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"SHE DID IT BECAUSE SHE WANTED TO"—That's what Wayne Williams said about
his daughter's high scholastic marks. "We never pressured her," he said proudly.
'She did well because she really enjoyed what she was doing." Martha Williams and
her father stopped their medical center work this week to talk about the family's
recent trip to the White House, where Martha was honored as a Presidential Scholar.
(Photo by Margaret Howell)
Williamses Go to Washington
A funny thit\g happened on her
Martha Williams was named a
Presidential Scholar — one of only
two chosen from North Carolina and
120 from across the U.S. and its
Miss Williams, daughter of the
medical center's assistant director of
audiovisual education Wayne
Researchers Seek M. D. Tests
Researchers here are developing
new tests to detect carriers of
Duchenne muscular dystrophy.
The disease, which causes a child's
muscles to waste away, is passed
from mother to son. It shows up
about age four and often kills before
age 20. Of the more than 40 types of
muscular dystrophy, Duchenne
(pronounced "du-SHIN") is the most
severe, according, to Dr. Allen D.
Roses, an assistant professor of
"With these new tests, we can pick
up carriers that would have been
missed with older tests," Roses said.
He and Dr. Stanley H. Appel, a
professor of neurology, have spent
four years designing their screening
The tests are more sensitive than
older detection methods, Roses said.
Still experimental, they allow doctors
to find tell-tale flaws in a patient's
red cell membranes — flaws which
Roses and Appel believe are linked
to muscular dystrophy.
"If we can find out what causes
these abnormalities," the professor
said, "we may be able to determine
exactly how the muscles break
A woman carrying Duchenne
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microtMology and immunology
muscular dystrophy usually isn't
aware of it, Roses said; she has no
obvious symptoms. But she has a
50-50 chance of passing the disease
on to her children, he explained.
If a daughter is born, the child may
be a carrier as her mother is. But if a
son is born, he may become a victim
of the disease, Roses said.
At least 30 Duchenne patients are
seen regularly in a research clinic at
Duke. It was set up by Roses "on a
shoestring," he said.
* "We have no treatment for the
disease," he explained, "but there
are complications we can treat."
Many of the victims have heart
problems that can be dealt with.
Duchenne patients usually die of
heart disease, Roses said.
If a patient has trouble standing,
he is given plastic leg braces
weighing only two or three ounces.
The lightweight braces are made
under the supervision of Bert R.
Titus, director of prosthetics and
orthotics at Duke.
Roses' wife, Marcia, an assistant
professor of physical therapy,
evaluates the patients' muscle power
on each visit.
Two other clinic staffers are Keith
Hull, a medical student who was
working with Roses in Duke's
Neurosciences Training Program,
and Hull's wife, Julia, an opera
singer who serves as a volunteer
secretary. Neurology Division
secretaries Karen Case and Janet
Worthington have also volunteered
"We bring in family units to the
clinic," Roses said. The brothers and
sisters of Duchenne victims are
checked for signs of the disorder.
Mothers and fathers are tested too.
"We'd expect 50 per cent of the
sisters to be carriers," the professor
said, "and we're picking up about 50
The liest job-insuranct* is work well
“We also treat the multiple
emotional and family problems that
can arise when a child has muscular
dystrophy," he said.
"Although about two-thirds of our
patients were new to Duke," Roses
said, "we never could have gotten off
the ground if it hadn't been for Dr.
Adhemar Renuart referring patients
to us." Renuart is an associate
professor of pediatric neurology.
The clinic works, in addition, with
30 families struck by myotonic
muscular dystrophy. This is an adult
disease that not only causes muscles
to grow flabby but also leads to
cataracts, diabetes and heart defects.
It is transmitted from either a father
or mother to their children.
Williams, is working at Research
Park III this summer. She will leave
Durham in late August to attend
Massachusetts Institute of
Technology, where she plans to
major in physics.
Within weeks after receiving
notification of her selection. Miss
Williams and her parents were in
Washington for ceremonies that took
them to State Department and White
Miss Williams joined other young
scholars from across the country for
tours of the capital, the Supreme
Court and a ballet.
She was presented a bronze
medallion by Caspar Weinberger,
Secretary of the Department of
Health, Education and Welfare and
heard a short address by President
Ford at the White House reception.
For the National Merit Scholar, it
was "a thrilling experience."
Miss Williams had an A average,
among a variety of extracurricular
activities that included her interests
in science and music, at Jordan High
School before her graduation this
spring. She scored 1500 points out of
a possible 1600 on her college
entrance examination, the Scholastic
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THE BIRTHDAY HOLIDAY
The university recently announced that a new policy, which went into
effect July 1, will give many employees a twelfth annual holiday — your
birthday. The university memo read:
"It is announced with pleasure that effective July 1, 1975, the individual's
birthday will be celebrated as Duke's twelfth annual holiday.
"This holiday is extended to all Duke employees where legal to do so.
Eliminated by law are those employees covered by labor union contracts
presently under negotiation.
"For all other Duke employees, the birthday holiday is effective July 1,
Some additional information on the new holiday was also offered by
Q. What if my birthday falls on a weekend?
A. If your birthday falls on a Saturday, your birthday holiday will be on the
preceding Friday. If your birthday falls on a Sunday, your birthday holiday
will be on the following Monday.
Q. Can 1 save this birthday holiday to be used at a later date?
A. No. The holiday is provided only for use on your birthday.