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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 8, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 16 THE LETHBRIDQE HERALD Tuttdty, October 8, 1974 Hormone exposure risky during early pregnancy By JANE E. BRODY New York Times Service NEW YORK A study by the New York, state health department indicates that women exposed early in pregnancy to oral synthetic hormones, such as those in birth control pills or certain pregnancy tests, may face an increased risk of bearing in- fants with birth defects. The author of the study emphasized, however, that the risk was apparently very low and most women who were exposed to the hormones early in pregnancy gave birth to normal, healthy infants. even with a low risk, the findings are important because so many women are potentially at risk of early pregnancy hormone exposure, the author, Dr. Dwight Janerich, said. His findings which link defects of the arms and legs to exposure to the hormones es- trogen and progestogen are supported by earlier preliminary reports of an association between these hormones when taken by the mother in the first month of pregnancy and the occurrence of birth defects of the heart, anus, vertebral column, trachea and esophagus, well as the limbs. Dr Janerich, as an PUBLIC BINGO _ 16 GAMES BLACKOUT (Played Until Won) LETHBRIDGE ELKS LODGE ROOM (Upttairt) EVERY THURS.-8 p.m. epidemiologist at the state's Birth Defects Institute in Albany, recommended on the basis of these findings that no woman be given hormonal pregnancy tests, expecially since many alternatives are available and that greater care be taken in prescribing and using birth control pills. Janerich added in an inter- view that it would also be wise if women who stopped the pill because they wanted to become pregnant used another method of contracep- tion for at least one month and preferably three months before attempting to conceive. By this time, any residual hormones from the pill should be cleared from the system, he explained. In his study, Janerich ex- amined the pregnancy histories of 108 women who bore infants with limb defects, ranging from a miss- ing finger or toe to a missing arm or leg, and compared these histories with a com- parable group of 108 women -who bore normal infants. Fourteen per cent of the women with defective infants had been exposed to the hor- mones, whereas only 4 per cent of those with normal children had such exposure, exposure occurred either as a result of a pregnancy test with oral progestogen, the un- witting continuance of birth control pills after pregnancy had occurred or the treatment with hormones for vaginal, bleeding early in pregnancy. Janerich concluded that the risk of bearing defective in- fants was 4.7 times greater for women with such hormone ex- posure. Automated switchboard disconnects operator GREAT VILLAGE, N.S. (CP) Cicely Nelson is en- joying the unaccustomed lux- ury of a good night's sleep. When her mother died in 1945, Miss Nelson inherited her job as the operator-of the Great Village telephone switchboard. Great Village is about 75 miles north of Halifax. She operated the switchboard from p.m. to a.m. and was relieved Announcing Lethbridge's newest Canadian Family Record Plan STUDIO PHOTOGRAPHY FRP Customers Welcome 416-13 Street N. Phone 327-7449 during the day by part-time assistants. On the weekend, Maritime Telegraph and Telephone Co. Ltd., as part of its program to introduce modern telephone equipment in Nova Scotia, automated the switchboard disconnected Miss Nelson. At one time she was promis- ed a pension but now she does not think she will even get that. She said she does not know what life will be like without her sub- scribers. "I was sad in their sorrows and rejoiced in their hap- piness. I'll always call them my people." Recently several hundred subscribers gathered at the local Masonic Lodge and showered her with good wishes, bouquets and a purse of money. Another gift was a friendship book signed by SINGER clues you in to BIG savings during Fabulous sewing machine with cabinet Singer Sale-A-Thon Special 9QOFF Reg. 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I ihttsl trade in allowance tin ypur old mat nine "tarrJtoi tfl make Credit a DONT MISS SINGER'S BIGGEST SALE EVENT OF THE YEAR! tilimpT nada ltd SINGER Sewing Centres and parlic ipatro? Approved Oealm COLLEGE MALL Phone 327-2243 more than 500 subscribers. It said: "In deep and sincere appre- ciation of the courteous, faithful service you have rendered, away beyond the call of duty." Hazel Bowers, one of the re- ception's organizers, said everyone will miss Miss Nelson and the way of life she represents. "In a place like this, people called Cicely for the time of day, bus schedules, a doctor or the police." The first telephone system in the Great Village area dates back to the late 1880s. In 1920, Maritime Tel and Tel in- stalled it in Great Village. Miss Nelson, who can remember making her first connection when six or seven years old, said her mother took the