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Here’s How Much Coffee Is Really Safe to Drink
Whether you’re starting your day with a strong cup of coffee or indulging in a mid-afternoon pick-me-up, caffeine is a drug that many people don’t want to quit. And thankfully, you don’t have to: A new scientific review offers reassurance that, in moderate amounts, caffeine is perfectly healthy. The paper confirms the results of the…
Whether you’re starting your day with a strong cup of coffee or indulging in a mid-afternoon pick-me-up, caffeine is a drug that many people don’t want to quit. And thankfully, you don’t have to: A new scientific review offers reassurance that, in moderate amounts, caffeine is perfectly healthy.
The paper confirms the results of the last big review done on caffeine safety, back in 2003: that intake levels of up to 400 mg a day, or about four 8-ounce cups of coffee, are not associated with health risks for adults. The results, published in Food and Chemical Toxicology, were recently presented at the Experimental Biology conference in Chicago.
“After decades of research and thousands of papers, we know a lot about caffeine,” says lead author Daniele Wikoff, health sciences practice leader at ToxStrategies, a private scientific consulting firm. “And what our findings truly confirm is that having caffeine as part of your daily diet is still acceptable and without adverse effects.”
The new review also found that existing upper limits for pregnant women (300 mg a day) and children (about 1.1 mg per pound) continue to be supported by scientific data. “This should give pregnant women some comfort that they do not need to eliminate caffeine from their diet,” says Wikoff.
Although there’s no change to the current recommendations, an update was long overdue, says Wikoff. Since the widely-cited 2003 review on caffeine was conducted by Health Canada, more than 10,000 papers have been published on the drug’s effects on various aspects of health.
That’s why the North American branch of International Life Sciences Institute (ILSI), a nonprofit foundation dedicated to advancing the understanding of nutrition and food safety, decided to commission an analysis on more recent literature. (ILSI North America receives funding from the American Beverage Association and the National Coffee Association. Both organizations “received periodic progress reports but did not participate in any aspect of the systematic review,” the authors note in the paper.)
In the new review, the institute recruited ToxStrategies to comb through more than 700 studies conducted on humans and published between 2001 and 2015. In addition to scientists from ToxStrategies, the research team consisted of seven scientific advisory board members from academic institutions across the U.S. and Canada, with expertise in the paper’s different areas of focus.
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The researchers narrowed those studies down to 426 for inclusion in the review, all of which focused on how caffeine related to five specific topics: toxicity, bone health and calcium intake, cardiovascular effects (including blood pressure and heart rate), behavioral health (including headaches, mood, and sleep), and reproduction and development (including fertility, miscarriage, and birth defects).
Despite all the new research, the paper’s conclusions remain generally the same as the previous review’s. More than 90% of Americans currently consume less than 400 mg a day of caffeine, the authors wrote, and the findings of the new review “support the safety of standard consumption practices in the United States.”
The authors did note that studies on caffeine in children were limited. While they found no need to recommend a change in current recommendations, they do say that more research on this age group would be valuable. (The American Academy of Pediatrics maintains a long-held position that caffeinated beverages, especially energy drinks, should be avoided in children.)
And because research on the general safety of caffeine is so plentiful, they also recommend that future studies shift their focus to unhealthy populations, sensitive groups, and ways that people may be affected differently on an individual level.
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The studies included in the review looked at a variety of caffeine sources, including coffee, tea, chocolate, other beverages, and supplements, but the review did not evaluate the health effects associated with these different sources separately. When considering your caffeine intake, says Health’s medical editor Dr. Roshini Raj, it’s important to keep in mind the entire food or drink.
Plain coffee, for example, is rich in antioxidants and may reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. Soda and fancy coffee concoctions, on the other hand, can be high in calories or contain artificial sweeteners, while energy drinks can contain sugar and other stimulants that have been associated with health risks.
Dr. Raj also says that just because 400 mg a day of caffeine is safe, that doesn’t mean it’s right for everyone. “We don’t all metabolize caffeine the same way: Some people find that even a little cup of coffee or tea can make them restless,” she wrote in a recent column for Health. “Listen to your body, and if you tend to get jittery, try spacing out your caffeinated beverages,” she added.
