Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on June 13, 1976 · Page 20
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Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 20

Charleston, West Virginia
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Sunday, June 13, 1976
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4B --June 13, 1976 Sunday Gazette-Mail r Cfiariesron. Well Virginia Porpoises May Suffer Brain Disease GAINESVILLE. Fla. (APi-Horpo:ses and whales which beach themselves and resist efforts to guide them back to sea may be suffering from brain disease, a pair of medical researchers say. Ur. Robert Schimpff, assistant professor of pathology at the University of Florida, and Nichola Hall, a doctoral candidate in neuroscience at the school, said they discovered such evidence while studying the brain of a spotted porpoise that beached itself near St. Petersburg. "We suspect that she had trouble in direction finding, in recognizing underwater enemies and in finding food." Schimpff said. "This particular species of porpoise usually stays only in deep water miles off the coast." He said there were indications in the brain of severe, chronic meningitis. "The disease had caused changes in brain blood vessels and affected areas of the brain thought to be involved in the son- ar detection system," Schimpff said. This and other examinations of the brains of marine mammals have triggered a new icok to see if the creatures suffer some of the same neurological problems as people. In a trained porpoise that died at a Florida marine attraction, Schimpff and Hall found signs of recent blockage of blood circulation in the brain, known as cerebral infarction. They also noted an inflammation in the large part of the brain concerned with movement, the cerebellum. Another case involved an Atlantic bot- tlenosed porpoise, retired after years of performing for tourists. For several days before she died, the porpoise ate little and bumped into things in the pool. "We were startled to find she had a massive intracerebral hemorrhage, similar to a human condition caused by chronic high blood pressure," Hall said after studying the animal's brain. "Blood vessels in the brain were thickened, as they are in peo- ple who suffer hypertension for a long time." Previous to these studies. Schimpff said, brain hemorrhages had not been reported in marine mammals and were regarded as rare in nonhumans. The research team reported it has found other evidence to support its belief that porpoises and whales suffer neurological problems. 6 DAYS ONLY-SALE STARTS PROMPTLY AT 9 A.M WE WILL MARKET SHIPMENTS HAVE ARRIVED TOO FAST--WE'RE OV TO LIVING ROOM SUITES BERKL1NE-LAZ-BOY .MADDEN .TRENDLINE SAVE HUNDREDS OF DOLLARS SHOP COMPARE VISIT OUR TWO LOCATIONS TODAY- CHECK PRICES WITH US BEFORE YOU DIM ROOM SUITE CHOOSE FROM ·THOMASVILLE ©GARRISON ©TELL CITY ©TEMPLESTUART © PLANT STANDS $ BEAN BACS ® CURSOS $ GUN CAB5HETS A END TABLES BANK RATE FINANCING REVOLVING CHARGE ©MASTER CHARGE ©CASH BBBQGKB89 raBSBKESOQ STORE HOURS: 9:00-8:00 MON.-FRI. 9:00-5:00 SATURDAY \ *ML_L TA SAVINGS UP TO SMITH'S PROMISE If Sold for less wet hen Thirty from date of purchase · ALL MAJOR BRANDS eFRIGIDAIRE -.GIBSON *KELV!NATOR · ADMIRAL «ZENITH * MAYTAG · KITCHEN AID » SPEED QUEEN PRICED TOO LOW TO BE ADVERTISED BIG CHIMNEY CROSS LANES BIG CHIMNEY PHONE 965-3329 CROSS LANES PHONE 776-4410

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