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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - March 24, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta WHITE HOUSE DUET - Former U.S. president Lyndon B. Johnson yodels with his dog, Yukl, in a photograph released by Ladies' Home Journal, for the Johnson Library. Luci Johnson Nugent, the president's daughter, revealed in a copyrighted article in the current issue that this was one of the president's great acts during his tenure in the White House. One is nearly blind Mills Brothers sing of love and sunshine VANCOUVER (CP) - 1*6 Mills Brothers sing of summer love and sunshine no matter how little of it shows in brother Harry's life. At 57 the second-oldest of the three brothers who have been singing together for 44 years, Harry faces blindness and an ailment that could mean an end to his career. And that, says older brother Herb, could mean an end to the group completed by younger brother Donald. The fourth brother of the original group died in 1936. Harry has no vision in his right eye and only 30-per-cent' effectiveness in his left eye. To complicate matters, he has been a diabetic for 25 years and a diabetic seizure could harm the remaining sight. During a recent engagement in a Vancouver night- club, Harry flew down to the Stanford Medical Centre in Palo Alto, Calif., for his seventh treatment with laser beams in an effort to stop hemorrhaging behind his' left eyeball. MUST WATCH DIET "I get around fine on the stage with all the lights," he later said, "but when I come off and I have to come upstairs to the dressing room, I just have one hell of a time. "My doctor says it will be five or six months before I get back a good sense of sight, providing the treatments work as expected. Diabetics are slo-7 healers. I have to watch my diet every day and I have to get plenty of rest to keep my system in good enough balance so that I can take the laser treatments." The treatment is called photo-coagulation of the blood Intravenous fluids may be banned WASHINGTON (AP) _ The Food and Drug Administration is considering emergency removal of contaminated intravenous fluids from hospitals after finding its earlier warning has failed to stop a near-epidemic of infections which claimed at least nine lives. The disclosure by FDA officials here coincided with an allegation by consumer advocate Ralph Nader that the federal government was shockingly irresponsible in not banning the contaminated Abbott Laboratories product two weeks ago when the peril was disclosed. The Associated Press also learned the FDA rejected a public health service plea at the time for a ban, choosing instead a press-release warning that has failed to stop the infections. Following a series of emergency meetings late last week, the FDA has decided tentatively to remove the products from hospitals and nursing homes if it is certain other manufacturers can supply substitutes in sufficient quantity, officials said. The FDA, in a joint announcement eight days ago with the public health service's center of disease control advised precautionary steps for using the Abbott intravenous sugar solution. A spokesman for Abbott Laboratories in Chicago said the firm is continuing to work closely with the FDA and disease control centre and feels that the precautionary procee-dures are "the most responsible course of action to protect the healh of patients requiring intravenous therapy." SHIPMENTS STOPPED He said all shipments of Abbott intravenous solutions which might be involved with the infections have been suspended "except on an emergency basis." The government had found as many as 52 per cent of bottles contained plastic cap liners contaminated with bacteria, which under certain circumstances could contaminate the fluid and cause infection. The sugar solution is infused by needle into the veins of sick persons unable to take food and drink by mouth. A spokesman for the food and drug directorate in Ottawa said none of the contaminated fluids has been shipped to Canada. He said Canadian officials had been working in close touch on the matter with the FDA in the U.S. for the last 10 days. Chinese premier meets Russian MOSCOW (Reuter) - Chinese Premier Chou En-lai had a meeting Sunday with Soviet Ambassador V a s i 1 i Tolstikov and Deputy Foreign Minister Leonid Ilyichov, Tass news agency reported Tuesday. The presence of Ilyichov, who heads the Soviet side at the Sino-So-viet border talks, was seen here as an indication these were raised, vessels with an argon laser, and Harry has had 152 individual vessels cauterized in his left eyeball. "My diabetes is hereditary," he said, "but I really started to get sick about three years ago when I passed out on stage in Las Vegas and came to three days later. "The doctors told me I had suffered a minor heart attack and that I had pneumonia and shingles (a virus infection of the nerve trunks). "The shingles started at the base of my brain and worked its way down my spine. Eventually .it hit the optic nerve in my right eye and knocked it out." WENT ROUND WORLD After that, he literally went around the world looking for treatment. "I went to Germany, to Switzerland and to Japan, but I was always referred back to the Boston Eye and Ear Clinic. That's where the treatments began to save my left eye." Harry quit drinking three years ago and smoking a year ago but "taking me off the golf course, that really hurt." "Actually, I feel fine. As long as I get my eight to 10 hours