If you find that you’re becoming dependent on caffeine, make sure you’re getting enough sleep—or talk to your doctor about why else you might be so tired, Dr. Raj adds. You can always try an all-natural energy enhancer, too: A recent study found that 10 minutes of stair-walking provided a better boost than a 50-mg caffeine pill.
Russian Navy Ship Sinks After Colliding with a Freighter in the Black Sea
All of the Russian sailors are safe
(MOSCOW) — A Russian naval reconnaissance ship sank Thursday after colliding with a freighter off Istanbul, but all crew members were rescued, the Defense Ministry said.
Turkey’s coastal safety authority said all 78 personnel from the Russian frigate Liman were safe, as were all crew aboard the freighter, the Togo-flagged Youzarsif H. The freighter was carrying livestock.
The Defense Ministry said a hole was punched in the starboard side of the Liman during the collision, which occurred around midday Thursday about 40 kilometers (25 miles) northwest of the Bosphorus Strait. The cause of the collision wasn’t immediately clear.
The Liman was part of the Black Sea Fleet. The Interfax news agency reported that it spent much of the winter in the Mediterranean off the coast of Syria and returned to the Black Sea to monitor NATO exercises in February.
The rescued Russian sailors were all aboard a Turkish rescue vessel and would be picked up by a nearby Russian cargo ship, the Ulus Star, the ministry said, without specifying the number of crew members. It said the cargo ship would deliver the sailors to the home base of the Black Sea Fleet, which is on Crimea, the peninsula Russia annexed from Ukraine in 2014.
The Modern-Day Urban Cowboys of New Orleans
They rally around a common passion: their horses.
When photographer Akasha Rabut moved to New Orleans from California in 2010, she didn’t quite know what she was getting herself into. She knew about Mardi Gras and the French Quarter, but that was just the tip of the iceberg when it came to Louisiana’s rich culture.
It wasn’t until Rabut’s first Second Line parade that the magic of New Orleans became real. “I think it was 100 degrees outside and the humidity was 100%. These men from a social and pleasure club were in head to toe suits and they had gigantic feather plumes. They were dancing so hard,” she tells TIME. After that, she was hooked. “It was kind of an out of body experience. I thought, ‘Am I having a heatstroke or is this really amazing?’ I think it was a combination of both,” Rabut says.
Second Line parades weren’t the only New Orleans tradition that caught Rabut’s eye. One day, while driving down an urban street, she stumbled upon a sight that she couldn’t get out of her mind. “I would randomly see a man on a horse, with a 40 in his hand and a cigarette, riding as fast as you can down the center divide of the street,” she says. “I started seeing this scene periodically and I was so intrigued by it, and intimidated. I didn’t know how to approach these men.”
But Rabut knew she needed to hunt down these mysterious riders. One night, while riding her bike through New Orleans’ business district, three horse riders appeared, almost as if they had emerged from the ether. She flagged the three men down and struck up a conversation, hoping that they’d be open to being photographed. “It was really serendipitous that I ran into them,” she says. “They said, ‘Come to the stable. Come hang out with us.’”
Many of the riders that Rabut photographs are from a horseback group called “The Game Changerz.” Like other social clubs, Second Lines, and Mardi Gras bands in New Orleans, they rally around a common passion: their horses.
The more time Rabut spent with them, the more her reverence for the riders grew. “A lot of them work for the city, so their jobs start really early in the morning. They feed their horse and then when they get off work at 3 P.M., they go back to the stables and stay until the sun goes down. I think it’s a lot like having a child.”
Many of the riders board their horses at a stable called Child’s Arena. “They have a really intuitive relationship with their horse,” Rabut says. “One of them, Devence, breaks a lot of ‘wild horses.’ Usually, he’ll take a horse that doesn’t get along with anybody and he’ll train it to ride but also to dance, to bounce and be able to interact with people during Mardi Gras. That’s a daunting task because he trains his horse to be around huge crowds, where people are flailing their arms around and throwing beads.”
