Posts tagged with "New York Post"

Giving as good as he gets: Chimpanzee throws dropped sandal back to zoo visitor

May 21, 2024

The Rise of the Planet of the Apes might not be far off: A chimpanzee at a China zoo has proven that we’re, indeed, quite alike by tossing a lost shoe that had fallen into his enclosure back to its human owner, reports the New York Post.

A guest had dropped the sandal in the primate’s paddock at the Shendiao Mountain Wildlife Park in Weihai City, Shandong Province, Newsflare first reported.

Upon noticing the misplaced footwear, a 14-year-old chimp named Dong Dong began to play with it. Distressed, the shoe’s owner implored one of the park’s staff for help.

That’s when the unthinkable happened: In a video clip, Dong Dong can be seen clutching the white footwear, which resembled a Croc, in his mouth like a chew toy as guests chuckled and marveled at the silly spectacle.

All of a sudden, the gruff voice of the keeper could be heard commanding the primate to return the shoe “quickly.” Quick as a flash, the simian samaritan tossed the sandal up with his hand, prompting onlookers to cry out in astonishment.

According to the keeper, Dong Dong is super intelligent and has returned lost items to visitors in the past.

This isn’t the first time that a chimp—our closest living relative alongside the promiscuous bonobo—has tossed something back at a zoo-goer.

In a less amicable incident last year, a man tossed a water bottle at a chimp at a Chinese zoo, only to have the animal hurl the item back into the crowd, nailing a girl in the face.

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Study: Do you love your really loud car? Chances are you’re a psychopath!

May 3, 2024

Ever get cut off by a boisterously souped-up car and call the driver a psycho? You may have been right, new research claims, reports the New York Post.

Miffed by a seemingly-growing number of modified mufflers and beefed-up engines wreaking aural havoc on the road, one put-upon psychology professor couldn’t help but wonder: “Who really wants to make this kind of noise?”

“Every day we come across these loud cars and pickup trucks and motorcycles that are backfiring and I get startled,” Julie Aitken Schermer of Western University in London, Ontario told the Canadian Broadcasting Company, adding, “My dog [gets] startled. I see the animals run away that are in the trees and squirrels on the ground.”

 What Schermer found can be acutely summarized in the title of her pioneering 2023 report: “A desire for a loud car with a modified muffler is predicted by being a man and higher scores on psychopathy and sadism.”

She interviewed and administered personality tests to 529 young people—a majority of them men—about noisy cars, muffler mods, and if driving one made them feel “cool.”

The findings were like an after-market chrome tailpipe to the face: “We found that it was sadism and psychopathy predicting who wants to modify their mufflers, who feels more connected to their vehicle, and they think loud cars are really cool,” she said.

“It seems to be this callous disregard for other people’s feelings and their reactions. That’s the psychopathy coming out and it’s also they probably get a kick out of enjoying watching people get startled,” she explained.

In New York City, these vehicles make so much of a public and quality of life disturbance, that an exhausted-from-exhaust local government is launching specialized noise cameras to crack down on inconsiderate drivers.

Schermer admitted that not all loud car lovers share traits with a very dangerous sect of criminals. Plenty do, however.

“The personality profile I found with loud mufflers are also the same personality profile of people who illegally commit arson,” she said.

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Sweet surprise: Chocolate could help with weight loss and prevent Alzheimer’s

April 3, 2024

Chocolate lovers, rejoice! The sweet treat is good for your health in more ways than one, reports the New York Post.

A chemical found in chocolate called theobromine has many benefits for the body and the brain, according to a study conducted by Zhengzhou University in China published this month in the Journal of Functional Foods.

The researchers found that the chemical, found in cocoa beans, is anti-inflammatory and high in antioxidants—and can protect the brain from Alzheimer’s. Scientists also say that theobromine can counter the impact of high cholesterol levels on memory and cognitive function.

Whaat’s more, theobromine can cross the blood-brain barrier to potentially boost brain function as well as mood and fight against depression.

“Theobromine has demonstrated neuroprotective properties, the ability to prevent neuronal damage, and enhancements in motor memory and cognitive regulatory functions,” the study authors wrote. 

