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News for week of 2023-01-23 (all current event convos go here).

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      Pakistan in nationwide black out today…220 million in the dark. Will be interesting to see how a “modern” society of that size reacts.  In other news….the gas stove debate. I’ll give up my gas stove when they pry my cold dead frozen hands off the knobs and wheel it out with a hand truck. It’s a good resource when there isn’t power in OUR country. 

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        The real reason people are freaking out about gas stoves (and why it’s silly) https://www.themanual.com/food-and-drink/gas-stove-controversy-explained/

        Edit to add: The house we have lived in for the past years only has an electric stove (no choice from us). We keep a few camping stoves as a backup, in case of emergency. No big deal.

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        This issue is overblown but also real. And the solution doesn’t require replacing the stove.

        Gas stoves typically have a ventilation hood. The ventilation fan should be turned on while the stove is on so that air pollution from cooking is removed from your house.

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        I find most ventilation hoods aren’t worth their weight – they don’t actually ventilate outside the house. In cases where you cannot vent outside an exterior wall (or it would require construction or reconfiguration to do so), replacing the stove is the solution.

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        “most ventilation hoods aren’t worth their weight – they don’t actually ventilate outside the house”

        That’s weird. Where else would ventilation go besides outside the house? It doesn’t even meet the definition of “ventilation” if it doesn’t exchange air with outdoors. I’ve got a pipe sticking out of the roof right above my stove.

        ”Ventilation is the intentional introduction of outdoor air into a space.”

        https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ventilation_(architecture)

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      Anyone who gets infected with corona more often runs the risk of developing an incurable immune deficiency, according to German Health Minister. https://www-n–tv-de.translate.goog/politik/Lauterbach-warnt-vor-unheilbarer-Immunschwaeche-durch-Corona-article23860527.html

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      FDA planning to offer updated COVID-19 vaccines every year in the fall, similar to current process with flu vaccines. Most people will be allowed one shot per year. People with greater medical need will be allowed two shots per year. None of this is final yet.

      https://www.medpagetoday.com/infectiousdisease/covid19vaccine/102770

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      Shortage of diabetes medication because it recently became popular for weight loss. This is especially relevant for anyone who needs these drugs. It’s also relevant for anyone concerned about future shortages of other drugs because the article talks about how patients are dealing with the situation.

      https://www.medpagetoday.com/special-reports/features/102773

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      “King County health officials checking on potential exposure to measles at two sites”

      https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/health/king-county-woman-diagnosed-with-first-measles-in-wa-this-year/

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      Signs that deadly H5N1 bird flu strain starting to adapt to spread in mammals – could trigger pandemic.

      https://www.science.org/content/article/incredibly-concerning-bird-flu-outbreak-spanish-mink-farm-triggers-pandemic-fears

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      Microclots as possible cause of long COVID – this is a promising research direction, not a certainty.

      https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-022-02286-7

      COVID causes an increase in the number of microclots. People with long COVID have much higher levels of microclots. If these microclots are the cause of long COVID, then anticoagulants could work as a treatment.

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        I worked with someone with clots after recovering from the original COVID. It is not an easy or assured recovery. He had them in his legs, then his arms and now his lungs. Blood thinners and extensive treatment has not lead to recovery. AND HE IS ONLY 36.

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        Major clots are one of the big risks during initial infection. Breathing problems are more well known, and are also a problem of course, but it’s more often the clots that kill.

        What’s less known is why so many people, even after apparently minor initial infections, end up with a variety of long term health issues. The idea in this article is that it might be from many tiny clots. Each tiny clot does an unnoticeably small amount of damage, but it all adds up so that various organs don’t perform as well as we need them to.

        “Blood thinners and extensive treatment has not lead to recovery.”

        Your coworker continued getting more clots after taking the blood thinners? That sounds very scary.

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      Reporting from a week ago, among experts at Davos:  “91% of respondents said they believe a far-reaching and catastrophic cyber event is at least somewhat likely in the next two years. . . This concern has been raised particularly around critical infrastructure sectors like energy, public transportation and manufacturing.”

      https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2023/01/cybersecurity-storm-2023-experts-davos23/

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        The cybersecurity topic reminded me to share this:

        If you use the LastPass password manager, change all your passwords immediately. And consider switching to a different password manager – then changing all of them again. LastPass had a major security breach last year, and lots of customer information (including passwords) was stolen.

        https://www.wired.com/story/lastpass-breach-vaults-password-managers/amp