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Drinking Coffee May Lengthen Your Life, New Study Finds

Drinking two to three cups of coffee a day appears to lower the risk of heart disease and boost longevity, researchers say.

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During Pregnancy, the Less Caffeine the Better: Expert

When it comes to pregnancy and caffeinated drinks, less is best, says an expert, warning women to avoid energy drinks in particular.

“Energy drinks contain varying amounts of caffeine, so check nutrition labels to understand how much caffeine and other ingredients they contain,” Dr. David Nel...

Is Coffee's Morning Jolt Mostly Placebo?

Coffee kickstarts many a sleepyhead's day, but a new study argues that it's not the caffeine alone that provides the morning wake-up.

People who took a basic caffeine pill did not experience the same sort of brain boost they did from sipping a cup of coffee, according to brain scans.

Caffeine alone does activate some regions of the brain associated with readiness to tackle tasks, th...

Drink Up: Coffee Won't Affect Your Heart Rhythms

A new study has some heartening news for coffee lovers: That morning cup is unlikely to make your heart skip a beat.

The study, published March 23 in the New England Journal of Medicine, found that drinking coffee does not seem to predispose healthy people to premature atrial contractions.

PACs are a normal occurrence for a healthy heart, but some people sense them as a "sk...

Smoking Plus Mental Illness Can Send Caffeine Intake Soaring

One group of Americans drinks more caffeinated beverages than all others.

That's people who smoke cigarettes and also have serious mental illness, including schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, according to new research.

While Americans overall are drinking more caffeinated beverages than ever, this group consumes the highest amount and also has the highest risk of negative health ...

Kicking the Coffee Habit But Scared of Withdrawal? Try Decaf

Researchers may have found a way for coffee-lovers to cut back without suffering symptoms of caffeine withdrawal like headache, fatigue, bad mood and irritability.

It's a cup of decaf.

A new study found that people experienced fewer withdrawal symptoms with the substitute.

“A co...

Could Coffee Lower a Woman's Odds of Diabetes After Pregnancy?

Women who had diabetes during pregnancy might want to treat themselves to another cup of joe.

New research shows that drinking coffee may lower their risk of type 2 diabetes.

Compared to the general female population, women who had gestational diabetes may have 10 times the risk for type ...

Coffee Might Pose Danger to Folks With Severe High Blood Pressure

Plenty of people enjoy a cup or two, or maybe three or four, of coffee every day.

But new research shows that people with severe high blood pressure ("hypertension") should steer clear of drinking too much java.

The study found that for those with blood pressure of 160/100 or higher, drinking two or more cups of coffee daily was associated with a doubled risk of death from heart di...

Even a Little Coffee in Pregnancy Might Stunt a Child's Growth

Most pregnant women are told it's safe to have one cup of coffee a day because it won't trigger miscarriages or preterm deliveries, but new research suggests a surprising risk: Moms-to-be who consume caffeine, even in small amounts, may have shorter kids.

"The main takeaway is that even low exposure to caffeine during pregnancy was associated with shorter height in childhood," said study ...

Coffee Might Perk Up Your Heart and Life Span

Folks who drink two or three cups of coffee daily appear to live longer than people who don't care for the beverage, new research shows.

Coffee lovers also seemed to have healthier hearts, which might contribute to the longevity boost, said ...

Coffee Might Give Some Men an Edge Battling Prostate Cancer

For some men battling prostate cancer, drinking coffee may offer not just a quick pick-me-up but longer survival.

Research is still in the early phases, but a new study finds an association between a genotype that metabolizes caff...

Have a Cuppa: Tea Might Lower Your Odds for Diabetes

Now might be a good time to brew another cup of tea.

Researchers studying the impact of tea found that drinking four or more cups of black, green or oolong tea every day was linked to a 17% lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes over the course of a decade. <...

Could Black Tea Lengthen Your Life?

A cup of tea can soothe your spirit, but drinking a couple of cups each day may also lower your chances of dying early, new research suggests.

In the study of nearly 500,000 men and women who took part in the U.K. Biobank, researchers found that compared with people who didn't drink tea, those who drank two or more cups a day lowered their risk of dying by 9% to 13%. And it made no differ...

Why Coffee & Cigarette Is a Morning Ritual for Millions

Smokers in the throes of nicotine withdrawal when they wake up in the morning may crave not just a cigarette but a cup of coffee along with it.

Science can explain that.

Researchers have identified two compounds in coffee that directly affect certain nicotine receptors in...

You Can Drink Coffee With Your Thyroid Medication: Study

It's OK to drink coffee soon after taking a liquid thyroid medication, a new study finds.

