Posts Tagged 'Red Bull'

AMA supports energy drink ban for minors

The American Medical Association has announced its willingness to support a ban on marketing energy drinks to people under the age of 18, Reuters reports.

The report quotes an AMA board member as saying that the “massive and excessive amounts of caffeine” in the drinks may be associated with a number of health issues in young people, including heart problems.

In October, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced that it was ...

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Study says energy drinks may be harmful to heart

Researchers who reviewed seven different studies say that consuming energy drinks may have a harmful effect on heart rhythm and blood pressure.

A Fox News report notes that the findings come as regulators, lawmakers and physicians are increasingly concerned about the promotion and consumption of the highly caffeinated beverages.

The researchers analyzed studies that looked at various heart measures following consumption of one to three energy drinks, and reported slightly elevated blood pressure, ...

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Chicago city council considers energy drink ban

A story on NBC 5 out of Chicago says the city council plans to hear testimony about a possible blanket ban on energy drinks within the city limits.

According to the story, Alderman Ed Burke has proposed prohibiting the sale and distribution of some of the highly caffeinated drinks over health concerns, citing FDA data that links at least five deaths since 2009 to Monster Energy drinks.

The report quotes Burke as saying: “Kids are drinking more and more of them. And ...

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Doctor says energy drinks are really drugs

In a column in USA Today, physician Kevin Pho, M.D., warns about the health hazards of high-caffeine energy drinks.

“Perhaps most effective would be to stop seeing energy drinks as beverages, and instead view them as liquid stimulant drugs,” Pho writes. “Because that’s what they really are.”

He cites a recent survey by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, which reported more than 20,000 emergency room visits involving energy drinks in 2011. That’s double the number from 2007.

And last year, ...

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Study: Emergency room visits from energy drinks doubled

The federal government estimates that from 2007 to 2011, the number of emergency room visits related to highly caffeinated “energy drinks” has doubled – rising from about 10,000 to more than 20,000.

According to a story in USA Today, most of the cases involved teens or young adults.

Those numbers were released as part of a survey of hospitals throughout the United States, released by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The report calls energy drink consumption a “rising public ...

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FDA may bring in outside experts on energy drinks

The Food and Drug Administration may consult outside experts to assist in a study of potential health hazards from highly caffeinated energy drinks, the New York Times reports.

The agency mentioned the possibility in a letter to Senator Richard J. Durbin of Illinois and Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, both of whom have called for more federal oversight of the drinks. The FDA had previously announced its intention to investigate the products, but the letter is the first public mention of ...

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