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

Bonner, Janet Janet.Bonner <@t> FLHOSP.ORG
Fri Dec 5 13:43:12 CST 2008

The hair loss may be a normal seasonal event, similar to when cats shed their coat in the spring and summer.  Did you know that our nails stop growing in the darker months?  Instead of having a manicure every two weeks, as in the spring and summer, I get one every three weeks in the winter months.  
    Hair loss will cycle and grow back every three months or so.
    Perhaps everyone has just now been made aware?  
Janet L. Bonner, HTL (ASCP)
Pathology Laboratory


From: histonet-bounces <@t> lists.utsouthwestern.edu on behalf of Vickroy, Jim
Sent: Thu 12/4/2008 5:05 PM
To: 'histonet <@t> lists.utsouthwestern.edu'
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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