New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 17, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
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Local surgeon attends symposium
Judith Thompson, a general surgeon in New Braunfels, attended the 1997 “Lymphatic Mapping and Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy in Breast Cancer and Melanoma” symposium at the University of Texas Southwestern North Campus in Dallas on Oct. 9.
Thompson practices at New Braunfels Surgical Associates, 652 Houston, Suite 3, in New Braunfels.
TDN calls halt to sal# of ginseng extract vials
The Texas Department of Health is calling a halt to the distribution and sale of small amber vials of ginseng extract.
Some of the extract has the alcoholic potency three times that of beer but is much more easily purchased by teen-agers and adolescents.
Health officials say labels on the vials do not indicate the product contains alcohol, an omission they claim violates the state’s food, drug and cosmetics act. TDH laboratory samples of the product, imported from China, showed an alcohol content ranging from .18 percent to 16 percent, or 32 proof. In Texas, the maximum legal alcohol content in beer is 5.5 percent, or 11 proof The recall applies only to the small vials of ginseng extract and not to ginseng tea or other products containing ginseng
Genital herpes rata* jump in young whites sines 1970s
NEW VORK ( AP) — Despite the emphasis on safe sex to prevent AIDS, genital herpes has increased fivefold since the late 1970s among white teen agers and doubled among whites in their 20s
In all, about one in five Americans over age 12 has the sexually transmitted infection, and most of them don’t know it, the Centers for Disease and Control Prevention reported
Dr Michael St Louis, who wrote the report with colleagues at the CDC, said it was surprising that herpes went up during the 1980s despite publicity about AIDS Other sexually transmitted diseases, such as gonorrhea, declined He said other studies have shown that young people increased their rates of unprotected sex. premarital sex and multiple sex partners And condoms appear to be less effective in blocking herpes than other diseases because the virus can be transmitted from ['arts of the bods not covered by a condom
Val* scientists use salmonella to fight cancer
NPV* HAVI S, Conn I NP) Scientists believe they have discovered a novel use tor deadly salmonella bacteria as a possible treatment for cancer
Yale University School ot Medicine scientists reported in todav’s issue of the journal Cancer Research that genetically engineered strains ot salmonella were tound to target and slow tile growth ot tumors in laboratory mice
Ihe method was applied successfully with human melanoma, breast^colon, prostate, lung, and renal tumors that were injected iii live mice
Salmonella carrying anti tumor genes were shown to somewhat prolong the lite of the mice but did not necessarily eradicate the tumors, the scientists said
Scvtn states sue lo halt Herbal Ecstacy sales
PHOENIX (AP) Seven states have tiled lawsuits to end the sale ot Herbal Ecstacy. a product its maker says is a dietary supplement and not an illegal drug like the well known Ecstasy
The suits filed Wednesday contend Herbal Ecstacy, made by Global World Media Corp ot Venice Beach, Calif, is illegal because it has riot been approved as a drug by the Food and Drug Administration
Scan Shayan, president and founder of Global, said no injuries or deaths have been linked to the pills he described as diet helpers He acknowledged targeting youths as customers
Herbal Ecstacy and similar brands were banned iii Florida after the 1996 death of a 20-year-old New Yolk student on spring break who took a similar product.
Both contain ephedrine, found in the Asian ephedra, or ma huang, plant. The EDA classifies it as a dietary supplement
Makers of products sold as alternatives to street drugs say ephedrine produces euphoria and increased sexual awareness. But the FDA has linked ephedrine-laced dietary supplements to at least 17 deaths and 800 illnesses
Saline implants favored for breast augmentation
Who is a candidate for breast augmentation?
Breast augmentation can enhance bra size, balance breast asymmetries, improve breast droopiness or ptosis.
I have considered breast augmentation but am afraid of everything that I have heard about silicone. What types of implants are used and are they safe?
Saline implants are the only tyf>e of breast implant currently used as it is the only type approved by the EDA for breast augmentation purposes. Because of concerns that there is insufficient information demonstrating the safety of silicone gel-filled breast implants, the FDA has allowed these to be used only in women participating in approved studies. At this time, studies at major
medical centers involving large series of patients have not shown silicone to be the cause of
Saline implants are soft and feel natural. Other implant filling materials such as oil or gel based solutions may be on the market in the future but are experimental only at this time.
How is breast augmentation performed and how long will I need to recover?
I perform this procedure in a
certified hospital operating room and always use general anesthesia for patient comfort. Saline implants have an improved contour and feel when placed under the pectoralis muscle. Incisions are placed under the nipple/areola incision camera and instruments called the endoscope is used.
The majority of discomfort lasts for several days but a full week off of work is recommended. The implants normally look a little high immediately after surgery and take several weeks to completely “settle.”
During your initial consultation, your surgeon will evaluate your health and explain which surgical techniques are most appropriate for you, based on the condition of your breasts and skin tone. If your breasts are sagging, your doctor may also
recommend a breast lift.
After breast augmentation, can I still have mammograms and will it be more difficult to perform breast examinations?
Because the saline implant is placed under the breast muscle, it does not alter the breast itself so routine mamjnograms and exams can be performed as before surgery.
