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Bad sperm? Drop the bacon

Published: Wednesday, October 16, 2013 @ 3:38 PM
Updated: Wednesday, October 16, 2013 @ 3:38 PM

Order your next cheeseburger without the bacon if you are looking to be a father.

A Harvard University Research presented this week at the American Society for Reproductive Medicine’s (ASRM) annual meeting in Boston says that bacon and other processed meats can affect the quality of sperm - AKA baby potion.

According to the research by Myriam Afeiche and others at Harvard School of Public Health, men who ate one to three servings of processed meat per day had worse sperm shapes than those who had fewest servings.

“Processed meat intake was associated with lower percent morphologically normal sperm while white meat fish intake was associated with higher percent morphologically normal sperm. Dark meat fish intake was related to higher total sperm count,” the study of 156 men concludes.

Stick with fish.

The men who ate the most cod , halibut and other white meat fish, had better sperm shape than their counterparts.

Men who ate the most tuna, salmon and other dark meat fish had sperm counts roughly 34 percent higher than men who ate the least amount of fish, CBS News reports.

But here is a bit of good news for would-be papas who like a cup of Joe or three and an adult beverage or more from time to time.

Another Harvard study presented at the conference concluded that caffeine and alcohol intakes does not influence sperm quality.

“Caffeine and alcohol intakes were unrelated to semen parameters. However, smoking status may modify the association between alcohol and normal morphology,” the study of 387 sperm samples concludes.

This new downtown business gives pooches a place to rest their bones

Published: Tuesday, May 23, 2017 @ 1:05 PM

Cedarville native Stephanie Ross is preparing for the grand opening party for her first storefront, Project Warmth.

Dayton’s newest business is going to literally be giving it up to the dogs. 

Project Warmth, 133 E. Third St. on the first floor of Oriel Studios, will celebrate its grand opening  10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 4.  

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The party will feature raffles, shopping and dog nail trimming for a donation.

The shop is part of the twelfth phase of the Pop-Up Project, an initiative to fill downtown storefronts lead by Activated Spaces.  

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Owned by Cedarville native Stephanie Ross, Project Warmth sells handmade pet beds, mats, leashes, collars, leash hangers, toys, bandannas, hammocks, harnesses, coats and other products.  

The business donates a pet bed or mat to a Dayton area animal shelter for every one purchased. 

Since launching the business six years ago, Ross says she has donated 500 beds and kennel mats.

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“I started out part-time, selling online, then I grew into the festival and fair market,” Ross said in a Facebook message to this news organization. “Two years ago I quit my full-time job to pursue this full time. I participate in about 60 shows a year, plus an Etsy presence.”

Pet toys start at $1. Pet beds and mats are about $30. Handcrafted pet hammocks are $75 to $150. 

Ross graduated Bowling Green University with a degree in graphic design. The certified activity director last worked at Dunbar Rehabilitation in Dayton. 

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“I started the business after spending all four years of college doing volunteer work, moving back home and feeling like I wasn't contributing to the community as I had in college,” Ross said. “I had picked up sewing as a hobby and decided to take that more seriously and start making dog beds and mats.”

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Customers help determine which shelters receives one of Ross’ beds or pads.  

“One thing I'm also very excited about is pairing up with other Dayton businesses to also sell some of their inventory in my store, including food, treats, and an entire pet people section,” Ross said.

The Activated Spaces Pop-Up Project is spearheaded by the young professional organizations UpDayton and Generation Dayton.

It is supported by the Downtown Dayton Partnership, the City of Dayton, the City of Dayton Neighborhood Mini-Grant program and community volunteers.

The Pop-Up Project provides the opportunity for shorter leases at below-market rates. 

Past Pop-Up Shops include Beaute Box, Vintage Barber Shop, Peace on Fifth, Spice Paradise, Hicks’ Barber Shop & Shave ParlorTwist Cupcakery, Fronana, Baker SalvageMitosis, Buckeye LaptopsSoccer Shots, and Catapult Creative. 

