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Daily Caffeine Protects Your Brain 325

Posted by samzenpus
from the it's-what-brains-crave dept.
Chroniton writes "The BBC has a story that many Slashdot geeks will be happy to hear: the caffeine from a cup of coffee a day can help prevent Dementia, by blocking the damage of cholesterol. (At least in rabbits) This is in addition to the already-known protection against Alzheimer's Disease. More research is needed to test the effect on humans."
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Daily Caffeine Protects Your Brain

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  • god damn it (Score:5, Interesting)

    by timmarhy (659436) on Thursday April 03, 2008 @07:54AM (#22949722)
    Just make up your fucking minds already, every other week coffee is bad, then good, then bad again.

    like it's going to stop anyone drinking it anyway...

    • Re:god damn it (Score:5, Insightful)

      by somersault (912633) on Thursday April 03, 2008 @07:59AM (#22949748) Homepage Journal
      Old news flash: most stuff is okay as long as you enjoy it in moderation. If your coffee percolater feeds directly into an IV line then you probably aren't doing your body any good, but one or 2 cups a day and she'll be 'right.
    • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

      by Swizec (978239)
      It's the same bloody thing with just about everything we intake these days. The newage crazies versus the scientists versus the governments are in a battle. A battle for brainwashing the living shit out of us. In the end we'll all just have to accept that we believe pretty much anything anyone tells us.
      • Re:god damn it (Score:5, Insightful)

        by aurispector (530273) on Thursday April 03, 2008 @08:38AM (#22950010)
        This is so unfortunately true. Health fads are all about misinterpretation of the available data, and incomplete data for that matter. Every time there's some news item about the supposed health benefits of something, some idiot takes it to an extreme. Shortly thereafter conflicting data is released and suddenly everything we thought we knew was wrong. Eggs used to be heathy, then they were poisonous, now they're healthy again.

        Nobody is going to live forever because of some nutritional change. If you eat a wide variety of fresh unprocessed foods you'll do fine. Everything in moderation.
        • by Kelbear (870538)
          A prime example of this is Digg's "health" section, packed with 1-2 paragraph "articles" with no source, often just paraphrasing a similarly short(and sometimes SHORTER) article which may even be a summary of another link.

          You can expect to find no sources and hundreds of comments agreeing with the articles and marveling at their obviousness. After all, X knew somebody that had Y happen to them at some point. Thus, everybody should know the article to be fact right?
      • by gfxguy (98788)
        Yeah.. well... don't eat the popcorn at the movies or Chinese food; eggs are bad for you... wait a minute... no, they're not really bad for you after all.

        Alcohol is good. In moderation. If it's wine. If it's red wine. If it's one glass of red wine a day.

        When the media stops have Emily Litella moments, I'll start buying this garbage.

        Oh. Never mind.
    • by Himring (646324)
      70 natural foods help prevent one form of cancer, and cause another.

      The difference between a medication and a toxin is the dosage.

      "On a long enough timeline, the survival rate of everyone is zero." -Tyler Durden

      • by Splab (574204)

        "On a long enough timeline, the survival rate of everyone is zero." -Tyler Durden

        Well I for one plan to live forever or die trying!
        • "On a long enough timeline, the survival rate of everyone is zero." -Tyler Durden

          Well I for one plan to live forever or die trying!
          Just remember: Water is toxic, and oxygen is deadly
      • by emilper (826945)

        70 natural foods help prevent one form of cancer, and cause another.

        and lettuce is a bit toxic ... eating only lettuce would probably kill you before you die of hunger

    • Re:god damn it (Score:5, Insightful)

      by morgan_greywolf (835522) * on Thursday April 03, 2008 @08:14AM (#22949850) Homepage Journal

      Just make up your fucking minds already, every other week coffee is bad, then good, then bad again.


      like it's going to stop anyone drinking it anyway...

      It's the media. They take a single study and purport it to be some kind of fact. Science doesn't work that way. Science only considers something 'known' when independent study after independent study shows the same thing to be true, and no studies which may have been contradictory have been shown to contradict the findings.

      These things take time. Looking at one study alone can be interesting, but it's stupid to take that study's findings as gospel truth.
      • Re:god damn it (Score:5, Interesting)

        by stranger_to_himself (1132241) on Thursday April 03, 2008 @08:21AM (#22949890) Journal

        It's the media. They take a single study and purport it to be some kind of fact.

