That Lead Apron in the X-Ray Room? You May Not Need It

A number of radiology organizations are trying to end the decades-old practice of shielding patients from radiation with lead aprons. CHICAGO — Patients have come to expect a technician to drape their torsos with a heavy lead apron when they get an X-ray, but new thinking among radiologists and medical physicists is upending the decades-old practice of shielding patients from radiation. Some hospitals are ditching the ritual of covering reproductive organs and fetuses during imaging exams after prominent medical and scientific groups have said it’s a feel-good measure that can impair the quality of diagnostic tests and sometimes inadvertently increase a patient’s radiation exposure. The about-face is intended to improve care, but it will require a major effort to reassure regulators, health care workers and the public that it’s better not to shield. Fear of radiation is entrenched in the collective psyche, and many people are surprised to learn that shielding can cause problems. The movement also has yet to gain much traction among dentists, whose offices perform more than half of all X-rays. “There’s this big psychological component, not only with patients but with staff,” said...

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YPE html PUBLIC “-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN” “http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-transitional.dtd”> Former Made in Chelsea star Spencer Matthews has launched The Clean Liquor Company, a low- and no-alcohol brand that released its first product this week, called Clean Gin. EU regulations state gin must be bottled at at a minimum alcoholic strength of 37.5%. However, Clean Gin has been bottled at 1.2% ABV and is described as an “ultra-low” alcohol replacement to gin, with only 2 calories per 25ml serving. Botanicals used to make Clean Gin include juniper, orris root, ground cardamom, coriander seeds, angelica root, lemon zest, peppermint oil, ginger oil and cinnamon. Aromas of Clean Gin are said to include petrichor and pine needles, with flavours of peppermint and silver birch sap on the palate. Matthews, founder of The Clean Liquor Company, said: “Sobriety is a lifestyle choice I made a few months before becoming a dad. “I quickly realised that the drink choices for the sober curious were limited, mainly made of sugary and unhealthy options. “So, I worked with a great team to build a premium no/low brand and flagship product ...

BLM Group laser tube cutter is configurable to user needs

The LT8.20 laser tube cutter can handle cutting diameters of up to 9.5 in. and bar weight up to 27 lb./ft. For potential laser tube cutting users that prefer to choose their laser source, loader/unloader style and positioning of the peripheral equipment to maximize floor space, BLM Group USA has introduced its LT8.20 laser tube cutter that can handle cutting diameters of up to 9.5 in. and bar weight up to 27 lb./ft. This system features a 45-degree 3D tilt cutting head to perform high-precision angular cuts in round, square, triangular, l-beam, and other special shapes to perform complex cutting patterns, reach hard-to-access locations, and weld prep cuts in thick-walled tubes.  The system is available with a 3.5 kW CO2 laser source for cutting mild steel, stainless, and some aluminum alloys, or with a 3 or 4 kW fiber laser that can additionally cut highly reflective materials such as copper, brass, and galvanized steels.  Users have flexibility in their loading and unloading systems: step-by-step loaders, single bar loaders, and bundle loaders. These loaders can be positioned in front or behind the machine to adapt to available space. For unloading, users can choose from standa...

BOB MAINDELLE: Getting the most from Garmin LiveScope technology | Outdoor Sports

This closeup of the LiveScope attachment hardware shows the large tightening knob on the double-socket arm used to adjust the pressure applied to keep the device fixed in windy conditions and/or while at trolling speed. The tightening knob on the 1-inch hole with ball adapter allows the shaft to be adjusted up and down in the water. This photo shows the author’s design which allows LiveScope technology to be used to peer 360 degrees beneath the boat in either the down-looking or forward-looking orientations. The device is inexpensive to fabricate and is quickly and easily stowed and deployed.  This closeup of the LiveScope attachment hardware shows the large tightening knob on the double-socket arm used to adjust the pressure applied to keep the device fixed in windy conditions and/or while at trolling speed. The tightening knob on the 1-inch hole with ball adapter allows the shaft to be adjusted up and down in the water. This photo shows the author’s design which allows LiveScope technology to be used to peer 360 degrees beneath the boat in either the down-looking or forward-looking orientations. The device is inexpensive to fabricate and is quickly and easily stowed and deploy...

