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A new survey from the NPD group which tracks the American publics’ eating and drinking trends, found that young adults (18-24 years old) are in increasing numbers consuming coffee rather than soda to get their energy buzz. Although coffee has health benefits, it can be disruptive to one’s sleep cycles. When did you become aware of the negative aspects of soda consumption? Has your coffee consumption been affecting your sleeping pattern?
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The Food and Drug Administration confirmed that it has received 13 reports of death over the last 4 years possibly associated with the 5-Hour Energy drink. Since 2009, the drink has been mentioned in 90 reports filed to the FDA. Reports associated with other energy drinks have also been filed. According to Consumer Reports, each 2-ounce bottle of 5-Hour Energy contains 215mg of caffeine, while an eight-ounce cup of coffee contains about 100 to 150 milligrams of caffeine. How often do you consume energy drinks? Will the increase in these serious reports decrease your use?
Yesterday, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) began investigating reports of five deaths that may be associated with “Monster” energy drinks. A 12 oz can of the energy drink contains 105 mg of caffeine, while a 12 oz can of Coca-Cola contains 35 mg. Monster Beverage Corporation is being sued by the family of a 14 year old Maryland girl, who died after drinking two cans of the energy drink in a 24 hour period. How often do you consume energy drinks? What are some safer alternatives to energy drinks?
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Coffee consumption inversely linked to aggressive forms of prostate cancer. How do you often counsel patients regarding use of caffeine?
Although evidence suggests that higher coffee consumption has been associated with a reduced risk of aggressive prostate cancer, evidence of the link between coffee and the risk of overall prostate cancer has been inconclusive. The results of this newly published prospective cohort study support the inverse link between higher coffee consumption and risk of aggressive prostate cancer, but not overall risk. How often do you counsel patients regarding use of caffeine?
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