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.

Pineapple pizzagate forces Iceland president to back off ban

Published: Wednesday, February 22, 2017 @ 6:41 PM
Updated: Wednesday, February 22, 2017 @ 6:41 PM

            Pineapple pizzagate forces Iceland president to back off ban

Hawaiian pizza is not for everyone. It’s a decadent, tasty treat to some, but for others ham and pineapple are the worst topping choices ever created.

Iceland’s president waded into the fray last week when a student asked him a question about pineapple on pizza. (Ham wasn’t mentioned, by the way.)

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 Guðni Th. Jóhannesson said he found the combination “completely disgusting,” USA Today reported, and would ban it if he could.

By Tuesday Jóhannesson was forced to back down from his remarks on banning it after a social media storm, dubbed pizzagate, erupted.

“I like pineapples, just not on pizza,” he posted on Facebook. “I do not have the power to make laws that forbid people to put pineapples on pizza.”

“Presidents should not have unlimited power. I would not want to hold this position if I could pass laws forbidding what I don’t like. I would not want to live in such a country,” he said.

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Instead, Jóhannesson, made his own recommendation for the best topping.

“For pizza, I recommend seafood,” he wrote on Facebook.

Jóhannesson is Iceland’s youngest president ever at 48. He was sworn into took office last August.

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Carillon Park to no longer host Germanfest Picnic or its own German heritage festival 

Published: Thursday, January 05, 2017 @ 12:53 PM

UPDATED: Dayton History stated on Friday that they are no longer planning to host a German heritage festival. 

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Liederkranz-Turner’s 34th annual Germanfest Picnic will not be held at Carillon Park.

Instead the park will hold its own 10-day German heritage festival, said Brady Kress, Dayton History’s president and CEO.

“The festival is going to be bigger and better than what they ever did here before,” Kress said. “It is no longer financially beneficial to us to continue to partner with them.”

Dayton History is the non-profit organization that operates Carillon Historic Park and several other historical sites. 

The new festival will be held Aug. 11 to 20 at the park located at 1000 Carillon Blvd. in Dayton.

Germanfest Picnic was planned at the park for Aug. 11 to 13. Those dates are still advertised on the German club’s website.

John Koerner, Germanfest Picnic’s longtime chairman, said he was taken back by news of the new festival.

He said he only found out Wednesday that the Dayton History wanted to end its festival when he received a letter from Kress.

“I think it is disingenuous to undercut (us) and have their own festival,” he said. “They are going to try to build off everything we did over the last 33 years and that really annoys me.”

GermanFest is the 127-year-old club’s largest fund-raising event, bring in as much as $75,000 annually.

The future of the event will be among the chief discussion items when the 400-member organization holds its annual meeting on Sunday, Jan. 8.

Kress said hosting the event no longer makes financial sense for the park.  

“People think we are public park, and we are not. We are a charity,” Kress said. “It became very obvious it was not a winning proposition for Carillon. We just cannot do this this way.”

GermanFest Picnic has been held at the park all but three of its 33 years.  It returned seven years ago. 

 “We invited them back into the park and started paying them,” Kress said. 

He says the park loses money and sees a drop in sales at Culp’s Cafe and Carillon Brewery during the festival. He said he could not quantify the amount of money lost or paid to the GermanFest Picnic.

“They walk away with tens of thousands of dollars, and we are left with the park to repair,” he said. “In its current form, it is a losing proposition for Carillon Park. Our sales in the brewery are terrible that weekend. As a nonprofit, we cannot in essence subsidize other groups’ fundraisers.”

Kress said the park only gets money from the sales of water and sodas during the festival. He said the club has refused to share proceeds from other sales in the past. 

“At the end of the day, they are keeping all the proceeds from the events other than soft drinks and water,” he said. “It hurts Carillon.” 

Koerner said he was baffled Kress’ statement, saying the the club pays the park $6,500 annually and has paid more the past two years for trash disposal. 

“The festival has been held at Carillon Park all but 3 of its 33 years,” he said. 

GermanFest Picnic left the park about 10 years ago for the Montgomery County Fairgrounds. 

