The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on October 9, 1996 · Page 12
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 12

Salina, Kansas
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Wednesday, October 9, 1996
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C4 WEDNESDAY. OCTOBER 9, 1996 INTERNATIONAL THE SALINA JOURNAL POPE JOHN PAUL il ' • fe lu. 1- * * The Associated Press Two nuns and two visitors read a newspaper reporting the hospitalization of Pope John Paul II on Tuesday in St. Peter's Square in Rome. Pope OK after appendectomy Doctors say surgery a success, and rumors of tumors 'a fantasy' By The Associated Press ROME — Surgeons who removed Pope John Paul II's troublesome appendix sidestepped questions Tuesday about hand tremors and other health problems but predicted the 76-year-old pontiff would be "sitting in an armchair tomorrow. " The doctors i nHM pAin n did say they JOHN PAUL II saw no signs that a benign colon tumor removed in 1992 had returned. The pope's vital signs held up well during surgery at Gemelli Polyclinic, and he came through it successfully, they said. John Paul quickly regained consciousness after general anesthesia, greeting and thanking everyone. "He should be sitting in an armchair tomorrow," said Dr. Corrado Manni, chief anesthesiologist for the 50-minute surgery. "The appendix that was the cause of the pope's ills doesn't exist any more," said Manni. The appendectomy aimed to cure what the Vatican said were recurring bouts of inflammation and fever that caused John Paul to cancel some public engagements this year. Frequently, the pope's energy flags and he walks with difficulty. That image of the leader of the world's 950 million Roman Catholics generated concern that a bowel tumor, removed in 1992 and described as benign, had returned. "This is the moment to de- mythologize these fantasies," said the chief surgeon, Dr. Francesco Crucitti. "I exclude it categorically. There is no secret." But even as doctors called the appendectomy successful, they wouldn't discuss other aspects of the pope's health. Crucitti would only say that the pontiff is under the care of "other specialists" for other ailments. Tuesday's surgery was the sixth for the pope in the 18 years of his papacy. Two years ago, he had hip surgery after he fell in his bathroom and in 1993 he dislocated a shoulder in another fall. On Tuesday, surgeons first had to remove adhesions, or scar tissue, from the previous operations before tackling the appendix. Crucitti said the accumulated scar tissue helped keep the inflammation from spreading throughout the abdomen. V RUSSIA Foster Parenting . Francis at Salina is expanding its Foster Care Program. We are in need of foster families interested in opening their hearts and homes to children and youth with special needs. St. Francis has been in the business of providing quality care to youth and their families for over 50 years. We operate adolescent residential care programs, an emergency shelter, partial day treatment, and outpatient therapy services in the Salina area. These services as well as training, respite care, and ongoing support will be available free of charge to foster families sponsored by St. Francis. If you enjoy working with children, are 21 years or older, and have room in your family and home for a child or teenager, please consider this rewarding challenge. If you would Tike information about becoming a foster parent, please call Betty Hazen at 91 3-825-0563 or SAINT 1 - 800 " 435 - 1 045. She will be glad to FRANCIS ex p' a ' n the application process and our ACADEMY generous (tax free) compensation plan for the care of each child. Authentic Chinese Food Prepared From Scratch By Our Skilled Oriental Chefs Pint Serving. Served With Steamed Rice. Choice of Appetizer, Choice of Rice, Choice of any 3 Entrees Available Only at our Chinese Kitchens at the following locations in Salina: • 9th and Magnolia Prices good October 9-15,1996 T YELLOW FEVER Deadly disease rising Number of yellow fever cases has increased in West Africa countries By The Associated Press ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast — Yellow fever is making an alarming comeback in sub-Saharan Africa, prompting medical officials to appeal for $190 million to control the disease that causes high fevers, vomiting and death. A study in today's Journal of the American Medical Association found 18,735 yellow fever cases worldwide — including 4,522 deaths — from 1987 to 1991. It said this was the highest incidence of the disease since 1948. The study was conducted by Dr. Susan Robertson and colleagues from the World Health Organization in Geneva. While reported cases of the virus dropped in 1992 and 1993, they have shot up again in West Africa, most notably Cameroon, Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone. Yellow fever has not been reported in North America since 1905, when an outbreak in Louisiana killed some 1,000 people, according to the report. But the yellow fever mosquito has recently made its way to the southeastern United States. Yellow fever, which is spread by mosquitoes, is one of the most difficult viruses to diagnose and therefore goes