“Given its low incidence of side effects and minimal harm to the human body at appropriate doses, theobromine and its derivatives show promise as effective agents for preventing brain-related disorders, presenting significant prospects in the medical field,” they continued.

And , while it may seem counterintuitive, eating chocolate could also help you lose weight because theobromine helps the body break down fats.

“In a study by Dan Wei, et al., the effects of theobromine on an non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD)-affected mouse model were examined—revealing that theobromine led to reductions in body weight, liver weight, and improvements in liver morphology,” they explained.

Theobromine protects the kidney and could inhibit the formation of kidney stones.

Eating chocolate could even boost your immune system thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties, scientists said.

“Inflammation is a multifaceted process that engages white blood cells and the release of chemicals into the bloodstream or affected tissues to combat foreign invaders,” they explained.

“Theobromine demonstrates anti-inflammatory effects on diverse cell types, including macrophages and chondrocytes.”

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FDA might consider ban on chemical in decaf coffee over cancer concerns

April 1, 2024

Decaf lovers may get a jolt when they read this. The FDA might consider banning a chemical in decaf coffee, used by major chains including Starbucks and Dunkin’ Donuts because it has been linked to cancer, reports the New York Post.

This is the most commonly used decaffeinated coffee—made by a process known as European Method Decaf, Food Navigator has reported.

However, banning this method “would unjustifiably deny decaffeinated coffee drinkers access to a safe product associated with decreased risk of multiple cancers and other health benefits,” the National Coffee Association (NCA) warned in a press release on Friday, March 29.

The chemical, called methylene chloride, binds to caffeine and removes it from the beans. The Environmental Defense Fund started the petition to ban the chemical; and the FDA is currently considering it and is expected to have a response in 90 days. 

Campaigners said that, since the chemical is linked to cancer in rats, it goes against a 1958 ruling called the Delaney Clause, which says additives should be banned if they potentially cause cancer in animals. The Clean Label Project (CLP) also is lobbying California’s state assembly to ban methylene chloride.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed to ban “most uses” of the chemical in 2023 due to health concerns, but its regulated use in foods is still under the FDA’s Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act.

While some are against the ban, there are several studies to suggest the chemical poses a potential risk, The Daily Mail reports. A 1986 study found that rodents exposed to methylene chloride in the air developed tumors in their lungs and livers.

In 2016, the EPA said studies on animals revealed exposure to the chemical caused tumors in the breasts.

Studies on humans exposed to the chemical also found a cancer link. A 2013 study of 3,000 adults, who were exposed to the chemical while developing film, had a higher risk of getting blood cancer. Another study conducted in 2011 found a link between exposure and getting brain and liver cancer.

The ban would impact the 10% of American adults—roughly 28 million people—who drink decaf daily, according to the National Coffee Association (NCA).

The NCA says the health benefits of drinking decaf outweigh the risks. “The overwhelming weight of scientific evidence shows that drinking European Method decaf—like all coffee—is associated with significant health benefits, including longer lives and reduced risk of multiple cancers and chronic diseases,” the association comments on its website.

Alternative decaf coffee methods exist, such as the Swiss method, which is when coffee beans are washed using steam—although, this method is said to be expensive and less effective.

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First human with Neuralink brain chip can play video game by ‘telepathy’

March 22, 2024

On March 20, the first human to have a Neuralink computer chip surgically implanted in his brain demonstrated how he uses his thoughts to move a computer cursor around a screen to play online chess and toggle a music stream on and off, reports the New York Post.

Noland Arbaugh, a 29-year-old man who is paralyzed from the shoulders down due to a diving accident eight years ago, joined a livestream alongside a Neuralink engineer on X to show the public how the brain-computer interface tech works.

“It’s all being done with my brain. If y’all can see the cursor moving around the screen, that’s all me, y’all,” he said while the livestream showed his cursor moving across an online chess game. “It’s pretty cool, huh?”

The chip contains 1,000 electrodes—programmed to gather data about the brain’s neural activity and movement intention and send that data to a Neuralink computer for decoding to transform the thoughts into action.

Arbaugh explained that he simply imagines the cursor moving where he wants it to go and it does.

