Caffeine Gives Cells Boost Needed to Create New Tissues

By adding caffeine to egg cells, scientists have finally succeeded in using cloning to create human embryonic stem cells, a step toward creating replacement tissue to treat diseases. Researchers at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, in a study led by Dr. Shoukhrat Mitalipov and reported in the journal Cell,  created embryonic stem cells using somatic cell […]

Caffeine Boosts Driver Safety

Long-haul truck drivers who use coffee and other caffeine sources are significantly less likely to have an accident than drivers who don’t indulge in caffeine. Australian researchers looked at data on over 500 truck drivers who were recently involved in a crash, comparing them another group of over 500 truck drivers who had not had […]

ABC News Plays False with Caffeine

Do you assume you can rely on network television news to learn reliable information about your health?  At least when it comes to ABC News “Good Morning America,” this assumption is unfortunately unjustified! Caffeine and Deaths and Adverse Health Effects The ABC News Report: According to a recent ABC News report, the FDA announced that a Monster […]

Everything Old Is New Again: Caffeine as a Potent Pain-Killer

  Caffeine is a potent pain-killer.  However, in addition to reducing pain on its own, caffeine in even low doses has been shown to magnify the pain killing power of aspirin, acetaminophen, and ibuprophen and even of narcotic analgesics.  Decades ago, caffeine was commonly combined with aspirin, in over-the-counter pharmaceuticals such as Anacin, and with narcotic pain killers, […]

Caffeine Helps Weight Loss — Coffee Doesn't!

According to a new study from the University of Southern Queensland, caffeine, consumed as a pill or as a powder mixed with water or juice, may help people to reduce weight, but the caffeine delivered in the matrix of coffee won’t. Researchers found that rats kept on a high calorie diet lost weight after being given caffeine.  However, no weight […]

Holiday Cheer: The FDA Agrees — No Worries over Caffeine in "Energy Drinks"!

As a professor at Temple University and an expert on caffeine, I have often faced questions from my students about current issues relating to caffeine. One matter that has arisen lately is a concern over so-called “energy drinks,” that is, soft drinks that are usually carbonated and that contain more caffeine than traditional caffeinated sodas. […]

The Caffeine Cure: Study Confirms Caffeine Cuts Oral Cancer Mortality in Half!

A new study from the American Cancer Society, published online in the American Journal of Epidemiology, found an inverse relationship between caffeinated coffee intake and oral/pharyngeal cancer mortality. People who drank more than four cups of caffeinated coffee per day were about half as likely to die from these cancers than people who didn’t drink caffeinated coffee. […]

Looking Good with Caffeine!

“It is better to look good than to feel good,” Fernando Lamas said on The Tonight Show in the disco days of the 1980’s, a line made even more famous by Billy Crystal, who repeated the quip on Saturday Night Live. Fortunately, with caffeine, you don’t have to make that choice.  We all know that caffeine makes you […]

A Better Work Day: Using Caffeine on the Job

Cooks and servers, scientists, sales representatives, nurses, writers and editors, executives, teachers, and engineers were some of the workers who say they work better after drinking coffee, according to a new national survey commissioned by Dunkin’ Donuts and CareerBuilder. In a national survey of over 4,000 people, nearly 50 percent said that their job performance suffers […]