IST News Dump Saturday

Happy Earth Day….hug a tree today.

The weekend begins and the world continues to turn….and it is up to me to give you all the news that was unfit for public consumption.

New sports are popping up everywhere….frizbee football, cornholing, teqball, and then there is pickleball.

Pickleball has gained popularity so much so that courts are expanding everywhere…..but there is a problem with the so-called popularity.

Invented in 1965 by three dads in the Northwest, pickleball has become increasingly popular in recent years. Some cities—like Denver, for example—are struggling to accommodate interest in the sport while also serving the needs of residents who want to play tennis or just enjoy a quiet night at home. Denver’s Channel 7 reported this week that the city’s parks department shut down courts at one park and decided against building new courts at another park, mainly because neighbors say the game is too noisy. This came after the nearby city of Centennial put a moratorium on new courts within 500 feet of a residence. Axios reports that Denver pickleball players aren’t the only enthusiasts struggling to find a place to smack balls around.

The outlet notes faceoffs between tennis players and pickleballers in various cities, including Atlanta and New York. USA Pickleball’s Carl Schmits conceded the sport can be loud enough to bother people who live near courts, but he also expressed suspicion that the tennis community is using noise as a tool to prevent building new courts. Still, pickleball is big in New York City, and a 14-court facility called “CityPickle at Wollman Rink” opened Friday in Central Park, per NBC New York, which has photos of the facilities.

CityPickle plans similar ventures in cities including Boston, Chicago, Philadelphia, DC, and Toronto, per Axios. Another sign of the sport’s popularity: Walmart just announced a venture in which it will pay for 125,000 court reservations around the nation for employees and customers, notes Insider. Sign-up is here. Meanwhile, the limitations mentioned in Centennial have caused quite a local controversy, and the Denver Post digs into that. “I will have constant … 10, 12, 16 hours a day of noise,” says one resident who lives near a park. “I will no longer be able to enjoy my deck. We moved to our neighborhood because it is peaceful, because it is quiet.”

Personally I see this ‘sport’ going by the way of once super popular racketball.

AS a dog lover I have often asked the same question….why do smaller dogs live longer than larger ones?

Scientists have for the first time explained why larger dogs have shorter lifespans than smaller dogs—selective breeding for size has made large breeds more susceptible to cancer.

University of Adelaide experts examined the causes of differences in and death in 164 dog breeds, ranging in size from chihuahuas to Great Danes.

“When we analyzed these data sets, we discovered that larger dogs were more likely to die from cancer at a younger age when compared with smaller dogs,” said Dr. Jack da Silva from the University of Adelaide’s School of Biological Sciences.

“Larger dogs didn’t necessarily age faster than the smaller breeds, but the research did show that as the breed’s average body weight increased, so did the rates of cancer.”

“We believe the relationship between a dog’s body size and their lifespan may be caused by an evolutionary lag in the body’s cancer defenses, which are unable to keep up with the rapid and recent of bigger dogs,” he said.

More dog news…..

For anyone who’s ever wondered why a bedside pizza-and-movie-dispensing gadget doesn’t exist, well, you’re apparently still out of luck. But your dog might be sitting pretty: As Axios reports, there’s a new AI-powered device that dispenses treats and “provides all day scheduled and on-demand engagement for your dog with games, behavioral programs, and training.” It’s called Companion, and per PR Newswire, it recently raised $6 million for a grand total of $14 million in capital, and it will start shipping next year.

  • What it does: Aside from the aforementioned, it looks for “sudden or subtle shifts in your dog’s movement or posture that can indicate pain, anxiety, or stress,” using “AI hardware, machine learning, and best-in-class positive reinforcement techniques,” per Companion. The “curriculum constantly adapts and adds new behavior, training, and health modules over the air as your dog learns.”
  • From the CEO: John Honchariw says this, per Axios: “We don’t leave our human children alone, but we do leave our fur children alone, and people are anxious about that. … We also want to give our dog something really enriching—and even better if it helps us have better communication with it.”
  • Honchariw on his own dog: “He loves it, and it’s his all-day play buddy. He eats 100% of his dog food through the device, so for him, it’s like the world’s most advanced food puzzle. And it really helped me because I know he’s doing things and having fun at the same time and learning all the basic obedience commands.”
  • Like the idea? It’ll set you back a bit with your wallet. The cost: $49 a month.

