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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

Energy drinks blamed for teen’s death

David Allen Cripe was a model student. The 16-year-old stayed away from drugs and alcohol. He had no reason to believe consuming caffeinated drinks was bad for him. But on April 26, after chugging a latte, a Mountain Dew, and an energy drink not long before walking into art class at his high school, he dropped to his knees and started complaining that he felt lightheaded. When he fell unconscious, he was rushed to the hospital. Within hours, he was dead. The coroner who conducted an autopsy on the boy didn’t understand what could have happened to this otherwise active and healthy teenager, ... Read More

Study Detects Links Between Energy Drinks And Traumatic Brain Injury

A Canadian study surveying thousands of Ontario students has found that energy drink consumption is linked to increased risk of traumatic brain injury (TBI). Researchers from St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto, Ontario, reached the conclusion after surveying more than 10,000 Ontario students ages 11 to 20. Among other questions, the survey asked respondents about their energy drink consumption and whether they had ever experienced a traumatic brain injury. The study, published Sept. 16 in the journal PLOS ONE, defined TBI as any blow to the head that left the respondent unconscious for five minutes or required an overnight stay in ... 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

Lawsuit alleges Monster energy drink killed Kansas City man

A Kansas City woman has filed a lawsuit against Monster Energy Drink alleging the beverage caused her husband’s death. Heather Felts said her husband Shane drank a Monster beverage a day for two weeks to help boost his energy level. On June 24, 2012, they had dinner together and went to bed. At about 2 a.m., Heather says she awoke to a “thump” and found her husband on the bathroom floor. They rushed him to the hospital but it was too late. Shane was dead. Heather claims that Monster Energy Drinks markets itself as a dietary supplement, but it is ... 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

ADHD drugs send thousands of young adults to Emergency Rooms each year

Ritalin, Adderall, and other drugs to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) sent nearly 23,000 young adults to the emergency room in 2011, more than four times the amount in 2005, according to a new study by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The medications involved in the study include Ritalin, Adderall, Strattera, Vyvanse, and their generic equivalents. The study also included caffeine pills and energy drinks, as well as cases of alcohol use in combination with stimulants. The study focused on young adults between 18 and 35 years of age, but the greatest rise in stimulant ... Read More

New study shows energy drinks can raise blood pressure, cause abnormal heart rhythm

A new study shows that energy drinks, such as Red Bull, Monster, and 5-Hour Energy, may increase blood pressure and cause erratic heartbeat. The new study is an analysis of seven previous studies, and was presented this week at the American Heart Association meeting in New Orleans. The data showed that high energy drinks disturb the heart’s rhythm which, over time, may raise blood pressure and cause an irregular heartbeat, which can be deadly. Energy drinks are not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Caffeinated drinks, such as sodas, can have as much as 71 milligrams of caffeine per 12 ounces, ... Read More