Energy drinks may be linked to ADHD in children, Yale University study says

PUBLISHED : Monday, 23 February, 2015, 6:12am
UPDATED : Monday, 23 February, 2015, 6:12am

Energy drinks are not for children

A new study by Yale University in the US may have found a link between energy drinks and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in middle school children.

Out of 1,649 students surveyed, those who drank beverages high in sugar and caffeine were 66 per cent likelier to have symptoms of hyperactivity and inattention.

The study reported that boys are more likely to consume energy drinks than girls, and that black and Hispanic boys were likelier to drink the beverages than their white peers.

The findings, by the Yale School of Public Health, support the American Academy of Pediatrics' recommendation to limit consumption of sweetened beverages by children. The academy also notes that children shouldn't consume energy drinks at all.

Previous research found links between children with ADHD and poor academic outcomes, greater difficulties with peer relationships and increased susceptibility to injuries.

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Tied for second place last year were Columbia University, Stanford University, Texas Tech University and University of North Carolina. Each school produced three CEOs who took their companies public.

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