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The Des Moines Register from Des Moines, Iowa · Page 14

Des Moines, Iowa
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14 / DES MOINM REGISTER • Frl., Aug. 29, 1978 Off the Record LOANS "You must not believe all those tales you hear about money-lenders." Cite^nore study needed in pill, nteart attack link NEW YORK, NY (AP) The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Planned Parenthood agreed Thursday that more extensi long-term research is needed on" 'a reported link between oral contraceptives and heart attacks. • A major manufacturer of ''the pill," Ortho Pharmaceuticals of Raritan, N.J., said the new studies "merit consid- _..: eration," adding that it already "has prepared drafts to update patient information materials to reflect the new information. Reactions to Warning c . These were among reactions to the action of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) this week, warning doctors that women who take birth control .pills run a higher risk of heart .attack, and that the danger is greater to women over 40. The warning was given in the FDA's July-August drug bulletin mailed to 650,000 doctors, pharmacists, hospital administrators and other health professionals. It said two recent British studies "strongly suggest that oral contraceptive users are at a greater risk of devel- " oping coronary thrombosis than nonusers." It long has been established that pill users nave an increased risk of stroke, blood clots lodging in the lung and Inflammation of the veins, called thrombophlebitis. A link •Jo heart attacks had not been , established. Planned Parenthood, a voluntary health organization long involved in birth control work, .and the association of obstetricians and gynecologists agreed in a statement that said in '-•part: ' "These two reports are at /variance with prior studies that failed to substantiate a cause and effect relationship between '_ the use of oral contraceptives ° and this type of heart attack. Therefore, more extensive long- term research is necessary to resolve this issue." Dr. Louise Tyrer, vice-president of medical affairs for Planned Parenthood and until , recently director of the division of family planning for the College, said in the statement there also is a balance between risks and benefits. "Risk vs. Benefit" "As always, it is very important in the light of this new information not to lose sight of well known 'risk vs. benefit' •to. Pregnancy in women of this\ge (over 40) poses a far in terms of mor : bidity and mortality than use of the pill. Furthermore, the number of severely retarded Mongoloid childrenXborn to women over 40 increases steadily as the mothers grow older." Dr. Tyrer also rated that many Planned Parenthood centers have been reporting an increased interest in volunl sterilization. Ortho Pharmaceuticals said it is submitting proposed changes in its package insert and patient information booklet to the FDA to reflect the two British studies, action begun before the FDA bulletin. Another major manufacturer, S e a r 1 e Laboratories, Skokie, 111., said that while it had seen the FDA bulletin it would have no comment. The American Medical Association said its department of drugs will investigate the new British data "with keen interest." Create a circle of interest with this lovely afghan! Pattern 7354: Easy directions. Send $1 for each pattern. Add 25c each pattern for first-class mail and handling. Send to: Alice Brooks Needlecraft Dept., Des Moines Register, Box 127, Old Chelsea Sta., New York, N.Y. 10011. Print Name, Address, Zip and Pattern Number. Could have been killed by wife © Af inc* France-Prtste LUSAKA, ZAMBIA - Chief Filemon Elifas, the Ovambo leader who was shot dead at a friend's home 12 days ago could have been killed by his own wife; angeYed by his "tyranny" towards women, Sam Nujoma, chairman of the South West Af- r i c a People's Organization (SWAPO) has claimed here. POSSIBLE BIRTH DEFECTS FROM VALIUM TOLD Leased Wire From Dow Jones NEW YORK, N.Y. (AP) U. S. government scientists have raised the possibility that the tranquilizer Valium, the nation's most widely used prescription drug, may be associated with birth defects. In an Atlanta-area study, the occurrence of cleft lips, with or without cleft palates, was found to be four times more frequent in infants whose mothers took the tranquilizer during the first 90 days of pregnancy. And a Finnish study, a larger one that found associations between cleft lips and palates and several drugs, noted a threefold increase in such defects among users of anti-neurotic drugs, primarily Valium. Raise Warning So far, the U.S. and Finnish studies merely raise a warning flag about Valium and scientists whojconducted -both studies cautioned that their results could be due to chance alone. But the Americans from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta urged doctors to think twice about prescribing the drug to women of childbearing age until other scientists can conduct the research needed to confirm or refute the preliminary .findings about Valium. The CDC is an arm of the Department of Health, Education and Welfare. Valium is the brand name for ttiazepam. Almost 60 million prescriptions or renewals for the orug are filled each year to the tuneof more than $500 million in sales at the drugstore level, making it by far the largest-selling prescription drug in the U.S. Its sales overseas are equally impressive. The drug was developed and iVmarketed by Hoffman-La RochV Inc., Nutley, N.J., the U.S. affiliate of Hoffman-La Roche & CoNof Switzerland. ^ Taken by Millions A spokesman for Hoffman-La Roche noted that Valium, since its