“Basically, it was like using the Force on the cursor and I could get it to move wherever I wanted. Just stare somewhere on the screen and it would move where I wanted it to, which was such a wild experience the first time it happened,” he said, referencing Star Wars.

The quadriplegic became the first human test subject of the chip developed by the Elon Musk-owned company when a robot surgeon plugged the implant into his brain at the end of January.

He said the surgery was “super easy” and he was released from the hospital a day later with no cognitive impairments since.

“It’s crazy, it really is. It’s so cool. I’m so friggin’ lucky to be a part of this,” he said. “Every day it seems like we’re learning new stuff and I just can’t describe how cool it is to be able to do this.”

Before receiving the chip, Arbaugh would need another person’s help to play online chess and video games like Civilization VI. “Now I can literally just lie in bed and play to my heart’s content,” he said—at least until the battery of his rechargeable chip dies.

The brief, nine-minute video stream posted on Neuralink’s X account is the closest look the human tech startup has shared with the public. The company, founded in 2016, has mostly kept information about its technology and human trials under wraps—prompting calls for greater transparency.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration greenlit human trials of the brain chip last year after the company did hundreds of tests on animals—and faced backlash from animal rights groups in the process.

Neuralink has not disclosed how many people will be enrolled in the six-year trial or where the trials will be held. It also has not registered its study on a government website logging medical trials involving human test subjects, according to Wired.

For his part, Arbaugh said, he signed on to try the implant because he “wanted to be a part of something that I feel like it’s going to change the world.”

But he admitted that being the first-ever human to get the chip implanted in his brain has not come without its challenges, without elaborating.

“It’s not perfect. I would say that we have run into some issues,” he told those watching the livestream. “I don’t want people to think that this is the end of the journey. There’s a lot of work to be done. But it has already changed my life.”

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Sports Illustrated print edition lives on after Authentic Brands awards license to Minute Media

March 19, 2024

Sports Illustrated’s print edition will survive: On Monday, March 18, Authentic Brands Group reportedly agreed to a deal with Minute Media—ending a months-long feud with former publisher Arena Group, which had threatened to stop printing the iconic magazine if it weren’t awarded the license, reports the New York Post.

Minute Media—the New York-based digital sports media brand whose holdings include The Players’ Tribune and Fansided—will sell a stake in the company to Jamie Salter-owned Authentic as part of the ten-year deal, according to The New York Times.

Asaf Peled, the CEO of Minute Media, guaranteed that fans of the magazine, which set the standard for sports journalism since being founded in 1954, will still be able to find it on newsstands.

“In the current era of digital, it’s still not trivial and quite difficult to build your own brand and get people to know and admire it,” Peled told the Times. “So, once you get the opportunity to work with and grow an iconic brand like Sports Illustrated, you take it.”

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The deal between Minute Media and Authentic Brands—which bought SI for $110 million from Meredith five years ago—includes an option to extend the agreement for up to 30 years total, the Times reported.

Peled also told the Times that his company plans to expand SI’s coverage globally and to rehire some of the staffers that were slated to be fired by Arena.

Minute Media will begin running SI and its website this week, Peled said.

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America’s 100 most obese cities revealed—and the top ten have something in common

March 18, 2024

A new report has determined that America’s ten most overweight cities are bottom-heavy—located entirely in the South, that is, reports the New York Post.

Researchers from WalletHub analyzed obesity statistics nationwide42% of Americans struggle with their weight—along with additional factors like health consciousness and diet to create the findings, which determined the country’s 100 most obese locales.

A small city on the southern tip of Texas near Mexico, has been ranked the most obese in the United States, followed by nine other southerly burgs (see below):

  1.  McAllen, Texas
  2. Jackson, Mississippi
  3. Shreveport, Louisiana
  4. Mobile, Alabama
  5. Little Rock, Arkansas
  6. Knoxville, Tennessee
  7. Memphis, Tennessee
  8. Lafayette, Louisiana
  9. Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  10. Chattanooga, Tennessee

The first entries on the list from the Northeast were Scranton, Pennsylvania, at 44; Providence, Rhode Island, at 47; and Hartford, Connecticut, at 56. Meanwhile,

New York City, wound up in the latter half of the rundown, coming in at 88.

