Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 15, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta
20 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Wednoldoy, September 15, 1971 Family doctors cautioned on rheumatic fever rate BANFF, Alln. (CP) Fam- ily doctors have to remember that rheumatic fever is still around, Dr. Milton Markowitz of Ihp University o[ Connecticut said here. Speaking at a scientific assembly of the college of fam- ily physicians of Canada, he told 500 delegates that old-fash- ioned cases o[ rheumatic fever have declined, but not to Ihe degree that many of them have believed. They now were increasing again. Later, ;it a news conference, he describes' bis speech, as an exhortation to family doctors to look for rheumatic fever, which can lead to d e a t h from heart disease, because it can be pre- vented. About four of 1" children witli rheumatic fever had some heart damage. Dr. Markoivilz, head o[ the department of pediatrics at the new school of medicine, said rheumatic fever begins with a severe throat, which is caused by a streptococcus germ. It can be confused with other sore throats. "The only sure way to make the diagnosis is to take a throat swab." Although doctors can and should be more aware of find, ing and treating "strep throat" in children, there also is a socio- economic side to the problem, he said. A study in Baltimore showed about one-third of all cases had had symptoms but had never gone to a doctor. For children from poverty families a sore throat was not considered im- portant enough to require treat- ment and, even when they did make an effort to get treat- ment, it may be inadequate. Proper treatment for a se- vere strep throat and rheuma- tic fever is penicillin in large cr.ough doses and for a suffi- cient length of lime. Overcrowded living condi- tions arc another factor lead- ing to streplococcal infections, he said. Asked how a mother should know when to lake a child with a sore throat to a doctor, Dr. Markowitz said that a telephone discussion with a doctor or a trained office nurse can usual- ly help. He suggested that if the lliroat is red and sore and the child has difficulty swallowing, it probably isn't a simple viral infection and that a swab should be taken. I SIGN ON THE DOTTED LINE Jean Boon, left signs up Elizabeth Vaczy, 8 and her 11-year-old sister Susan at right for one of the fall programs for Ihe YWCA. Openings are still available in some classes, according lo program director Ruth Slobodian and registations can be made on the night classes begin. The fall program gets under way Monday. Further information about any class may be made by calling Ihe YWCA at 327-8221. University Women's Club to begin fall season n The new 1971-72 program of (he University Women's Club of Lethhridgc commences Sat- urday with a membership lea from 2 lo 4 p.m. in the YWCA Building at 604 n St. S. This will be followed by a tour of the University of Lelhbridge on Oct. 10, with the meeting place to be announced at a later date. The panel Oppoilunities for Youth will be presented Nov. 15, with representatives Lynda Clelland, editor Free and Easy newspaper; Cathy Cullibert, Oldman River Pollution; and delegates from University of Lethbridge Tree Planting Pro- ject and from Children's Pro- grams. Dec. 20 is Ihe date of the club Christmas party, and fur- ther details will be forthcoming during the festive season. Abstract art is Ins subject of a lecture by Herb Hicks on Jan. 17, the first meeting of 1972, with slides being planned as part of the program. This will be followed Feb. 21 with a program by Dr. Dean G. Blaire, who will give an intro- duction to electronic music and a demonstration of the elec- tronic music s y n t h e sizer. Eoom 11, University of Leth- bridge is the location of this particular meeting. A report by the natural his- tory study group will Ire pre- sented March 15, and en April If] a speaker from ths Leth- bridgc Research Station will discuss research studies in the light of present day problems. The club's annual program will up May 17, 1972 with a social and the election of of- ficers for the following year. Club officials for the 1971-72 year are as follows: honorary president. Carol Smith; presi- dent, Elsie Morris; past presi- dent Frances Hoye and vice- president Bea Meintzer. The representative of the Ca- nadian Federation of Universi- ty Women is Frances Schultz; lire secretary, Gudnin Hesse; treasurer, Anne Baincs; mem- bership secretary, Katherine Yoshida. Committee members for the program are Beth Rood, Ncrma Struble and Pattie For. giiion; membership tea, Anna Gangur; Christmas party, Ida Levitt and Ellen