Rabut plans on staying in the Big Easy so that she can continue to explore and document the urban cowboy culture. She says that she hopes viewers will experience something new through her photographs. “I want people to know that this culture exists, and that the riders are trying to do this really counterintuitive thing in the city,” she says.
Akasha Rabut is a photographer based in New Orleans and New York City.
Janna Dotschkal is a freelance writer based in Washington.
The 4 Worst Things Donald Trump Has Done to the Environment
And the one very good thing
President Donald Trump said recently the tradition of rating a new president’s first 100 days is “ridiculous.” The White House then created a website devoted to rating his first 100 days. It’s further proof that the defining feature of this presidency is noise.
The Administration sounds some piercing new alarm every day, making it hard to separate the momentarily disturbing from the truly damaging. But this is essential — especially for the environment. While Trump has flip-flopped on some of his signature issues, he has been totally consistent about protections for public health, clean air and clean water: He wants to dismantle them.
So, let’s take a closer look at what he’s done this far, and what it will mean for our health and our world.
1. Hired Scott Pruitt
Trump’s choice to lead the Environmental Protection Agency built his career by attacking the agency and its clean air and water rules. Pruitt is beginning to staff the EPA with Beltway insiders who have made their living lobbying for weaker pollution rules on behalf of the industry. For example, it has been widely reported that Andrew Wheeler may be named Pruitt’s top deputy. Wheeler is now a lobbyist for Murray Energy, a coal-mining conglomerate that is demanding an end to the rule that limits mercury pollution.
In fact, a recent analysis by Columbia University Law School showed that more than one quarter of the Administration’s appointees so far to environmental, energy, and natural resource management agencies have close ties to the fossil-fuel industry. The likely result: Thousands of decisions over the next four years made by those more interested in protecting polluters than public health. That will leave a toxic legacy of more disease and premature death.
2. Undermined chemical safety
Last year, a Congress overwhelmingly passed the bipartisan Lautenberg Act, a new chemical safety law that, after four decades of a broken system flooding our stores and homes with dangerous or untested chemicals, finally constructed a strong chemical safety net.
But now the EPA has to finish writing the rules to implement it. For that, Pruitt has chosen Nancy Beck, an insider straight from the main chemical industry trade association who has even within the last few weeks lobbied the agency on these very rules. If the new rules give the industry everything it wants, we’ll have blown a historic chance to restore public trust and market confidence in the products consumers buy for household use, everything from paints to baby clothes to cleaning products. Our health and that of our environment would continue to be at risk — and undoing the damage would take years.
3. Slashed the federal budget
The Administration’s budget proposal would cut the EPA by almost a third — more than any other agency, even though its budget is tiny. Out of every $10 the federal government spends, only two cents go to the EPA. These cuts don’t really save money. They’re part an ideological crusade that the public doesn’t support.
If the EPA budget is cut this way, the loss of experts and institutional knowledge will reverberate for years. Detailed plans obtained by the Washington Post show that Trump and Pruitt want to cut a quarter of the workforce and abolish 56 programs with impacts from the Chesapeake Bay to Puget Sound. Such reductions would cripple the agency’s ability to protect clean air and water. Together, this will lead to more asthma attacks, more health problems for the elderly and a more dangerous future.
4. Rolled back health protections from dirty energy
Pruitt is now trying to gut many of the same the rules and safeguards he sued to stop as Oklahoma’s attorney general. They limit the amount of arsenic and acid gases power plants can emit, reduce smog that causes respiratory problems and cut carbon pollution that causes climate change.
He has signaled hostility to the Mercury and Air Toxics Rule, despite the fact that nearly all power plants are in compliance. The EPA chief and Trump are also planning to withdraw the Clean Power Plan, America’s first limits on carbon pollution from power plants, without any strategy for how to replace it.
And Trump and Pruitt are risking all this for the sake of putting the American energy industry farther behind: The energy market is moving toward cleaner energy, but slowing that process means losing clean tech jobs to other countries and a bigger cleanup for our children’s generation.
And yet he has also: Fueled environmental activism
This fifth item is the positive legacy of the Trump Administration: Americans who used to take clean air and water for granted are waking up to the danger. Membership in environmental groups is skyrocketing — the biggest question we get these days is, “What can I do?” — as women and men from all walks of life reclaim environmentalism as a mainstream American value. On Saturday, thousands will take to the streets in Washington, D.C., and other cities for the People’s Climate March.