Key workers living in tents to protect daughter, 21, with life-threatening asthma

Emma Lendon’s 21-year-old daughter Tasha is on a 12-week lockdown at their home in Chelmsford, after being classed as one of the UK’s 1.5 million ‘most vulnerable’ A family’s key workers have decided to sleep in tents in their garden to protect the most vulnerable people inside their home. Emma Lendon’s 21-year-old daughter Tasha is on a 12-week lockdown, after being classed as one of the UK’s 1.5 million ‘most vulnerable’. As a result, Emma’s husband John and Tasha’s partner Alex are camping outside to protect her from catching coronavirus. His friend and workmate Danny Foster, who also lives with the family, is also taking the same steps to isolate from his own family. Tasha, who has life-threatening asthma, ended up in intensive care from a simple cold in the last few months. “I self-isolated two weeks ago, I also took my youngest daughter out of school on the Tuesday before they broke up. It also means 19-year-old dad Alex, Tasha’s partner who lives with the family, can’t hold his five-month-old daughter Amelia. Waterproof travel bag On Sunday, England’s deputy chief medical officer Dr ...

Have you had “the talk?” The one where you explain to your dog about social distancing?

Have you had “the talk?” The one where you explain to your dog about social distancing? It’s not an easy conversation to have, I know. At first, I thought maybe I’d buy a book about it and leave it out so my dog could find it. That way my dog could digest the facts when she was ready. And then she could vomit them up on my comforter for me to find later. But the moment for that gentle approach has passed. This isn’t like all those times I’ve turned a blind eye when my dog has tried to have sex with a couch cushion. I need to communicate to her directly. I go so far as to sit at my desk, in front of my dog, and plead while shaking my fists. I’m like one of those awesome, Italian mayors on YouTube — you know, the ones who are angry at their citizens for using their “incontinent” pups as an excuse to go out. It’s not my dog’s fault she doesn’t understand. She just doesn’t speak Italian. Still, the reason people love dogs, or at least the reason I do, is because they’ve never had much use for language. I mean, my dog is not an idiot. She knows enough words to get by. She knows “walk,” “outside” and “cookie.” And she knows we know that she knows. She’s not like the cat, who pretends ...

Through ventilation, greenhouses must remove heat that is not used for transpiration and evaporation.

Through ventilation, greenhouses must remove heat that is not used for transpiration and evaporation. On a bright, sunny summer day, a 30 x 100-foot greenhouse will gather about 32 million Btu’s of heat. This is equivalent to burning 32 gallons of fuel oil or 320 therms of natural gas. If the greenhouse is full of plants, about half of this heat is used for transpiration and evaporation. The remainder of the heat must be removed through ventilation. Shade on the outside will keep some of the heat out. Shade on the inside, if it contains aluminum foil, will reflect some of the heat back out. Ventilation, either natural or fan, will remove a considerable amount of heat that is collected. Still, on summer days, the temperature may exceed the desired level that promotes good plant growth. Excessive temperature results in delayed flowering and internode stretching. Evaporative cooling may be the best choice under these conditions. Evaporative cooling is a simple system that uses the heat in the air to evaporate water from leaves and other wetted surfaces. It can cool the greenhouse to 10-20° F below the outside temperature. It takes 1 Btu of heat to raise the temperature of 1 pound o...

Google Pixel 3 XL, Pixel 3a and more products on sale today

You can currently get yourself some pretty decent discounts on Google Pixel devices. The Google Pixel 3XL with 64GB is available for $449 shipped, meaning you save $451. This is an unlocked variant so that you can use it in your favorite network without a problem. Now, it’s only available in Not Pink, so you may want to see it before you buy it. The Google Pixel 3a is also available. This device is currently selling for $320 with 64GB in storage. You save $74, and it is also unlocked for you to use in whichever network you prefer. You can choose other color options, but you won’t save as much. You can also go for the Pixel 3a XL and get it for $400 with the same 64GB of storage. HP’s 14-inch Chromebook is now just $190. Amazon is letting you save $90, and you get a laptop with a 180-degree hinge, Full HD screen, an AMD processor, 4GB RAM, and 32GB in storage. These savings are available with the white version, or you can choose the gray color variant and save $79, but you will have to pay a bit over $200 to get yours. You can also save $50 when you buy two Fide HD 8 tablets. Amazon has plenty of colors from where to choose from. Each device usually sells for $80, but you can get...