Stanford; pub- licity, Barbara Lacey; ar- chives, Mrs. W. Skelton and scholarslrip, Barbara Jensen. All meetings will be held at B p.m. on the third Monday of each month in the gas company auditorium, 410 Stafford Drive, unless otherwise advised. They pool resources and share one home Montreal fathers solve single parent problems by joining forces MONTREAL (CP1 Two] Montreal fathers think that they have found a practical solution to the problems of the single-parent family. Jlike, a 28-year-old technical writer, and Don. a M-year-old electronics technician, both di- vorced, each have three chil- dren. Faced with raising their chil- dren on their own, they de- cided fo pool resources and share one home. Kopper Karnival tickes on sale The Sir Alexander Gait Chapter IODE is holding a Kopper Karnival Oct. 7 and 8 at the College Mall. IODE on the Mall is the motto for IODE week, Oct. 4. Prizes are on display at the old Royal Trust building on 7th SI. S. Tickets are also avail- able from any member of the Gait Chapter IODE. The money raised will be used for scholarships, bursa- ries, helping clothe Eskimos, Korean children, and supplying books for out of the way schools. And raising an energetic group of six youngsters ranging in age from six to 11 is quite a job. "It gets a little noisy around here sometimes but we're used to it." Mike says. "Besides, the children get along well. Usual- ly their only squabbles are Ihe pillow-fights they have every night." The fathers take turns doing Common cause of deafness in children is treatable love is... a warm and BANFF, Alta. (CP) One of the most common causes of hearing loss in children can be picked up in doctors' offices if cfoctcrs add a simple test to their regular examination, said Dr. Bill Campbell of the Foot- hills Hospital in Calgary. He told a news conference that he urged family practi- tioners to use a pneumoscope, a simple addition to the usual in- strument that is used to look at children's ears, so they could identify serious otitis media, a common condition of fluid in the ear. "Serious otitis media is the most common cause of deaf- n e s s in he said. "Yet it is treatable and should be picked up by all family Dr. Campbell, a specialist in ear, nose and throat conditions in children, was speaking at a special scientific session of the college of family physicians of Canada. He said he told the more than 500 doctors that they had a re- sponsibility for early detection of deafness in three areas. As well as early identifica- 1 tion of otitis media, which prob- j ably would be seen by most I doctors in their offices, he urged early testing of new- horns for deafness when the. e is any indication that the moth- er has been exposed to German Measles during her pregnancy. "Deafness is the most com- mon complication of he said. "Even if it is moderate lo severe, it is often the last thing to be picked up." He said early testing could pick up deafness soon enough so that the child would not have speed problems. Dr. Campbell also said fam- ily doctors should be more aware of testing for deafness after any blow to the head that has resulted in loss of con- sciousness. "A fairly common form of deafness is associated with head trauma, especially in con- nection with car accident in- he said. Often the loss of hearing is in only one ear and is not readily picked up without first testing by audiomctry. There are two kinds of dam- age: one to nerves which is permanent and another called "conductive which often can be treated, he said. During olJier sessions, Dr. G. W. Chance of Toronto said that Canada's high death rate of babies just before, during or after delivery can be reduced. "Both the Canadian and Am- erican systems of delivery of health care have resulted in perinatal mortality figures which are among the highest in developed he said. "As far as Canada is concern- ed, a particularly pertinent fac- tor is Ihe distribution of popula- tion mainly in cities or in small, distantly-placed communities." However, he said Ihe use of re g i o n a 1 referral centres, which are larger central hospi- tals wilh specialized care units, can reduce this death rate. A b o u t 26 out of every babies die during the perinatal period and Ihis figure could be reduced by more awareness among doctors. Dr. Chance, who is a profes- sor of pediatrics at the Univer- sity of Toronto, urged family doctors lo acquaint themselves with the most recent techniques of care of the sick infant at biiih and to take steps lo en- sure that the transport, of these sick infants to the referral cen- tre is quick and under the best possible conditions. Dr. Stanley Greenhill, chair- man of community medicine at the