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Like Coffee? You May Be Genetically Wired That Way

Posted 3 days ago by Drugs.com

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 13 days ago by Drugs.com

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 16 days ago by Drugs.com

-- 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 ...

Don't Want Rosacea? Drinking Coffee Might Help

Posted 18 Oct 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 17, 2018 – Contrary to popular belief, new research suggests that drinking coffee might be a good prescription for avoiding the unsightly skin condition known as rosacea. The finding is based on an analysis of rosacea risk and dietary habits among nearly 83,000 women who were enrolled in a national nurses' study between 1991 and 2005. And it appears to challenge longstanding ...

AHA: Is Coffee Good for You?

Posted 28 Sep 2018 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Sept. 28, 2018 (American Heart Association) – At just a couple of calories a cup, good old black coffee packs quite a punch. It wakes you up, boosts your metabolic rate and decreases the risk of some diseases. Not that habitual coffee drinkers need convincing, but evidence of its health benefits stacks up quickly: It gives you energy and may help you lose weight and sharpen your mental ...

Coffee May Have Another Perk for Kidney Patients

Posted 14 Sep 2018 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Sept. 14, 2018 – Could that morning cup of joe bring a health boost to people battling kidney disease? According to new research involving nearly 5,000 people with chronic kidney disease, a hike in daily caffeine intake appeared to lower their odds of an early death. The benefit remained "even after considering other important factors such as age, gender, race, smoking, other diseases ...

Surgeons Recommend Fewer Opioid Pills After Nose Jobs

Posted 6 Sep 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Sept. 6, 2018 – Many patients who have nose surgery use far fewer opioid painkillers than they're given, evidence that doctors are overprescribing the highly addictive drugs, a new study suggests. For the study, researchers reviewed 173 nose surgery (rhinoplasty) cases performed at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. Of those, 168 patients were prescribed opioids (such as OxyContin) ...

Caffeine Not a Dieter's Friend

Posted 31 Jul 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, July 31, 2018 – If you're trying to control your weight, don't look to caffeine for help. Caffeine is not an effective appetite suppressant or weight-loss aid, researchers report in a small, new study. The study involved 50 healthy adults, aged 18 to 50. The researchers found that after the volunteers drank some juice with a small amount of caffeine added (equivalent to caffeine in ...

Health Tip: Understanding Caffeine

Posted 25 Jul 2018 by Drugs.com

-- Many people won't start the day without a cup of coffee. Caffeine, the stimulant found in coffee, isn't harmful for most people who drink 400 milligrams (mg) or less each day, the U.S. National Library of Medicine says. The average 8 oz. cup of coffee contains 95 to 200 mg of caffeine, while a 12-ounce energy drink contains 70 to 100 mg. If you're pregnant, breast-feeding or have conditions ...

Can Coffee Extend Your Life?

Posted 2 Jul 2018 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, July 2, 2018 – Having a morning cup of java – and another and another – might prolong your life, a new study suggests. In fact, drinking lots of coffee was associated with a lower risk of early death, including among people who downed eight or more cups per day. And it's not the caffeine. To reap the benefit, it doesn't matter if your coffee is decaf or instant or caffeinated, the ...

Coffee May Do Your Liver Good

Posted 11 Jun 2018 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, June 11, 2018 – More good news for coffee lovers: Having three or more cups of "joe" each day may help ward off serious liver ailments, new research suggests. The 26-year study of more than 14,000 Americans couldn't prove cause and effect. However, participants who drank three-plus cups of coffee a day were 21 percent less likely to find themselves hospitalized with liver-related ...

Non-Opioids Often Underused After Back Surgery

Posted 8 May 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, May 8, 2018 – Spine and joint surgery patients aren't taking advantage of common pain relievers like Tylenol or Motrin during their recovery, researchers say. Instead, many are given opioids, such as oxycodone (OxyContin) or hydrocodone (Vicodin). These highly addictive narcotics are potentially deadly when abused. The United States is currently grappling with an ongoing opioid ...

Health Tip: Avoid Concentrated Caffeine

Posted 30 Apr 2018 by Drugs.com

-- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration warns against taking pure or highly concentrated caffeine products, citing at least two overdose deaths among otherwise healthy people. Given possible difficulty in measuring the products in a safe dose, and the products' resemblence to other beverages, it's relatively easy to overdose, the agency says. One teaspoon of pure powdered caffeine may contain as ...

Take the Ouch Out of Bee Stings

Posted 29 Apr 2018 by Drugs.com

SUNDAY, April 29, 2018 – With summer comes the stings of bees and wasps, but one expert has advice on how to keep the pain to a minimum. "The first thing to do is to get the stinger out quickly," said Dr. Carrie Kovarik. She's an associate professor of dermatology, dermatopathology and infectious diseases at the University of Pennsylvania. "The longer the stinger stays in the skin, the more ...

Advil Plus Tylenol Better Than Opioids for Dental Pain

Posted 25 Apr 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, April 25, 2018 – Over-the-counter ibuprofen and acetaminophen provide better relief for dental pain than prescription opioids and are less likely to cause side effects, researchers say. "What we know is that prescribing narcotics should be a last resort," said study co-author Anita Aminoshariae, an associate professor at Case Western Reserve University's School of Dental Medicine, in ...

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