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    Here's a surprising piece of potential good news:

    Flu vaccine could protect against serious heart and stroke complications

    Research Highlights:

    The rate of seasonal flu vaccinations among people over age 50 and nursing home residents is extremely low, and those who do get the flu vaccine can significantly lower their risk of heart attack, TIA (transient ischemic attack), death and cardiac arrest.

    Flu vaccination in high-risk patients was associated with a 28% reduced risk of heart attack, a 47% reduced risk of TIA and a 73% reduced risk of death.
    caveat: "The stress the influenza infection puts on the body may increase the risk of having a heart attack or stroke, which researchers note is well-known."

    Of more than 7 million high-risk patients hospitalized, researchers found:

    only 168,325 received the flu vaccine;

    adults age 50 and over were significantly less likely to be vaccinated compared to the general population (1.8% versus 15.3%);

    however, the adults age 50 and over who were vaccinated had better outcomes in the year following vaccination, with a 28% lower risk of heart attack, a 73% lower risk of death, a 47% lower risk of TIA and an 85% lower risk of cardiac arrest;

    the vaccination rate for patients with HIV/AIDS was 2.21%, compared to 8.2% who were free from this disease;

    the vaccination rate for nursing home residents was 1.8%, versus 9.5% for those who live independently;

    among obese patients, 2.4% were vaccinated, compared to 9% with a healthy weight;

    cardiovascular outcomes were similar to adults over age 50 across the high-risk groups.

    “The results we found are staggering. It’s hard to ignore the positive effect the flu vaccine can have on serious cardiac complications,” Mandania said. “Some people don’t view flu vaccinations as necessary or important, and many may face barriers accessing health care including receiving the flu vaccine.”

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    Do you remember Elora who builds houses from bamboo? (treated to resist bugs and decay)

    Well Bernice Dapaah makes bicycles from it. For real! The presentation was in February, thus no masks or social distancing yet.

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    Which begs the question, Is bamboo stronger than steel?

    Before we started using steel to reinforce structures, bamboo remained the core component in the construction of buildings. Even today, you’ll see the use of bamboo in building houses and other structures in underdeveloped areas.
    Yes, bamboo is stronger than steel in regards to the tensile strength. Steel has a tensile strength of 23,000 pounds per square inch.

    But bamboo surpasses steel with a noticeable lead at 28,000 pounds.
    The great thing about bamboo is that we can utilize all the parts of the plant for a variety of purposes ranging from construction to deodorants and medicines.

    There are over 490 species of bamboo available across the US and Canada. Certain bamboo species also hold a record of the fastest growing plant.

    It can grow above 3 feet in a day and can reach full maturity within 3 to 5 years, depending on the species.
    One unknown fact about bamboo plants is that they release 30% more oxygen to the atmosphere compared to other plants, which alone is a good enough reason to grow these when our world is facing increasing air pollution and ozone depletion. The plant also helps prevent soil erosion.

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    Quote Originally posted by Dreamtimer View Post
    Which begs the question, Is bamboo stronger than steel?








    WTG that's a amazing possibility for the future of construction!
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