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Study Reveals Just One Energy Drink Can Increase Risk Of Heart Attack And Stroke

Is it worth the risk?

Just one energy drink is enough to cause heart problems, experts have warned. Years of research have identified a variety of serious health risks associated with downing a couple of energy drinks, such as liver damage, increased blood pressure, tooth erosion and more.

Despite the warnings, energy drinks are still among the most commonly used dietary supplements in the United States. Now, new research to be presented at the American Heart Association’s summit in Chicago next week suggests consuming just one drink can lead to negative effects on blood vessel function.

Energy drinks like Red Bull and Monster Energy have been linked to stomach, nerve and heart problems in the past, but this study by the University of Texas is one of the first to shed light on the potential increased risk of heart attack and stroke.

Scientists led by Dr. John Higgins at the University of Texas in Houston said:

“As energy drinks are becoming more and more popular, it is important to study the effects of these drinks on those who frequently drink them and better determine what, if any, is a safe consumption pattern.”

For the study, scientists at the McGovern Medical School in Houston examined 44 nonsmoking young and healthy medical students in their 20s. They tested baseline endothelial function (or blood vessel function) and then tested it again 90 minutes after the participants consumed one 24-ounce energy drink. Endothelial function is a powerful indicator of cardiovascular risk.

The study then revealed that participants notably had diminished function soon after consuming a single regular 24 US oz can – equivalent to nearly three 250ml cans of Red Bull cans or one-and-a-half 500ml cans of Monster Energy.

Lead author of the study, Professor David Hammond, said:

“Most risk assessments to date have used coffee as a reference for estimating the health effects of energy drinks. However, it is clear these products pose a greater health risk.

The health effects from energy [drinks] could be due to different ingredients than coffee, or the ways in which they are consumed, including with alcohol or during physical activity.”


Wash Your Hands Before Touching Little Ones As Father Shares How He Almost Lost His Baby

Wash your hands before touching little ones.

Did you know that washing your hands can actually save lives? It's a simple habit that can do more than just cleaning your hands but also preventing the spread of pathogens or disease-causing microorganisms.

A father shared the story of how he almost lost his baby because of a viral infection, which was linked to the spread of germs by dirty hands. His baby acquired the Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) caused by viral meningitis.

The father shared how he learned the lesson the hard way, as his baby almost died due to the infection.


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Trust In Vaccines Dramatically Drop After Dengue Scandal In The Philippines

The health of a nation is important and must never be used as a political tool.

Dengue is a viral infection spread mainly by the bite of the Aedes aegypti mosquito, which is widespread around the Southern Hemisphere. Symptoms include fever, headache, and pain in joints and muscles. In some cases, symptoms can be more severe and lead to the victim’s death.

The potentially life-threatening tropical mosquito-borne disease infects nearly 400 million people per year, with 500,000 severe cases worldwide. The virus claimed a lot of lives in the Philippines, so when the Department of Health vaccinated 830,000 elementary schoolchildren with the world’s first vaccine against dengue called Dengvaxia in April 2016, the country made headlines around the world.


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Drooling when Asleep is Actually a Sign of Good Health

If you wake up with a pool of saliva or ugly drool stains on your night shirt, there’s really nothing to be ashamed of! If you don’t believe it yet, read on!

Drooling is normal - that is, if you are a teething baby. If you are drooling when you are sleeping, you have a positive case of sialorrhea. For most adults, however, it is but a shameful secret of the night. It is also an embarrassing proof of good sleep, or as you are bound to find out if you read on, good health.

People always get reminded to get a good night's sleep. Nobody gets reminded to find a good sleeping position or to avoid staining the sheets with ugly drool stains. Nevertheless, absolutely everyone is wary about drooling in their sleep, which makes nodding off in public extremely uncomfortable.

While drooling can be an annoying inconvenience especially when you share a bed with someone, it is indicative of many different things, a lot of which are surprisingly good. ...

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