Just as a blossoming environmental awareness in the early 1970s led to some of the bedrock laws we rely on today, I believe the great awakening of 2017 will echo for years to come. If we work together and make our voices heard, we can limit the worst of the damage Trump intends to inflict.
Kim Kardashian Tears Up Talking About Paris Robbery: ‘It Was Meant to Happen to Me’
"I was being flashy and I was definitely materialistic before"
Kim Kardashian West gave her first TV interview on Wednesday since she was bound, gagged, and robbed at gunpoint in Paris.
While talking on The Ellen Degeneres Show, Kardashian West began to tear up as she talked about her life-changing experience.” I know this sounds crazy, but I know that was meant to happen to me. I don’t want to start crying, but I feel like that was so meant to happen to me,” she said in an episode set to air Thursday. “I’m such a different person. I, um…I don’t want to start crying anymore. It was meant to happen to me. I really feel like things happen in your life to teach you things. It was probably no secret, and you see it on the show—I was being flashy and I was definitely materialistic before.”
In October of 2016, the reality-TV star was robbed at gunpoint in her Paris hotel room by five men who were disguised as police officers. According to reports, they tied her up and locked her in a bathroom and stole millions of dollars worth of jewelry. Kardashian West left the incident unscathed.
After detailing the night of the robbery to Degeneres, the Keeping Up With the Kardashians star added that she’ll be dressing less extravagantly from now on.
“It’s not to say that I’ll never wear jewelry again or anything like that, [but] I truly don’t know if I’d ever feel comfortable. I don’t know if I’d ever wear real jewelry again,” she said. “Just…my whole life as changed as far as how I travel and security. I never thought that I needed security staying outside my door, even though I had a lot of jewelry. If you think about it, yeah, I should have had a security guard outside my door 24/7 when I’m traveling and I didn’t. Now, I have several, just for me to be able to sleep at night.”
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The Simpsons Imagines President Trump’s First 100 Days. And It’s Pretty Dark
Trump's first 100 days were filled with chaos and disorder — according to The Simpsons
The Simpsons imagines what is occurring within the White House and its subsequent effects on everyday Americans, like Marge and Homer Simpson in a preview for a new episode airing Sunday — just a day after Trump’s real 100-day mark.
With thunder booming outside 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., Trump’s character scrolls through his phone, reminiscing on his accomplishments in the last 100 days
“Lowered my golf handicap, my Twitter following increased by 700, and finally, we can shoot hibernating bears,” Trump said. “My boys will love that.”
His browsing is interrupted when a White House staffer asks he if can read a bill that “lowers taxes for only Republicans.”
“Can’t Fox News read it and I’ll watch what they say?” Trump responds, before turning on the television to see an announcement that first daughter and adviser to the president Ivanka Trump will replace Ruth Bader Ginsberg on the Supreme Court.
For Homer and Marge, who watch the events unravel from their television at home, the 100 days in review is a scary one. Marge runs out of her prescription bills — “This was supposed to last me the whole four years,” she says as she swallows her last one. And Homer comes to Trump’s defense: “Give the President of the United States some time. He’s only 70 years old.”
But the video turns out to be a campaign ad for 2020, and assures its viewers that not all hope is lost.
“One hundred days. We are 6.8% of the way home,” the ad says, revealing an image of monthly calendars for the next four years. “Paid for anybody else, 2020.”
Beyoncé Just Birthed the Most Hilarious Meme With This Candid Restaurant Photo
"I actually invented Lemonade so it should be free"
A photo of Beyoncé ordering food at a restaurant became an instantly iconic meme overnight.
On Wednesday night, the Lemonade singer took to Instagram to post a mini-photo album of pictures from a night on the town that had everything including her outfit, her accessories, flowers, and fashion photos showing off her baby bump. But most importantly, it had a photo showing the artist speaking to an attentive server while she was pointing to a menu.
The candid photo became instantly iconic as the internet went all meme on it with funny captions that imagined Beyoncé’s instructions for the server.
