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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - March 12, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta It - THI IETHMIDGE HERALD - Friday, March 12, 1971 Your horoscope By Jean* Dixon Saturday, March 13, Your Brithday Today: You find yourself organizing for a rather successful, fortunate year of career and personal progress. Time for serious study fa apt to be difficult to find, yet immediately profitable when you do. Social contacts multiply so that you must select those of greatest ARIES (March 21 April 19): Follow the course of least re- sistance this week-end - you've earned a vacation sort of experience. Today is good for socializing. TAURUS (April 20 - May 20): Spend your time with your loved ones. Share the pleasures of home, plans and hopes, and perhaps an excursion. GEMINI (May 21 - June 20): Laziness will overtake you if you don't push yourself a little. Get an early start, find out what's happening around you, LAWRENCE E. LAMB. M. D. Help at hand now in kidney failure Dear Dr. Lamb - Would you please explain uremic poisoning of the kidneys? My brother had it this summer and we were sure he was going to die. He was just that bad and the doctor bad given him up. But he got over it and got to go home. He's been home about three months. But people say it will come back. Is this true? If so, How often do they have these attacks? And would the antibiotics be as effective next time? Dear Reader - Uremic poisoning refers to a build-up in the body of urea, the waste product from metabolizing protein. The protein can come from the diet or, if the person is not eating enough, from the actual use of body protein. It is normal to have some urea in the blood but excess amounts are filtered out by the kidneys. Anything that causes the kidneys to decrease their function in filtering out waste products can cause a build-up of urea. A person with high blood pressure and kidney disease may gradually develop uremic poisoning. A young man with an injury to his kidneys can develop it. Kidney failure can follow prolonged shock if the kidneys don't get enough blood. A number of toxic agents can affect the kidneys and cause them to fail. Of course, there are infections and inflammations that cause nephritis that may result in kidney failure. Even a mechanical obstruction in the outflow of urine can cause the problem if it is not corrected. It is not possible to tell if a person is going to have a recurrence of uremia or not without knowing what caused it in the first place. Your comment about antibiotics suggests that the doctor thought an infection caused your brother's uremia. The fact that he has recovered suggests he will be able to have adequate kidney function for quite some time and perhaps not have any more trouble. I am optimistic about helping people with kidney failure if it is not caused by disease of the arteries involving other parts of the body. There are many medical centres now using artificial kidney devices that can often be used once a week to restore the normal chemical balance of the body. New and cheaper devices are being developed for home use. Venereal disease on the increase TORONTO (CP) - Venereal disease, once thought licked by penicillin, has reached epidemic proportions in North America. Medicine has discovered that the drug is not the cure-all it was thought to be. Peppery Dr. Gordon Bates, who thinks he has had more to do with VD than anyone else in Canada, says until a sure-fire vaccine is developed the only answer to this worldwide problem is a return to higher moral standards-with a bit of governmental compulsion. In an interview, he said doctors treating VD cases must "preach morality." Provincial governments should impose controls to keep infected persons from passing on the disease. Dr. Bates, general director of the Health League of Canada, said that when penicillin first came into widespread use about 15 years ago in the treatment of syphilis and gonorrhea "we thought we had the problem licked." So did the public. RATE GOES UP The result was what he termed free-and-easy "multiple exposures." Then "reports began to come in from all over the world six or seven years ago that the rate was going up." "It has assumed epidemic proportions. "It has been discovered that penicillin worked the first time. And the second time it worked. The third time it didn't work as well and the fourth time it didn't work at all." The Health League, a voluntary group of 55 private and semi-poubhc organizations, supported by public grants. $2-a-year membership fees arid private donations, seeks to establish a national health council to co-ordinate groups concerned with VD and other diseases. "The situation is getting worse here and it's getting worse everywhere," said Dr. Bates. "The medical profession . . . must preach morality. It's part of their job to do that. I've seen thousands of cases and I've never seen a clergyman with VD." GOREN ON BRIDGE BY CHARLES H. GOREN (� 1171: Br Till Chlciio Trlkvntl Neither vulnerable. East deals. NORTH A 7 6 VQJ2 0 K Q 8 5 4 4> A J 3 WEST EAST A 10 A A K > 8 2 8 6 5 3 C 4 O A 9 6 OJT32 + Q8654 A K 9 2 SOUTH A Q J 5 4 3 V A K 10 i 7 0 10 A 10 7 The bidding: East South YVeat North 1 A 2 AAA6MEP POTATOES, SHOULDER K0AGT6.'.' TMBy KEPT 6HOVIN0 IT AT M6 ANP THEY SAID/ *W61RB eo\we TO MAKE VOU SAT TILL YOU BOffTf" THATc THE FIRST NIGHTMARE I EVER WON iSii LI'L ABNER-By Al Capp Nigeria given loan LAGOS (Reuter) - External Affairs Minister Mitchell Sharp of Canada signed a $20 million loan agreement with Nigerian officials Thursday for railway modernization here. Most of the money will go for the purchase of 54 main-line die-sel locomotives from M.L.W. WortMngton Ltd. of Montreal. Nigeria plans complete diesel-' izaitaon of its 2,000-mile railway network by 1973. Sharp, who has been here two days, signed the agreement shortly before departure for Congo Kinshasa on the next stage of his five-country African tour. He already has visited the Ivory Coast and will later fly to Tanzania and Zambia. The minister also saw Nigeria's head of state, Maj.-Gen. Yakubu Gowon and Foreign Minister Okoi Arikpo. He told reporters their talks covered several issues, including the question of British arms sales to South Africa. Canada was strictly observing the United Nations' embargo on arms sales and opposed Britain's plans to resume arms sales to Pretoria, he added. Canadian sources have stressed that the arms question is not a major issue on Sharp's tour, which generally reflects Canada's growing interest in Africa. Canada provides about $100 million annually in aid to black Africa. ARCHIE-By Bob Montana Cuts salaries of employees MONTREAL (CP) - United Aircraft of Canada Ltd. an nounced here it is reducing immediately the salaries of its 2,300 salaried employees by about six per cent. Thor E. Stephenson, president of United Arcraft, said in a letter to employees that "the prevailing conditions in the aviation industry dictate that we take this step." He said he hoped the salary cuts would be short - lived. Some 2,100 plant personnel are not affected by the reduction. HI AND LOIS-By Dik Browne SHORT RIBS-By Frank O'Neal BUGS BUNNY ;