a special program of the National Emergency Medicine Association (NEMA) 

Week: 557.2 Guest: Dr. Herbert Muncie, MD. Prof. Med., Univ. Of MD Medical School Topic: Caffeine concerns for kids Producer/Host: Steve Girard

NEMA: Kids at the coffee bar...coming up...

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NEMA: Takes a while to get a cup of Java these days...with all the kids in front of me in, partly out of spite, I decided to check into the evil effects of caffeine on kids, with Dr. Herbert Muncie, a professor at the University of Maryland Medical School...

MUNCIE: We've looked at caffeine as a growth issue in both young children and adolescents and have found absolutely no adverse effect from caffeine on growth or mental functioning, and have not found any effect on children with ADD in their caffeine consumption.

NEMA: But those heavy duty espressos and cappuccinos they're tossing back...gotta have a big jittery effect on them, right?

MUNCIE: We always think of them as more concentrated, and the flavor is...but the actual milligrams of caffeine in a cappuccino or an espresso is actually less than in a regular cup of coffee.

NEMA: But they'll get blasted on those new super-charged caffeine cola drinks, won't they?

MUNCIE: ...the extra caffeinated beverages may only go from 12 to 15 milligrams to 20 milligrams of caffeine, way less than even a regular cup of coffee.

NEMA: Well, maybe it's just me....I've been a bit irritable lately...probably have to cut down on my coffee.....I'm Steve Girard, for The Heart of the Matter!