New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 15, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas
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prayed for donor
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A 66-year-old nun who died of AIDS contracted through a blood transfusion prayed every day for the person whose blood she received “and for all other victims of this disease,” her pastor says.
“She never once said, ‘Why me?’ ” the Rev. Thomas F. Regan said Wednesday.
Sister Romans Marie Ryan was a victim of a disease that usually has attacked homosexual men. She was a Roman Catholic nun for 47 years and taught pre-school and kindergarten children in St. Philip’s School.
Regan described the “excruciating pain” Sister Romans Marie suffered in her final days before dying last week, and said if any good could come from her death it would be to spur research
to halt the spread of AIDS.
In July 1983, the nun broke her leg on a school outing and had a blood tranfusion. Doctors believe she contracted AIDS — acquired immune deficiency syndrome — from that transfusion, but none of her three donors has shown any symptoms of the disease.
“ ‘I pray daily for the person whose blood I received and for all other victims of this disease,’ ” Regan quoted Sister Romana Marie as saying after she learned in December that she had AIDS.
The blood she received came from the Irwin Memorial Blood Bank in San Francisco. The blood bank has now been linked to eight AIDS cases. Seven of the victims have died, including Mary Johnstone, a housewife and mother of three.
Comic book helps kids fight abuse
HOUSTON (AP) — A Spider-Man comic book portraying sexual abuse and how children should handle it has helped authorities in two southeast Texas counties in making a number of arrests and launching investigations, officials say.
The comic book was distribued with the Houston Chronicle on Jan. 27, just a few days after the television series “Different Strokes” featured a child abuse incident.
Edie Connelly, a detective with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department, said the two presentations have influenced a number of children and resulted in the arrest in Montgomery County of four men and a woman on charges of
In Houston, police department investigators said they have been swamped with reports of child sex abuse, including five cases where the comic book figured prominently.
“These cases resulted directly from kids reading the comic book and telling someone about what happened to them,” officer R.W. Latch said. “I’ve never had as many cases of child sex abuse as I have on my desk right now.”
Latch told of a 10-year-old girl who recently told a school counselor that she had been raped by her mother’s boyfriend.
“I asked her why she told her counselor and she
told me it was after reading the Chronicle Spider-Man Book,” said Latch.
In other incidents, a 7-year-old boy reported an assault by a 9-year-old, a 13-year-old reported being raped by her stepfather, and a 4-year-old told of being touched by her father. In each case, the reading of the comic book encouraged the children to make their reports, according to the Chronicle.
Hie comic book was produced by Marvel Comics Group in cooperation with the National Committee for Prevention of Child Abuse. Since the Chronicle distribution, several other newspapers also have announced plans to distribute the comic.
Lung cancer deaths rise in Texas women
HOUSTON (AP) - Lung cancer is increasing among Texas women, Surpassing breast cancer as the leading cause of cancer deaths, a researcher says.
Dr. Vincent F. Gurnee, a researcher at the M.D. Anderson Hospital and Tumor Institute, said the
growing number of lung cancer deaths is a result of the increase of women smokers since World War H.
"Unfortunately, there is no evidence that there will be any change in this trend in the near future,” Gurnee said Thursday. “Unless there is a major change in
women’s smoking habits, we can expect a continuation of the same appalling increase.”
In 1982, lung cancer deaths surpassed breast cancer deaths among Texas women for the first time. That year, 1,744 women died from lung cancer and 1,738 died from breast
cancer, said Guinee.
In 1983,1,895 women died from lung cancer and 1,785 died from breast cancer, he said.
Guinee said lung cancer deaths among Texas men still are more than twice the number of lung cancer deaths among women in the state.Irish parliament debates merits of availability of contraception
DUBLIN, Ireland (AP) -Parliament today debates a bill that would permit anyone over age 18 to buy contraceptives, a proposal that has brought threats to Cabinet ministers and an archbishop’s warning of the “moral decline” of the overwhelming Roman Catholic Irish.
Until 1979, the sale of all contraceptives was illegal in Ireland, where 97 percent of the population is Catholic. The church forbids its
members to use artificial birth control. The measure under debate would amend the 1979 law, which legalizes the sale of contraceptives to married couples but only with a doctor’s prescription.
The government-supported measure would let anyone over age 18 purchase contraceptives.
But at least five legislators of Prime Minister Garrett FitzGerald’s Fine Gael-Labor coalition have said
they will oppose the bill, risking expulsion from their parties, when a vote is taken next week.
Police said Thursday they were investigating reported threats of violence against two supporters of the bill, Paul Connaughton, junior minister of Agriculture, and John Donnollon, deputy social welfare minister.
Police Superintendent Noel Anderson said Connaughton had
received several letters threatening to kidnap his family and bum down his house if he voted for the bill. Donnollon told reporters he received a letter threatening that his house would be burned.
Sean Barrett, the government’s parliamentary floor manager, said “hate mail, some of it obscene,” was flooding FitzGerald’s office.
During the debate Thursday, Health Minister Barry Desmond
accused Ireland’s bishops of using an “insidious form of moral blackmail” to try to get legislators to oppose the bill.
Archbishop Kevin McNamara of Dublin, a leading conservative chuchman, said last week: “Our society as a whole stands at a decisive moral crossroads, at this turning point in its history, Ireland must choose.”
He said the admendment will promote “moral decline, the growth of venereal disease, a sharp increase in the number of teen-age pregnancies, illegitimate births and abortions — all evident in other countries.”
Divorce is banned under Ireland’s constitution, and Ireland is one of the few countries where children bom out of wedlock are denied full legal standing.
Doctor—Drugs, shots can help impotent patients
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - As many as one-fifth of all men suffering from impotence might be able to have normal sex through surgery on tiny blood vessels or injections of drugs, a doctor says.
Thfe surgery helps if blood vessels in the groin are blocked, and the injections help if nerves are damaged by disease or injury, said Dr. Irwin Goldstein.
He was to describe the techniques today at a symposium sponsored by Southern Baptist Hospital in a conference titled “Multidisciplinary Microsurgery at the Mardi Gras.”
Goldstein, an assistant professor of urology at Boston University Medical Center, said in an interview Thursday that the two treatments are effective on men younger than 50 with physical rather that emotional problems. The Kinsey institute estimates that IO million to 20 million American men are impotent,
it,” he said in a telephone interview. “And I don’t mind telling them.”
He said impotence and the psychological trauma it brought nearly wrecked his marriage before he got in touch with Goldstein in August.
The only problem, said Reynolds, is that the drugs take about 90 minutes to wear off, regardless of the level of sexual excitement.
“That’s a small sacrifice to pay,” he said.
Occasionally, Goldstein said, the drugs will take so long to wear off that an injection of another drug is needed to cancel them.
He said the shots can also be used to prove whether impotence is physical or emotional in patients who don’t have nerve damage.
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He said that about 15 percent of the impotent men in this country are younger men whose nerves are damaged by injury or diseases such as diabetes or multiple sclerosis.
If the blood flow is normal, he said, they can be helped by shots of two chemicals that mimic those usually released by the body during sexual excitement.
He said the drugs — papaverine hydrochloride and phentolamine mesylate — relax the smooth muscles surrounding the blood vessels in the penis and the tiny sacs that fill with blood to produce an erection.
Each shot uses about one milliliter — three-hundredths of an ounce — injected into the penis, he said.
So far, Goldstein said, he has used the drugs on about IOO men, and about 20 of them — or their wives — have been taught to give the drugs at home and monitor their effects under an experimental program.
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