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biologist finds cure for ulcers in rats By RICK SETTOON treatment for ulcers...im- cancer therapy without the patient...a way to dosages of radiation in of a nuclear accident? are some exciting possibili- by an SLU biologist's ' that a high potassium diet with quantities of the cell prostaglandin prevents In rats. could open up a whole new in treating ulcers," said ist David Shepherd, who on the project along with Southeastern faculty member Mann. "We can prevent rats, and this could lead to a boys g season By TROY SCHULTE Times Sports Editor Ponchatoula Greenie Boys a 3-2 standing so far this The team defeated French by a score of 67-58. High for the game were: Clem 18 points. Raffel Neal 4, Hughes 14, Tim Disher 12, Brumfield 14. then trounced Trafton Urepas 76-44. Clem McKay led with 22 points ReggieHughes Neal had 14 points. Tim scored nine. Eric Brumfield ' Green Wave new treatment of ulcers in people." The discovery highlighted ten years of research by Shepherd, who in 1973 found that 65 percent of the rats which he fed a special diet high in potassium survived exposure to I000 Rads of whole-body gamma irradiation, or exposure to a bom- bardment of gamma rays in an amount which typically results in the death of all animals. Since the primary cause of death in such cases of irradiation is severe ulceration of" the gastrointestinal tract. Shepherd's study, which drew inquiries from as far away as Russia's National Academy of Science, suggested that a high potassium diet might protect the intestinal tract from radiation damage. "In cases of lethal dosages of radiation, one thing that kills is massive ulceration of the intestinal tract to the extent that it can't abosrb food and the whole lining is wasted away. Shepherd said "Usually. when a person has 'a simple ulcer, you find cells dying and the eroding of tissue. At worst, you find a hole, a perforation." Knowing that prostaglandin, normally produced by every cell in the body. had been shown to protect the gastric lining of rats from ulcer- causing compounds such as the drug indomethacin, Shepherd set out to evaluate the effect of combining prostagJandin dosages with a high potassium diet in rats given indo- methacin Hdklay Now at Curtis Matlles. THE PONCHATOULA TIMES "We knew that prostaglandin would arrest an ulcer 60 percent of the time, and we knew that an optimal availability of potassium in the diet caused protection from radiation. So we got the idea that, if an ulcer is an ulcer, o rather if there is no differ- ence between an ulcer caused by radiation and one caused by ulcer- inducing compounds, let's use prostaglandin in conjunction with high potassium and see if we can't reduce the number of ulcers," Shep- herd said. SEE PAGE SEVEN DECEMBER I, 1983 PAGE THIRTEEN Albany parade set for Dec. 12 The Albany Volunteer Fire Depart ment is sponsoring its annual Christ mas Parade December 12, at 7 p m There will be trophies awarded for the best Commercial Noncommer cial and Religious floats also for the best band There will be a fireworks display for your enjoyment If you like to take part in the parade please call Jeannie Campbell at 567-1377. !,i  i scoring By TROY SCHULTE Times Sports Editor Ponchatoula Lady Green Wave tun its 1983-84 season. first game at home. the girls defeated by the Walker Wild- team then traveled to St for tournament play and second in the event Green Wave members are: Castell Shari Robertson Wright Stcphanie Fletcher Gibson Debbie Jenkins Flurst Danielle Harrison lisa Lori Miller Amber Greg Martha Davis Kay Smith Guagliardo and Rose girls are coached by Mrs and Mrs. Rose Jackson. club ents awards By EDDIE PONDS Times Special Writer tant District Attorney Johnny CGary served as Master of Onies for the Iroka Civic and Club Annual Awards and Banquet, Friday. Iber 18. at Lil Johnny's Sea- int an of the Year award was to Joe N. Brumfield for his kding accomplishment in and service to the com- Brumfield is a supervisor Tangipahoa Parish School Robert Elzy Sr. was honored accomplishment in religion Rev. Jewel Smith," Mrs. Alice Smith, also re- for his contribution to in the community. Vgalter Austin nephew of and Lossie Kemp; Kingsley son of Mrs Madie Garri- Otis Watson Jr, son of Mrs Watson; and Aldrich Seals, awards for their contribution of Ponchatoula's all-time great players, Earl Wilson, was for his outstanding contribu- Sports. field of engineering the were recognized: Mr. Bink- son of Mrs. Madie Mr. Wesly Carter and Dr. Carter, sons of Mrs. Christine Mr. James Lewis was for his accomplishment in were awarded to the students: Dave Higgen- Jr, son of Mr and Mrs. enbotham Sr, Sonia hter of Mr. and Mrs all of Grambling State Sity, and Tonia Washington, o| Mr. and Mrs. Williams rjgton, Southern University. 25" DIAGONAL COLOR CONSOLE MODEL J2506MD • Simulated Dark Oak Wood-grained Finish • Classic Styhng • 100% Sohd-State Chassis • 82 Channel Tuning System • Auto Color • AFT • Picture Control • Casters $599 SHOWSTOPPER ฎ VIDEO CASSETTE RECORDER MODEL JV753 • Compact Front-Loading Table Model • Soft-Touch Function Controls • 105 Channel Electronic Tuning System • Programmable Timer • Four Record/Playback Heads • Cue/Review, Frame Advance/Slow Motion Pause/Still in SLP Mode $899 • Ten-Function Wireless Remote Control Watch your favorite movies! 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