Galesburg Register-Mail from Galesburg, Illinois on September 26, 1963 · Page 20
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20 Golesburg Register-Moil, Gatesburg, 111, Thursdoy, Sept. 26, 1963 THE DOCTOR SAYS Motliers-to-Bc Help Wage War on Birth Defcts By WAYNE 0. BRANDSTADT, M.D. Newspaper Enterprise Assn. When you go through nine months of impatient waiting you want to be sure your baby will be perfectly formed in every re- ppect. Birth defects used to occur in as many as 25 per cent of the babies in some areas. Now the proportion in this country is about 2 or 3 per cent. Accurate figures are hard to get because many of the defects discovered are of little consequence and so are ignored. Others, although present at birth, do not become manifest until months or years later. Medical scientists nre now convinced that the proportion of birth defects can be further reduced; but first wc must find the causes. Several have already been found, and each cause that is discovered gives us the clue to prevention. The age of the mother appears to be one factor. Although most babies born to mothers who are under 20 or over 40 are normal, the percentage of birth defects in these age groups is significantly higher than in mothers whose age falls between these extremes. Babies born to unwed mothers also show a higher rate of defects than those born to couples who are married. These factors (age and legitimacy) are probably not directly responsible for the defects seen, but are most likely linked with economic, emotional or nutritional factors. We have known for several years that about 17 per cent of women who contract German measles in the first three months of pregnancy will give birth to deformed babies. No such definite relation between deformity Ad Correction Kraft French Dressing or Miracle French Dressing JL 8 ez. Btls. 49c RED & WHITE FOOD STORES and other viral diseases has yet been proved, but the subject is being carefully studied. More recently, the drug thalidomide was found to be an even greater hazard. Various other drugs, notably quinine, some of the sulfas, vita•min K, the anticoagulents, Iodides, cortizone and other hormones are known to cause defects of one kind or another. Radiation in the first three months of pregnancy can also cause deformity, and Rh incompatibility can cause a serious blood defect in the newborn. As a result of these findings is has been possible to formulate some rules for prospective mothers: • Before marriage, take the protective immunizations for all the common infectious diseases for which such shots are available. • Keep yourself physically fit. Place yourself under the care of a doctor as soon as you find out you are pregnant, and follow his instructions. He will try to prevent your having a premature baby. Cooperate with him. • Do not take any drugs during pregnancy unless prescribed by your doctor. Don't demand that he give you drugs for every Utile discomfort. • Be sure your physician and your dentist know you are pregnant when they order X-rays for you. • Avoid having a general anesthetic if you are pregnant and need an operation. Have your own and your husband's Rh blood group checked. Winola Unit Groups Pick New Officers VIOLA — Election held by classes of the Winola Unit Senior High School, Viola, and by the organized student groups have chosen the following officers for the new school year. Seniors—President, Jim Brown; vice president, Kay Douglas, and secretary-treasurer, Anita Anderson. Juniors—President, Diane De Schepper; vice president, Steve Patterson; secretary, Melanie Forseth and treasurer Steve Gilliland. Sophomores—President, Jill Pe- trle, vice president, Steve Smith and gecretary-treasurer, Kathy Anderson. Freshmen — President, Jerry Lowe, vice president, Curtis Wilson, secretary-treasurer, David Johnson. Kay Douglas and Sharon Mc- Caw are co-editors of the yearbook staff, with assistants, Jim Brown, Richard Wilson, Laurence Selle, Sybil McAtee, Sandra Goben, Patty Baker, Jerry Thompson, Margaret McCreight and Bill Schaechter. Chosen on the student council are Jim Brown, Rick Wilson, Kay Douglas, Tom Gilliland, Jerry Lowe, Curtis Wilson, Debbie Forseth, Diane De Schepper, Steve Patterson, Jill Petrie, Steve Smith, Anita Anderson, Sandra Goben and Steve Hamilton. Jim Brown is president of the Varsity Club with Michael Anderson, vice president, and Steve Gilliland, secretary-treasurer. Cheerleaders Include Virginia Garrett, VicW Green, Shirley Bloomfield, Diane De Schepper, Kathy Anderson, Rebecca Garrett, Linda Hkkok and Jackie Skallberg. The FHA group has elected Chris Knox, president; Diane De Schepper, vice president; Dale Lee Nelson, second vice president; Sybil McAtee, secretary; Sharon McCaw, treasurer, with Mr. and Mrs. Mario Forseth as chapter parents. Douglas Morris was elected president of the Ag Club with Richard McAlister vice president and Richard Johnson, secretary- treasurer. READ THE WANT ADS! During the fiscal year ended June 30, 1962, the U.S. Patent Office granted 53,679 patents, according to Britannica Book of the Year. PASSION PLAY September 29-30 TICKET INFORMATION Call or WrIU GALESBURO REGISTER-MAIL 140 S. Pulfls M2-81S1 Western Illinois Birth Record PRAIRIE CITY - Carl Alan was born Sept. 10 to Mr. and Mrs. Bill L. Jones of San Diego, Calif. Mrs. Jones is the former Irene Muir, Philadelphia, Pa., and Jones is stationed aboard the U.S.S. Jason. The paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs Carl Jones of Prairie City. Carl Alan and his mother were honored guests at a pink and blue shower at the First Bap tist Church in San Diego Sept 20. No. 5 Public Sq. Peerless Mkt. 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