The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on October 15, 1996 · Page 6
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 6

Salina, Kansas
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Tuesday, October 15, 1996
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A6 TUESDAY, OCTOBER 15, 1996 NATION THE SALINA JOURNAL V HEALTH New treatment gives girl hope But doctors not sure it will cure disease that causes brittle bones By The Associated Press MEMPHIS, Tenn. — After 35 broken bones, 16-month-old Lauren Bryant is looking for a medical breakthrough. Without one, it's unlikely she'll ever walk or live to see 30. But for Lauren's family there is new hope. Doctors at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital think they have figured out a way to make the child's brittle bones grow stronger. Lauren is the first person to have a bone marrow transplant in hopes of lessening the effects of osteogenesis imperfecta, a genetic disease that can leave its victims with bones so fragile they break with the slightest twist. Even dressing Lauren is a risky business. "We can't pull anything over her head because we might break the bones in her skull," said her mother, Kathryn, of San Antonio. Doctors believe the new bone marrow, from Lauren's 6-year- old brother, Christopher, will stir the production of normal bone cells. Prior to the transplant, doctors had to get rid of Lauren's existing bone marrow with chemotherapy. Powerful drugs keep her body from rejecting the transplant. "That's the scariest part," The Associated Press Kathryn Bryant hugs her daughter Lauren, 16 months, at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. Lauren suffers from the bone disease osteogenesis imperfecta. Kathryn Bryant said. "But if there's a chance, you've got to go for it. When she's older and in a wheelchair, I don't want to say to her, 'Well, there was this chance but I was too scared and didn't do it.'" Up to 50,000 Americans are believed to suffer from the disease to varying degrees. The hardest-hit victims die at birth or soon afterward. Victims with milder forms can lead rela- tively normal lives, though they are generally short and have more broken bones than other people. "Lauren has the most severe form that one can have and survive long enough that we can hopefully do something about it," said Dr. Edwin Horwitz, the child's physician at St. Jude. Chances are slim she will live to be 30 years old unless some new treatment is found. She can- not sit up, roll over or crawl. There is no cure, but the St. Jude study may help lead to genetic treatments that greatly improve the quality of life for children like Lauren. He expects to know within weeks or perhaps months if her body is starting to produce normal bone cells. He and his colleagues are looking now for five other children to join Lauren in the study. T CRIME Caught shoplifting, boy leads police to dead mom Boy and his sister lived in house with dead body for two weeks By The Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. — An 8- year-old boy caught shoplifting food led police to his home, where he and his sister, 14, had spent nearly two weeks alone while their mother's body decomposed in a bedroom, authorities said. Police were searching Monday for the children's father, who was suspected of killing his wife. Arrest warrants for murder and assault were issued for the children's father, Robert Castorena, 38, who abruptly quit his teaching job last month, said Sgt. Bob Mitchell. Janice Castorena, 38, probably was killed on Oct. 1 and Castorena left within two days, police believe. "As he left he said 'I'm going to find the enemy," 1 Mitchell said. "If he has a fixation on an 'enemy,' he could harm anybody. He's got a 10- day start and he could be anywhere in the United States by now." Janice Castorena had been stabbed in the upper body and beaten, and her body was found in a closed bedroom, police said. The children apparently never saw the body although the boy told officers he thought his mother was dead. Mitchell said the stench of the decomposing corpse was obvious to anyone near. Mitchell said the boy was afraid to approach police directly because his father had threatened them at knifepoint and ordered them not to tell authorities. "We think he may have been shoplifting because he wanted to get arrested and bring the police in," he said. Children of the World Authentically Clothed SmokvHill M U S E U H Gift Store 211 West Iron T\ies.-Frt. 12-5 & Sat. 10-5 • Sun. 1-5 • In Stock Custom Frames Save 2 5% t2l 5. X27-9200 V HEMOPHILIA Thousands taking lawsuit settlement Hemophiliacs became infected with AIDS from using clotting agents By The Associated Press NEW YORK — Thousands of hemophiliacs who were infected with the AIDS virus by tainted blood clotting products have accepted a settlement offer from manufacturers that would give each $100,000 in compensation. But as tonight's deadline approached for victims to file forms expressing their opinion on the deal, it was unclear whether enough of the 6,000 to 10,000 victims approved to ensure its completion. The four manufacturers who made the offer in. May can back out if too many victims or their survivors reject it and elect to pursue individual lawsuits. The companies won't say how many rejections they will tolerate. By Monday, roughly 3,000 victims had responded to the offer and nearly 95 percent had accepted, a person familiar with the tabulations said. The acceptance rate was much lower for victims who have already filed lawsuits against the companies. Plaintiffs in just over half of the 800 pending lawsuits said yes, the person said. Hundreds of responses were expected at the last minute. The settlement offer was made by Bayer AG on behalf of its Cutter and Miles laboratories divisions; Baxter International and its Tra- venol and Hyland divisions; Rhone- Poulenc Rorer and its Armour Pharmaceutical division; and Alpha Therapeutic Corp., a U.S. division of Green Cross of Japan. Collectively these companies sell the bulk of the "clotting factors" in the United States — chemicals that hemophiliacs must inject regularly to ensure their blood will clot. Hemophiliacs contend the companies put them at risk for AIDS in the early 1980s by failing to sterilize donated blood used to make the factors. The hemophiliacs also say they have documents proving the companies, to save money, intentionally recruited donors from groups thought to be at high risk for AIDS. TACO DELJL Everything A Pickup Should Be BENNETT AUTOPLEX, INC, 9] 3-823-6372 or 1-800-569-5653 651 S. Ohio, Salina Complete Line Of Ring Gear And Pinion Replacement For 4x4's All Ratios In Stock FORD • CHEVY • JEEP • DODGE *fm I • 729 N. Santa Fe • I fl I* ' C Sa| ina, KS • II 11^ 9 913-827-6204 AUTO REPAIR & 4 WHEEL DRIVE SHOP Fostering Health and Wellness: Your donation to the Salina Area United Way helps people safeguard their health and recover from injury or abuse. You make sure that persons with special needs such as cancer, arthritis or disability receive • important support. You help provide counseling for " mental health and chemical dependency. You keep our community healthy and improve access to health care for those in need by giving to the United Way. Together, we're building a better community. Together, We 7 re Building A Better Community Sal'niaArw United Way Box 355 / T One k k nows wnere you are in li e. If there's a country and western concert in town, you can bet Lee Swenson will be there. To her, there's something familiar and friendly about country music. Good-natured, responsive, accommodating are words that describe Lee. She works hard to make First Bank Kansas a comfortable place. She knows a friendly hand means a lot, whether she's answering a question about a statement or finding an account balance. Lee is our assistant cashier. She knows where you are in life. FIRST BAN K K A N S f\ S We look for ways to say yes. Sallna/Assaria/Kanopolis/tilsworlh Member FDIC

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