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    • going through some old ones from our past we found a number of way past use items, and at least one or two that no longer are even legal.  Tiny tubes and bottles that needed special handling and disposal.  But we did not review the tape and pads at the time, so we need to find where the old things are, as our rooms are being worked on by he church and stuff went into hiding for a bit.  Likely do not have any, but who knows?  We had two of the old snke bite kits hanging about.  
    • I'm sorry, but that was hilarious. Though I will be on the lookout for really old first aid kits
    • Update July 24,2024: "About 80 people are involved in the trial at MaineHealth’s Pen Bay Medical Center, which is part of a national study of a Lyme vaccine called VLA15 developed by the companies Pfizer and Valneva, according to Dr. Robert Smith, who’s working on the trial team. In total, the study is testing the safety and effectiveness of the shot on nearly 9,500 people across the country. ... The goal is for the vaccine to show a statistically significant decline in cases of Lyme disease. Smith said the trials are expected to conclude by the end of 2025, which is when Pfizer will submit the vaccine to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for approval." Dr. Smith believes this is the only Lyme disease vaccine in final phase of trials.  However, the University of Pennsylvania medical school is developing an mRNA vaccine that has completed preclinical animal trials. Sources: https://www.bangordailynews.com/2024/07/23/midcoast/midcoast-health/lyme-disease-vaccine-tested-midcoast-hospital-xoasq1i29i/ https://www.cell.com/molecular-therapy-family/molecular-therapy/fulltext/S1525-0016(23)00428-8?_returnURL=https%3A%2F%2Flinkinghub.elsevier.com%2Fretrieve%2Fpii%2FS1525001623004288%3Fshowall%3Dtrue https://www.pennmedicine.org/news/news-releases/2023/september/penn-medicine-develops-mrna-vaccine-against-lyme-disease  
    • This just came up on Talk About Scouting on FB.  Few will have this concern, but there are a lot of collectors and older troops may simply have old first aid kits hanging around.  Take a look.  Better safe than sorry. " NOTE: Since today’s Girl Scout memorabilia post is about first aid kits, we thought it might be a good time to repeat this special notice… Got picric acid? You might! First aid kits made in the 1930s and 1940s by Johnson & Johnson (including Girl Scout kits) often included gauze pads soaked in picric acid, which was a very effective burn ointment. The problem is that as picric acid ages it crystallizes and becomes an explosive. A few years ago, after being warned by a museum curators organization about the picric acid hazard, we discovered a few pads in first aid kits in our collection. We talked with our fire department and they sent out the Denver bomb squad. Our pads were carefully removed and taken to Denver International Airport, where they were detonated at the farthest end of the longest runway. A collector in California laughed that we thought a 3” gauze pad was dangerous. But eventually she contacted her local fire department, who immediately evacuated her neighborhood and detonated two pads in a pit in her back yard — and that blew a hole in her cinderblock wall. After that she was a little mad at us, but didn’t laugh. If you discover that your old first aid kit has picric acid gauze pads, immediately contact your local fire department and ask what they think should be done. We’ve given this advice to dozens of people across the country (including many eBay sellers), and their fire departments have always taken the picric threat seriously; we hope you will, too"
    • Since my camping is now restricted to drive in sites, or ones we can drive easily to anyway, but have few or no facilities.  Water is often needs to be carried in so cal, and some campgrounds do not have serviceable toilets, or enough for larger crowds.  But there are a lot of more remote spots that do not have any at all, but you can camp there and fend.  As a well seasoned person, I no longer deal well with  the needed process, other than peeing in the buses.  My family has a five acre plot in the desert that is on the edge of Joshua Tree, but we do not live on it, and we have not put water or electric in either, though the kids may at some point in the future.  But, I take the group out to my house on a third acre and we deal with one bathroom and portable urinals, but if we want to use the acreage, it has no facility.  I was looking at available portable items and note they are not too expensive for the basic needs.  Does anyone have any thoughts or experience with these travel potties?
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