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Study: Energy Drink-Related Emergency Room Visits Up

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The FDA says it will take a close look at a new government study that claims the number of people going to emergency rooms because of bad reactions to energy drinks has doubled during a period from 2007 to 2011.

I went to the emergency room at California Hospital to see if they're seeing this and found out from ER Doctor Luigi di Stefano that they get lots of cases of the Downtown LA hospital.

These can stem, he says, from mixing the drinks with things like alcohol to just having too many. In some cases the problem may be related to a patient's personal medical history. Someone, for instance, with a heart condition could have palpitations from a drink with a high concentration of caffeine and other ingredients.

Some of the beverage companies have fired back saying the study doesn't take into account a person's medical condition or health.

Di Stefano says, like anything else, drink in moderation. He says he's seen everything from ER patients having anxiety and racing hearts to bizarre personality changes.

The new study is from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

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