Report: Patients Should Know About Unsterile Surgical Tools

U.S. News

Health Department spokeswoman Kim Deti says that while the risk of infection is low, patients should still be informed they may have been placed at risk for hepatitis B, hepatitis C or human immunodeficiency virus. The state says the hospital should offer free blood tests.

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Personality first, looks second as Japan's speed-dating hopefuls don surgical masks

The Japan Times

At least, that's what one Japanese dating service is trying to prove by requiring participants in speed-dating sessions to wear white surgical masks. "In order to achieve marriage, it is important to provide chances to know a partner's personality and values in the early stages," said Kei Matsumura, head of Tokyo dating service Def Anniversary. "We chose surgical masks as an essential tool for that." White surgical masks covering most of the face are common in Japan, where people don them to avoid catching a cold or flu, keep out pollen and, sometimes, just to keep their faces warm. Some women also opt for a mask on days when they aren't wearing makeup.

After cremation: Recycling surgical implants

BBC News

"For my final project at Falmouth University, I intended to show the day-to-day working life of a crematorium," says Press and Editorial Photography student Harry Lloyd-Evans. "But this all changed when I saw three recycling bins full of metal medical implants, ready to be sent to Holland and melted down. I knew straightaway that I wanted to document and follow their journey."