Beyoncé just knows her way around the internet. Bless her for elevating the dinner order to an art form and spawning endless hilarious-but-reverent possibilities like most things she does.
See below for a sampling of the best takes.
The original gallery garnered nearly 2 million likes as of Thursday morning. Click through the slides below for the meme-worthy photo. Beyoncé’s twin-pregnancy announcement is now the most liked picture on Instagram.
Presidents Haven’t Always Had to Worry About Their First 100 Days. Here’s How That Started
The American political tradition of examining a President's first 100 days in office goes back to 1933. Here's why it started at that time
As President Donald Trump nears his 100th day in office — it falls this Saturday — pundits and voters alike are closely scrutinizing the early days of his term. Generations of presidents have faced the same treatment before him, but why?
The concept of grading the president’s first 100 days was born of the Great Depression, when Franklin Delano Roosevelt knew just what he’d have to do to win the White House.
Running for the White House in 1932, as the U.S. economy suffered, FDR was aware that voters were desperate for fast action from their future president. That was especially so because President Herbert Hoover, a Republican, was strongly criticized by Democrats of the day for not doing enough to help the 25% of Americans who were left jobless by the Depression. Knowing that the promise of expedient moves to ameliorate job loss, hunger and depleted national morale would set him apart, FDR became the first president to make big promises about immediate action, and then followed through in a serious way.
In fact, Roosevelt even laid out his plan for the New Deal during a September 1932 campaign speech to the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco. During this speech, FDR called for “a re-appraisal of values” in light of the Great Depression, and spoke at length about how the government should enable citizens to be economically prosperous, or at least solvent.
And it worked. Roosevelt not only beat Hoover in the election of 1932, but also went on to win an unprecedented three additional elections after.
But Barbara Perry, Director of Presidential Studies at the University of Virginia’s Miller Center tells TIME that when Roosevelt spoke of his “first 100 days,” he was referencing not his own first 100 days in office but rather the first 100 days of the new Congress that served during his first term. Sure enough, during that time FDR oversaw the passage of several pieces of new and significant legislation, including laws to create the Civilian Conservation Corps and the Federal Emergency Relief Administration. Though the legacy of these New Deal creations would endure for longer than those Depression-specific programs did, the 100-days metric still abides as well.
Before the concept of the 100-day metric caught on fully with the media, voters, and later presidential candidates, Roosevelt gave his administration a self-appraisal in honor of the 100-day mark during one of his fireside chats in July of 1933. After that, the first 100 days became a phenomenon.
One reason for its lasting impact is the media obsession with covering a President’s first 100 days with extra attention and scrutiny began as soon as FDR introduced the idea. Perry points out that it was not until after FDR’s election that political polling was introduced to measure a President’s performance, so the 1930s saw is the emergence of the attempt to quantify a president’s successes and failures, as well as his public perception. That innovation made the 100-days narrative a natural fit.
Since Roosevelt, presidential candidates have solidified a tradition of campaigning with promises about their hypothetical first 100 days in office, and the media and public have followed suit in keeping scrupulous tabs on these first months of a new president’s White House occupancy.
The idea still lingered even when Presidents sought to downplay it. During his inaugural address in 1961, John F. Kennedy outlined some of his plans for his term, telling the crowd: “All this will not be finished in the first one hundred days. Nor will it be finished in the first one thousand days, nor in the life of this Administration, nor even perhaps in our lifetime on this planet. But let us begin.”
Contemporary presidential candidates have frequently laid out “100-day plans” in order to woo the public as FDR did. In his 100-day plan, which he called a “Contract With the American Voter,” Trump promised, among other things: “a hiring freeze on all federal employees, … direct the Secretary of the Treasury to label China a currency manipulator, …[and] cancel billions in payments to U.N. climate change programs.”
Overall, Perry believes that the first 100 days is not necessarily the most important time period in a president’s career. There’s a real learning curve to the White House that takes more than 100 days to catch up with, even for presidents who have prior experience in politics, which President Trump did not.. Many Presidents have agreed with Perry, downplaying the importance of the first 100 days.
