<h1>5-Hour Energy Drinks Cited in 13 Deaths</h1>
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By <a href=”http://abcnews.go.com/author/jim_avila” rel=”author”>JIM AVILA</a> (<a href=”https://twitter.com/#%21/JimAvilaABC” target=”_blank”>@JimAvilaABC</a>)
Nov. 15, 2012
The federal government and the New York Attorney General’s office are investigating after the Food and Drug Administration received claims that the drink 5-Hour Energy may have led to 13 deaths and 33 hospitalizations over the past four years.
The popular energy shot – which comes in 2 oz. packages and packs a powerful caffeine punch, equal to two cups of coffee — led the way in this new and growing energy drink segment over the past eight years. Now government officials are investigating whether the product, made by Michigan-based Living Essentials, does much more.
“If someone is to use multiple cans, now is when we start to see some of the side effects,” Dr. Sean Patrick Nord, USC Director of the Section of Toxicology, told ABC News. “You’re getting astronomical amounts, 30 to 40 cups of coffee.”
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<h2>Study links energy drinks to troops’ lost sleep</h2>
<div>By <a href=”mailto:[email protected]?subject=Question%20from%20MarineCorpsTimes.com.com%20reader”>Patricia Kime</a> – Staff writer</div>
<div><a href=”http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/news/2012/11/military-energy-drinks-lost-sleep-1101012w/” target=”_blank”>Marine Corps Times</a>
Posted : Saturday Nov 10, 2012 9:36:19 EST</div>
<form id=”hidden”></form>Troops are losing sleep on the battlefield — and energy drinks could be to blame.
A new study of nearly 1,000 combat troops deployed to Afghanistan in 2010 showed that those who drank three or more energy drinks a day, about 14 percent of the group, were more likely to get less than four hours of sleep a night and more likely to say they suffered poor sleep or nodded off during briefings or guard duty.
But whether troops are slamming energy drinks to stay awake, or the drinks actually are causing their sleepless nights, is unknown.
According to the study, conducted by the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, 44.9 percent of the 988 Army and Marine combat platoon members surveyed said they consumed at least one energy drink a day — much higher than consumption in the U.S. teen and young adult population overall, with a rate of 6 percent.
And a smaller group, 13.9 percent, said they drank three or more energy drinks, including energy shots, per day. Of that group, 38 percent said they got between three and four hours of sleep a day.
Fighting troops tend to get less sleep than their garrison counterparts by the very nature of their jobs. But getting fewer than four hours of shut-eye a night is low even for a combat environment, the study authors noted.
About half of the service members polled said they got five hours of sleep or fewer per day.
Previous studies have shown that drinking 200 milligrams of caffeine can improve cognitive performance, but in large quantities, caffeine may have negative effects, including difficulty with sleep. Sleeplessness and disrupted sleep also are known to affect work productivity.
It also could contribute to mental health problems and poor overall health.
“This study suggests that high levels of energy drink consumption might indirectly impair performance in a military setting,” they wrote. The results are “similar to results found in a civilian study in which caffeine use caused an increase in nocturnal worry and sleeplessness.”
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