[Histonet] RE: Don't think I'm nuts.

Edwards, R.E. ree3 <@t> leicester.ac.uk
Fri Dec 5 10:35:06 CST 2008

I believe that low humidity can cause laboratory mice to lose/shed the tips of  their tails.

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From: histonet-bounces <@t> lists.utsouthwestern.edu [mailto:histonet-bounces <@t> lists.utsouthwestern.edu] On Behalf Of Vickroy, Jim
Sent: 04 December 2008 22:05
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Subject: [Histonet] Don't think I'm nuts.

Don't think I'm nuts, but I wouldn't be responding to my employees if I didn't at least ask the question. During the last couple of months several of my employees have noticed that they have been loosing more hair then usual.  They are somewhat convinced that it is an environmental issue.   I told them I didn't know of anything in the air here that would cause this.   The only thing we have noticed is that the humidity levels in the lab have dropped dramatically in the last month or so.   We are required to measure our humidity for an inspection and have noticed that the monitors all say "Lo", which indicates that the humidity levels have dropped below 20% relative humidity.  Obviously that can cause dry skin, etc. My first thought was it's just our age, but we have a wide range of ages that have complained.
Has anybody had these kind of complaints before and does anybody have an idea whether low humidity can cause similar problems?  I have also asked our engineering department and human resource department to look into this.

Jim Vickroy BS, HT(ASCP)
Technical Supervisor - Surgical and Autopsy Pathology
Memorial Medical Center
vickroy.jim <@t> mhsil.com

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