Caffeination Nation

You know “extreme” caffeination has jumped the shark when you start to see products like this: Heck, there are even caffeinated toothpicks for afterwards (with B12 added, so they must be healthy[ish])! Among all such products, though, energy drinks reign supreme – and cause the most concern. As as we told you about last year, …

Where the Energy Comes From

Sometimes, an energy drink seems the perfect remedy for a draggy day. Heck, with all the caffeine and sugar, how could it not jolt your brain? And just how much is all that? A new Consumer Reports investigation takes a look. And some of its findings might jolt your brain, as well. Of the 27 …

News of Note: How Bad Can Sugary Drinks Be to Your Health?

  Even 1 Soda a Day Can Hike Your Diabetes Risk (US News & World Report) A study released today in the journal Diabetes Care found that people with a daily habit of just one or two sugar-sweetened beverages — anything from sodas and energy drinks to sweetened teas and vitamin water — were more …

No-Needle Dental Numbing Coming? & Other News of Note

Sniff of Local Anesthetic in the Dentist’s Chair Could Replace the Needle (PhysOrg) Modern dentistry has eliminated much of the “ouch!” from getting a shot of local anesthetic. Now a new discovery may replace the needle used to give local anesthetic in the dentist’s chair for many procedures. Scientists are reporting evidence that a common …

How to Brush Your Teeth

The conventional wisdom says that you should brush your teeth after meals or at least twice a day to avoid tooth decay. But it doesn’t follow that so long as you brush regularly, you’ll get no cavities. A number of other factors work together to determine this – things such as dietary habits and genetic …

Captain Obvious Returns – in the Adventure of the Eroding Teeth!

We’ve written before about the research on how sodas, energy drinks and other common beverages erode dental enamel, and linked to other stories on this currently popular topic. Most, if not all, recent studies on the issue have focused on the effects of such beverages: the damage they do and the way that they do …

Want to Keep Your Teeth Whole? Start by Sticking to Water and Tea

We’re not sure why the media release on a study published this past summer has just recently been distributed, but better late than never, we guess. The study looked at the effects of different beverages on tooth enamel, and was published in General Dentistry, the journal of the Academy of General Dentistry. While it’s been …

Quick Links: BPA, Energy Drinks, Mercury Fillings, Rethinking “Healthy Weight” & More

BPA Ban Under Consideration in California (NewsInferno) The Associated Press is reporting that in response to consumer concerns, California may be the first to implement statewide restrictions on Bisphenol A—BPA—an estrogen mimicking chemical that has been hotly debated in recent months over its presence in plastic baby bottles and infant formula cans. At least 11 …