Archive for the ‘caffeine’ Category

Caffeine use during pregnancy, low birth weight

July 30, 2009

Mothers who consume caffeine, whether in the form of coffee, tea, colas or various drugs, run the risk of delivering an infant with low birth weight. A study from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health reveals that caffeine may cause growth retardation. (American Journal of Epidemiology 126(5)813-21, 1987) Copyright 1987 Phylis Austin


Trigeminal neuralgia, caffeine

July 30, 2009

About 15,000 new patients each year develop trigeminal neuralgia, a severe burning or stabbing pain over the course of the trigeminal nerve, found on the side of the face. The pain may appear suddenly, persist for about a minute, then quickly subside. Chewing, smiling, talking or touching the face may induce the pain.

The cause is not understood, nor is treatment entirely satisfactory. Many patients are subjected to surgical procedures, which may lead to loss of motor control or facial sensation.

One 50 year old lady had marked decrease in her symptoms within two to three weeks after she began a low caffeine diet. Patients who suffer trigeminal neuralgia may benefit by eliminating caffeine from their diet. (Journal of the American Dietetic Association 91(9)1120-1121, September 1991) Copyright 1991 Phylis Austin

Children, caffeine withdrawal

July 26, 2009

Children who habitually consume large amounts of caffeinated soft drinks may suffer withdrawal symptoms if deprived of them. Symptoms may include slowed reaction times and reduced attention span. The researchers suggest that the best way to avoid this is not to allow children to have caffeinated beverages.

It is felt that 98 percent of American children consume caffeine at least once a week. (Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry 37:858-865, 1998)
Copyright 1998 Phylis A Austin

Migraine attacks, weekends

July 12, 2009

Many people report increased numbers of migraine headaches occurring over the weekend. A study from London suggests that these people may be suffering from caffeine-withdrawal migraines, as they consume less caffeine than during the week. (Cephalgia 12(2)99-100, April 1992)
Copyright 1992 Phylis A Austin