Watch the Label: 5 Most Incredible Discoveries of the Week

Doctors say niacin in energy drinks gave man hepatitis
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 5, 2016 5:37 AM CDT
Watch the Label: 5 Most Incredible Discoveries of the Week
If you're downing lots of energy drinks, a case study out of Florida suggests you should watch the niacin.   (Getty)

(Newser) – A new development in the Amelia Earhart story and a warning for those who indulge in energy drinks were among the discoveries making headlines this week:

  • Amelia Earhart May Have Been Found 76 Years Ago: For 79 years, people have been searching for Amelia Earhart, but now researchers say she may have been found 76 years ago. The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery says bones found on the island of Nikumaroro in Kiribati in 1940, three years after her plane disappeared, could belong to Earhart. The proof isn't definitive, but a new analysis points in that direction. The phrase "virtually identical" is involved.
  • He Drank 4 or 5 Energy Drinks Daily. Then He Turned Yellow: For three weeks, a construction worker drank four or five energy drinks per day to help keep up with his intense workload. Then his body went haywire. In a bizarre case out of Florida, the 50-year-old man started gulping down energy drinks on the job but began vomiting after about three weeks. Soon, his skin turned yellow. Diagnosis: acute hepatitis blamed on a specific ingredient in his energy drink.

  • Rare Snake May Ease Your Pain One Day: Ibuprofen for your splitting headache, or venom from the "killer of killers"? Scientists say that poison from the blue coral snake, one of the rarest and deadliest snakes in the world, could provide effective pain relief for humans someday. The key is how its venom initially shocks the system.
  • Old California Earthquakes May Have Been Manmade: The Los Angeles Basin has the reputation of being a dangerous place when it comes to earthquakes, but a new study suggests that reputation might be overstated. Two scientists with the US Geological Survey looked at the region's biggest quakes between 1900 and 1935 and found that humans might be more to blame than natural fault lines. The reason? Oil production when the industry was in its Wild West phase.
  • Loneliness Could Betray Early Alzheimers: Scientists have discovered a link between the levels of plaque in the brains of otherwise healthy seniors and feelings of loneliness, and the connection is strong enough to suggest possible screening. The study doesn't prove cause-and-effect, but it hints at an elevated risk of Alzheimer's among healthy seniors who report feelings of loneliness.
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