Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on July 27, 1975 · Page 53
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Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 53

Charleston, West Virginia
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Sunday, July 27, 1975
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if 0 -Julv 27,1975 * Su/tddv 6Yuette-.tfat I WVU Urologist a Leader In Bladder Pacemakers Dr. Stanley Kandzari (Left) Holds Equipment With Him Is Dr. Franklin Milan MORGANTOWN-A West Virginia University Medkal Center urologist leads all surgeons in the Eastern United States in performing a procedure to restore near normal bladder function in paraplegics. Dr. Stanley Kandzari, associate professor in the WVU School of Medicine, has implanted eight pacemakers in paralyzed patients during the past year. The pacemaker substitutes electrical stimulation for lost nerve impulse in the urinary bladder caused by damage to the spinal cord. The procedures have been performed under the leadership of Dr. D. Franklin Milam, chairman of the Division of Urology in the WVU Department of Surgery. Seven of these operations have been on children iwth a myelomeningocele (spina bifida), the so-called open spine. These children suffer from both urinary and fecal incontinence. The other procedure was on the victim of a gunshot wound of the spine. "We have had good success in controlling the neurogenic bladder with the pacemaker," D.r Kandzari said. "The operation itself takes about an hour. It frees the patient from the catheter or a urinary ostomy." The pacemaker system used to control function actually consists of two parts-- the pacemaker which is implanted in the lower kf t abdomen with its electrodes attached to the bladder wall and the external transmitter or stimulator which is carried by the patient. The silicoae-covered pacemaker contains transistors but no batteries and is designed to last a lifetime. Because the pacemaker receives its power from the stimulator, there is no need for later surgery to replace batteries as heart pacemakers require. DR. KANDZARI said the pacemaker responds only to the stimulator and unlike the heart pacemaker isn't affected by other electrical equipment such as microwave ovens and automatic door-opening devices. The 30-volt stimulator, which resembles a remote control device such as those used for television sets, is battery-powered. Some models may be connected to an electrical outlet, but all stimulators used with pacemakers implanted at the Medical Center use batteries. The batteries are rechargeable and should last many years without replace- ment. The stimulator can be used up to five days without recharging, but usually is recharged even- two or three days by connection to an electrical outlet with the recharger cord and unit provided. To empty the bladder, the patient holds the stimulator against the implanted pacemaker and activates it by pressing the switch. The pacemaker sends electrical impulses through the electrodes to the bladder motor nerves which cause the organ muscles to contract. The adult pacemaker with four electrodes costs $1.500. The two-electrode pediatric pacemaker is $1,250. Dr. Kandzari said the Division of Crippled Children's Services in the West Virginia Department of Welfare paid for the pacemakers implanted in the seven children. Most insurance plans cover the cost of the pacemaker and surgery. l\ The uretero-ileostomy, a urinary diversion which by-passed the bladder, necessitates an ostomy on the abdominal wall and the wearing of a permanent appliance. Promoted Roger Repp of St. Albans has been named a business analyst with Union Carbide's Argicultur- al Chemicals Department in New York. He is an associate manager in the Distribution Department of Union Carbide Technical Center in South Charleston. -Photo by Ferrtll Frimd Minorities Warned Of Economic Upturn (C) A'.!'. Time« Service ATLANTA-On the eve of the 66th annual convention of the National Urban League that opens here Sunday, Vernon E. Jordan Jr., its executive director, was concerned that "the upturn in the economy is not good news to blacks and other minorities." The reason, he said during a preconven- tion interview, was that the Ford administration was "doing a public relations job on the American public to get the country to live with a 9 per cent unemployment rate, and that spells trouble for minorities who continue to bear the burden of the country's economic woes." The employment issue is of vital concern to the Urban League, a service organization that specializes in finding jobs for blacks, a task made more difficult during adverse economic periods. Nevertheless, Jordan expressed optimism about the future. In the interview, he reminisced about the civil rights movement; compared the urban league to various rights groups, some now defunct, and he talked of his mark on the league in the five years since he succeeded the late Whitney M. Young Jr. as director. But it was the impact of the recession on minorities and the policies of President Ford that concerned him most. "Improvement in the economic indexes and indicators doesn't mean a thing to blacks if the unemployment rate remains high," he said. "The Ford administration has been insensitive to the basic needs of people, not just black people. Despite the upturn in the economy, high unemployment is predicted through ths rest of the 1970s. "But we are going to fight the administration on that. We will continue to push for full employment, public service jobs, incentives for private industry to hire minorities and some kind of WPA project as the