Current product labels and treatment guidelines recommend patients take thyroid hormone replacement therapy on an empty stomach, but this new research shows that absorption of liqu...

Coffee Is Kind to Your Kidneys

There's more good news for coffee lovers who already reap its other health benefits -- your favorite beverage may also help protect your kidneys.

"We already know that drinking coffee on a regular basis has been associated with the preventio...

Will Coffee Raise Your Cholesterol?

People who rely on coffee for a pick-me-up may also see a boost in their cholesterol levels - especially if they sip an unfiltered variety, a new study suggests.

The researchers found that among more than 21,000 Norwegian adults, those who indulged in several cups of coffee a day generally had slight...

Drink Up!  Daily Coffee Tied to Longer, Healthier Life

In yet another finding that highlights the health perks coffee can brew, new studies show that having two to three cups a day not only wakes you up, it's also good for your heart and may help you live longer.

In this largest ever analysis of nearly 383,000 men and women who were part of the UK Biobank, researchers discovered that, over 10 years, drinking two to three cups of coffee a day ...

Love Black Coffee & Dark Chocolate? It Could Be in Your DNA

If you like your coffee black, it could be that your grandpa or your great-aunt did, too.

A preference for black coffee and also for dark chocolate seems to lie in a person's genes, scientists report.

It's not the taste that these individuals actually love, but it's because their genes enable them to metabolize

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  • Could Coffee Help Lower Your Odds for Alzheimer's?

    Coffee lovers know a steaming cup of java can quickly deliver energy and mental clarity every morning, but new research suggests it may also guard against Alzheimer's disease in the long run.

    "Worldwide, a high proportion of adults drink coffee every day, making it one of the most popular beverages consumed," said lead researcher Samantha Gardener, a post-doctoral research fellow at Edith...

    Your Plant-Based Diet Could Really Help the Planet

    Worried about climate change? You can do something about it every time you lift your fork, a new study suggests.

    Folks can reduce their personal carbon footprint by eating less red meat, nibbling fewer sweets and cutting back on tea, coffee and booze, according to the findings.

    "We all want to do our bit to help save the planet," said senior researcher Darren Greenwood, a senior lec...

    Could Coffee or Tea Lower Your Odds for Dementia and Stroke?

    A few cups of your favorite brew -- coffee or tea -- each day might help keep stroke and dementia at bay, a large new study suggests.

    For close to 14 years, scientists stacked up coffee and tea consumption against the risk of stroke and dementia among nearly 366,000 healthy Brits between 50 and 74 years of age.

    The researchers -- led by Yuan Zhang of Tianjin Medical University in Ti...

    A Little Coffee May Be Healthy in Pregnancy

    Many women dread having to give up coffee during their pregnancy, but new research suggests that consuming a little caffeine while expecting might not necessarily be a bad thing.

    "While we were not able to study the association of consumption above the recommended limit, we now know that low-to-moderate caffeine is not associated with an increased risk of gestational diabetes, preeclampsi...

    Knowing Your A-Fib Triggers Could Help You Avoid It: Study

    People suffering from dangerous abnormal heart rhythms can take matters into their own hands and figure out what is triggering their episodes, researchers report.

    Folks with atrial fibrillation (a-fib) were able to reduce their episodes of the irregular heartbeat by 40% by identifying and then avoiding the substances or activities that caused their heart to go herky-jerky, according to fi...

    Your Morning Cup of Coffee Can Affect Your Heart's Rhythms

    Your daily cup of joe might be a quick pick-me-up, but it comes with a mixed bag of good and not-so-good effects on your health, a new study reports.

    Drinking coffee helps people stay more active, but it also significantly robs some of sleep, researchers say.

    And while java doesn't seem to cause irregular rhythms in the upper chamber of the heart, it can cause the lower chamber...

    Daily Coffee May Protect the Heart

    The latest buzz on coffee? It may be good for your heart, a new, large study suggests.

    Drinking light to moderate amounts -- up to three cups a day -- may lower the risk of stroke, fatal heart disease and all-cause death, researchers found.

    "Regular coffee consumption of up to three cups per day is associated with a lower risk of all-cause mortality, cardiovascular mortality and str...

    Could Coffee, Veggies Lower Your Odds for COVID-19?

    Coffee delivers the boost that many people need to start their day. Now, new research suggests this breakfast powerhouse may also provide some protection against COVID-19.

    Consuming vegetables and having been breastfed might also reduce your COVID-19 risk, according to the new study from Northwestern University in Chicago. Conversely, processed meats may increase your susceptibility to th...

    Coffee Won't Upset Your Heartbeat. It Might Even Calm It

    For decades, doctors have warned folks suffering from heart rhythm problems to avoid coffee, out of concern that a caffeine jolt might prompt a herky-jerky heartbeat.

