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Study: Energy drinks may harm children's health

(CNN) - A study released Monday states children are at greater risk of negative effects when consuming high-caffeine energy drinks.

A new report in the journal "Pediatrics" warns these drinks could be especially dangerous to children with ADHD, diabetes, sleep issues and eating disorders.

Doctors from the University of Miami said although caffeine can improve attention spans, it also increases blood pressure and disrupts sleep patterns in young people. They suggest not consuming energy drinks after long periods of exercise or mixing them with alcohol.

According to the American Association of Poison Control Centers, nearly half of all the caffeine overdoses in 2007 occurred in people younger than 19.

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