The Hutchinson News from Hutchinson, Kansas on October 6, 1971 · Page 26
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The Hutchinson News from Hutchinson, Kansas · Page 26

Hutchinson, Kansas
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Wednesday, October 6, 1971
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Your Health Problems Old Age Is Resistance to Illness Tours Far East This Month By DOCTOR MEDICUS Q. I had a complete hysterectomy five months ago. I am 44 years old. I flowed heavy for three weeks affer the surgery and after that cleared up I have had a terrible discharge from tha vagina. At first it was dark yellow in color and is now brown. There was no itching but I felt very "raw". All kinds of medications have been tried. They help tbs raw feeling, but not the discharge. Can you tell me what causes this and what else could be done? A. After five months, one should hope that most of the many minor, discomforts that follow surgery would h ave cleared up. It is possible that some unusual c o m plication has developed. So it might be helpful to request a conul- tation with a specialist in gynecology. iiiiiiiiiillii.iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiini Q. What do you think of the CIRS scale? It sounds good to me. (Correspondent includes news clipping by Dr. Joyce Brothers, describing a new approach to the study of aging, apparently based on a small group of medical history points and physical findings.) A. The CIRS ("cumulative illness rating scale") designed by a couple at the University of Miami, has had little publicity in medical journals. The couple who designed the scale are a surgeon and his social worker wife. It is designed, apparently as a means of quick estimate of the rate at which the patient is aging — that is, whether he is aging prematurely, or "carrying his age" better than average. Thirteen points of medical history are listed, and determination of "impairment" made on a 0- to 4 scale during physical examination. The claim is that the scale is an accurate measure of "biologic aging." Dubious About Value After reading the clipping, and in the absence of more specific scientific evaluation, Mcdicus is dubious about the overall value of the CIRS concept. There is no question that some persons age more rapidly than others. But research studies in a thousand different directions have thrown very little light on the reasons for this. For example, the condition known as "progeria", where the subject develops the infirmities of advanced senility at ages of five to ten years, is understood very poorly. Statements are made that little difference was found in CIRS values of living patients aged 65 years from those of 75 years. Also, little difference was found between those who died at age 75 and those who died younger. Such data confuse the issue and make conclusions subject to doubt. In, the computer age, it has become great sport to search for a few items that can be fed into the machine in the hope that great truths will emerge mechanically where feeble man has failed with his own brain. Dr. Brothers' final comment discloses the shaky validity of the CIRS concept: ". . . . when you achieve old age it attests to a life - long capacity to resist illness. The secret of this resistance remains to be discovered." Medicus concurs with that statement and further, doubts that the CIRS is likely to disclose that very important bit of news. Note to Olmitz, Kansas reader, requesting references about the "Restless Legs" syndrome: Medicus regrets that individual replies are not possible. It is hoped that more detailed discussion of the subject may be possible in the near future. Keep watching this space! (The Reno County Medical Society welcomes questions from readers. Plca-.e send your questions In a sealed envelope to The Hutchinson News, care ot Dr. Medicus, Box 191, Hutchinson, Kan. Your letters will be forwarded unopened to the Medical Society. Personal replies are not possible). Kansas Universities Get HFC Grants ' Privately supported liberal arts colleges and universities of Kansas have recently received a portion of a total nationwide $128,600 gift from the Household Finance Corporation. D. J.- Berkebile, 15 West 2nd, Said the checks ranged from $100 to $1,000 based uponi the full-time enrollment of the individual colleges. ' In this area, colleges receiving the gifts were Bethany College, Ldndsborg; Bethel College; North Newton; McPherson, College Mcpherson; St. Mary of the Plains, Dodge City; Southwestern College, Winfield; Sterling College, Sterling; and Tabor College, Hillsboro. Since HFC started its annual program of unrestricted gifts in 1956, these gifts have totaled $1,600,000. THE FAMILY CIRCUS Serve in College Assembly "What channel are we going to watch?" Two Hutchinson University of Kansas students are among 152 student representatives elected to serve in the first College Assembly. They are Brad Dillon, 200 Countryside, and Terry McElwain, 44 Sunflower. The College Assembly is the student-faculty governing body of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Its powers include setting of freshman-sophomore and graduation requirements, A Political Budget FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Nominees for governor this fall have agreed to restrict their advertising budgets to $330,000, retroactive to last May's primaries. approval of proposed courses for credit in the college and determination of scholastic standards and procedures. The Assembly also will consider any other matter placed before it by petition of 25 per cent of its members. NICKERSON - Charles Lindahl, son of Mr. and Mrs. Del- bcrt L i n d a h I, Nickerson, is spending October touring t h e Far East, He is director of admissions and records at San Fernando Valley Northridge College. A graduate of Nickerson High School, he received bachelor's and master's degrees at Emporia Stale College and a doctorate from the University of California, Los Angeles. He will tour Japan, Formosa, Hong Kong, the Philippines, Australia, New Zealand and the Fiji Islands. Hutchinson News Wednesday, Oct. 6, 1971 Page 28 HOUSE PAINT OUTSIDE LATEX • White Only • Easy to Apply • Self Priming LATEX INTERIOR PAINT FLAT WALL FINISH • White and Decorator Colon • No Paint Odor • Wash with Soap and Water GRAB-A BRUSH ASSORTMENT Assorted sizes 1" to 3' 394 Value _W Choice "^k PAINT REMOVER Fast acting liquid for quick economical stripping. 1 quart. $1,07 Value 74* Britenol ^ oil purposi SPRAY ENAMEL All purpose spray enamel. Prevents rust. 14 oz. 984 Value DUCKWALL'S 13th &M «in 1303 N. Main East Fourth 720 East Fourth Northgate 523 East 30th Open daily 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday 12:30 to 5 :30 p.m. Free Parking. ^^^^^^^^ IANKAMERICAROU ^^^^^^^^ CUDAHY STEREO P.O. 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