of sleep a night, I feel perfect. "When people ask me how I am, I always say 'I'm great, I woke up this morning.' It's a thing said in jest but there's a lot of truth to it. Every morning I figure I've been lucky enough to get one more day. "Things seemed to be going good, but about four months ago I had a setback that really scared me. I had to take three months off. . . . "Now it's treatments, rest, diet, B-12 shots and lots of vitamin C. I think I can whip this thing because I have the best doctor available and I've got the Lord's hand on my shoulder." FUTURE CLOUDED He said that if he loses his sight "I'll be very, very unhappy about it, but I think I could reconcile myself to it-after all, there are people in the world with worse problems." "But to keep singing with the group? I don't know. I wouldn't want people to think of me any differently than they do now. Maybe if the people could^accept it I could, but I really don't know. "When my father had to have his leg amputated he couldn't bring himself to go back on stage. It wasn't vanity-he simply didn't want to be known as a singer with a wooden leg. I just want to be known as a singer, never as a blind anger." The Lethbrulge Herald Third Section Lethbridge, Alberta, Wednesday, March 24, 1971 Pages 31-38 Ombudsman spends busiest year on record 889 cases concluded EDMONTON* (CP) - Alberta Ombudsman George B. Mc-Clellan bandied more complaints than ever before in the year ended Oct. 31, 1970. In his fourth annual report, tabled in the Legislature, Mr. McClellan said, including com-plaints brought forward from previous years, the Ombudsman's office concluded 899 cases during the year and still has 100 under investigation. Between Nov. 1, 1969 and Oct. 31, 1970, 791 complaints were received; "the highest number in any year," and there has been an increase every year since the of ice of Ombudsman was established in 1967. Commenting on the fact the Ombudsman's office bad concluded 108 cases more than it had received during the year, Mr. McClellan said: "This is the first time we have been able to do this, and if the trend continues, I would hope to shorten the time elapsed from the receipt of the complaint to the start of the actual investigation." Of the 899 cases concluded during the year, 22.02 per cent were justified and rectified. Mr. McClellan said there has been a decrease, of about seven to nine per cent, in the number of justified complaints. There bad been an increasing number of requests for assistance, where there appeared to be a genuine need, but not in an area coming under the Ombudsman's jurisdiction. Additionally, there was a growing number of requests for information. "Such requests for help may not be in the Ombudsman's jurisdiction, as stated in legislation" but . . . "frequently, we can help, and do so." Mr. McClellan said a greater public awareness of the services provided by the Ombudsman is desirable, and recommended sections of the Ombudsman Act be prominently displayed in correctional institutions, mental hospitals, local lock-ups, municipal police and RCMP cells and places of permanent or temporary detention of juveniles for any cause. The act should be broadened to authorize the Ombudsman or members of his office to re- move documents, on a temporary basis, to his office or elsewhere for study and reproduction if necessary. Mr. McClellan said many cases are of lengthy duration and require frequent reference to a file. This could not be done conveniently on the premises of an agency. He said he realizes he has the authority by summons to compel the production of a file at a hearing in his office, but "I have never had to exercise this compulsion, and I would find such a procedure most repugnant." "Furthermore, I do not think it would be in the public interest, except in extreme circumstances, that become apparent, that the Ombudsman has had to take such action to enforce his authority over an agency or government department." Noting that the 1970 session of the legislature had approved the budget for the Ombudsman's office, including an increase in salary, Mr. McClellan said "the funds voted have not been paid to the Ombudsman." German shepherd joins search team JASPER, Alta. (CP) - Gin-ger, a 16-months-old German shepherd dog, has been added to the search-and-rescue team in Jasper National Park. Ginger, who has completed a 10-week training course at RCMP facilities in Innisfail, Alta., will see year-round service. He is trained in tracking and searching for lost and buried persons and articles. During the summer months he will assist in searching for lost people while in winter he will be used whenever search-and-rescue operations start in the case of avalanches. In training, Ginger once located a button torn from a jacket and buried in the snow. It then was easy for him to find a volunteer-the button's owner -who had been buried in four feet of snow. A press release from the federal department of northern development said: "The training program for tracking, search and rescue as well as avalanche work h highly specialized and must not be confused with the training normally given to police dogs. Animals for rescue work are selected essentially on temperament. They must be friendly and gentle and much of their training is focused on these characteristics." PADDED BRA WED. THURS. FRI. SAT. Acetate double knits are .30' long with long sleeves and self belt! Choose from four styles of collars. 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