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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

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

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

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

Makers of Monster energy drink speak out against wrongful death lawsuit

The makers of Monster energy drink went on the defensive this week, saying there was “no medical or scientific evidence” to support claims that its drinks contributed to the death of a 14-year-old Maryland girl. The girl’s family filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Corona energy drink maker when their daughter died from cardiac arrest due to caffeine toxicity after consuming two 24-ounce cans of Monster beverages within a 24-hour period. Monster is the top selling energy drink in the United States, and is packed with 240 milligrams of caffeine, or the equivalent of 7 12-ounce cans of Coca-Cola. The lawsuit ... Read More

Family sues Monster energy drink maker over daughter’s cardiac arrest

The family of a 14-year-old girl is suing Monster Beverage Company, alleging the company’s energy drink caused her death. The news comes on the heels of a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) investigation into reports of five deaths that may be linked to the Monster beverages. Monster is the top-selling energy drink in the United States, and is packed with 240 milligrams of caffeine, or the equivalent of 7 12-ounce cans of Coca-Cola. A company spokesperson says Monster is unaware of any fatalities that were caused by its drinks. The deceased girl whose family filed the lawsuit had a heart ... Read More

Energy drinks linked to high blood pressure, heart disturbances

Energy drinks, such as Red Bull and Monster Energy, have become a popular alternative to sodas with their promise to give consumers a caffeinated boost of energy. But a new study shows that the drinks may deliver more than consumers bargain for, including potentially serious health risks such as  increased blood pressure, heart palpitations and arrhythmias, anxiety, and insomnia. Polish researchers asked 18 healthy individuals ages 20-35 to consume one of two energy drinks. One drink contained 120 milligrams of caffeine, and the other contained 360 milligrams of caffeine. For comparison, an 8-ounce of brewed coffee has between 100 and 200 ... Read More