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What Would You Do? Cussing At Work.
AHEC
In January we wrote a blog about cussing in the workplace that gained quite a bit of traction with readers and on social media. So we decided to dive a little deeper and what we found was that no matter if you are working in the mail room or an operating suite with physicians or in the boardroom with executives, "cussing" happens.

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Harvey Flood Stories — A Story To Warm Your Heart
AHEC
In the midst of the chaotic aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, families and friends are pulling together to put the pieces of their lives back together. People are living minute by minute instead of day by day and struggling with how they can possibly accomplish what they need to do. Here’s where the giving spirit of strangers willing to lend a helping hand comes into play!

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Radiology Fact of the Month: North American Hiroshima Maiden Syndrome

Tricho Systems — In the early 1920's the Tricho System used x-rays to remove superfluous facial hair. By 1925 there were over 75 installations of the Tricho machines in beauty shops across the country including Minneapolis and Duluth. A woman would sit for four minutes with her chin in a holder while X-rays wove a delicate ozone smell about her. After an average of 20 treatments each the hair on her chin was gone. Only later did she have to pay the terrible price. The injuries often manifested as pigmentation, wrinkling atrophy, keratoses, ulcerations, carcinoma, and death. The practice had been not just dangerous but often illegal as well, for decades. One story emerged in San Francisco that police staked out a house in 1940. Women entered by the front door and left by the back. A doctor with a black bag came and went. They thought it was an illegal abortion mill. It turned out to be a secret X-ray hair-removal clinic! Two Canadian doctors finally gave a name to all the scarring, ulceration, cancer, and death that X-rays had caused. They called it the North American Hiroshima maiden syndrome. X-ray hair removal finally ended after 1946. By 1970, one third of all radiation-induced cancer in women traced to X-ray hair-removal.

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Imaging Lands High On the List Of Overused Medical Exams
AuntMinnie.com
Medical imaging exams occupied five of the top 10 spots in a literature review of studies on overused medical procedures published October 2 in JAMA Internal Medicine. The study authors recommended that additional regulation might be necessary to curb practices that increase healthcare costs and do not help patients.

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Sentinel Event Alert 58: Inadequate Hand-Off Communication
The Joint Commission
Health care professionals typically take great pride and exert painstaking effort to meet patient needs and provide the best possible care. Unfortunately, too often, this diligence and attentiveness falters when the patient is handed off, or transitioned, to another health care provider for continuing care, treatment or services.

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Hospital Staffers Took Photos Of A Patient's Genitals — And The Foreign Object Lodged There
The Washington Post
It seemed like the whole hospital was in the operating room. The crowd had gathered with smartphones in hand, snapping photos and recording video, the object of their fascination a patient's genitals with a foreign object protrusion.

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New Research Shows Benefits Of Beginning Annual Screening Mammography At 40
HealthImaging
Starting annual screening mammography for breast cancer at age 40 helps detect a significant number of cancers, according to a recent study published in the American Journal of Roentgenology.

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