    But a large new study has found that most people can enjoy their morning joe or afternoon diet cola free from worry -- caffeine doesn't seem to increase most people's risk of arrhythmias.

    "We see no evidence for this b...

    Coffee Could Perk Up Your Liver

    Want to be good to your liver? Pour yourself another cup o' joe.

    British researchers report that coffee of all kinds may reduce your risk for chronic liver disease.

    Whether your java jolt is caffeinated or decaffeinated, ground or instant, makes no difference in its apparent power to ward off all sorts of liver disease -- as long as you have three to four cups a day, researchers say...

    Too Much Caffeine Might Raise Your Odds for Glaucoma

    That third or fourth cup of coffee may do more than make your heart race: New research suggests it could significantly increase your risk of glaucoma if you're genetically predisposed to the eye disease.

    The study included more than 120,000 British people, aged 39 to 73, who provided information about their caffeine consumption and their vision, including whether they had glaucoma or a fa...

    Sleep Deprived? Coffee Can Only Help So Much

    You know you've done it -- stayed up too late and relied on coffee to get through the next day -- but new research suggests that caffeine can only do so much.

    That cup or cups of coffee may keep you awake the following day, but your performance is likely to be subpar, especially when it comes to more challenging tasks.

    "Caffeine will likely improve your mood and alertness and may he...

    Energy Drink Habit Led to Heart Failure in a Young Man

    Energy drinks provide millions with a quick, caffeinated boost, but one young man's story could be a warning about overconsumption, experts say.

    In the case of the 21-year-old, daily heavy intake of these drinks may have led to life-threatening heart and kidney failure, British doctors reported April 15 in BMJ Case Reports.

    The young man reported drinking an average of four...

    COVID Shot Earlier in Pregnancy Better for Baby: Study

    The sooner a pregnant woman gets a COVID-19 vaccine, the more likely she is to transfer protective antibodies to her baby, a new, small study suggests.

    "This just gives extra fuel for people who are on the fence or just think, 'Maybe I'll wait until after I deliver,'" said study co-author Dr. Emily Miller. She's an assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology and a maternal fetal medi...

    Even a Little Coffee in Pregnancy Could Impact Newborn's Weight: Study

    As little as half a cup of coffee each day might be enough to stunt the growth and birth weight of a baby in the womb, a new study claims.

    Women who consumed an average 50 milligrams of caffeine per day -- equivalent to half a cup of coffee -- had infants that were 2.3 ounces lighter than babies born to women who didn't drink any caffeine, researchers report.

    That amount is a fracti...

    Is Any Amount of Coffee Safe for Baby During Pregnancy?

    Too much coffee during pregnancy could lead to kids with behavior problems later on.

    That's the key takeaway from new research that examined 9,000 brain scans from 9- and 10-year-olds as part of the largest long-term study of brain development and child health.

    "The goalposts are moved by caffeine, and there are subtle, but real changes in behavioral outcomes in most kids who were e...

    AHA News: Hoping to Find Out Her Baby's Sex, She Learned of a Serious Heart Defect

    Latisha Wilborne was excited. She and her husband had tried for a year to get pregnant, and now, 20 weeks pregnant, she was at a doctor's visit with her two sisters where an ultrasound would determine if she was having a girl or boy. A party to celebrate the news was just days away.

    The happy mood changed when the doctor told Latisha they detected a problem with the baby's heart.


    Daily Coffee Tied to Lower Risk for Heart Failure

    Fill up that mug: Having one or more cups of caffeinated coffee a day may reduce your risk of heart failure, new research suggests.

    There was one caveat, however: Decaffeinated coffee doesn't appear to provide the same protection as caffeine-rich blends.

    "The association between caffeine and heart failure risk reduction was surprising," admitted study senior author Dr. David Kao. "C...

    Daily Green Tea, Coffee Tied to Lower Risk for 2nd Heart Attack, Stroke

    If you have had a heart attack and a stroke, you might want to stock up on green tea.

    New research from Japan finds survivors who drink plenty of green tea may live longer lives.

    Stroke survivors who drank at least seven cups per day were 62% less likely to die during the study period, versus non-drinkers. Similarly, the risk was cut by 53% among heart attack survivors who downed th...

    Coffee Might Help Ward Off Prostate Cancer

    A cup of java may not be a bad idea for men's health: Drinking lots of coffee may reduce their risk of prostate cancer, researchers report.

    The investigators analyzed data from 16 studies conducted around the world. Together, the studies involved more than a million men, about 58,000 of who went on to develop prostate cancer. The team was led by urologist Dr. Kefeng Wang, of China Medic...

