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How coffee, chocolate and tea overturned a millennia-old medical mindset

WASHINGTON, DC, U.S. – When Italian botanist Prospero Alpini traveled to Egypt in 1580, he discovered a world of unusual plants—strangely shaped bananas, bright red opium poppies, chunky baobab trees. After returning to Europe three years later, Alpini publicized his findings in two volumes, De Plantis Aegypti and Da Medicina Aegyptiorum.

Health risks: How much caffeine is too much according to science?

MILAN – Caffeine is having a cultural moment. Once believed to cause illness, recent research has linked the compound to a variety of health benefits. Sensing an opportunity, entrepreneurs seized on these health claims to launch new products. Today, caffeine-vehicles now include sprays, powders, gums, waffles, cubes, granola bars, and bagels.

Coffee associated with liver wellness in patients with chronic liver disease

HEMPSTEAD, NY, U.S. – Many people ask about liver wellness and what they can do to keep their liver healthy. The best recommendations are to avoid potential risk factors for chronic liver disease such as drug and alcohol use, make sure vaccination against hepatitis A and B are performed and proven effective and to follow a healthy diet ...

Coffee could be more effective at relieving pain than conventional drugs

MILAN – Insomnia and chronic sleep loss are well known to increase pain sensitivity. But an unusual animal study suggests that stimulants that keep you awake – like a cup of coffee -- may give sleep deprived patients more pain relief than morphine or ibuprofen. That unexpected finding was reached by researchers at Boston Children's Hospital ...

Dubai Authorities pull this harmful weight-loss coffee brand off shelves

DUBAI, UAE – Authorities have banned a weight-loss brand of coffee in Dubai for endangering the public’s health and safety. On its official Facebook page, Dubai Municipality alerted residents that Idol Slim Coffee is no longer available in the market, and that the product’s import, sale and circulation has been banned.

Italian-style coffee may reduce risk of prostate cancer, research shows

ROME, Italy – Italian researchers report that Italian-style coffee, such as espresso or cappuccino, can reduce a person's risk for developing prostate cancer. The study, conducted by I.R.C.C.S. Neuromed in collaboration with the Italian National Institute of Health and the I.R.C.C.S. Istituto Dermopatico dell'Immacolata of Rome, found that ...

Ten most caffeinated coffee in 2017: Black Insomnia is the strongest

MILAN – Most people drink a cup of coffee first thing in the morning. The tantalizing aroma and the strong, robust taste of coffee are just uplifting. Coffee is not just a beverage to some; it is a cup of hope and reassurance which could be highly addictive. Most of us are so hooked on coffee and its kick ...

UK’s biggest ever coffee cup recycling scheme launches today in London

LONDON, UK – The City of London Corporation, Network Rail, national coffee retailers and some of the Square Mile’s biggest employers have joined forces in the Square Mile Challenge initiative led by environmental charity Hubbub, in partnership with recycling company Simply Cups.

Coffee drinkers are nearly three times more likely to stay late at work

LONDON, UK – UK workers needing to stay late in the office are being fuelled by coffee. That’s the finding today after a study reported that one fifth (20%) of Brits stay one hour late at work if they drink two or more cups of coffee per day. Coffee has long been believed to be the key for staying alert and engaged for long periods ...

How to time your coffee consumption during the day for a better boost

NEW YORK, U.S. – Research suggests most of us don't need the caffeine bump when we first wake up and actually get more bang from the caffeine in our coffee if we wait an hour after waking up to drink it. But what about our bleary-eyed, don't-talk-to-me-until-my-coffee grogginess?