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Tuesday, March 29, 2011


The AP (2/13) reported, "Energy drinks are under-studied, overused and can be dangerous for children and teens, warns a report by doctors who say kids shouldn't use the popular products. The potential harms, caused mostly by too much caffeine or similar ingredients, include heart palpitations, seizures, strokes and even sudden death," according to a study published in the journal Pediatrics, which "reviewed data from the government and interest groups, scientific literature, case reports and articles in popular and trade media." Notably, these findings come "amid a crackdown on energy drinks containing alcohol and caffeine, including recent Food and Drug Administration warning letters to manufacturers and bans in several states because of alcohol overdoses."

USA Today (2/14, Hellmich) reports, "Surveys show that 30% to 50% of teens and young adults consume energy drinks, but 'we didn't see evidence that drinks have beneficial effects in improving energy, weight loss, stamina, athletic performance and concentration,'" said study author Steven Lipshultz, chair of pediatrics at the University of Miami School of Medicine. "He encourages pediatricians and parents to talk to kids and teens about whether they should be drinking such beverages."

Posted by Steven Almany M.D.

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