In the New England states, New Haven ,Connecticut, landed at 68; while Springfield, Massachusetts, and Portland, Maine, were 73 and 75, respectively. Bridgeport, Connecticut, ranked 80th; with Worcester, Massachusetts, following close by at 86.

As for major cities nationwide, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, was 13; New Orleans, Louisiana, 17; Dallas, Texas, 25; Detroit, Michigan, 34; Cincinnati and Cleveland, Ohio, 42 and 46, respectively; and Charlotte, North Carolina, closed out the top 50.

Major metros that dot the list’s latter half include Las Vegas, Nevada, at 57; Baltimore, Maryland at 63; Los Angeles, 74; Washington, D.C., 82; Chicago, 84; and Boston, 98;

As far as dieting and exercise are concerned, residents may not be as heedless in Seattle: The Pacific Northwest outpost eked out the last-place finish at 100.

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NYC mom’s best life: ‘My house managers do the grunt work so I can enjoy my family’

March 15, 2024

It takes a village to raise a family. And mom Izzy Anaya of Manhattan’s Upper West Side is anything but short on support, reports the New York Post.

Rather than becoming burdened by the daily demands of juggling her three homes, her two sons, and a lifestyle content creation career, the unflappable mama simply delegates the more menial must-dos to her staff of hired helping hands—and it’s more than just housekeeping.

I have two house [managers] who do everything like take my kids to after-school activities, grocery shop, cook dinner, open my Amazon boxes, fold laundry, and stand in line at the post office for me,” Anaya, 44, told the Post of her round-the-clock personal assistants, Phoebe, 23, and Sean, 29. 

“I run my house,” the stay-at-home wife of a well-to-do businessman insisted. “But having them on call 24/7 to take care of the minutia makes my life less stressful.”

Overworked and overwhelmed mothers like her are saying so long to stress and hello to house managers “for the sake of their sanities.”

It’s a trendy new form of a domestic helper, which sees the once-distinct roles of housekeeper, nanny, and gofer combined into a singular post held by one dutiful doer.

Nearly 23,000 men and women work as do-all aids for families in need nationwide, per Zippia, an online recruitment service. But the experts found that house managers are in the highest demand in New York City.

Christel Hyden, founder of Marigold Life Works—a personal assistant and house management service in northern New Jersey and New York City—says she and her staff of 12 are happy to take big and small tasks off of a busy mommy’s plates.

“Literally anything that our clients don’t want to do, don’t have time to do, or need a friend’s help, we’re there,” Hyden, 49, a single mom of two teens, told the Post.

In October 2021, she ditched a full-time career in public health to launch the neighborly endeavor. For $28 an hour, Hyden and her team handle duties such as dog-sitting, babysitting, house-sitting, supermarket runs, housekeeping and the occasional kid birthday party drop-off. 

“I know what it’s like to have little kids, work, be enrolled in graduate school — moms can’t always do it all and they need a little extra help,” she said. “And I’m glad to provide people with the support I would have wanted when my kids were younger.”

Anaya told the Post that her support staff—Sean, whom she hired via Care.com, and Phoebe, who joined the job through a family reference, both in September 2021—minimize her hustle and bustle of Big Apple parenting.

My sons, Simon and Maximilian, are 9 and don’t need a nanny because they can take care of themselves,” she said. “But when it comes to getting them up, dressed, fed and out the door for a birthday party or a sports activity, having Sean take care of those things has been amazing.

“While he’s running around with the boys, Phoebe’s taking care of the little errands for me like food shopping, closet organizing — literally everything,” added Anaya.

She pays her accommodating aides around $30 an hour, and typically calls for their services between one to three days in a given week.“I couldn’t live without them,” said Anaya. “They have 100% helped me avoid mom burnout.”

And maintaining good mental health is crucial to the well-being of any mother and child. “Parenting is a complex, stressful activity that is highly susceptible to parenting burnout,” warned study authors of a February report from Shandong University in China. “Parental burnout can not only give rise to suicidal and escape ideations, but also may lead to external problems such as substance and behavioral addictions and sleep disorders.”

