More than 10 percent of emergency room visits involving energy drinks result in hospitalization

More than 10 percent of emergency room visits by people age 12 or older for problems involving energy drinks are serious enough to result in hospitalization, the federal government warned this week. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration said that 20,783 people visited emergency rooms in 2011 for difficulties involving the high-caffeine drinks,Continue reading “More than 10 percent of emergency room visits involving energy drinks result in hospitalization”

Wake Up And Smell The Caffeine. It’s A Powerful Drug

Many of us can barely make it through the morning without first downing a cup of hot coffee. It’s become such a big part of our daily rituals that few actually give much thought to what it is that we’re putting in our bodies. To help us break down the little-known things about caffeine, NPR’sContinue reading “Wake Up And Smell The Caffeine. It’s A Powerful Drug”

Dr. David Nutt trying to make drug policies science-based, and to provide a safe alternative to alcohol

Nutt says politicians often have a “primitive, childish” way of thinking about drugs. David Nutt is trying to develop a new recreational drug that he hopes will be taken up by millions of people around the world. No, the 62-year-old scientist isn’t “breaking bad.” In fact, he hopes to do good. His drug would beContinue reading “Dr. David Nutt trying to make drug policies science-based, and to provide a safe alternative to alcohol”

The brain’s natural valium

Hitting the wall in the middle of a busy work day is nothing unusual, and a caffeine jolt is all it takes to snap most of us back into action. But people with certain sleep disorders battle a powerful urge to doze throughout the day, even after sleeping 10 hours or more at night. ForContinue reading “The brain’s natural valium”

23 Year Old British Man Dies from Caffeine Overdose

A 23-year-old British man died from what the coroner said was a dangerous dose of caffeine, according to British media reports. Information from the coroner’s inquest revealed that Michael Lee Bedford ingested two spoonfuls of pure caffeine powder that he washed down with an energy drink. Coroner Dr. Nigel Chapman said the dose Bedford consumedContinue reading “23 Year Old British Man Dies from Caffeine Overdose”

Hearing Voices With Caffeine

Scholars at Australia’s La Trobe University just released a study showing a correlation between caffeine intake and auditory hallucinations. In layman’s terms: Lots of coffee might make you more likely to hear things that aren’t there. read about it here:  http://www.salon.com/news/feature/2011/06/08/coffee_hallucinations and here is the study:  http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S019188691000591X Summing up the results from the experiment, ProfessorContinue reading “Hearing Voices With Caffeine”