switchboard into her home because she had five children to bring up alone. Miss Nelson and her four brothers took turns operating it. She can remember study- ing her school lessons beside it. A harvest glow A golden sunset is a sure sign of fall while farmers are working the nights away getting the harvest in. Herald photographer Walter Kerber catches the last glow of sunlight from the McNally area, just east of the airport; before it sets behind the hills. Shiatsu promises relief from long list of complaints VANCOUVER (CP) it was acupuncture, now it's shiatsu. Acupuncture, the Chinese art of healing through place- ment of needles at strategic points on the body, has en- joyed wide popularity for some years. Now shiatsu, a Japanese method which promises relief from a long list of complaints, is making a bid for popular acceptance. Tom Namikoshi, son of the founder of shiatsu, says it can be used to treat migraine headaches, insomnia, hysteria, rheumatism, eyestrain, effects of whiplash, asthma, stomach pains, mus- cle cramps, constipation and diarrhea. Raped woman faces life imprisonment MONTERREY, Calif. (AP) A jury of seven women and five men has found Inez Garcia guilty of second-degree murder in the slaying of a man she said held her while another man raped her. The jury returned the verdict on the weekend after ,nearly three days of deliberations. Superior Court Judge Stanley Lawson scheduled sentencing Oct! 21. She could receive from five years to life in prison. Mrs. Garcia and Fred Medrano, 25, were accused of slaying Miguel Jimenez, 21, last March. Mrs. Garcia testified Jimenez held her while Luis Castillo, 17, raped her. The two men also tried to kill Medrano, she said Lawson declared a mistrial in Medrano's case after the jury was unable to reach a verdict. A new trial was scheduled for him Nov. 4. Mrs. Garcia testified that a moment after she was raped, she killed Jimenez with a rifle. "I killed the guy and I missed Luis but I meant to kill him she said. "The only thing is that I'm sorry I missed Luis." Feminists attended the trial, sympathizing with Mrs. Garcia and maintaining that the prosecution questioning she underwent illustrated why many rapes go unreported. g: As well, he claimed, shiatsu can be used to prevent heart disease and even increase sex- ual potency. In contrast to acupuncture, which has been used for cen- turies in China, shiatsu was developed just 40 years ago in Japan by Mr. Namikoshi's father. Shiatsu translates literally as finger pressure and that's all there is to the technique, said Mr. Namikoshi, in Van- couver recently to spread the word of the healing method. More clinically, he said shiatsu "relies on the proper application of carefully judg- ed pressures on specific points on the surfaces of the human body to eliminate fatigue and to stimulate the body's self- curative abilities." But, it isn't just a massage, he added. The shiatsu practitioner ap- plies steady pressure, never rubbing, to particular points the body for several seconds. Most common digit is the thumb, although various combinations of fingers and the palm of the hand are also used. But Mr. Namikoshi said shiatsu claims no curative powers for contagious dis- eases or conditions requiring surgery and unlike acupunc- ture, it can't be used as an anesthetic. Single women's conference sta WINNIPEG (CP) A weekend planning meeting here set the stage for a national conference on the problems of the never married woman to be held in Winnipeg next spring. The conference is ten- tatively scheduled for May 9 to 11 at the University of Manitoba. The weekend planning meeting, assisted by the secretary of state department, involved 26 women from Winnipeg arid other Canadian centres. A communique issued following the meeting said there are more than never married women over the age of 25 in Canada with 41 per cent of them living in Quebec. The meeting was told, by Sociologist Nora Cebotarev of Guelph, Ont., that women have been trained as com- petitors only for men. She said many married women fear unmarried women, limiting the un- married women's social acceptance among women in general. The communique said next year's conference would aim to identify economic and social problems of never married women and to obtain recognition for their identity, status and contributions to society. Day-care children aggressive HARTFORD. Conn. (AP) Children who start out life in day-care centres may be more aggressive and less inclined to co-operate with adults, a study by a. University of Connecticut professor shows. Prof. J. Conrad Schwartz studied two groups of children three and four years of age while he was at Syracuse Uni- versity. One group had been in day-care centres since infancy and the other children were newcomers to the centre. Children who had been in day-care centres as infants tended to be more physically and verbally aggressive with other children and adults. The other group of children tended to be more sedentary. HELP US TO HELP OTHERS! 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