By Jackie Burrell
Monday, February 14th, 2011 at 3:15 pm in Health & Safety.
Caffeine-riddled energy drinks may be dangerous for kids and teens, says a new study, published in the American pediatric journal, “Pediatrics,” and announced over the weekend.
The dangers? Heart palpitations, seizures, strokes and even death. There have been enough energy drink overdoses that the national Poison Control Center association began tracking cases last fall — and found 677 overdoses between October and December. They’re at 331 so far in 2011.
Some kids drink four or five of these drinks a day, even though a single can has four or five times the caffeine (or caffeine-equivalent, such as guarana) of a single cup of coffee. Scary stuff. The study urged pediatricians to caution their young patients. Read the rest of the story here.