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Study: Energy drinks harm children's health

Researchers at the University of Miami said caffeine-containing drinks may harm the health of children.

February 14, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
A new warning about super-charged energy drinks.

Researchers at the University of Miami said caffeine-containing drinks like Red Bull, Rock Star and Monster may harm the health of children, especially those with diabetes, seizures, or mood and behavior disorders.

Energy drink overdoses in children have resulted in strokes, and even sudden death.

"In people who have heart conditions, seizure disorders, psychiatric problems, caffeine can be a real problem, pregnant women it can be a real problem," said ABC News Medical Editor Dr. Richard Besser. "But, the big thing for parents is these things are not regulated like soft drinks are."

Besser said that unlike soft drinks, energy drinks are considered dietary supplements and not regulated by the FDA.

Energy drink makers dispute the findings of the new report. An industry trade group says many of the drinks contain less caffeine than coffee and that the caffeine content is clearly labeled on the products.