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September 1, 2008 | Rahul K. Parikh, Special to The Times
Recently, one of my colleagues, a pediatric gastroenterologist, told me about a teenage boy who had come to see him because of severe stomach pain he'd had for about two months. The boy had been referred by his primary care doctor, who had evaluated him for several possible causes, including infections and ulcers. That doctor had also recommended or prescribed a variety of medications to relieve the pain, but to no avail. The specialist performed an endoscopy, in which a camera is inserted into a patient's esophagus and down into the stomach and upper part of the small intestine.
February 10, 2014 | By Deborah Netburn
Our kids may be consuming more caffeine than we realize. A new study finds that 73% of children and young adults in the United States have caffeine in their systems on any given day. Over the last 10 years, the overall percentage of children and young adults aged 2 to 22 who ingest caffeine has stayed the same, but the way they get that caffeine has changed, according to a study published Monday in the journal Pediatrics. Among kids, soda consumption is down, and coffee consumption is up. In 2000, 62% of young caffeine consumers got their caffeine jolt through soda.
February 8, 2010
Is having a bad habit ever a good thing? It kind of can be if your aim is to lower your blood pressure, since one way to do that is to reduce your alcohol consumption significantly. It's a winning strategy -- but only, of course, if you were drinking a lot in the first place. Many studies have documented the link between alcohol and blood pressure. A 2001 review of 15 alcohol-reduction trials with 2,234 participants concluded that cutting back on alcohol led to reductions in systolic and diastolic blood pressures.
January 13, 2014 | By Deborah Netburn
If you have trouble remembering where you parked the car, you might consider making a double shot espresso part of your daily routine. A new study in the journal Nature Neuroscience suggests that the same amount of caffeine you'd find in a grande latte can enhance long-term memory in humans. "We report for the first time a specific effect of caffeine on reducing forgetting over 24 hours," Michael Yassa, a professor of brain science who recently moved his lab from Johns Hopkins University to UC Irvine, said in a statement.  To test how caffeine effects memory in the human brain, researchers at Yassa's lab at Johns Hopkins recruited 60 people who have a relatively low daily caffeine intake.
February 20, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu
AeroShot Pure Energy, the inhalable caffeine product that went on sale last month, will be investigated by Food and Drug Administration officials concerned about whether it's safe for consumers. Breathable Foods, the company that makes the powder and the yellow and gray canisters it's delivered in, said in a statement that AeroShot is “a safe, effective product that complies with FDA regulations.” The buzzy item is being sold in convenience stores and other retailers in Massachusetts, New York and France as a $2.99 dietary supplement - a classification that the FDA also will investigate.
September 26, 2011 | By Melissa Healy, Los Angeles Times/For the Booster Shots Blog
Compared with uncaffeinated women, those who drank the equivalent of four or more cups of coffee a day are more likely to drink alcohol and smoke cigarettes and less likely to volunteer their time in church or community groups. But a new study finds that well-caffeinated women have a key health advantage over their more abstemious sisters: they're less likely to become depressed. In the back-and-forth world of research on caffeine's effects, the latest study suggests that women who get several jolts of java a day may do more than get a quick boost: their mental health may see sustained improvement even as the physical stresses of aging accumulate.
July 29, 2011 | By Jeannine Stein, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
Some people can't start the day without a cup of coffee, knowing that the caffeine will see them through at least a few hours. Learn about the pros and cons of this popular stimulant in a live Web chat with registered dietitian Ruth Frechman Monday, Aug. 1 at 11 a.m. PDT (1 p.m. CT, 2 p.m. ET). Frechman is a spokeswoman for the American Dietetic Assn. and the founder of "On the Weigh," a nutrition consulting business in Burbank. Considering the number of people we see chugging coffee at the gym, we wondered whether it was OK to have a caffeinated beverage just before a workout.
November 17, 2010 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times
Caffeinated alcoholic beverage manufacturers received official word Wednesday from the Food and Drug Administration that caffeine added to their products is considered an "unsafe food additive. " The FDA sent warning letters to four companies, including the makers of popular fruit-flavored alcoholic drinks Four Loko, Joose and Max.  "FDA does not find support for the claim that the addition of caffeine to these alcoholic beverages is 'generally recognized as safe,' which is the legal standard,” Dr. Joshua M. Sharfstein, principal deputy commissioner said in a statement.
December 5, 2005 | From Times wire reports
Brain scans confirm what many coffee drinkers already know: Caffeine perks them up. The caffeine found in coffee, tea, soft drinks and chocolate stimulates areas of the brain that govern short-term memory and attention, Austrian researchers said Wednesday at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America.
March 7, 2013 | By Amina Khan, Los Angeles Times
Think coffee's just the drug of choice for humans looking to stay alert? Scientists have some eye-opening news for you: Bees get a buzz when they drink nectar laced with a little caffeine, and it supercharges their long-term memory. In laboratory experiments, honeybees were roughly three times as likely to remember a floral scent a day later if the nectar had a minuscule amount of the stimulant than if it was caffeine free. They were also twice as likely to remember a caffeine-laced scent a full three days later.
November 20, 2013 | By Karen Kaplan, This post has been corrected, as indicated below.
