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Coffee Might Be Your Go-to Brew for Weight Loss

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MONDAY, June 24, 2019 – Could America's favorite morning drink also help fight one of its biggest health issues, obesity? That's the suggestion from a British study that finds coffee stimulates the human body's "brown fat," a heat-generating form of fat that literally burns calories in a process called thermogenesis. "This is the first study in humans to show that something like a cup...

Caffeine, Nicotine Withdrawal Can Cause Problems in the ICU: Study

Posted 4 Jun 2019 by

TUESDAY, June 4, 2019 – Sudden withdrawal from coffee and cigarettes can trigger symptoms that mimic serious disease, leading to unnecessary tests in hospital intensive care units, a new review concludes. "Nicotine and caffeine are some of the most commonly used and highly addictive substances in modern society, but they are often overlooked as a potential source of significant withdrawal...

Even 25 Cups of Coffee a Day May Be OK for Your Arteries: Study

Posted 4 Jun 2019 by

MONDAY, June 3, 2019 – Coffee lovers can take comfort in a new finding that shows their caffeine habit won't hurt their arteries. In fact, British researchers said drinking a lot of coffee – even up to 25 cups a day – doesn't appear to make your arteries stiff. The investigators noted that reports on coffee have been conflicting and confusing, and they hope their study will put these reports...

Energy Drinks May Take a Toll on the Heart

Posted 29 May 2019 by

WEDNESDAY, May 29, 2019 – Here's more evidence that energy drinks like Red Bull and Monster are not risk-free. Researchers find they may boost blood pressure and the odds of electrical problems in the heart. And they say caffeine isn't the culprit. "Energy drinks are readily accessible and commonly consumed by a large number of teens and young adults, including college students. Understanding...

Love the Smell of a Cup o' Joe? Here's What That Reveals About You

Posted 18 May 2019 by

FRIDAY, May 17, 2019 – Java junkies can sniff out even tiny amounts of coffee, and the more they drink, the better they can smell it, British researchers say. It's a discovery with powerful implications for treating people addicted to substances with a distinct smell. "The higher the caffeine use, the quicker a person recognized the odor of coffee," said study leader Lorenzo Stafford. He is an...

Young Adults Flocking to Energy Drinks

Posted 1 May 2019 by

TUESDAY, April 30, 2019 – More young Americans than ever are turning to caffeinated energy drinks, and the trend is cause for concern, researchers say. In a new study, investigators found a significant increase in energy drink consumption among teens, and young and middle-aged adults over the past decade. Compared to people who didn't consume the beverages, those who did use energy drinks had...

Health Tip: When to Cut Down on Caffeine

Posted 5 Apr 2019 by

-- Millions of Americans rely on caffeine for a morning or afternoon energy boost. However, relying too much on caffeine can cause unpleasant side effects such as migraines, stomach aches and irritability, says Mayo Clinic. Signs you should curb caffeine use are: You drink more than four cups per day. You're losing sleep. You're taking medication. A safe amount of caffeine is usually under 400...

Coffee on Your Mind? Even Thinking About It 'Arouses' the Brain

Posted 1 Apr 2019 by

MONDAY, April 1, 2019 – Need a quick pick-me-up? Just thinking about a cup of joe can give you a mental boost, researchers say. "Coffee is one of the most popular beverages and a lot is known about its physical effects," said study co-author Sam Maglio, associate professor of management at the UNi. "Much less is known about its psychological meaning – in other words, how even seeing reminders...

Health Tip: Energy Drink Safety

Posted 10 Mar 2019 by

-- While energy drinks are promoted as products that increase energy and enhance performance, they also can put users at risk. From 2007 to 2011, energy-drink related emergency room visits doubled. Overconsumption of energy drinks can cause a host of issues, the U.S> National Institutes of Health says. The NIH warns that excessive consumption can result in: Sleep disturbances. Anxiety. Digestive...

How Much Coffee Is OK?

Posted 5 Mar 2019 by

TUESDAY, March 5, 2019 – It seems as though every day brings a new study on the merits – or the risks – of coffee. So what's the real scoop? If you like drinking coffee simply for the pleasure of it, Harvard University research has found that sipping up to six cups a day is probably safe. Remember: Those are 8-ounce cups with about 100 milligrams of caffeine and little added milk and...

Health Tip: Understanding Caffeine

Posted 31 Dec 2018 by

-- Caffeine in limited amounts is OK for most people, but too much of the stimulant can be dangerous to your health, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says. The FDA adds: Caffeine is found in many foods, including various beverages and dietary supplements. Coffees and teas labeled "decaffeinated" can actually contain 2 to 15 milligrams of caffeine in an 8-ounce cup. Pregnant women and people...

AHA: Use Energy Drinks When Cramming for Exams? Your Heart May Pay a Price

Posted 30 Nov 2018 by

FRIDAY, Nov. 30, 2018 (American Heart Association) – Final exams – and the ensuing all-night study sessions they cause – are looming large for many students across the country. But reaching for energy drinks to perk up those drooping eyelids and boost study performance could do more harm than good. Recent research shows just one energy drink can affect blood vessel function. And other studies hav...

Like Coffee? You May Be Genetically Wired That Way

Posted 15 Nov 2018 by

THURSDAY, Nov. 15, 2018 – Coffee's bitter taste shouldn't be a selling point. But a genetic variant explains why so many people love the brew, a new study suggests. Bitterness evolved as a natural warning system to protect people from harmful substances. That means they should want to spit out coffee, the researchers said. But their study of more than 400,000 people in the United Kingdom found...

A Single Energy Drink Might Harm Blood Vessels: Study

Posted 5 Nov 2018 by

MONDAY, Nov. 5, 2018 – Caffeine-laden energy drinks are popular, but they might make your blood vessels less efficient, a small study suggests. These drinks – sold as Monster and Red Bull, to name two – have been linked to heart, nerve and stomach problems, researchers say. "A lot of young kids use energy drinks when they exercise, a time when you need your arterial function to be at its top,"...

Health Tip: When Kids Drink Coffee

Posted 2 Nov 2018 by

-- Caffeine is a stimulant that is found naturally in some foods and is added to others. It can trigger a fast heartbeat, headache, digestive problems, high blood pressure, moodiness and insomnia, the National Safety Council says. Children may wind up feeling more of caffeine's effects than adults, since presumably kids don't consume as much and their bodies haven't built up as much of a...

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