answers, although the administration doesn't want to deal with these as answers. JORDAN SAID he will open the convention here on an optimistic note because the league was organizationally sound and financially strong. He explained that the league had cut back on some programs last year in anticipation of a drop in contributions that did not occur. Therefore, the organization raised $5.1 million and ended up with a $200,000 surplus, he reported. Speaking of civil rights groups, Jordan said that the traditional organizations such as the league and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People came out of the 1960s intact, suffering little compared to such defunct or declining organizations as the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, the Congress of Racial Equality, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, the National Welfare Rights Organization and Operation People United to Save Humanity. "We are still strong in 1975," he commented. "A kind of settling, a levelling process has taken place in the civil rights movement. "In the 1960s, a SNCC or an SCLC type organization was needed and was most effective. They dealt with immediate problems of that time. By their nature they were transitory. "But the Urban League and the NAACP are deeply rooted in the community. They are positive and aggressive and have rational and sensible policies, not in the sense of being Uncle Tom but teaching the community how to survive. Jordan said that since he took over the Urban League, he has placed emphasis on better management of funds, programs, resources and on research into black problems by black experts. The research effort has resulted in several authoritative reports on such issues as unemployment, housing and welfare. The theme of this year's five-day convention is "Jobs, Dollars and Race." Featured guests include Coretta S. King, widow of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.; Sen. Edward W. Brooke, R-Mass.; Sen. Dale Bumpers, D-Ark.; Sen. George S. McGovern, D-S.D., William T. Coleman, secretary of transportation; Eleanor Holmes Norton, New York City human rights commissioner, and Leonard Woodcock, president of the United Automobile, Aerospace and Agriculture Implement Workers of America. Recycling Effort Joined By Belle Women's Club The Belle Women's Club has joined the recycling effort in the Kanawha Valley and is accepting aluminum, paper and glass at a collection bin on Stubb Drive and DuPont Avenue. These materials may be left at the bin anytime. The first pickup by Citizens Recycling Council of Charleston will be held on Wednesday. South Charleston city trucks will continue to be stationed at the city parking lot near Salamies' every Wednesday from 7:15 a.m. to 2 p.m. to accept recyclable material and transport it to the Charleston collection center in Kanawha City. Material may also be left at the South Charleston collection building on Mondays. Wednesdays and Fridays from 1 to 5 p.m.. and on Thursdays from 3 to 8 p.m. S.C. Mayor Richie Robb has invited residents of Nitro. Cross Lanes, Dunbar, St. Albans. Institute and other nearby areas to bring material on Wednesdays, when volunteers will be on hand. Robb announced the handbills will be distrubuted to South Charleston residents giving the collection center hours. Mrs. Helaine Rotgin. president of Citizens Recycling Council, said that 106.200 Pranksters Jam Police Network OSAKA. Japan -#- Pranksters, would-be robbers or political radicals have been jamming police radio calls in northern Osaka since March and occasionally direct patrol cars to the wrong place, police say. 'Jagger Is 32 BLOOMINGTON. Ind. - f A P ) - Rock singer Mick Jagger celebrated his 32nd birthday Saturday with a concert at Indiana University, the only college campus on his cwrent tour. pounds of paper, aluminum and glass have been collected thus far. In two years, the council has taken in 1,661,640 pounds. Largest single contribution recently was 51.640 pounds of damaged bottles from Royal Crown Bottling Co. Mrs. Rotgin urged area residents to continue bringing newspapers to the collection centers. She said that 12 times less energy is required to use recycled paper than to start with pulpwood. Jury to Get Gurney Case On Monday TAMPA, Fla. (AP)-Prosecutors finished their arguments Saturday and the influence peddling trial of ex-Sen. Edward J. Gurney and three others was ready to go to the jury after 22 weeks of trial. U.S. District Judge Ben Krentzman said ordered a one-day recess for the weary 12-member jury and said he would instruct the jury Monday. In 2 ! /z-hour of rebuttal, Chief Asst. U.S. Atty. Harvey Scheslinger described the case as "the tragedy of Edward J. Gurney. a man of high character and high reputation." "He reached the pinnacle of his career. The second most powerful position in the U.S. government--a U.S. senator," he said. "In 1970. a treat came to this man's re-election. The tragedy in this case is when that man resorted to criminal activity to retain this power in a 1974 election." it was not the law. government. Congress, press or prosecutor that brought Gurney down. "He did it to himself," Schleslinger said. j 'A New Low Prices! T-Bone Steak........^was=s3.-45. $2.99 Rustler Strip Steak, was S2 40 1.99 Rib-Eye Steak wa*^ 1.89 1/2 Ib. Chopped Steak wa, s 991.89 Coffee/Tea...............was-^c .25 Large Drink................ ®»*m .35 Regular Drink w*^* .25 ALL DINNERS INCLUDE FRESH GARDEN SALAD, TOASTED ROLL, BAKED POTATO CHARLESTON Lewis and Morris Sts. (At East End Plaza Shopping Center) STEAK HOUSE

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