From the perspective of presidential history, Perry says that because the 100-day mark was born of a specific financial crisis, there’s no real need to pay more attention to the first 100 days than we do the first five or the first 1,000. “It can be helpful to monitor in terms of ongoing crises, but why should it be more meaningful than how presidents responds to major events that fall outside of the first 100 days?” she asks.
The short and arbitrary 100-day measurement may, however, provide some insight into how a president will run their administration. Citing Bill Clinton as an example, Perry describes how his first term began chaotically, presaging an administration that was politically chaotic even amid its successes.
The first 100 days is a time period we mark not because it’s inherently important, but because it’s just what we’ve been doing since 1933.
The Morning Brief: Trump’s NAFTA Reversal, the NFL Draft and United Airlines Changes
Here's what's going on in the news Thursday
Good morning. These are today’s top stories:
Trump says U.S. will renegotiate NAFTA
President Trump said yesterday that he will work with Canada and Mexico to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement rather than withdrawing from it right away— a change from his repeated campaign criticism of the agreement as “one of the worst deals ever.” Trump, who has said the deal is harmful to U.S. workers and businesses, faced pressure from Republicans to reconsider a complete withdrawal this week. He said he will now work to “bring NAFTA up to date.”
United Airlines announces policy changes
United Airlines released a report today about a widely condemned incident earlier this month in which a passenger was forcibly removed from a plane after refusing to give up his seat to an airline employee. Responding to backlash, United said it will now pay customers up to $10,000 to give up their seats on overbooked flights and also vowed to reduce overbooking.
Ann Coulter won’t speak at Berkeley
Conservative pundit Ann Coulter canceled her scheduled speech at the University of California at Berkeley today, following a week of a back-and-forth debate over her controversial visit to campus. The conservative student groups that had organized the event pulled their support, citing security concerns. Coulter called it a “dark day for free speech in America.”
The NFL draft begins tonight in Philadelphia at 8 p.m., and the Cleveland Browns have the first overall pick.
Ivanka Trump said in a new interview yesterday that allowing more Syrian refugees into the U.S. should be “part of the discussion” — a break with her father’s more restrictive policies.
After a giant rabbit was found dead at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport this week, this is what pet owners should know about traveling with pets.
The Morning Brief is published Mondays through Fridays. Email Morning Brief writer Melissa Chan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Critical History of That ‘It’s Gonna Be May’ Meme
It's almost time for Justin Timberlake's annual viral moment
Ultimate celebrity Justin Timberlake has spent most of his life in the public eye, maturing from a cute Mickey Mouse Club kid to a curly-haired teen heartthrob boy bander to the dapper family man he is today.
But besides making Trolls music, dabbling in fashion, and photo bombing his wife on the red carpet, Timberlake has a claim to fame that really takes off on social media each spring as April fades away. “It’s Gonna Be May” is the meme that keeps giving, and it’s all thanks to the iconic voice and face of Timberlake.
Back in his *NSYNC days, Timberlake contributed to the 2000 smash hit song “It’s Gonna Be Me.” The titular line, as sung by Timberlake, is enunciated with a distinctive twang — turning the final “me” into “May.” But it wasn’t until 2012 that the tune took on a whole new meaning, as internet users began to meme-ify the moment, according to database KnowYourMeme.
Two years after that, the saying was popular enough that President Barack Obama (and his social media team) couldn’t resist jumping on the bandwagon. Obama posted a picture of himself and Timberlake on Facebook on April 30 with the fateful caption; it has since racked up nearly half a million likes.
Even Timberlake himself has been able to poke fun at the phenomenon, tweeting about the meme last year. Meta.
In a radio interview, he shed some light on the back story behind the unusual pronunciation: he was directed to say “me” as “May” thanks to legendary pop producer Max Martin, who also contributed to writing the song. “I think he just wanted me to sound like I was from Tennessee,” Timberlake explained, in his defense. For better or worse, that decision has meant that every year, the song gets a bolt of fresh life just as the spring flowers are beginning to come into bloom.
So prepare yourselves for the oncoming rush of posts on this too-perfect pop culture topic. As April comes to a close, it’s gonna be May, indeed.