        It also seems to be the case that the less applicable your study, the more coverage you get. It's running joke now in epidemiology that you get more impact and coverage by showing a potential mechanism in 10 rabbits than you do by demostrating a genuine preventive effect in a population study of 100000 people.

    • but would love to be proved wrong. 3/4ths of my dad's sisters have Alzheimers and all are/were coffee drinkers. It could be that we are the exception to the rule and coffee wouldn't make a diff, but I have first-hand evidence otherwise. On my wife's side, her mom just turned 80 with no evidence of Alzheimer's or dementia, her father died of cancer near his 80's also mentally sharp, and they are/were both fairly heavy coffee drinkers, but they're also Scottish, so that's a bit of a variable.

      Personally, I
      • by CastrTroy (595695)
        I drink my coffee black, no sugar, no cream, just pure coffee (and water). I can't stand most of the stuff they sell at Starbucks, Tim Hortons, or any other well known coffee establishment. Which is why the "Double Double" is so popular at Tim Hortons. Load it down with cream and sugar, so you can't taste how burnt it is. Good coffee should be able to be drank black, without tasting bad. I'm not a coffee connoisseur by any stretch of the imagination. But it's a pretty sad state of affairs when Nabob m
        • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

          by spikedvodka (188722)
          Let me tell you, I love my aeropress - easy, fast, and makes the best damn coffee I've ever had.

          it uses more grounds than drip, but day-amn it's worth it
    • .. how do you drink just one cup of coffee per day?
    • Re:god damn it (Score:4, Interesting)

      by Lumpy (12016) on Thursday April 03, 2008 @09:16AM (#22950356) Homepage
      The claims are interesting as just casual observation of old people 69-100 does not correlate with their findings. The people with dementia are from a generation that Coffee was drank for every reason and occasion. Hell even the Military gave them coffee in their C-rations it was available everywhere, even in the great depression the poor in the streets had coffee available to them from the aid workers and rescue missions. Coffee in my parents and grandparents age gap was more prevalent in their lives than it is today in society.

      I really wish they would publish more detailed information and also started going to aged people asking questions to see who drank a cup at least a day. The human research has been done, just nobody has bothered to ask the experiment members for the results.

  • How odd (Score:5, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday April 03, 2008 @07:54AM (#22949726)
    That's funny, because the more cups of coffee I drink, the crazier everyone else says I am. I must just be the only sane one, sitting here rearranging my pencils after my eighth cup this morning.
  • by LaughingCoder (914424) on Thursday April 03, 2008 @07:57AM (#22949738)
    Surely the number of rabbits who enjoy a daily cup of coffee is such a small population as to be statistically insignificant.
  • ...anyone who goes into Starbucks and pays £2.50 for a cup of ground beans in a bit of hot water and hot milk, must have a screw loose!
    • by Carewolf (581105)
      Let me see:

      Crazy for going to Starbucks
      Crazy for paying 2.5£ for shit coffee

      and UTTERLY INSANE for putting milk in their coffee!!

      I think you are right
  • Caffeine or coffee? (Score:3, Interesting)

    by lixee (863589) on Thursday April 03, 2008 @08:02AM (#22949764)
    How do they know it's the caffeine molecule and not the heaps of antioxidants present in coffee?
  • Yeah, yeah... (Score:3, Insightful)

    by SimonGhent (57578) on Thursday April 03, 2008 @08:03AM (#22949766)
    This week coffee's good for you, next week it's bad for you.

    This week a glass of wine a day prevents altzheimers, last week that was classed as binge drinking and caused high blood pressure.

    This week sausages cause cancer, no doubt next week they'll help prevent MS.

    It's all a load of old cock. And no doubt a load of old cock either causes or prevents heart disease (depending which week you take your old cock).
    • Re: (Score:2, Funny)

      by pandrijeczko (588093)
      This week sausages cause cancer, no doubt next week they'll help prevent MS.

      If eating a pack of Bratwurst's will, in any way, stop the adoption of Windows Vista, then you can definitely count me in.

    • This week sausages cause cancer, no doubt next week they'll help prevent MS.

      So, if I eat sausages does that mean I don't have to "upgrade" to Vista?
    • Re:Yeah, yeah... (Score:5, Insightful)

      by Sobrique (543255) on Thursday April 03, 2008 @08:42AM (#22950046) Homepage
      It is entirely possible that a glass of wine can both prevent altzheimers, and cause high blood pressure. Just because some of the effects of something are beneficial, and some are negative doesn't mean that one precludes the other.