University of Alberta. Edmonton, told doctors that studies have shown that in gen- eral the public is satisfied with medical care. "The responses reflect re- markably little dissatisfac- tion with existing heallh ser- he said. "Perhaps some dissatisfaction exists with the ease of obtaining house calls." But most people were satis- fied with the care being given by doctors, he said. During a panel discussion fol- lowing, both Joan Holloban, medical reporter for a Toronto paper, and James Henderson, former minister of health for Alberta, indicated they believed the public was more critical than the studies show. If society is so satisfied, wrhy are community clinics being set up so rapidly and why are (he hospital emergency depart- ments so swamped with non- emergency patients who can't get doctors lo see them? Asked Miss Holloban. the shopping, housekeeping and laundry. Until the children went on a short summer holi- day with their mothers, they had a housekeeper who gave them their lunch and took care of them after school. CHILDREN DO CHORES "We'll need another house- Don says. "But the neighborhood babysitters help. And Ihe children pitch in with the dish-washing, table-selling, lawn-cutting and so on. They'll have to learn anyhow some- time." Occasionally one father takes his children away for the week- end, giving the others a chance to have the house to them- selves. The whole group oftci goes on outings together sue as a recent camping trip to a: island when "Ihey got us up a in liie morning, clamorini for breakfast." Loneliness, finances and need to be accepted in com munily life were the three ma jor problems of the single-par ent family cited in a 1966 survey by thj Vanier Institute for 11: Family. Don and Mike's arrangement however, seems to liave solved two of these problems: are not lonely and don't fee s e g r e gated from corr-inunity life. EXEMPTIONS URGED As for finances, the surve; recommended special tax ex emotions, subsidized housinj and low cost day care, am guaranteed annual incomes or higher family allowances three ways of helping single parents. Because Don owns the house they are not interested in sub- sidized housing or outside day care They are in favor of higher allowances, however. At the moment they get about S40 a month for each child from the federal government and aboul PROFESSIONAL- NATURALLY THE Prompt Attention Given To Mall Orderi BENEFIT SHOES LTD- 615 4lh Ave. S. Phone 327-7300 OPEN THURSDAY AND FRIDAY UNTIL 9 P.M. 60TH ANNIVERSARY Mr. and Mrs. Herman Krause will celebrate 1heir 60th wed- ding anniversary on Friday. The couple came from Germany and were married in Lelh- bridge September 17, 1911. Mr. Kraose was employed at Sicks' tclhbridgo Brewery for 30 years and has been retired for llireal grandchild. For Iho occasion tho couple (one 20 grandchildren and ono groat grandchild. FFor tho occasion Iho couplo will be honored at a family dinner at the Marquis Hotel at p.m. on Friday. An open housa will also be held or Ihelr home, 7th Si, S., Saturday, from 2 4 p.m. It is requested that there be no gifts. every six months from the provincial government. "Even a special tax exemp- tion would help defray Uie cost of hiring a say the two men. "And we've also got to think of the cost of edu- cating the children." 4 programs under way A change in the starling date for ballroom dancing for the Family Y has been announced. Persons registered for these classes will now begin on Oct. G and not Sept. 29 as previously announced. Classes will be given by Jon and Beth Thorlacius from 7- p.m. for beginners and for advanced stu- dents. Included in Ihe dance instruc- tion will be swing, Latin Amer- ican, fox trot, waltz and tango. Beginning Oct. 4, bridge classes will be given by Jack Landeryou from p.m. Secrets of the Fashion World Finance Minister Benson's good news for these men is that as of January, 1972, they will be able to deduct S500 per chile! under 14 to a total not exceed- ing Mike and Don do not claim that it is easy to be a single parent. But they do think that their solution to the problem is good and definitely practical will continue each Thursday under Ihe guidance of Glsie Rasmusscn. Mother and daughter sex education course starts Mon- day, i'ept. 13. from to and every Monday following. Also a babysitting course, starting at will start Thursday, Sept. 1C. ana OIA-1 Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Kan- yok (Ihe former Dolly Sturm) and family have relumed to their home in Hidgewood, New Jersey, after visiting in the city with Mrs. Kanyok's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ben Sturm. 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