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Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 6

Charleston, West Virginia
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Sunday, June 13, 1976
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6A -June 13, 1976 Sunday Gasette-Ma(l Device to Reduce Birth Defects Invented (('.) .Vcic \tirk Timtt Sen-ire NEW YORK - A West German wife- husband team of doctors has invented a device that promises to significantly reduce the number of common birth defects such as mental retardation and blindness thai are due to abnormal oxygen levels in the blood during and shortly after birth. The device electronically monitors oxygen levels continuously in the body without the need to pierce the skin with a needle as is now the case, thereby achieving one of medicine's longest sought goals. Just 20 of the hand-made devices, which measure perhaps the most v i t a l single- physiologic function, now exist. They are being tested in selected hospitals throughout the world. At least one version of the device is expected to be commercially available in about one year. * * * PEDIATRICIANS WHO are knowledga- ble about early test results in European hospitals and two American medical centers predict that use of the device would have a major impact on reducing the number of cases of mental retardation, brain damage and other forms of cerebral palsy- caused by a deficiency of oxygen in the ba- Indian Labor Leader Arrested NEW D E L H I . India ( A P ) - George Fernandes, an opposition labor union leader working underground for the past year, was arrested Thursday in Calcutta, the national news agency announced Saturday. ·Fernandes. 45. had been one of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi's most outspoken critics until June 26 when she declared a national emergency and began arresting political opponents. 'The former Socialist party official organized underground opposition to Mrs. Gandhi and published tracts against her imposition of press censorship, suspension of civil liberties and crackdown on political opposition. .Sources said Fernandes would probably be charged under India's maintenance of internal security act. the government's main weapon for detaining political prisoners indefinitely without trial or stated charges. NO MINIMUM BALANCE NO SERVICE CHARGE FOR CHECKING ACCOUNTS AT by's blood, as well as the blindness that results when the level of oxygen becomes too high. The device, a skin sensor the shape and size of a nickel, and covered by a large piece of adhesive, has been tested on more than 1.000 infants and mothers in Germany by its developers. Dr. Kena'.e Huch and Dr. Albert Huch of the University of Marburg. The device is attached to the skin over the chest, much as is done when a doctor takes an electrocardiogram. The Huchs said in an article in the issue of Hospital Practice being published today that they also have safely used the device attached to the scalp of fetuses during childbirth, sometimes for hours before birth. The device is also expected to open up new horizons for medicine's understanding ol normal physiological events during childbirth and the first few hours of life. Doctors say that even today they have relatively crude knowledge about the rapid adjustment of the human body from a passive fetus in the wornb to a screaming, squirming infant struggling to survive in the outside world. Doctors contend that a more thorough ENTER NOW! Your child's smile can win a physiological understanding is essential to the development of better ways to prevent and to treat the many conditions that show up later in childhood ;.v in adult life but that were cause:! by darnag" occurring silently during and just after birth Further, the Huchs said 'hey expected surgeons and cardiologists t i apply the device to monitor the oxygen !^ ·! in adult paitents such as those wh" havi.- ha'l major operations, heart attacks and blood clots in the legs or lungs. They ;;re t ; y i : i g to adapt the device to measure the t a r ^ n dioxide level in the blood, another important physiological function. Dr. Renate Huch said in a telephone interview that Dygwin Seller, an engineer member of the team, had made the devices by hand at a cost of $1.000 each, and that doctors were testing Ihem at Babir-s Hospital at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center here and a', the University of California at San Francisco "IT'S A TREMENDOUSLY important advance." said Dr. L. Stanley James in an interview just before he left for an intern a t i o n a l m e e t i n g in Upsala. Sweden, where the Huchs discussed their new tool. Jarnes is a leading pediatric researcher whose colleague? have tested the Huchs' device on 100 babies over the l a ^ t 18 months at Babies Hospital. James said his team became the fir?! to test the device in this country after the Huchs visited him d u r i n g a change of flights when the West German doctors were en route to a medical meeting in South Carolina two years ago. Dr. Renate Huch is a physiologist who works in her husband's department of obstetrics. Dr. Albert Huch's hobby is electronics. Because the Huchs 1 experience was largely confined to healthy babies. James said the West Germans were particularly interested in linking with a group like the one at Babies Hospital that treats large numbers of premature and sick infants. The American research was financed by the National Institutes of Health. James said the Huchs' device was ··made like a jewel." The device consists of platinum and silver pieces measured in billionth* of an inch, through which a tins- current flows. The platinum is heated to raise the skin temperature to 104 degrees Fahrenheit. 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