Learn about a new test showing that exposure to second hand smoke can affect alveoli in the lungs in this medical report.
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Dr. Susan Sharma: This is Insidermedicine in 60. From Philadelphia - A new test shows that exposure to secondhand smoke can affect alveoli in the lung. Researchers evaluated the lungs of smokers, non-smokers who had limited exposure to cigarettes and non-smokers who were exposed to secondhand smoke, using hyperpolarized helium diffusion MRI. Lung changes that are typically seen in smokers were seen in nearly a third of those who were exposed to secondhand smoke, even though they didn't have symptoms. From Providence - A hospital has been fined $50,000 for its third wrong side surgery this year. The latest incident involved a resident starting a burr hole on the wrong side of a patient's head. Luckily, the mistake was noted prior to drilling into the skull and the correct side was ultimately operated upon. And finally, from Kingston - What do you get when you have the Canadian Medical Association, representatives from Government, and prominent health critics in the same room? The announcement of five new priority areas for wait times in Canada. With significant progress made in previous areas like cataract and hip surgery, the new areas of interest include emergency room visits, infections and mental health. For Insidermedicine in 60, I am Dr. Susan Sharma.