    Coffee, Green Tea Might Extend Life for Folks With Type 2 Diabetes

    If you've got type 2 diabetes and love drinking green tea or coffee, new research suggests you may be reducing your odds of a premature death.

    But you need to really love these drinks. The study found that having four or more cups of green tea along with two cups of coffee daily was linked to a 63% lower risk of death during the average five-year follow-up.

    On t...

    Could Coffee Reduce Parkinson's Risk?

    Caffeine may reduce the risk of Parkinson's disease in people who have a gene mutation associated with the movement disorder, researchers report.

    "These results are promising and encourage future research exploring caffeine and caffeine-related therapies to lessen the chance that people with this gene develop Parkinson's," said study author Dr. Grace Crotty, of Massachusetts General H...

    Coffee May Slow Spread of Colon Cancer

    Just a few cups of coffee a day may help slow down the deadly progression of advanced colon cancer, new research finds.

    Of the nearly 1,200 patients in the study, those who drank four or more cups of java on a daily basis had 36% higher odds of surviving during the 13-year study period.

    Metastatic colon cancer, which has spread from its original location, "remains an inc...

    There's No Safe Amount of Caffeine in Pregnancy: Report

    Women who are pregnant or trying to get pregnant may need to forgo coffee, tea, sodas and other sources of caffeine. A new data analysis finds no safe level of the drug during this time.

    "The cumulative scientific evidence supports pregnant women and women contemplating pregnancy being advised to avoid caffeine," concluded study author Jack James, a professor at Reykjavik University...

    Coffee: Good for You or Not?

    Coffee has been tied to many potential health benefits, but people should drink it for pleasure, and not disease prevention.

    That's one of the main conclusions of a new research review. In it, researchers give an overview of the evidence on coffee and caffeine -- the subjects of many health studies over the years.

    "The impact of coffee consumption on health is important beca...

    Drink Up! Coffee Won't Harm Your Heart, Study Finds

    Your doctor may have cautioned that the caffeine in coffee can set your heart racing and cause an abnormal heartbeat. Well, that's bunk, a new study finds.

    "We were unable to find any evidence that those who drank coffee had a higher risk of developing abnormal heart rhythms. That's especially relevant because a common reason that health care providers recommend avoiding coffee is pr...

    A Surprising Way to Make a Sweet Treat Taste Even Sweeter

    Like your sweets really sweet? Try enjoying them with a cup o' joe.

    Coffee makes sweet foods taste even sweeter, a new study shows.

    European researchers tested 156 volunteers' sense of taste and smell before and after they drank coffee. Their sensitivity to smell didn't change, but coffee did heighten their sense of taste.

    And this was true whether they dra...

    Coffee May Do a Heart Good, as Long as It's Filtered

    Stay-at-home orders mean that many people are making their own morning coffee for the first time. Now, a timely new study suggests the healthiest way is with a drip coffee maker.

    Researchers found that coffee drinkers typically enjoyed longer lives than nondrinkers, but only if the java was filtered -- suggesting espresso lovers might be out of luck.

    The study, of over 500,0...

    Will a Jolt of Java Get Your Creative Juices Flowing?

    Your morning cup of coffee may help your focus and problem-solving skills, but it won't kick-start your creativity, a new study says.

    "In Western cultures, caffeine is stereotypically associated with creative occupations and lifestyles, from writers and their coffee to programmers and their energy drinks, and there's more than a kernel of truth to these stereotypes," said study first ...

    Could Your Morning Coffee Be a Weight-Loss Tool?

    If losing weight sits high atop your New Year's resolution list, you might want to reach for a piping-hot cup of joe.

    Why? New research suggests that just 4 cups of coffee a day can actually help shed some body fat.

    The finding follows a 24-week investigation that tracked coffee's impact among 126 overweight men and women in Singapore.

    Investigators initially set o...

    Caffeine, Cough Medicines: What's in the Average Blood Transfusion

    If you ever get a blood transfusion, that supposedly pure blood is likely to contain something more: caffeine, cough medicine and an anti-anxiety drug, a new study suggests.

    Oregon State University (OSU) researchers analyzed 18 batches of human blood serum pooled from multiple donors, and every batch tested positive for caffeine.

    In addition, 13 batches contained the anti-an...

    Most Americans Fear Cancer, but Feel Powerless to Prevent It: Survey

    While 6 in 10 Americans say they're concerned about developing cancer, only 1 in 4 make cancer prevention part of their daily lives, a new online survey reveals.

    Roughly a quarter think there's nothing they can do to prevent it. But the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) says as many of half of cancer cases are preventable.

    "Tobacco use, diet, sun exposure, alcohol...

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