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Snake Eyes revisited

Our faithful followers may recall that one of our readers wanted to find a game called Snake Eyes. We came upon one dead end after another in trying to track down the game and finally published her question in our column. We appealed to our readers, asking anyone who was familiar with the game to call. We also asked the reader to call. She had failed to give us her telephone number or any pertinent facts about the game, such as was it a board game or a card game? What was the object of the game?

She called us.

Here are some details.

It was a card game with 11 cards in each set. The cards were numbered 2-12. The cards were 1/8 inch thick and bigger than regular playing cards. They each had a picture on one side. The picture on the No. 2 card was a snake with big eyes. The picture on the No. 12 was a boxcar.

She also recalls a lady dressed in red on one of the cards.

At the beginning of the game each player placed his or her cards face up in front of him. The object was to throw dice and turn the card face down. If you threw a six with the dice, you would turn over the No. 6 card.

The first player to turn over all his cards first was the winner.

"I'd go crazy if I could find someone with that game. It was my grandmother's," said our reader.

So, we again appeal to our readers. Anyone who knows of such a game, please give us a call at 237-2170.

Gallbladder surgery

A new surgical technique for removing the gallbladder - a procedure called a "laparoscopic cholecystectomy" -- offers enormous potential in facilitating treatment.

The technique makes use of a thin tube containing a camera and a light source, allowing the surgeon to view the area around the gallbladder on a video screen.

The gallbladder is then removed through a hole in the abdomen that is smaller than a dime.

The technique, surgeons say, offers faster recovery, a shorter hospital say and leaves only a tiny scar. In comparison, the traditional way of removing the gallbladder is called an "open cholecystectomy" and involves a 3 - to 6 inch incision in the abdomwen.

Dr. John Ranson, a New York University Medical Center surgeon, called the new technique " a very exciting development that has generated a lot of enthusiasm sonce it was first introduced in the U.S. in 1989."

The gallbladder is a small pear-shaped reservoir attached to the underside of the liver and releases bile into the small intestine to aid in digestion. If components of the bile form gallstones, these can block passage of the bile and cause pain and infection.

Symptomatic gallbladder disease most typically affects middle-age women who are overweight.

An estimated 500,000 Americans will have their gallbladder removed this year.

In fact, Ranson said, it is one of the nation's most common types of surgery. And although the gallbladder plays an important role in digestion, the body can function well without it.- AP Newsfeatures