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April 4, 1975

Lubbock Avalanche-Journal from Lubbock, Texas · Page 48

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I6>C—LUBBOCK AVALANCHE-JOURNAL— Friday Evening, April 4, 1975 Canada Begins Complex Conversion To Metric System OTTAWA, Canada (AP) — Canada starts moving into the metric system this week. Over the next five years Americans who come here will have to join Snowplows Used In Yellowstone YELLOWSTONE PARK, Wyo. (UPI) — Snowplows liave started clearing tons of snow from roads at Yellowstone National Park, the nation's oldest and largest park. Park officials expect, tlic nwminotlt job probably will take until around mid-April to complete. Although the park remains open to winter recreation, mostly snowrnobilinpf and cross-country skiing, those activities are being phased out as the park reopens for the summer tourist season. Canadians in buying gasoline by the liter, food by grams and kilograms and reading road signs in kilometers. Canada's first step Tuesday in switching from the old imperial weights and measures — a legacy of British ancestry •— wi!l begin telling the tempera- Lure in terms of centigrade, or the Celsius scale — named after the man who invented it. Anders Celsius, a Swedish astronomer who lived from 1701 to 174'1, maintained that the most logical svay to measure the temperature was on a scale of 100 equal units or degrees between the free/ing and boiling points of water. Thus freezing, 32 degrees Fahrenheit, is zero in the Celsius or cenU-igradc scale. The boiling point, which is 212 degrees Fahrenheit, is 100 degrees. Most nations of the world use this system. LOSE WEIGHT Irregular Heartbeat Not Always Danger So Americans vacationing in Janada this summer arc likely o see temperature readings of 15 on a hot day. That's 95 de- ;reos Fahrenheit. The target date in Canada for NASA Says Industry User Of Technology WASHINGTON (UPI) — The National Aeronautics and Space Administration says private industry is one of the prime users of space technology. NASA officials say more than 75,000 inquiries for information come annually from the private business sector and more than 1,000 industrial firms arc rcgu ar users of the NASA data aank. full usage of the metric system is 1980. The Federal Metric Commission, responsible for the conversion program, says public usage is voluntary and at can only "encourage" radio and television stations to give Celsius readings. However, beginning this week all public weather forecasts will be issued with Celsius temperatures only. The Canadian Press and Its subsidiary, Broadcast News, which relay the weather forecasts to most Canadian newspapers, and broadcasting stations, said they would distribute reports in the form they are received from the Weather Office, with temperatures stated only in Celsius. Reporting the temperature in both Celsius and 'Fahrenheit leadings is frowned upon by the Metric Commission, which sees it as creating unnecessary confusion. "Universal experience proves that a dual system does not work." says Frank Rousseau, a commission official. "Look at England. It's been 10 years since they began their conversion and because of the dual system they are still having problems." The target date for complete conversion in Britain has been extended two years until 1977. Sympathy In U.S. There is sympathy in the United States for a switch to the metric system. Undersecretary of Commerce John K. Tabor says the Ford adminis- tration is preparing legislation for Congress to create a national metric conversion board. Over the next two years Canada's weather office will change alt its measurement units to metric. Ken Park, metric information director, says rain and snowfall will be given in millimeters and centimeters rather than inches starting in September, Atmospheric pressure will be switched to metric in April 1976, and wind velocity will be given in kilometers instead of miles per hour from April 1977. But changes at the Weather Office are only part of the massive conversion that will affect everyone as Canada joins the 90 per cent of the world already using the metric system. This fall sugar and some other goods will be packaged in metric sixes. Sample highway signs in kilometers already are up in most provinces. Trade Minister Alastair Gi!- lespie has announced a new loan program to help small- LOSE TO WRITE-INS UNIONTOWN, Kan. (AP) — The entire city government of this small Bourbon County community ran unopposed for re-election and lost. The mayor and five city councilmen lost to write-in candidates. Councilman Nolan Headley was beaten by his brother, Herbert. Uniontown has a population of about 300. Business men, including farmers and fishermen, to . convert their operations to metric. A storekeeper, for example, will incur expenses when be has to convert his measuring scales. Metric conversion becomes a complex activity involving most facets of life from textbooks In schools to speedometers in automobiles. Speedometers offer perhaps the smallest problem. A metric spokesman said those in 1976 cars will be converted to kilometers only" or in combination with the milage scale. Manufacturers -are expected to offer transparent overlays with kilometer readings for use in older cars. Many elementary schools already teach the metric system. By Lawrence E. Lamb, M.D. DEAR DR. LAMB — About six months ago my husband noticed his heart beating very irregularly at times. It concerned us both so he consulted a doctor who ordered electrocardiogram tests. The tests showed everything to be normal. When Ihe tests were taken my husband's heart did not act up. But on occasion it does and it worries us still. Is this something we should be concerned about as he gets older'.' He is only 29 and is 10 to 15 pounds overweight. What causes this? Is it a common occurrence among others who are just not conscious of it? Does it mean he is more likely to suffer a heart attack in later years? DEAR READER — Very often the doctor has to have the evidence of the irregularity to tell exactly what it is. That means the electrocardiogram (heart tracing) has to be taken during the episode and not when the heart is functioning normally. The human body behaves a lot like automobiles and various machines. Have you ever had a strange sound in your automobile and when you got to the garage it was gone? It is sure to occur again just as soon as you drive out of the garage. Intermittent disorders of machines and bodies are the hardest to diagnose. I'm just as bad off as your husband's doctor. Without evidence of what the irregularity is. it is difficult to give much very good advice. Irregularities of the heart are fairly common in healthy people, Some of these are simply skipped beats or premature contractions. These may occur •without heart disease. Even when heart disease is not present the irregularity can be annoying if the premature beats are quite frequent. Your husband could be having short bursts of tachycardia or even atrial fibrillation. If he has no evidence of heart disease (as would be present if he had rheumatic heart disease and damage of a heart valve, or high blood pressure or other evidence of disease) the irregularity may not be very important other than the discomfort it causes and the worry. Almost all of these irregularities of the heart are made worse by smoking and the use of coffee. If your husband has either of these habits 1 would recommend he stop both at once entirely. A sensible exercise program might help him if he is not already in good physical condition. 1 am not recommending that he push it, just that he gradually train himself to a reasonable level of fitness. If the exercise causes any sign of irregularity or discomfort he should stop at once and return to his doctor for further testing. If he gets along well on a sensible program of avoiding dietary excess, weight control, no smoking or coffee (he should avoid tea, colas and any of the caffcinated drinks, too) then he could pretty well forget it. But, if the irregularity persists he should go back to his doctor. There are ways of recording the electrocardiogram continuously for several days if need be to gel a record of the irregularity. The problem is that such procedures are expensive. The irregularity does not mean he is more likely to have a heart attack later in life, but the extra 10 to 15 pounds does, unless he gets rid of it. Send your questions to Dr. Lamb, in care of this newspaper, P.O. Box 1551, Radio City Station, New York, N.Y. 10019. For a copy of Dr. Lamb's booklet on losing weight, send 50 cents and a long self-addressed stamped envelope to the same address and ask for the "Losing weight" booklet. 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