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Traumatic brain injuries, teens and energy drinks

Teens these days face very busy schedules. They are expected to learn massive amounts of information in school. Some teens also have extracurricular activities. Add in time to socialize with friends and spend with family members and you can easily see how teens might not have much time to sleep. Some teens have turned to energy drinks as a way to stay awake. However, a new study shows that energy drinks aren't a very good option for teens.

The study, which was published in a journal called PLOS ONE, noted that teens who had a traumatic brain injury was seven times more likely to have had an energy drink. The data was gathered using questionnaires given to students in 7th through 12th grades.

Most of the TBIs that were noted in the study occurred while playing sports. Of the more than 10,000 students, 22 percent reported suffering a TBI that led to at least 5 minutes of unconsciousness or an overnight hospital stay.

The reason why the teens are more likely to suffer from a TBI connected to energy drinks isn't known. It's speculated that teens who drink energy drinks might engage in more risky behaviors and also that the high amounts of caffeine in energy drinks might predispose people to brain injuries.

Even mild brain injuries such as concussions can have a negative impact on a person. Behavioral changes, memory loss, and chronic headaches are some of the notable effects of a TBI.

Anyone who has suffered from a TBI that was the result of the actions of another person should explore his or her options for seeking compensation.

Source: New York Daily News, "Energy drinks linked to traumatic brain injury in teens," Melisa Stumpf, Sep. 24, 2015

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