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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 1, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta WidntWoy, November I, 1972 THE tETMMDOf HMAIB 43 A GIANT High-rise space hardware is dwarfed by the High Bay area of Cape Kennedy's Vehicle Assembly Building. Section is the Skylob Orbital Workshop which will be moled with a Saturn V launch vehicle for the Sky- lob mission, scheduled for a launching next year. Blue marlin mark broken HAMILTON, Bermuda (CP) This light tackle fishing re- sort never has been known for its blue marlin fishing, but this may change after this summer. A record-breaking number of the big blues have been taken and probably dozens, if not hundreds, lost through inexperi- ence. In the previous ctecade 31 blue marlin had been caught off Bermuda. This summer 22 have been boated and the Bermuda record that stood since 1958 went by the board. Norbart Monish, a local an- gler, boated a 416-pound 12- ounce blue marlin to beat the record of 382 pounds tbat had stood since Lee Roberts made his catch back on June 29, 1958. But while local anglers were excited about the marlin boom, one man was skeptical. Pete Perinchicf, fishing Infor- mation bureau director, isn't prepared yet to start telling overseas fishermen to head for Bermuda for marlin fishing. "My own feeling is that it's going to take four or five years to see if we continue to hit Perinchief said. "If we do it could mean there has been some sort of change in the mar- lins' habits or it coulc? be more people are fishing for them. It could be a combination of both." Perinchief noted that a sud- den jump in the number caught attracted a great deal of inter- est from local anglers. "Apparently everybody go excited about the number being caught and went trolling exclu sively for he said "The concerted effort has pro- duced more." In previous years It was as- sumed the surface conditions had something to do with catch ing marlin. "We assumed we needed chop on the Perinchle said, "but this season they are being raised on a calm day. "But I'm skeptical untl proven otherwise. I hope we have more marlin than we Jig ured. But if we don't we stil have one of the lop light tackli areas in the world for waboo blackfin tuna, yellowfin tuna amberjacks and all the other species we have." While Monish's fish stands as the island record it Is not the biggest marlin taken. Just three weeks after he made his catch policeman Dennis Brookes landed a 551-pounder, only to have it disqualified. Two men handled the rod an "Death has replaced sex as the most prevalent taboo in our says Eev. Leo Klugg, who teaches a course exploring atti- tudes towards death and the dying. "Death still cannot be talked about socially, and those most iji contact with Ihc clerical and medical professions don't know haw to relate to the dying said Father KlugR, who is offering Ihe course for the first lime at Iftnrman Theological College. "There is even evidence to suggest medical personnel and (lie clergy fear dealh more Ihan segments of flic general popula- tion. "The dying arc isolated so- cially, in hospitals and in old peoples' homes because soci- ety prefers to ignore this aspect of life i! doesn't understand. "People have the right lo die In dignity nnd the moral nnd medical implications of keeping people alive by artificial means need more exploration." SUMMCr EVADED Being "morbid" wlwn death is mentioned, silence, and Ireal- ing Ihc subject as a joke to mask anxiclies, arc somo ways people nvold coming to grips wilh death, he said. "Now that sex is no longer A loplc of discussion, let us hope (loath nlso cnn lie brought Into Ihe oprti." Kalhcr KhiRR, who lias n master's degree In sociology from Fordham University In New York, has acted as a hospi- tal chaplain. He said just talk- ing about death alleviates some people's anxieties on the sub- ject. He said, however, that three or four students told him they were dropping his course after Ihe first meeting because they felt they were not up to discuss- ing death in an objective man- ner. Father Klugg said as a result of Ibis reaction he is trying to detect student anxieties and dis- cuss them within the frame- work of the course. ESTABLISH COURSRS Though admitting that death is nn area where little research has been conducted, he said the body of knowledge on the sub- ject has grown phenomenally In the last five years. Several universities hi the United Stales offered courses as did the University of Windsor In Canada. In addition, Iwo sociol- ogical journals and several theses nnd books on Ihe subject were available. CANADA AIDS LAGOS LAGOS (Rculcr) -Canndn Is lo design and supervise the constmcllon of a 42 mile power transmission line from Nigeria's hydro-cleclrlc dam al Kninjl in Iho north lo the neigh- boring Niger Republic. An nfirccmcnL for Ihc project, cost- ing about million, wns signed In Lagos. The death of baseball great Jackie Robinson mm or oaseoau great jacKie Kooinson Diabetes and its complications major factor IE K. ALTMAN grcssively blind In the other, beles, Robinsons physicians million people, are said to have care for diabetic coma and In- as long escape By LAWRENCE K. ALTMAN New York Times Service NEW YORK Tbt immedi- ate cause of Jackie Robinson's dealh last week at age 53 was apparently a heart attack. Bui to many doctors a more funda- mental process was Involved: Diabetes and its complications. The former Brooklyn