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Death by caffeine? Dangers of caffeine dissected after teen’s death

Death by caffeine: an eye-catching headline when a coroner recently declared a South Carolina teen died from excessive caffeine consumption. In the span of two hours, according to reports, the 16 year-old drank a large Diet Mountain Dew, a cafe latte from McDonald’s and an energy drink, causing a “caffeine-induced cardiac event” leading to a probable arrhythmia.

The news surprised many experts in the medical community, including Joseph Garry, M.D., associate professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at the University of Minnesota Medical School.

“Deaths from caffeine ingestion are actually quite rare,” Garry explained. “However, this is entirely preventable and as such, any preventable death is tragic.”

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How food affects your mood

Chances are you’ve had a ‘bad hair day’ or two in your lifetime, or perhaps experienced the wrath of someone who’s woken up ‘on the wrong side of the bed.’ There are plenty of little things we attribute to our moods throughout the day- good or bad. As it turns out, the food we eat can play a large role in how we feel.

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nutrition

Beverages Shown on TV Shows May Adversely Impact Youth Health

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A recent study found that beverages shown in TV shows may have adverse health impacts for youth.

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nutrition

Study: Family Meals Aren’t Only Way to Ensure Kids Eat Fruits & Veggies

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A study from the University of Minnesota School of Public Health found that healthful parenting practices such as: fruit and vegetable availability and accessibility, parent fruit and vegetable modeling, and encouragement of healthy eating were associated with higher fruit and vegetable intake in adolescents and this continued to be true when these adolescents were not having regular family meals.

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Staying healthy over the holidays: Two UMN experts weigh in

“Just one more piece- why not? It’s the holidays!” Many of us allow ourselves one more slice of pumpkin pie, or cup of eggnog over the holidays than we typically would during other parts of the year.

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nutrition

Survey finds early childhood care and education providers creating healthier environments for kids in Minnesota

A University of Minnesota survey, in partnership with the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, shows childcare providers in the state are making significant strides in fostering healthy environments compared to a similar 2010 survey. More providers are offering nutritious foods, limiting unhealthy snacks, and providing more options for physical activity.

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