Liederkranz-Turner and Dayton History worked out an agreement seven years ago to have the festival return. 

A five-year agreement was extended two years ago, but not renewed last year.

Alcohol sold at the festival is acquired under Carillon’s liquor licence, but Koerner said the club reimburses it.  

“I don't know how the hell he says he pays for us,” Koerner said. “I pay for the tents. I pay for the security. I pay for the golf carts. I am just appalled that they can try to yank this up from under us.” 

Koerner said more than 1,000 volunteers work thousands of hours annually to put on the GermanFest Picnic. 

As much as $10,000 annually in money and club rents are giving to a list of groups that includes Boy Scouts, United Rehabilitation Services, Special Olympics. A portion the money raised from the picnic pays for scholarships the club grants. 

He said the park is not being a good community partner. 

“We have a limited number of (members), but our associates, friends and family number in the thousands,” he said. “To think they would try to take it over and confuse people and ruin it really annoys me.” 

When all is said and done, Kress said the decision to end the agreement is a tough business decision, but one that needed to be made for the benefit Dayton History and fit in to its mission and will enhance the brewery. 

The new heritage festival will feature 10 days of beer, brats, music and other entertainment. It will be open weekdays from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on weekends.   

“It is going to be a 10 day blowout throughout the whole park. It is going to be really fantastic,” Kress said. 

“It’s a real revamping and expansion of what we have always done here.”

The park has changed dramatically over the years, as has Dayton History’s needs, Kress said.

GermanFest Picnic was the last of three large festivals that outside groups held held at the park.

AleFest Dayton left the park in 2011. 

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Fleurs de Fete, formerly called Fleurs et Vin, was held there and benefited AIDS Resource Center Ohio, now Equitas Health, for a number of years. 

The event founded in 1990 by Heidelberg Distributing Co. and Arrow Wine & Spirits to benefit local charities was moved to Welcome Park near UD Arena and Welcome Stadium in Dayton in 2015.

Carillon Brewery opened on the grounds of Carillon Park that year and created complications with state licensing laws.

Fleurs de Fete returned to Carillon last May, and now benefits Dayton History. 

Police call dog that ate heroin stash 'one tough pup'

Published: Tuesday, February 21, 2017 @ 5:28 PM
Updated: Tuesday, February 21, 2017 @ 5:28 PM

            Police call dog that ate heroin stash 'one tough pup'

Police in Texas rescued a puppy left in a truck Saturday, after the dog consumed an unknown amount of heroin.

The dog was left in truck while its owners were allegedly switching price tags inside a Home Depot. The owners were arrested for "heroin possession and for fraudulent destruction, removal, or concealment of writing," according to the Carrollton Police Department.

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The dog was taken to North Texas Emergency Pet Clinic for treatment of opiate overdose and is expected to make a full recovery.

Baby hippo at Cincinnati Zoo saved by Children’s Hospital team

Published: Tuesday, February 21, 2017 @ 1:12 PM
Updated: Tuesday, February 21, 2017 @ 1:12 PM

            Baby hippo at Cincinnati Zoo saved by Children’s Hospital team

The Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden’s baby hippo had a close call, but is recovering from a bout of dehydration.

The 4-week-old hippo, Fiona, was born 6-weeks premature and has needed around-the-clock care, but her condition took a serious turn on Friday. The zoo needed help when the hippo became dehydrated and in need of IV fluids.

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 Her veins are so small that the zoo’s staff had trouble administering the treatment, the zoo said.


“Zoo veterinary staff reached out to Cincinnati Children’s nationally renowned vascular access team, and, like a good neighbor, they rushed over to help,” the zoo said in a post on its website.

The human medical team successfully helped the hippo, and now Fiona is back on her feet.

“Fiona took two bottles this morning and seems to have more energy,” the zoo said.

“She’s still receiving fluids via IV, but she is able to get up and move around with help from her #TeamFiona.”

Related: Cincinnati Zoo’s premature baby hippo gaining weight, showing personality

Fiona, who now weighs almost 50 pounds, was born on Jan. 24 and is the first Nile hippo born at the zoo in 75 years.