Dod- ger's heart attack, which came after a decade of failing health, was his third since 1968, two of the Manhattan specialists who cared for him said in inter- views. These two previous at- tacks had left him with need lor cardiology care to treat his congestive heart failure. The Dodger second baseman had also consulted several oth- er kinds of specialists in the years he knew he had diabetes, because during this interval Robinson had developed most of the conditions that can com- plicate the endocrine disease.' The first Black major leaguer had lost the sight of one eye and was becoming pro- gressively blind In Ihe other, despite treatments wilh a laser beam. In 1961, his knee, already damaged by arthritis caused by the trauma of sliding around the bases on the playing field, was further injured by a seri- ous infection. The staphylococ- cal bacteria that caused the knee infection also poisoned his blood system with near fatal case of seplicemia and tempor- arily threw his diabetes out of control until antibiotics and more insulin helped him recov- er. Robinson had also suffered from burning sensations and other pains in his legs that had resulted from a combination of diabetic damage to the nerves and arteries in his legs. So dis- comforting were these symn- toiiE, his doctor said, that Rob- inson had to give up golf. Also, his blood pressure was abnormally high for many years. Though hypertension can be another complication of dia- betes, Robinsons physicians said they considered it an un- associated problem in his case. Cardiologists have reported that hypertension is found with un- usually high frequency among Blacks. Eridscrinologiats say they be- lieve that diabetes is the re- sult of Inadequate production of insulin by the pancreas gland, which is situated deep in the abdomen, insulin controls the amount of sugar in the blood, Chemical pathways are so com- plex and intertwined, diabetes affects protein and fat meat- bolism as well as that of sugar and other carbohydrates. Other doctors said that Robin- son's case vividly illustrates the types of medical problems with which many of the 200 million diabetics in the world must live. Diabetes knows no geograph- ic borders as it affects people of all races around the globe. In the United Slates, two per cent of the population, or four million people, are said to have diabetes. It's symptoms can in- clude fatigue, unusually fre- qucn urination, excessive thirst and increased appetite In the face of weight loss. For more than 50 years, in- sulin injections have staved off early death for million of dia- betics. As a result many dia- betics live for de-cades, where- as those born before insulin's discovery survived just months. Nevertheless, a diabetic's life expectancy is about two-thirds that of a nondiabetic at any age. Doctors at the Joslin Clin- ic in Boston reported recently, for example, that a 30-year-old diabetic could expect to live another 30 years, whereas a 30-year-old nondiabetic could ex- pect to die in 42 years. The price from Ihe complica- tions made possible by the ad- vance of Insulin therapy is en- ormous. Economists say that each year diabetics spend billion for such items as phy- sician fees to regulate the in- sulin doses, hospital beds to care for diabetic coma and In- sulin-shock, nursing care to help skin ulcers heal and prevent gangrene of the toes and legs, pills, seeing-eye dogs and live- in help to care for blind dia- belies. Diabetes ranks behind cataracts and glaucoma as the third leading cause of blindness in Americans. Diabetes specialists say they are still mystified about the dis- ease that has been known since ancient times. Among the my- riad unanswered questions sci- entists hope to resolve are: Why does arteriosclerosis occur so much earlier in life among diabetics, making heart attacks and strokes so much more common than among non- diabetics? Precisely haw is diabetes What causes the bodies of some diabetics like Jackie Robinson to become BO severe- ly ravaged within 20 years, whereas other diabetics who have had the disease for twice as long escape the severity ol many of the same compli- cations? Why does diabetes, In a pattern distinct from arterio- sclerosis selectively datnagt the smallest arteries, particul- arly those in the eye, kidney, nerves and skin? Why do diabetics havi more difficulty combating bac- teria like Jackie Hoblnsos'i staph knee infection tbu non-diabetics? Why do cells of age much faster than those of other people? Researchers at the University of Washington at Seattle, one of the leading centres of diabetes investiga- tion, discovered recently that cells taken from diabetics, wbea made lo grow artificially In test tubes in laboratories, much faster than do those from nondiabetics. Precisely how these cell changes produce dia- betic damage is what teams of researchers elsewhere In tht world are trying to learn- SIMPSONS Sears Save sq yd Let it rain, let it shine. Let the kids play and the dog romp. Sundeck'survives the test of time! Whatever's happening this carpet retains its good looks, softness and bounce. Reg. 9" sq. yd. What makes "Sundeck1 such a marvellous fin-round carpet? The answer Is the fibre. Probably the toughest and most colourfasi t'ibit available! Put 'Sund-ck'on the pello and it won't fade, even In Ihe strongest sunlight. Put It In Iho living room or den and il stands up to the roughest chlld'9 play. 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