An editorial has outlined the grave risk to children's health from the consumption of highly-caffeinated energy drinks. It argues that the growing availability of energy drinks is a potential danger to the health of young people who are vulnerable to the effects of caffeine. "It is time for the federal minister of health to be awakened and alerted to concerns about energy drinks sold to children," the Globe and Mail quoted the editorial, written by Noni MacDonald, section editor of population and public health at CMAJ, Matthew Stanbrook, CMAJ's deputy editor, scientific and Paul Hébert, editor-in-chief of the journal, as stating. Strict regulations are required if business practices and consumer trends are not curbed." Red Bull is one high-profile example of a caffeinated energy drink. But the market for these products has exploded in recent years, meaning there is a growing number of products available that deliver high levels of caffeine to consumers. "At a minimum, all products with caffeine levels exceeding 100 milligrams should have labels and advertising that carry warnings comparable to those required for caffeine tablets. To minimize use by children, there should be no advertising targeting this vulnerable group," the editorial stated. Caffeine tablets carry warnings they should not be taken by children and that excessive amounts of caffeine can lead to irritability, loss of sleep, nervousness, and even rapid heart rate. The study has been published online by the Canadian Medical Association Journal.Source: ANI << Gay Tourism Picks Up in Conservative Mexico City Do Not Consume Sleeping Pills During Long-distance Flights >> Recommended Reading Use of Caffeine In Sport Can Improve Performance Scientists have shown that high doses of caffeine directly increase muscle power and endurance during relatively low-intensity activities. READ MORE Youngsters can be Harmed by High Caffeine Energy Shots Food safety officials say that energy 'shots' and drinks containing high levels of caffeine are unsuitable for youngsters, especially teenagers READ MORE Caffeine Reduces Errors, Improve Performance in Shift Workers Washington, May 12 (AN): A shot of caffeine can reduce mistakes made by drowsy shift workers, says a new study. READ MORE Brit Students Binge On Caffeine To Deal With Exam Fever More than a third of British teenagers use caffeine tablets and energy drinks while studying for exams, finds a new survey. READ MORE Caffeine and Decaffeination Caffeine is a psychoactive stimulant alkaloid commonly found in many of the products we consume daily. Excess intake of caffeine can lead to symptoms similar to substance addiction. READ MORE Energy Drinks – Power or Hype? Energy drinks come with the promise of giving a boost during a workout unlike anything an energy rich food can provide. This discussion will give an insight to the pros and cons of energy drinks. READ MORE Most Popular on Medindia Post-Nasal Drip Drug Side Effects Calculator Sinopril (2mg) (Lacidipine) More News on: Height and Weight-KidsCaffeine and DecaffeinationEnergy Drinks – Power or Hype?