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Mahaska Health Partnership has added new, state-of-the-art breast imaging technology by Siemens called 3D breast tomosynthesis. This technology, the most advanced in the region, takes aim at improving breast cancer detection, reducing false-positive findings and cutting patient call-backs.  Siemens technology provides a 50-degree arc, which allows the technologist to build a 3D rendition of the breast and allows doctors to see the breast tissue in fine detail. Radiologists can then see more clearly through breast tissue that may be overlapping or through the tissue of women with dense breasts. Hartke said doctors are better able to detect and diagnose small tumors and rule out abnormalities that may have looked suspicious in the patient’s 2D mammogram.

The annual Tulip Festival in Pella is just a month away, and this year will mark the 25th anniversary of the Klompen Classic 5k fun run.  The first event involved just a few hundred participants; today the race draws over 2,000 runners and walkers – 2016 saw the biggest crowd ever with 2,410 registered participants.  Crossroads of Pella sponsors the Klompen Classic; executive director Jim Hibma says holding the race the night before the start of Tulip Time has helped the event grow into what it is today.  The Klompen Classic begins on May 2 with a free kids run at 6 p.m. at the Vermeer Windmill, and the 5K at 7 p.m. at the corner of Main Street and Washington Street. Awards will be given a 8 p.m. on the Tulip Toren stage.

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Keeping it Clean
in whose hands are wicked schemes, whose right hands are full of bribes. Psalm 26:10
David mentioned he washed his hands of all impurities, unlike the wicked whose hands are full of wicked schemes. But he also knew that his hands could easily lay prey, and he desired to keep his hands full of the love of God instead of participating in the wickedness around him.

How quickly we can become involved in the slightest offense when we take our cues from the world. There are many practices which may seem right in the world but don’t hold up in the Word of God. There are many ways which may even bring prosperity to our families, but our hands may have to become dirty. How quickly temptation may face us to tell a white lie or cheat to gain a bit of status, but once again we soon find our hands dirty.

It is a slippery slope, and it often starts with the small things, the ones easily justified. The question becomes, are we going to take the Word of God as our authority for the decisions we make or are we going to allow the influence of the world to guide our way? Seeking God’s Word as the authority may not always make us wealthy or the easy way, but it sure will bring abundance in the heart.

Today in the Workplace
Are there ways which may seem right in your life but don’t line up with the Word of God?
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