introduction in 1963, has been taken by millions of persons and that the company wasn't aware of any evidence that it causes birth defects. He added that Roche is co-operating with "extensive clinical studies" designed to investigate Vallum's effects on births. "In the light of available scientific data including thousands of publications, Roche is confident that Valium can continue to be prescribed with assurance in medically appropriate situations," the spokesman said. Californians find more 'good guys' in Iowa By LARRY ECKHOLT Retltltr Stall Writer IOWA CITY, IA. - Two young California dancers en route to New York City to further their careers have discovered that the good people of Iowa far outnumber the bad. But first Roberto del Pino and Julio Hernandez, both 18 and both from Los Angeles, had to meet the bad guys. The young men had stopped at a rest stop along Interstate Highway 80 near the Lynnville interchange about 70 miles west of here. When they entered a rest room, they were confronted by a man with a .22-caliber pistol and another man with a knife who demanded all their money. Del Pino and Hernandez handed over the $120 they had between them which was to have lasted until they arrived in New York City this weekend where they plan to audition for scholarships at the Juilliard School of Dancing. Confused and penniless, the two young men were told by an Iowa Highway Patrol trooper to call a Catholic Church in Iowa City for possible help. They did, and a priest at St. Thomas More Parish here referred them to the Iowa City Crisis Center. The Crisis Center staff arranged for the two dancers to spend Tuesday and Wednesday nights at Wesley House here. They were guests for supper Wednesday at Delta Zeta^a University of Iowa soroTHy house. A call for donations from the community netted over. $100 plus gas money by Thursday to get the young men back on the road to New York. They discovered, however, that the battery in their car had died and a recharge failed, so a local dealer sold them a new battery Thursday at cost. Del Pino and Hernandez were back on Interstate 80 by late Thursday afternoon, over- whelmed by the Iowa hospitality given them. Like People "I've fallen in love with the people here," said del Pino. "Some day I hope' to come back and give a performance as something in exchange for the favors to us." Del Pino is a grand-nephew of the late Jose Limon, the Mexican-born American modern dancer who is considered to have been among the most influential forces in dance in the 1940s and 1950s. Perhaps Limon's most famous dance is "The Moor's Pavane," danced here by both Rudolf Nureyev and the City Center Jeffrey Ballet in recent years. Del Pino is a fourth generation dancer. His grandmother (Union's sister) studied at the famed Denishawn School of Ruth St. Denis and Ted Shawn. His mother, Martha del Pino, was a ballerina with the Cuban Ballet, ranked in the company just behind the world famous Alicia Alonzo. Del Pino said his famous uncle, who died three years ago, has been his idol since childhood. "I don't carry his name, but I carry his art. I want to dance like my uncle danced." Hernandez and del Pino graduated from high school last spring. They traveled to New York City in June to make arrangements for tryouts at Juilliard. Both have studied dance since childhood. They did not plan to spend days in Iowa but say now they are glad they did. "lowans are so warm, so hearty. Everybody should be this way," del Pino said. IS COM! BACK! Prosecutors hold car in Hoffa case for clue DETROIT, MICH. (AP) - A federal prosecutor said Thursday that investigators have refused to.release a car driven by Jimmy Hoffa's foster son the day Hoffa disappeared because it may hold a clue to what happened to the former Teamsters Union president. Robert Ozer, who heads the U.S. Attorney's Organized Crime Strike Force here, said his office has refused to return the car to its owner and is gearing for a court fight over custody of it. He said authorities could not hold_ontoJhe_car- if it had no "evidentiary value" in the case, but he declined to say what that value might be. Sources close to the investigation told the Associated Press that trained dogs used by the FBI detected Hoffa's scent in the car — used by Charles (Chuckle) O'Brien on July 30. A Denial O'Brien Thursday denied that Hoffa was in the car on the day of his disappearance, according to a close associate of O'Brien. "There's no way that Hoffa was in that car on that day," O'Brien told the associate in Detroit. Ozer said an attorney for the car's owner, Joseph Giacalone, 22, son of reputed Mafia figure Anthony (Tony Jack) Giacalone, has filed a motion for return of the seized auto. A hearing in federal court has been scheduled for next Tuesday, Ozer said. Viola Hoffa Dies Meanwhile, Viola Hoffa, 85, the mother of the ex-labor leader, died in a Detroit suburban hospital Thursday. A spokesman for her doctor attributed the death to natural causes. A family friend said she "died of a broken heart" over the mysterious disappearance of her son. "Obviously, the FBI cannot simply hold the car without a legal reason," Ozer told a reporter. "If there were no reason to hold the car, we would have given it back. But we've refused. "We cannot hold onto the cat ^ without a legal basis, without evidentiary value. We must show the court either that there's a legitimate need for holding the car, or we must give U back." Grand Jury Probe A grand jury probe into Hoffa's disappearance also begins Tuesday. Ozer has said about 70 witnesses, including O'Brien, will be called before the Jury over a period of at least two to three weeks. 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