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Military's Coffee Alternative: Shocks to the Brain?

Air Force testing electric stimulation for drone operators

(Newser) - When you're spending hours tracking the activity of spy drones, it can be hard to stay alert, even if you've got Red Bull. Now, the military is testing a caffeine alternative, and it involves the unlikely tactic of shocking drone operators' brains, the Boston Globe reports. The results... More »

You May Well Have 'Caffeine Use Disorder'

Researchers say health concern needs more attention

(Newser) - You're probably aware of health concerns tied to coffee—but you may not know that your dependence could amount to a diagnosable problem. In a recent study, researchers find that Caffeine Use Disorder may be more of a problem than many doctors realize. "There is misconception among professionals... More »

Energy Drinks Change Your Heartbeat

Not a problem, says energy drink maker

(Newser) - Downing energy drinks packed with caffeine actually causes your heart to pump more forcefully, according to researchers who are pretty sure that isn't a good thing. The heart researchers, who were trying to determine why the drinks are linked to tens of thousands of emergency room visits annually, gave... More »

New Way to Get a Caffeine Jolt: Spray It On

Startup trying to sell sprayable version

(Newser) - If you like energy drinks but hate the drinking part, then Harvard undergrad Ben Yu and venture capitalist Deven Soni have a product for you. The two are trying to launch a product called "Sprayable Energy," that, you guessed it, gives you a jolt of caffeine straight through... More »

DSM's Latest Mental Disorder: Caffeine Withdrawal

Must have 3 of 5 symptoms, according to DSM-5

(Newser) - If you've ever gone a day without caffeine and felt like you were going insane, well, you may not have been far off. The American Psychiatric Association has added caffeine withdrawal to the latest version of its Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. To be officially diagnosed, you... More »

Energy Drinks' Secret Ingredients Don't Work

It's just caffeine, study concludes

(Newser) - There is exactly one ingredient in energy drinks that actually perks you up, a new study suggests: good old caffeine. None of the other ingredients that supposedly give the drinks an edge actually improve alertness, researchers concluded. They gave participants water, water with caffeine, and 5-Hour Energy, and had them... More »

Coming Soon: Caffeine-Infused ...Toothbrush?

Colgate applies for chemical-releasing brush patent

(Newser) - Who needs a morning coffee when your toothbrush releases a dose of caffeine? Colgate has applied for a patent on a brush that could do just that. The application describes "a toothbrush that releases a chemical into the mouth during use," but it won't stop at caffeine,... More »

Wrigley Yanks Caffeinated Gum

It will wait on 'Alert' until FDA finishes regulations

(Newser) - Sorry, caffeine junkies, but you'll have to keep getting your energy boosts the old-fashioned way, because Wrigley is putting its Alert caffeinated gum on hold. The FDA raised concerns about caffeine increasingly popping up in weird things like gum and jelly beans, and a Wrigley exec says in a... More »

FDA's New Target: Caffeine Lurking in Your Chips, Gum

Officials fear effects on kids

(Newser) - Gum, jelly beans, trail mix, and potato chips: Added caffeine is popping up everywhere these days, "beyond anything FDA envisioned," says an official, who adds that the FDA only once offered specific consent for added caffeine in a food—for colas in the 1950s. Now, the agency has... More »

Green Tea, Coffee Reduce Stroke Risk

And with green tea, the more the better: study

(Newser) - Good news for caffeine addicts: Green tea and coffee both apparently help reduce the risk of suffering a stroke, reports NPR . A new study of more than 82,000 adults in Japan found that for coffee drinkers, just one cup a day lowers the chances of a stroke 20%. And... More »

Wrigley to Debut Caffeinated Chewing Gum

It will come with a warning label to discourage kids

(Newser) - Energy drinks are old news, friend; the folks of tomorrow will be chewing on energy gum. Or at least, Wrigley hopes so. Next month, the company will begin selling Alert Energy Caffeine Gum, the Wall Street Journal reports. The packaging boasts that every hexagon-shaped piece of Alert contains about half... More »

Experts: Yeah, Red Bull Won't 'Give You Wings'

Little evidence backs up energy drink claims

(Newser) - Bad news, energy drink addicts: There's little actual proof that Red Bull will "give you wings" or that Monster Energy is a "killer energy brew." The wildly popular beverages—they make up the fastest-growing portion of the drink industry—are, when it comes down to it,... More »

Coming Soon: Caffeinated Cracker Jacks

Called Cracker Jack'd, of course

(Newser) - Because the world needs one more caffeinated product: The maker of Cracker Jacks will be rolling out a Cracker Jack'd line that includes two varieties with coffee as an ingredient, reports Advertising Age . Each 2-ounce serving will have 70mg of caffeine, which is in the ballpark (on the low... More »

5-Hour Energy Mentioned in 13 Deaths

FDA filings follow similar reports on Monster Energy

(Newser) - Over the past four years, 13 death reports filed with the FDA have mentioned 5-Hour Energy as a possible factor, reports the New York Times in a review of FDA records. The caffeine shot has appeared in 90 FDA filings during the period, more than 30 of which were tied... More »

Ancient 'Black Drink' Surprises Archeologists

Beverage suggests America had trade network

(Newser) - It turns out our ancestors liked their caffeine buzz, too. Archeologists studying the ancient city Cahokia have located what they believe is evidence of a likely sacred beverage known as "black drink," which European settlers exploring the southeast US in the 1600s described in writing. What's surprising... More »

Found in Pacific Waters Off Oregon: Caffeine

Scientists see it as evidence of little-noticed human pollution

(Newser) - Be careful if you go to the beach in the Pacific Northwest; you might get a buzz. Samples of Pacific Ocean water taken off the coast of Oregon reveal surprising levels of caffeine, according to a new study spotted by National Geographic . And no, it didn't get there naturally.... More »

Starbucks Touts Energy Drink 'Breakthrough'

New Starbucks Refreshers to hit stores tomorrow

(Newser) - Need a gentle pick-me-up for that 3pm slump? Starbucks says its new line of energy drinks, due out in company stores tomorrow, offers a safe energy boost with just a fraction of the caffeine found in coffee, Huffington Post reports. The so-called Starbucks Refreshers will come in three formats: ready... More »

Now You Can Make Your Espresso in the Car

$200 Handpresso Auto likely headed to US soon

(Newser) - Busy caffeine-lovers, rejoice. You can now save time by brewing espresso while... cruising the highway. The Handpresso Auto, available only in France for the moment, plugs into a car's cigarette lighter and delivers up a steaming cup of espresso. All you have to do is add water and insert... More »

Caffeine Takes Toll on Morning People's Sleep

But the slumber of night owls isn't affected

(Newser) - Morning person? You might want to go easy on the coffee. A new study suggests that caffeine intake during the day is more likely to disrupt a morning person's sleep than a night owl's. Researchers had 50 college students track their caffeine intake and sleep patterns for a... More »

Kim, Khloe to Be Sued Over 'Unsafe' Diet Product?

Kardashians may face class action lawsuit over QuickTrim

(Newser) - Kim and Khloe Kardashian have been hawking diet product QuickTrim for a while now , but it may not actually work—or be safe. A law firm representing one unhappy QuickTrim user is reaching out to others, and is reportedly prepping a class action lawsuit against the Kardashians, the New York ... More »

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