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Daytonian of the Week: Richard Brown

Published: Wednesday, May 24, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

An easily recognizable figure in Dayton music, Richard Brown does far more than just hang out at shows.
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Dayton’s Richard Brown seemingly has endless amounts of energy. He’s the type of person who always has to stay busy. Brown is a regular fixture at local music shows week in and week out.

While many talk the talk of loving Dayton art, he walks the walk. Brown’s YouTube channel TheBoxxCar is a veritable treasure trove of local music of all kinds, filled with hundreds of videos from the last several years. 

But it’s about more than just going to clubs and watching bands for this Tennessee transplant who came to become a hardcore Daytonian. Brown, a Delphi retiree, started volunteering at his church 10 years ago. That led him to help out at the Dayton Life Enrichment Center three times a week. In fact, Brown donates his time and labor to several area shelters and the Foodbank every month. As if that weren’t enough, he also helps out the Twin Towers Neighborhood Association. He’s as worthy a Daytonian of the Week as ever there was.

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What do you do?

I enjoy volunteering. It keeps me out of trouble and it gives me something to do.

If you had a superpower, what would it be?

Fly like Superman. Be able to fly places real quick and help people.

What do you love about life in Dayton?

That we’ve got so much stuff to do in Dayton that you can’t do it all -- so much music and art.

What’s your favorite spot in Dayton?

It used to be J-Alans (bar and music venue). You know how much I miss that place. Now it’s probably Blind Bob’s. They have a lot of good shows there. It’s a fun place.

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Why did you decide to settle in Dayton?

I’ve been here all my life. I wasn’t born here, but I was raised here.

How did you get involved in your line of work?

After I retired, I needed something to do. I got in a church program called Help Your Neighbor. I did that for five years. Then I started at the Life Enrichment Center.

If you could change one thing about Dayton, what would it be?

Definitely all the overdoses. The house behind (me) has had like six overdoses in the last two months. We had a guy lying next to my house.

What do you think Dayton will look like in the next 10-15 years?

Basically the same. They are improving it! Dave Hall Plaza, they’re going to fix that up. All that (new) housing downtown.

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Daytonian of the Week is a Dayton.com feature that spotlights people who help build the Dayton community. See more Daytonian of the Week stories HERE.

Bride wears gown in stunning underwater photo shoot

Published: Wednesday, May 24, 2017 @ 3:43 PM

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A newlywed in the nation's capital really made a splash with a photo shoot to mark her special day.

Nicole Hardesty, 30, told WUSA that she is a competitive swimmer, so it felt natural for her to pose underwater while wearing a wedding dress.

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Her grandmother, who spent four weeks making her blue wedding dress, did not approve of Hardesty taking her creation underwater, WUSA reported, so Hardesty wore her reception gown instead for the photo shoot.

Hardesty told WUSA that she wanted to "look like a mermaid."

The dress used in the photo shoot will not hang in a closet. Hardesty told WUSA that the dress will be professionally cleaned and donated to Forever Angels of Virginia, a charity that makes gowns for infants who die due to miscarriage, stillbirth or other causes.

Swipey swipe.

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Doctor: Popular charcoal masks could cause permanent skin damage

Published: Wednesday, May 24, 2017 @ 3:47 PM

A popular charcoal mask could cause permanent skin damage
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A popular “do-it-yourself” charcoal mask that has been trending all over the internet could cause serious damage to your skin, according to a dermatologist.

"It might be dangerous if you like all three layers of your skin," Dr. Seth Forman, a dermatologist in Tampa, Florida, said in an interview with WFTS

Many people have taken to YouTube to show users the painful process of peeling off the charcoal mask. Many of these products are sold from “unregulated vendors,” WFTS reports. Forman said that some of these products are mixed with a foreign charcoal powder and super glue, and will “most likely” be illegal soon. 

If certain layers of skin are peeled off, it can lead to scarring and infection “especially when you get down to the second layer (of skin),” according to WFTS

The good news is that there is a large variety of FDA approved facial masks that are safe, Forman said.

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