May 4, 2009 |
Loaded with caffeine and taurine to stimulate the central nervous system, energy drinks have become the go-to solution when you need a quick, energizing pick-me-up. But sometimes energy isn't what you need. Concentration and attention can start to fade in the face of those midafternoon doldrums and a host of distractions. Something to perk up the mind and enhance focus would do the trick. Some beverage manufacturers say they have just the solution.
March 23, 2009 |
"House" Fox, Feb. 23, 8 p.m. Episode: "The Softer Side." -- The premise Jackson, born with male and female DNA, has been brought up as a boy after his parents opted for surgical repair of his "ambiguous genitalia" shortly after birth. Now 13, he's recently begun receiving testosterone shots. After he collapses with abdominal pain while playing basketball, his parents urge Dr.
October 13, 2008 |
Energy drinks are the target of many complaints: too much sugar, too much caffeine and too many herbal extracts with dubious claims. Now, researchers say the drinks may lead to drug abuse. In a paper published online last month in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence, Roland Griffiths of Johns Hopkins' School of Medicine in Baltimore and his coauthors highlighted the risks of consuming too much caffeine via energy drinks, including caffeine toxicity and dependence.
October 7, 2008 |
Coca-Cola Co. agreed to distribute Hansen Natural Corp.'s Monster -- the bestselling energy drink in the U.S. -- in Europe, Canada and some U.S. states. Coca-Cola will expand Monster internationally and boost sales of the drink beyond the more than a quarter of the U.S. energy drink market Hansen already controls. The deal also widens Coca-Cola's lead over PepsiCo Inc. in energy drink sales.
October 5, 2008 |
Energy beverages can have 10 times the caffeine of soft drinks, or even more, prompting scientists at Johns Hopkins University to recommend that product labels list the content and warn about health risks. Energy drinks are sold as dietary supplements, and the Food and Drug Administration doesn't limit their caffeine content or require warnings. A typical 12-ounce soft drink contains about 35 milligrams of caffeine, while some energy drinks have as much as 500 milligrams, said the researchers in the journal Drugs and Alcohol Dependence.
September 20, 2008 |
MillerCoors is putting on hold its plans for a new caffeine-infused alcoholic energy drink pending a talk with the group of states that asked it this week to abandon the launch of Sparks Red. MillerCoors said in a statement Friday that it wouldn't go ahead with the launch of the drink, which had been scheduled for Oct. 1. On Wednesday, attorneys general from 25 states asked the company, a joint venture between SABMiller's U.S. unit and Molson Coors Brewing Co.
September 18, 2008 |
Twenty-five states asked beverage maker MillerCoors on Wednesday to abandon plans for a new caffeine-infused alcoholic energy drink. Connecticut Atty. Gen. Richard Blumenthal said in a statement that the Sparks Red drink was a "recipe for disaster" because adding caffeine to alcoholic beverages reduces drinkers' sense of intoxication. Blumenthal, California Atty. Gen.
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 14, 2008 |
The product: Judging from the slew of energy products taking up space in supermarkets and convenience stores, B vitamins have become the new go-to ingredients for a quick pick-me-up. A 2-ounce gulp of the popular liquid supplement 5-Hour Energy contains an astounding 8,333% of the recommended dietary allowance of vitamin B-12 and 2,000% of the RDA for vitamin B-6. (You'll get a mere 100% of the RDA for folic acid, also known as vitamin B-9.
June 27, 2008 |
Anheuser-Busch Cos. said Thursday that it would stop producing and distributing energy drinks that contained both alcohol and caffeine and often other stimulants. Attorneys general from California and 10 other states announced that the St. Louis-based company, the nation's largest brewer, would reformulate its Tilt and Bud Extra products.