14 Feb '11, 6am

Pediatrics report details risks from energy drinks: CHICAGO - ENERGY drinks are under-studied, overused and can

CHICAGO - ENERGY drinks are under-studied, overused and can be dangerous for children and teens, warns a report by doctors who say kids shouldn't use the popular products. The potential harms, caused mostly by too much caffeine or similar ingredients, include heart palpitations, seizures, strokes and even sudden death, the authors write in the medical journal Pediatrics. They reviewed data from the government and interest groups, scientific literature, case reports and articles in popular and trade media. Dakota Sailor, 18, a high school senior in Carl Junction, Missouri, says risks linked with energy drinks aren't just hype. Sailor had a seizure and was hospitalised for five days last year after drinking two large energy drinks - a brand he'd never tried before. He said his doctor thinks caffeine or caffeine-like ingredients may have been to blame. The report says some ca...

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