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    • CommentAuthorHoplite
    • CommentTimeJun 11th 2010
    "I want to say aren't there PET scans that show increased metabolism in the brain after caffeine consumption??"

    That would be true after consuming anything. It's not like the brain doesn't need sugars to function.
    • CommentTimeJun 11th 2010
    I'm guessing that study that ravnos mentioned, and I vaguely recall reading (I really wish I could remember where I find these things), used a caffeine pill, much like the study in the OP. Thus blood sugar level should have very little to do with the results. And I'm assuming you know that caffeine != sugar.
    • CommentAuthoricelandbob
    • CommentTimeJun 11th 2010
    well i don't drink coffee but i drink about 15 cups of tea a day and it's done me no harmmmmddduuuurrrrrrr
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    PET scans can use to trace a variety of things; though glucose metabolism is one of the most common. Standard warnings before a PET scan include limiting the caffeine and the glucose you take in to your body, so I'm assuming the tracers can attach to glucose and caffeine molecules with very little trouble.

    also: Here's a study that found the opposite of the one posted above.
    " those who received caffeine had significantly greater activation in parts of the prefrontal lobe, known as the anterior cingulate and the anterior cingulate gyrus. These areas are involved in 'executive memory', attention, concentration, planning and monitoring."

    “This type of memory is used when, for example, you look up a telephone number in a book and then mentally store it before dialling,” he adds.

    edit: Just read the abstract of the actual study and...
    wow. The journalism 'based' on it seems to have little to do with the actual study for example the study abstract says:
    Placebo administration in MHp[caffeine consuming] participants decreased alertness and increased headache
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    well i don't drink coffee but i drink about 15 cups of tea a day and it's done me no harmmmmddduuuurrrrrrr

    hahaha me too...but now im cutting down after my doctor told me my extreme tea drinking is 99% of the reason ive started getting kidney stones. shockingly, i havent experienced any MAJOR withdrawal symptoms
    • CommentAuthorroadscum
    • CommentTimeJun 11th 2010 edited
    Listening to you lot fills me with bitter, caffeine envy. WANT COFFEE!

    Having done some digging around, i gain some small comfort from discovering that you're all mad and it's not good for spiders. Funny that, i can think of one that seemed to get on fairly well with it...
    i hope that fly is decaff...
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    Roadscum- Yay spiders on drugs! BWAHAHA!
  4.  (8383.28)
    extreme tea drinking

    A phrase that has never before been uttered by humans.
      CommentAuthormister hex
    • CommentTimeJun 11th 2010
    @Warren - ... or the newest demonstration sport at the 2012 Olympics?
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    Roadscum- most of those are about Caffiene toxicity which occurs after drinking over 300mg of caffeine.
    Here's a nice poster telling you what your drink of choice has in it.
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    extreme tea drinking

    A phrase that has never before been uttered by humans.

    and i meant it! i only drink tea while skateboarding off of airplanes while fireworks shoot out of my ass
    • CommentTimeJun 11th 2010
    Oh now you've gone and invoked spiders on drugs, which only makes me think of this:

    I must say, this thread has certainly kept me amused.
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    @Rickiepooh: Yay. The video!
    • CommentAuthorroadscum
    • CommentTimeJun 11th 2010
    @ rickiep00h: am i allowed to declare you 'Da Winnah!'?

    @ Rootfireember: Over 300mg? That would have been me in the morning then. So where would Irn Bru sit on that poster then? Hang on, 114mg/l x 330ml/1000 = 37.62. Irn Bru, the lorry driver's friend, who the fuck needs energy drinks? And the ads are rather good too.
    • CommentTimeJun 11th 2010
    300mg in a 5-hour period would definitely make me jittery. I start getting headaches around three cans of Mountain Dew in that period, and I generally nurse a can of Red Bull for most of a morning. And this is from someone that drinks a pretty heavy amount of soda.

    Anecdotally, a fair amount of the morning pick-me-up from [insert beverage here] is less from the caffeine, and more from having tasty liquid in my system. The caffeine really doesn't start to do its thing until I start dragging in the late afternoon, at which point I begin pulling out stops.
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    There is some research that caffeine can bring order to the breast cancer?.
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    Truly, Caffeine is more magic than any iGadget.
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    Don't care if it keeps me more alert - if it fights Alzheimer's, pour me another.
    But back to the original posted article - it sounds like whomever wrote the article was already predisposed to dismiss the research, so it sounds to me like regardless of how silly the initial research was, that "news brief" did a terrible job of reporting it.
    The link they provided sheds a little more light on the research, but I did go a little cross-eyed trying to understand it.
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    Oh damn all this talk about my lovely drug! Now the La Panovi drawbar espresso machine just rose to the top of my 'WANT!' list...

    • CommentAuthorroadscum
    • CommentTimeJun 20th 2010
    @ meaninglessnoise:
    whomever wrote the article was already predisposed to dismiss the research

    Surely not? El Reg is renowned for its restrained, impartial reporting. They do like their coffee though.

    There is more good news for all you caffeine heads, apparently it's good for the ticker according to a recent Dutch study;
    Those who drank more than six cups of tea a day cut their risk of heart disease by a third, the study of 40,000 people found.

    I'm going to be having words with my GP about that one, oh yes.