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Energy drinks cited as the cause of man’s brain bleed, strokes

Nick M. wants energy drinks to be banned after suffering a brain hemorrhage and three mini-strokes after consuming 25 cans of Monster and Red Bull in six hours. The U.K. man downed the energy drinks to keep him alert during a karaoke evening in a night club. But hours after the event, the 56-year-old man developed a severe headache so painful that he was rushed to the hospital where doctors diagnosed him with a brain bleed caused by caffeine overdose. During the week that followed his hospitalization, Nick suffered three mini-strokes. He now has difficulty speaking and pronouncing words. “It ... Read More

World’s strongest coffee may cause health issues for some

The world’s strongest coffee, called Black Insomnia, is now available for purchase through Amazon.com. Packing 1.7 times more caffeine than the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) daily recommended intake, the brew will not only wake you up, it may land you in the emergency room. Black Insomnia coffee was founded by Sean Kristafor last June. The coffee was first sold locally in cafes in Cape Town, South Africa. The coffee flew off the shelves, so Kristafor decided to take the product worldwide. He knew he had a niche. “If you want to stand out, you need to be the ‘est’ ... Read More

5-Hour Energy makers ordered to pay $4.3 million for misleading Washington consumers

President Donald Trump’s travel ban wasn’t the only issue Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson was fighting on behalf of the citizens of his state. The same week a three-judge panel with the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals refused to remove a Seattle judge’s restraining order on the ban – a virtual win for Ferguson – Washington’s King County Superior Court Judge Beth M. Andrus slapped the makers of 5-Hour Energy drink with nearly $4.3 million in penalties and attorneys’ fees in a case brought by Ferguson alleging the company’s ads were misleading Washington consumers. Ferguson brought the suit ... Read More

UAB case study links brain bleed to popular energy drink

Energy drinks like Monster, Rockstar and 5-Hour Energy continue to show up on the radar of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as the agency receives more evidence of illnesses and deaths in people who consumed the products. Now, a team of researchers with the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) provides more alarming evidence about the drinks. The researchers have presented the first case study of a patient experiencing a hemorrhagic stroke – or brain bleed – following the consumption of an energy drink. The study, published in the American Journal of Emergency Medicine, details the case of a 57-year-old ... Read More

New Monster energy drinks launched as consumer groups fight for warnings

Monster Beverage Corp., maker of the energy drink Monster, is expanding its product portfolio to include a 20-ounce carbonated soft drink called Mutant and a bottled water energy drink called Monster Hydro. Mutant is what its makers call a “super soda,” packed with 115 mg of caffeine per 20 oz. bottle, a tad higher than other beverages in the category like Mtn Dew. In fact, PepsiCo’s Mtn Dew, Diet Mtn Dew and Kickstart are the Mutant’s main targets, says Rodney Sacks, chairman and CEO of Monster. The company’s Hydro, a non-carbonated energy hydration drink, is expected to hit the market ... Read More

Consumers sue 5-Hour Energy makers alleging deceptive advertising

Makers of 5-Hour Energy shots deceptively marketed the dietary supplements by downplaying the excessive amount of caffeine they contain and overstating its effectiveness as an energy booster using phony clinical studies that mislead consumers into believing it is more effective than simply a caffeinated beverage, a group of consumers claim in a multidistrict lawsuit brought against the manufacturers of the drink. The lawsuit, which names 5-Hour Energy makers Ventures LLC, Living Essentials LLC, Manoj Bhargava and Bio Clinical Development Inc., calls for the companies to compensate consumers for the hundreds of products they repeatedly purchased through the years. Those suing ... Read More

Teens with TBIs more likely to have history of consuming energy drinks

Teenagers who had a traumatic brain injury (TBI) in the past year were also seven times more likely to admit to having at least five energy drinks in the previous week, according to a report published in PLOS ONE. The study involved surveys from 10,272 teens in grades 7 through 12. Researchers found that teens who suffered a TBI while playing team sports were twice as likely to have consumed energy drinks in the last year. These cases were compared to teenagers who suffered a TBI from fights, car accidents, or other injuries. Researchers say the link between energy drinks and TBIs is ... Read More

Researchers warn energy drinks are dangerous to children

Energy drinks such as Red Bull, Monster and 5-Hour Energy are not safe for children because kids 6 years old and younger have suffered seizures and heart problems after drinking the highly caffeinated drinks, a new study reveals. Researchers also warn that the drinks should be avoided by people with heart conditions because the effects could be dangerous. Researchers with Wayne State University in Detroit reviewed 5,156 calls to U.S. poison control centers from October 2010 to September 2013, focusing on ones involving energy drinks. The most common cause for the calls was because children accidentally drank an energy drink. ... Read More

Red Bull settlement among lawsuits against makers of energy drinks

Red Bull, which manufactures popular energy drinks, has agreed to pay $13 million to settle a false advertising lawsuit alleging that its product misled consumers into thinking consuming the product would increase performance and reaction speed. Under the agreement, anyone who bought a Red Bull energy drink between Jan. 1, 2002, and Oct. 3, 2014, will receive either $10 cash or $15 worth of Red Bull products. The lawsuit alleges that the company misled consumers with its slogan “Red Bull gives you wings,” but did not back up its energy-boosting claims with scientific evidence. Red Bull has denied wrongdoing. Consumers have until ... Read More

Wrongful death lawsuit filed against maker of Red Bull energy drink

Cory Terry was a regular drinker of Red Bull, a highly caffeinated energy drink. The 33-year-old father said the beverage perked him up. But one day in 2011, Cory guzzled down his last Red Bull before hitting the basketball court to play some ball. Forty-five minutes later, Cory dropped dead of a heart attack onto the court. It is unknown whether genetics or health factors such as an undiagnosed illness may have caused Cory’s premature death. His family contends he was a nonsmoker and stayed physically active. They are convinced that the Red Bull contributed to his death. Cory’s family filed ... Read More