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.
September 1, 2008 |
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.
July 29, 2011 |
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 |
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.
March 7, 2013 |
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.
December 5, 2005 |
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.