      Most medicines, after all, include side effects.

      • Re: (Score:2, Insightful)

        by SimonGhent (57578)
        Yup, agree entirely, but I was trying to get across a point (albeit flippantly) about the way the media report these kind of stories.

        For example, the front page of this Monday's Metro (a free morning paper distributed across the UK) was "A Sausage a Day Increases cancer Risk by 20%". It wasn't just sausages, but all processed meat (bacon, salami, etc.). There was no mention of what the % risk of getting stomach cancer is, but I think that a fair few members of the general public would read that as the ris
    • by raddan (519638)
      If you work in medicine or biology, most of the research on the effects of various foods on the body is unambiguous. The fact that people feel the way you do is a testament to the efficacy of the PR efforts by the various food industries. Read this [prwatch.org] sometime.
    • caffeine, not coffee.
      enjoy a cup of good japanese green tea - it is healthy in general and tasty too.
    • by Kamineko (851857)
      Breakfast. Yum. Except for the load of old cock.
  • by unstable23 (242201) on Thursday April 03, 2008 @08:05AM (#22949794)
    How do they know?

    As anyone who's ever owned a rabbit will tell you, they're pretty demented to begin with.

    And a rabbit on caffeine is just plain scary.
  • by An anonymous reader (1058644) on Thursday April 03, 2008 @08:05AM (#22949796)
    Caffeineisthebest!NowIdonthavetoworryaboutdementiaoralzheinersdiseases.Ivolunteertobethefirsthumantestsubject!AsamatteroffactIjusthadtwelvecupsofcoffeerightbeforeipostedthis!:-)Nowiamgoingtovacumthefloorsinmyoffice,Ihatedirtyfeet!Haveagreatdayeveryone!
  • by puck01 (207782) on Thursday April 03, 2008 @08:07AM (#22949810)
    Here's a link to the actual article:

    http://www.jneuroinflammation.com/content/5/1/12 [jneuroinflammation.com]

    I think its safe to say I wouldn't read much into this yet. How many times has medicine been burned by animal studies and other type of non-randomized lower quality studies in the past, only to have well done follow-up studies disprove the originals.
    • How many times has medicine been burned by animal studies and other type of non-randomized lower quality studies in the past, only to have well done follow-up studies disprove the originals.
      7?
  • The secret to the energizer bunny's longevity revealed!
  • If the caffeine from one cup of is good, 10 must be better.


    "Lousy American coffee couldn't keep a hamster up at night!"

  • What's up doc?
  • My 82 yr old dad suffers from dementia and Alzheimer's, and I can't recall him being a coffee drinker.

    (sips on my morning cuppa whilst typing this)
  • As a side note, unfiltered coffee contains amounts of the worst kind of cholesterol. So use a paper filter and you should be good to go.

    -l
  • by athloi (1075845) on Thursday April 03, 2008 @08:56AM (#22950174) Homepage Journal
    Coffee helps protect against dementia.

    But, it leeches calcium from your bones.

    Still, it avoids erectile dysfunction.

    However, it destroys a good night's sleep.

    Yet it can keep you thin.

    But, it might make you take up smoking...

    And so on, forever and ever, until people admit that even scientists recognize the world is more complicated than a single factor at a time.
  • ... whatever. Give me my dose.
  • by gozu (541069) on Thursday April 03, 2008 @09:26AM (#22950458) Journal
    Opium was used as a treatment for disentery, arsenic for leukemia, nitroglycerin for some heart problems.

    The bottom line is everything can potentially be a cure or a poison depending on proportion (Even water can be a mortal poison).

    The truth is that we still suck when it comes to nutritional science. Mostly because it's hard to do proper science when your subject lives as long as you do.
  • *looks at coffee cup*

    ...

    "Daaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah!!"

    (Bunnies can't do scientific research)

    (but - THEY - CAN - DANCE)

  • by Samedi1971 (194079) on Thursday April 03, 2008 @09:54AM (#22950748)
    I thought my rabbit was going to be perfectly healthy on a diet of hay and fresh greens. How many cups of coffee should he be drinking daily to be safe?

    Adopt a rabbit! [rabbit.org]

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