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Why you shouldn’t touch these hairy caterpillars ☞ KHOU – Houston

“An ice pack should be applied to the site of the sting.
Oral antihistamines can be administered to help relieve the itching and burning sensations.
For caterpillars with stout spines, try carefully applying cellophane tape to, and stripping it from, the sting site to remove the irritating spines.”

Fake scientific papers are alarmingly common ☞

“When neuropsychologist Bernhard Sabel put his new fake-paper detector to work, he was ‘shocked’ by what it found. After screening some 5000 papers, he estimates up to 34% of neuroscience papers published in 2020 were likely made up or plagiarized; in medicine, the figure was 24%.”

Leg Lengthening Operation

Leg-lengthening surgery gains popularity among men seeking to be taller ☞ NBC News

“The $75,000, four-hour surgery, which is not generally covered by insurance, involves cutting the thigh bones in each leg and inserting a rod inside them. Then over the next three to four months, the rods are lengthened by up to 1 millimeter (0.04 inches) per day, via an external remote control. New bone grows over the rods.”

Walking and talking at the same time gets harder once you’re 55, study finds ☞ CBS News

“As compared to walking quietly, walking under dual-task conditions adds stress to the motor control system because the two tasks must compete for shared resources in the brain. What we believe is that the ability to handle this stress and adequately maintain performance in both tasks is a critical brain function that tends to be diminished in older age.” 

WA woman with tuberculosis faces arrest for refusing treatment ☞ The Seattle Times

“According to the case filings, the woman started, then refused continuing treatment for TB after testing positive. The health department first sought court-ordered compliance in January 2022, with orders renewed by the court through 2022. The department, in its filings, said it had ‘attempted and failed to obtain voluntary compliance for voluntary isolation and treatment.’”

New Cochrane Study on Masks and Covid ☞ City Journal – NYC

“Before the pandemic, clinical trials repeatedly showed little or no benefit from wearing masks in preventing the spread of respiratory illnesses like flu and colds. That was why, in their pre-2020 plans for dealing with a viral pandemic, the World Health Organization, the CDC, and other national public-health agencies did not recommend masking the public.”

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