To help with the FYI….I give some health news.

First the rise in diabetes type-2……

The CDC expects to see a 700% increase in the number of young Americans diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes by 2060. It’s both a national and global problem and, according to new research, poor diet is largely to blame. Researchers from Tufts University created a model based on dietary data from 184 countries and found 70% of Type 2 diabetes diagnoses in 2018, some 14 million cases, could be tied to poor diet—well above the 40% figure previously offered, according to a release. They also found there were 8.6 million more diet-attributable cases in 2018 than in 1990, per CNN. They then looked at 11 dietary factors, ranging from intake of sugary beverages to intake of whole grains. They linked more than 60% of diet-attributable cases to excess intake of unhealthy foods and 39% to inadequate intake of good foods. But three factors stood out overall.

The largest impacts globally, especially for men, younger adults, and urban residents, came from overconsumption of refined rice, wheat, and potatoes, as well as red and processed meat, like bacon, sausage, and salami, per CNN. Insufficient intake of whole grains was another major factor. Consuming too many sugary drinks, including fruit juice, and not enough nuts, seeds, and nonstarchy vegetables were also contributing factors, though not to the same degree as the three foremost ones, per HealthDay News. “These new findings reveal critical areas for national and global focus to improve nutrition and reduce devastating burdens of diabetes,” says Dr. Dariush Mozaffarian of Tufts’ School of Nutrition Science and Policy, co-author of the study published Monday in Nature Medicine.

The greatest number of diet-attributable cases came from Central Asia and central and Eastern Europe, particularly Poland and Russia, where potatoes and red and processed meats make up a large part of diets. There were also high numbers of cases in Latin America and the Caribbean, particularly Colombia and Mexico, where sugary drinks and processed meat are widely consumed, but whole grains aren’t, researchers said. “Left unchecked and with incidence only projected to rise, Type 2 diabetes will continue to impact population health, economic productivity, [and] health care system capacity, and drive heath inequities worldwide,” says lead study author Meghan O’Hearn, a former PhD student at Tufts, per HealthDay.

Of course the older we get the longer we want to live….follow these rules and see…..(but before any drastic changes consult your medical professional)….

The study, published Monday, April 10, in Circulation, found people with higher scores for lived up to nine years longer on average than those with the lowest scores. The scores measure adherence to a set of lifestyle behaviors and developed by the American Heart Association known as Life’s Essential 8.

These measures encourage not using , being physically active, eating a , getting the right amount of sleep, managing weight and controlling , blood glucose and cholesterol levels. A prior study found adults with greater adherence to these metrics lived longer without chronic disease than those with lower scores.

Live Long And Prosper….

There is your weekend news dump…I hope you find info that helps….

Enjoy your Saturday….Be Well….Be Safe….


3 thoughts on “IST News Dump Saturday

  1. I think I will find a tree and chop it down and sell it as firewood … I am on the cust of being diabetic myself –I don’t smoke ever since the activists robbed me of the freedom to do so —I have already lived longer than any of my relatives — I do what I want because I do not trust so called medical professionals …with rare exceptions — I love all those things that are not good for me …and I am in great shape for the shape i’m in —I can still run rings around people much younger than myself — I love dogs but I cannot have one in my present circumstances …and yes, it helps a lot — thank you.

  2. Once again, the ‘medical experts’ are telling us what we already know.
    I have never even heard of ‘Pickleball’.
    Large dogs have been bred so badly, they have created awful medical issues. A lady near me owns a Great Dane. because of heart problems associated with the breed in modern times, the huge dog is not allowed any energetic exercise. The poor thing has to make do with walking around her small garden. And she keeps it on the lead, so it cannot get over-excited. Tragic.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    1. It is growing here so it will eventually make it across the ‘pond’…..MoMo is a large dog that needs more exercise than I can give her so we adopted Sara and her energy and MoMo get all the exercise they need. chuq

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