underreported. WHO estimates there are 200,000 yellow fever cases each year, with nearly all in sub-Saharan Africa. "Many are in major urban areas in Africa and that's the real danger, that's where you have explosive potential for epidemics which could really be devastating," said Michael Luhan, a WHO spokesman. There is no cure or specific treatment for yellow fever. Doctors can only relieve dehydration and other effects of the disease. The U.N. health agency has launched an appeal for $190 million for yellow fever vaccines that would be incorporated into routine inoculation programs. "It's a very deadly disease and that's precisely why WHO is so concerned about it," Luhan said. Yeltsin answers critics Ailing president moves to reassert his authority By DAVE CARPENTER The Associated Press MOSCOW — It's a lesson his rivals never seem to heed: Don't write off Boris Yeltsin too quickly. Roused by a new political threat^ from security chief Alexander Lebed and charges he wasn't really in control, the ailing president has made a flurry of top-level firings, promotions and maneuverings to show he still wields power. His actions appear to have quieted his critics, for the moment. But it was only an early test for a delicate balancing act that Yeltsin will have to maintain for months to come: staying in charge while resting in a sanitarium or hospital. Whispered speculation about Yeltsin's decline grew louder during his recent three-week hospital stay ahead of heart surgery, set for later this fall. In an attempt to allay concerns, Yeltsin made a series' of taped television appearances, in which his voice was rarely heard. He was barely functioning, the talk went. He was only rubber- stamping his aides' decisions. He had suffered a stroke. Rumors aside, even his aides acknowledged he sometimes worked as little as 30 minutes a day. Lebed, who has waged a power struggle with other Kremlin insiders, complained it wasn't clear "whether we have a president or not" and called on Yeltsin to temporarily step down. A haggard but clearly alert Yeltsin — irritated by what 1 the Kremlin described as alarmist reports — moved to reassert his authority. In radio and TV broadcasts, he assured Russians he remains on top of things and warned them not to rush to take down his portrait in the Kremlin. The Associated Press Russia President Boris Yeltsin (left) and Prime Minister Viktor Chernomyrdin are shown Tuesday discussing policy at a health resort in Barvikha. "He may work 15 minutes a day, or 30, or three hours, but he is still in control," said Dmitry Pinsker, a political columnist for Itogi magazine. "That's the way he is made — he won't ever let power slip away." This is, after all, the president often characterized as being intoxicated with power. His recent orders have served as evidence that he's still the boss. In the last month, Yeltsin has: • Deliberately bypassed Lebed to give aide Yuri Baturin control of military promotions as head of the new Defense Council. • Promoted new Defense Minister Igor Rodionov to full general, ensuring he won't have to retire when he turns 60 in December. Ro- dionov's rise also cuts into Lebed's potential power — a classic Yeltsin political tactic of playing underlings against each other. • Fired generals who had opposed military reductions. • Scolded parliament for not accomplishing more and urged them to better cooperate with his administration. • Fired Sports Minister Sh.amil Tarpishchev, who was tainted by a scandal surrounding a secretive fund-raising group. Even if the maneuvering is being led by his iron-willed chief of staff, Anatoly Chubais, the president clearly is moving to "defang and declaw" the ambitious Lebed, as phrased by Ariel Cohen, senior policy analyst for the Heritage Foundation, a Washington-based think tank. "While the presidency does not want to see Lebed fired in order not to create an underdog image, they would like to see him die a political death of a thousand cuts," Cohen said in a Moscow interview. A Special Invitation... 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Call DEPRESSION AN ILLNESS A WEAKNESS This Test Gould Save Your Life • FREE OF CHARGE • Written Self-Test for Depression • Screening Interview with Mental Health Professionals • Educational Presentation Depression is treatable, but firstat must be identified. Hotline Crisis, Information, & Referral, Salina Regional Medical Center, and the Central Kansas Mental Health Center are offering a free depression screening on Thursday, Oct. 10, at Central Mall. Stop by the booth near the food court between 3 and 9 p.m., fill out an anonymous questionnaire and receive information on depression and about the people in our community who can help. If the pleasure has gone out of your life, if you feel sad and empty or if you have trouble sleeping or eating, you may have clinical depression. Other symptoms of clinical depression include: thoughts of suicide or death, fatigue or loss of energy, inability to concentrate, and restlessness or decreased activity. It's a medical illness, and effective treatments are available. fie/ping flfafa Ufa Buffer M —• Salina Regional Health Center

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