Researchers went on to note that kids of overtaxed moms and dads experience increased levels of anxiety and loneliness, aggressive behavior, and depression. Parental burnout can also exacerbate spousal conflict, causing one or both partners to feel less satisfied in a marriage, per the findings.

Onyi Azih, 36, a married mother of two from Houston, Texasfelt like she was “drowning” as a wife, mom and full-time health care professional in the months after the pandemic.

“I was the main breadwinner because my husband lost his job during COVID. I was taking care of the kids, squeezing in everyday tasks for myself, the family, and our house,” Azih, a psychiatric physician assistant, told The Post. “I have ADHD, so that made things even more difficult.

“My mental health was struggling, I was constantly nagging my husband and I wasn’t as present for my kids as I wanted to be,” she said.

Nearing her wits’ end in late 2022, Azih turned to local Facebook mommy groups to find house manager Kayla, 24, who’s delightfully lightened her daily load.

“My anxiety has reduced and I’m not as high-strung since hiring her,” said Azih, who pays Kayla $25 an hour for sporadically helping out in a given week.

“My husband and I can do date nights; I’m at peace knowing the laundry is done, food is in the fridge and that makeup brushes have been cleaned because of Kayla,” she explained.

“I don’t feel like I’m drowning anymore.”

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80% of Americans test positive for chemical in Cheerios, Quaker Oats linked to infertility, delayed puberty

February 16, 2024

Four out of five Americans are being exposed to a little-known chemical found in popular oat-based foods—including Cheerios and Quaker Oats—that is linked to reduced fertility, altered fetal growth, and delayed puberty, reports the New York Post.

The Environmental Working Group has published a study in the Journal of Exposure Science & Environmental Epidemiology that found a staggering 80% of Americans tested positive for a harmful pesticide called chlormequat.

The “highly toxic agricultural chemical” is federally allowed to be used on oats and other grains imported to the United States, according to the EWG. When applied to oat and grain crops, chlormequat alters a plant’s growth—preventing it from bending over and thus making it easier to harvest.

Just as troubling, we detected the chemical in 92% of oat-based foods purchased in May 2023, including Quaker Oats and Cheerios,” the nonprofit organization said in a report published alongside the group’s findings.

General Mills, which makes Cheerios; and PepsiCo, which makes Quaker Oats, didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment.

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Forget apples! This fruit can improve your mental health in just four days

February 13, 2024

How do you like them apples? An apple is no longer the preferred fruit for deterring doctor’s visits: New Zealand scientists have found that eating kiwi fruit can boost a person’s mood in as little as four days, reports the New York Post.

According to findings of a study published in the British Journal of Nutrition, these mental health-enhancing effects are can be attributed to the fact that kiwis are loaded with vitamin C, which is known to improve mood and vitality, among other benefits.

“It’s great for people to know that small changes in their diet, like adding kiwi fruit, could make a difference in how they feel every day,  study co-author Tamlin Conner, who teaches psychology at the University of Otago said in a statement.

To test the fruit’s alleged mood-boosting effects, the team of “Kiwis” conducted a diet experiment with155 adults who had deficient levels of vitamin C. Every day for eight weeks, participants were either given either a placebo—a 250 mg vitamin C supplement—or two kiwis, and then asked to report on their vitality, mood, sleep quality, and physical activity.

The kiwi group reportedly experienced vitality and mood enhancements in just four days with effects, peaking at around 14-16 days.

“Our participants had relatively good mental health to begin with, so had little room for improvement—but still reported the benefits of kiwi fruit or vitamin C interventions,” said lead author Dr. Ben Fletcher, who conducted the research as part of his Ph.D. at Otago.

Scientists chalked up these mental health benefits to the kiwi’s aforementioned high vitamin C content. Interestingly, participants were administered the SunGold variety of kiwi—which is yellow rather than green inside—and reportedly boasts three times as much vitamin C as oranges and strawberries, as judged on an edible flesh-weight basis.

Fletcher said that, ultimately, the results demonstrate how “what we eat can have a relatively fast impact on how we feel.

“We encourage a holistic approach to nutrition and well-being, incorporating various nutrient-rich foods into your diet,” the scientist added.

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