports events. Other activities are subject to upsets, sudden turns. CAPRICORN (Dec 22 Jan. Your personal arrange- ments are tested today. Asso- ciates are quick to reply to any impulsive mov.e or critical com- ment hold it for another time. AQUARIUS (Jan. 211 Feb. For once an independent attitude doesn't go well, parti- cularly witli officials. Be cau- tious in driving, use of equip- ment. Today will give you much to think over. PISCES (Feb. 19 March Take care of yourself instead ol relying on others. Unplanned events should provoke in you some institutional defenses. Keep your serenity so this can happen. GOREN ON BRIDGE BY' CHARLES H. GOREN Ifl 1178: BI 7M Chkaff TribiMl Both vulnerable. Wtit deals. NORTH A84 S7AZ WEST KAST K 8 4 J Id I J O5I SOUTH AAQ.I 031 KHSJ Ths bidding: West North East 1 NT JO 3 NT Pble. Fast Pan Opening lead: Queen of 4> When Horth made a jump overall of three diamonds over West's opening one no trumpj South eiiose to shoot It nut at three BO trump in the expectation that his partner's suit would produce the ie- quired tricks. West thought his opponents were guilty of loose bidding snd promptly registered opinion by doubling. West opened the queen of clubs and South won the trick with the king. The jack of diamonds was led and ducked. West won the con- tinuation and cashed the queen and jack- of clubs. When it developed that South had a second stopper in the suit, the contest was over, for declarer had the rest of the tricks. While on the surface the result may appear to be normal, a closer analysis will reveal that not only could the contract have been defeated, but West was perhaps in his performance. West's lead of the queen of dubs is technically correct, for it serves not only to dislodge the king, but also to leave partner with a club to, return the suit should he get in first. In the present case, however, it should be clear to West that the play will be conducted solely between West and the declarer. West might just as well lay down the ace of clubs first iii order to inspect the terrain. This play win prove to revealing on two counts. First of all, when the ace is led against no trump, it calls conventionally for the play of partner's highest'card. When East follows with the seven and South with the three, West learns that declarer has the gives him two stoppers in the suit. What is even more signifi- cant is the appearance of the dummy. West can see that if South has no more than two diamonds, the dia- mond suit can be retired from the play by knocking oat North's entry card at once. Observe the effect of a, shift to the king of hearts at trick two. Dummy plays UM ace and after West ducks ona diamond, declarer must loolc elsewhere for tricks. He will do well to wind up with seven. The lead of the ace of clubs does not preclude the pos- sibility of West's continuing to establish his suit if condi- tions warrarjt. 7t merely provides him with an op- portunity to reevaluate the defensive campaign after an examination of 26 cards in- stead of merely 13. Major Prize Winners in the "My Dad's the Greatest" Contest Sponsored by the Downtown Businessmen's Association and CJOC Radio. Pictured from left to right Mr. Keith Aiken, Keith Aiken Jr., Mr. Fred Haz, Cathy Haz, Mr. Bill Zaychuk, Tony Zaydiuk Mr. Dean Goughnor, of the DBA. Cyclamates i Regulation Reviewed WASHINGTON (AP) The Food and DrXig Administration is reconsidering its regulation allowing foods sweetened with cyclamate to remain on United States grocery shelves despite possible health hazards. Dr. Charles C. Edwards, FDA commissioner, soon will recon- vene a medical advisory group that initially recommended con- tinued sales of cyclamate-con- taining food s. an agency spokesman said Tuesday. Soft drinks sweetened with cyclamate were taken off the U.S. market early this year. But food manufacturers were allowed seven months, until Sept. 1, (o sell already canned fruits and vegetables contain- ing cyclamatcs. After Sept. I. the foods must bear a label stating "medical supervision is essential for safe use." In Canada, a progressive ban on cyclamates started with soft drinks late last year. 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