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Why does coffee affect me more than others?

Dr J W Langer, medical doctor, lecturer and science journalist “Why does coffee affect me more than others?” is a commonly-asked question. The short answer to the question is that research has shown that, if a group of people drink the same standardised amount of coffee, their reactions are determined by their genetic make-up, which […]

Can coffee consumption improve performance in trained athletes?

Dr Neil Clarke, Principal Lecturer, School Of Life Sciences, Coventry University (UK) Caffeine is a highly studied substance and there is a strong body of research, as acknowledged by the European Food Safety Authority in its Scientific Opinion, to say that a moderate intake of caffeine, [equivalent to around 3 mg per kilogram of body […]

ISIC Roundtable: Looking after the Liver

Dr. Carlo La Vecchia, Professor of Medical Statistics and Epidemiology, Dept. of Clinical Sciences and Community Health, Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy The liver is a key organ in the body and is involved in a number of vital metabolic processes including the regulation of blood sugar and fat, the digestions of food to […]

Coffee, productivity, and cognitive function at work

Professor Peter Rogers, Professor of Biological Psychology, University of Bristol, UK Many people will have seen first-hand the widespread custom of coffee in the workplace, whether in an office setting, or in scenarios such as shift work in factories and hospitals. Coffee breaks are an ingrained part of work culture, and the phrase ‘taking a […]

How might coffee and caffeine affect our mood and emotions?

Dr. Géraldine Coppin, University of Geneva & Swiss Center for Affective Sciences, investigates.   Introduction  While a large body of research has reviewed the physiological effects of coffee consumption, only few studies have considered the potential relationships between coffee consumption, mood and emotion. However, current research into this area suggests some interesting findings, not only […]

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