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Energy drinks linked to higher risk of brain injury among teens

According to a recent study, energy drinks may increase the likelihood that a teenager will suffer a head injury. The study reports that teens who have suffered a traumatic brain injury over the last year have a seven times higher likelihood of consuming energy drinks. The study was posted last week in the PLOS ONE journal.

Ten thousand teens and children aged 11 through 20 were asked to complete a questionnaire. Twenty-two percent of the children claimed that they had suffered a severe to mild head trauma that caused five minutes of unconsciousness or required an overnight hospital stay. Most of these injuries happened while the children were playing different sports.

However, the study also found that drinking energy drinks will increase the chances of a particular teen having brain injuries. According to a doctor who commented on the matter, it is important to consider the important role that sports play in childhood development, but it is also important to consider the traumatic brain injury dangers associated with these sports.

Energy drink consumption by teens is a major social issue, the doctor said. It appears that the consumption of energy drinks may be linked in some way to teenagers wanting to engage in risky behaviors that lead to brain injuries. Researchers are not certain if people who like risky behavior also like drinking energy drinks, but some doctors are asking that warnings be placed on the energy drink cans.

Traumatic brain injuries can result in lifelong disabilities. Louisiana residents who suspect that they suffered a brain injury as a result of another party's negligence or unlawful behavior may be able to seek justice and financial restitution in court.

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

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