The next time you take a coffee break, you might want to consider a triple espresso. The extra caffeine may reduce your risk of dying from cardiovascular disease. A study presented Wednesday at the American Heart Assn.'s Scientific Sessions meeting offers new evidence that coffee boosts the function of small blood vessels in people who are already healthy. Researchers in Japan recruited 27 young adults in their 20s to participate in the study. None of them were regular coffee drinkers, but they agreed to consume two 5-ounce cups of joe for the sake of science.
November 10, 2013 | By Angela Frucci
Welcome to the wild, wild East Bay, where coffee roasters smell the trends but don't follow them. In Oakland, you'll find a diversity of places, from taprooms such as Modern Coffee, which uses beans from several roasters, to minimalist independents such as Subrosa, which uses beans from a single roaster, San Francisco's Four Barrel. And, yes, you can have your ubiquitous Oakland-based Blue Bottle if you must. Or get your beloved Sightglass coffee precision-made at CRO Café in Temescal Alley.
July 8, 2013 | By Betty Hallock
You're a coffee fiend keeping track of every new specialty coffee shop that opens in L.A.? With one new cafe opening after another, it's not so easy anymore. But it is a lot easier to come across a great brewed coffee or perfect pull of espresso, whether in south Santa Monica or North Hollywood, Westside or East L.A. The steady stream of new-wave coffee that began several years ago has turned into an espresso-fueled torrent. One of the newest is Go Get Em Tiger on Larchmont, from the team behind G&B Coffee, which only just opened last month in downtown's Grand Central Market.
May 26, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu, Los Angeles Times
Tea expert David DeCandia has spent his entire 17-year career in the shadow of coffee. At his employer, Los Angeles beverage chain Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, coffee comes first in the company name. It also takes up most of the company's processing facility in Camarillo and brings in 90% of the revenue. But more Americans are complaining that their coffee buzz feels like a hangover, citing concerns about over-caffeination and high prices. DeCandia is reading the tea leaves - and seeing a cultural shift toward his brew of choice.
May 7, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu
San Francisco City Atty. Dennis Herrera has sued Monster Beverage Corp., accusing the company of pitching highly caffeinated drinks to minors as young as 6 years old. The lawsuit, filed Monday in San Francisco Superior Court, is the latest twist in a battle between Herrera and the Corona company about the caffeine content of Monster energy drinks and how the beverages are marketed. Herrera's move followed Monster's opening salvo April 29, when the company sued Herrera in federal court in Riverside, alleging that he was singling out the beverage maker and threatening to block sales of its drinks in their current form.
May 6, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu
San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera is lashing back at Monster Beverage Corp. with his own lawsuit a week after being sued by the Corona energy drink maker. The root of the legal barbs: Herrera's attempts to curb caffeine content in Monster products and his efforts to limit the company's marketing overtures to children. On Monday, Herrera's office filed a complaint in San Francisco Superior Court and also accused Monster in a statement of pitching highly caffeinated drinks to minors as young as 6 years old. Herrera accused the company of flouting scientific findings that the elevated blood pressure, brain seizures and severe cardiac arrest linked to such products can cause “significant morbidity in adolescents.” The lawsuit comes amid a “months-long investigation” into Monster's marketing and sales practices, according to Herrera, who also said he had been “working with Monster in good faith to negotiate voluntary changes” when the company unexpectedly took the issue to court.
October 16, 2001 | Associated Press
Inger Miller, a former world champion at 200 meters, tested positive for caffeine during the 1999 world indoor championships and will be stripped of her bronze medal. The failed drug test for high levels of caffeine had not been disclosed previously by USA Track and Field, the sport's domestic governing body. USATF said it upheld a February ruling of its appeals board. The International Assn. of Athletic Federations said Miller's letter of explanation in January 2000 was insufficient.
March 13, 1989 | From Times staff and wire service reports
Warnings about the potential harmful effects of caffeine on people who suffer from heart disease often are based largely on "anecdote and folklore," a study said last week. In a study published in Archives of Internal Medicine, Dr. Thomas Graboys of Harvard School of Public Health found no evidence that a modest dose of caffeine causes heart rhythm disturbances, "even among patients with known life-threatening arrhythmia."
May 4, 2013 | By Wes Venteicher, Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON - The presence of caffeine in gum, jelly beans, waffles and other foods has prompted the Food and Drug Administration to investigate the stimulant's potential effects on children and adolescents. The FDA's announcement comes a few weeks after gum maker Wrigley introduced its Alert Energy Caffeine Gum. Each piece of the gum contains about as much caffeine as a half-cup of coffee, according to a consumer update that the FDA posted on its website Friday. The update provided more information on an investigation the FDA announced earlier this week.
March 21, 2013 | By David Lazarus
Sure, you can order up a tall, no-foam, low-fat, soy-chai latte at Starbucks. Or you can have a cup of Death Wish Coffee. The brew bills itself as "the world's strongest coffee," and it certainly delivers a caffeine kick in the teeth. Your basic, run-of-the-mill, have-some-quiche cup of coffee contains about 320 milligrams of caffeine, according to the American Beverage Assn. A 16-ounce shot of Death Wish hits you with roughly 660 milligrams. As the company's website so eloquently puts it: "Death Wish Coffee is the most highly caffeinated premium dark roast organic coffee in the world.
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