The Hutchinson News from Hutchinson, Kansas on September 15, 1971 · Page 74
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The Hutchinson News from Hutchinson, Kansas · Page 74

Hutchinson, Kansas
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Wednesday, September 15, 1971
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Your Health Problems Several Approaches to Tongue-Cancer Help Hutchinson News Wednesday, Sept. 15,1971 Page IS ' The Doctors Answer #$y DOCTOR MEDICUS fQ. How is cancer of the tongue treated? What is (he obtfook for cure? AL; Cancer of the tongue Is considerably more serious than cancer of the lip, which is of the same general cell-type. Apparently the constant movement of the tongue encourages spread of tumor cells to the dejeper gland structures. And! many, tongue cancers develop on ;the "under part or at the side, far back on the tongue, and.aiay not be discovered until : #fey are quite large. $ev6ra! approaches to treatment have been successful. Specialists in radium needle insertion have been quite effective in cur- ingvtbngue can- c«r. Ejtternal x- ray therapy is also" used, but surgery is the usually r e commended approach, and it often needs to be very extensive. If the cancer has extended into the floor of the mouth or into the neck glands, removal of half of the tongue, part of the jawbone and the glands of the neck may be required to offer any chance of cure. For early cases, cure Is ex pected over half of the time. For those that are farther along, the odds drop to around 15 to 25 per cent of five year cures, -New Gadgets on the Medical Scene A recent exhibit at a fair in Milan, Italy promises some re lief for the doctor shortage. The exhibit featured a coin- operated device for automatic determinations of blood pressure. After inserting the arm into a cuff mechanism, placing a coin and pulling a lever, the subject reads his systolic blood pressure on a lighted mercury column, while an amplifier booms out the sound of the pulse and colored lights flash in synchronous time with the pulse beats. ; With a model like this in the reception room, blood pressures could be measured and the kids entertained all at the same time. On a more sedate and practical level, researchers at Baylor College of Medicine have been testing out a system of water purification that is designed to remove germs (including viruses), chlorine and any other water contaminants. They propose that the mechanism will be so efficient when attached to any kitchen sink, that it can convert sewage effluent into sparkling pure drinking water. If tests confirm the early promises, the device should be ready for marketing within a few months, and will sell for about $50. More on the Prostaglandins Anyone who watches television must know how aspirin relieves pain — according to Madison Avenue, that is. It shuts off the pneumatic hammers and the electronic brain wave noises. Medical science is not that well informed, though. Researchers have been trying for years to discover the specific mechanism by which aspirin relieves pain. Now through work of British investigators, it has been suggested that aspirin's function depends on inhibition of the action of certain prostaglandins. Of course it has not yet been proved that the "PG's" produce pain, but there Is evidence that they are involved in some kinds of "deep" pain, and some do produce fever and inflammation in various areas of the body, A "cancellation" of PG ac- tlon by aspirin is an interesting theory that could be important in the proposed use of pros­ taglandins for a "morning after" contraceptive. It could mean that one would have a decision to make as to which kind of "morning after" effect was the most important! (The Reno County Medical Society welcomes questions from readers. Please send your questions In a sealed envelope to The Hutchinson News, care of Dr. Medlcus, Box 191, Hutchinson, Kan. Your letters will be forwarded unopened to tho Medical Society. Personal replies are not possible). FRESH DAILY RAIN DO IS ^JTood BREAD ^ Extra Thin Sliced Old Fashion Buttermilk Flavor RAINBO BREAD BETTS BAKING CO. SALE PRICES GOOD THRU SUNDAY Regularly $3.97 Use Our Convenient LAW-AWAY PLAN A small deposit holds your purchase. |i|g|fll! (C) MCMLXIX4P You guys guard the Palace .. We'll guard the Home i In the picture above you see the boogy-eyed demon gatekeepers of the Royal Palace in Bangkok. They'd scare anyone away. At the right, The Hutchinson News. Not so scary, but with a much bigger job on its hands: to guard your right as a tree citizen in a free society. To do this, we use the most potent weapon ever invented to protect anyone -- the inquiring mind, and the accurate printed word. This is the finest, fairest control of forces which may try to infringe upon your rights as a citizen. It opens the doors of public affairs which must never be locked. It exposes those who might use government for something other than good government. It asks questions, and it demands answers ... that you may know, that you may act. Behind our paper is another -- the Constitution. Best way to guard the home! PAY LESS... At 4th and PLUM The Hutchinson News

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