How do I find a plastic surgeon qualified to perform this surgery?
The American Board of Plastic Surgeons has listing of qualified surgeons in each geographical area. Doctors on this list are certified by the Anfcrican Board of Plastic
Surgeons. To be certified by the ABPS, a doctor must have completed a full plastic surgery residency and must also practice plastic surgery for two years and pass comprehensive written and oral exams. The number for the American Society of Plastic Surgeons is 1-800-635-0635 or http://www.plasticsurgery.org.
(This article was provided by Health Reach, a health care organization composed of McKenna Memorial Hospital and 74 locally based physicians who work together to provide a complete system of health care services to the community, lf you have a medical or insurance question, call 606-2170.)
Orthodontic Health Month em-braced
While helping their youngsters decide which pretty or snaggle-toothed mask to put on for Halloween, most parents probably aren't thinking about orthodontics.
They should, however, because October is National Orthodontic Health Month, a time a hen the importance of children’s orthodontic health is in the spotlight
Unfortunately, many parents assume they must wait unnl a child has all ut his or her permanent teeth, only to find out that treatment would have been much easier it started earlier Many orthodontic problems are easter to correct before jaw growth has slowed Consequently, the American Association of ()rthodontics recommends that every child get an orthodontic screening no later than age 7.
“We can’t overemphasize how important it is that parents understand the value of a screening no later than age 7says Dr Farson S Keso, AAU president and an orthodontist with a practice in Oklahoma ( tty "By age 7, enough permanent teeth have arrived tor us to evaluate relationships developing between teeth, jaw and bite We can determine
what, if anything, is awry and discuss whether starting treatment at that point will be helpful.”
Cases that demonstrate the advantages of early intervention can be found in most orthodontic practices Patricia Gero and her daughter Jennifer are both patients of Dr John McGill of Plattsburgh, N. Y Patricia had a severe overbite and receding chin, which her daughter inherited. As an adult, Patricia required jaw surgery as well as orthodontics to correct her bite, which necessitated more expense and time Jennifer was more fortunate Since her first phase of treatment started at age 7, she only needed braces to finish up as an adolescent.
“An early visit to the orthodontist can ease a parent’s mind.” notes Keso “Our recommendation may simply he ‘let s wait and see’ while
the face and jaws continue to grow.”
For some youngsters, early treatment can prevent physical and emotional trauma. A child nicknamed “Butky” may suffer more than teasing. Teeth that aren't in the right position are also prone to injury.
Braces could help three out of four people
The AAO estimated that 75 percent of children would benefit from orthodontic care.
Nearly four and one-half million people in the United States and Canada are presently in orthodontic treatment, according to the AAO. One in five is over age 18. Many are as young as 2 or 3. and some arc in their 50s. 60s and older. Healthy teeth can he moved at any age
As braces gradually change looks, they change outlooks, too.
The AAO is comprised of more than 13,(XX) members in the United States, Canada and abroad. Founded in 1900, the AAC) supports research and education leading to quality patient care and promotes increased public awareness of the need for and benefits of orthodontic treatment
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608-0304 Exit 191, New Braunfels
Eve surgeon opens new New Braunfels practice
f vc surgeon, s Grant Smith. M I) has opened a practice in the New Braunfels area
Smith was born iii Scottsbluff, Neb. and grew up in Wyoming He graduated Magna ( urn I aude at I eIourneau ( ollegc iii I ongview,
I exas His medical training started al Creighton I mversrty in Omaha, Neb , where he received Ins medical degree wuh honors
In 19 8 \ Smith started his internship at Scoff and White Memorial Hospital \tier internship, fie started his specialty training in ophthalmology bs completing a research fellowship concerning corneal disease at the I Diversity of I exas Health Science Center in S.in \ntonio
He moved to Shreveport, I a in |4X4 ti) start his ophthalmology residency He finished hts training in May 1902 and started a short
Dr S Grant Smith
career in the Air Force at
Barksdale Air Force Base near Shreveport Smith has interest in the treatment of a w ide variety of eye problems that include cataract.
606-9090 Smith’s office is located north of I oop 337 oil East Common Street by New Braunfels Pediatric Associates. The address is 1527 East Common St
glaucoma, diabetes and macular degeneration. He has taken ail interest in refractive problems and will be involved in the latest laser techniques that involve treating these problems
His vision for this area is to provide comprehensive eye care that includes dispensing glasses and contact lenses.
New Braunfels Vision Center, P \ . can he reached at metro number
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Sunday October 26th and advertise it in “The Parade Of Homes” page that will appear Sunday October 26th in the New Braunfels Herald Zeitung’s Classified
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung will be devoting a special page called “Parade of Homes" just for OPEN HOUSES held on Sunday October 26th. The page will consist of 3 col. x 3 in. (actual size 4 1/4” x 3“ ) ads. Each ad should consist of a picture (optional), a description of the house, the address of the house, and the times of your open house. The cost of the ad will be $30. To participate in the “PARADE OF HOM”, bring by or mail
in a photo and description of your open house with $30 to 707 Landa St., New Braunfels or
Contact: Lee Ann, Melinda or Karen at 625-9144.
Deadline is Wednesday, October 22, at 5 p.m..