Thursday, April 19, 2018

Getting caffeine fix as easy as taking deep breath

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Move over, coffee and Red Bull. A Harvard professor thinks the next big thing will be people inhaling their caffeine from a lipstick-sized tube. Critics say the novel product is not without its risks.

The product, called AeroShot, went on the market late last month in Massachusetts and New York and is also available in France. A single unit costs $2.99 at convenience, mom-and-pop, liquor and online stores.

Biomedical engineering professor David Edwards says AeroShot is safe and doesn't contain common additives, like taurine, used to amplify the caffeine effect in common energy drinks. Each gray-and-yellow plastic canister contains 100 milligrams of caffeine powder, about the amount in a large cup of coffee, plus B vitamins.

Once a user shoots a puff of calorie-free AeroShot into his or her mouth, the lemon-lime powder begins dissolving almost instantly. Each single-use container has up to six puffs.

Dr. Lisa Ganjhu, a gastroenterologist at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital in New York, said people need to be aware of how much caffeine they are ingesting, and how quickly. The product packaging warns people not to consume more than three AeroShots per day.

AeroShot, manufactured in France, is the flagship product of Cambridge-based Breathable Foods Inc.

Comments
Rick Scott’s Medicaid numbers come under fire

Rick Scott’s Medicaid numbers come under fire

When it comes to health-care math, sometimes the numbers don't add up for Florida Gov. Rick Scott.As Scott's administration this week submits a request to the federal government to trim the amount of time people have to apply for Medicaid coverage, t...
Updated: 8 minutes ago
Tech Data names Rich Hume to take over as new CEO

Tech Data names Rich Hume to take over as new CEO

CLEARWATER — Tech Data, Tampa Bay’s largest public company, has named Richard "Rich" T. Hume as its new chief executive officer, effective June 6.Hume, Tech Data’s executive vice president and chief operating officer since joining the company in 2016...
Updated: 30 minutes ago
Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: Nikita Kucherov drives Lightning past Devils

Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: Nikita Kucherov drives Lightning past Devils

Nikita Kucherov scores two goals and delivers some big hits as the Lightning beats the Devils, 3-1, in a physical Game 4 that pushes Tampa Bay to within one win of clinching the series.Meanwhile, the Rays beat the Rangers to as Jake Faria pitche...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Persall: Upon my retirement, a look back at a star-quality career

Persall: Upon my retirement, a look back at a star-quality career

Time to retire, nearly 25 years to the day after starting work as the Times' movie critic. That's how long I pledged to stay if hired in 1993. Nobody believed it. I couldn't blame them.
Updated: 1 hour ago
Meet the state’s top pole vaulter: River Ridge’s Stone Baker

Meet the state’s top pole vaulter: River Ridge’s Stone Baker

NEW PORT RICHEY — Long before he became the best pole vaulter in the state, Stone Baker was 12 years old and liked to play football.He didn't know a vaulting pole from a tennis racket.Then one day his friend, Evan Bales, asked him to come over ...
Updated: 1 hour ago
State money for new Rays ballpark? In debate, Graham is a yes, three others say no

State money for new Rays ballpark? In debate, Graham is a yes, three others say no

TAMPA — If three of the four Democrats running for governor win in November, the Tampa Bay Rays shouldn't bother asking the state for money to help build a new ballpark in Ybor City.At Wednesday's gubernatorial debate in Tampa, Tallahassee Mayo...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Lightning holds off Devils and David Puddy

Lightning holds off Devils and David Puddy

NEWARK, N.J. — The Devils pulled out all the stops for Wednesday's Game 4 of their Stanley Cup quarter final series with the Lightning by inviting David Puddy at the Prudential Center.For those who do not know who he is, Puddy was Elaine's...
Updated: 1 hour ago
North Korea has a new budget and it's full of fiscal hijinks

North Korea has a new budget and it's full of fiscal hijinks

North Korean Economics 101: Pyongyang's new national budget reflects steady growth, gives big boosts to just about everything and perplexes experts trying to understand what's really going on
Updated: 1 hour ago
'Seinfeld' actor shows up at Devils game with face painted

'Seinfeld' actor shows up at Devils game with face painted

Life imitated art at the Stanley Cup playoffs as the actor who played Puddy on the TV sitcom "Seinfeld" showed up at the game with his face painted as a New Jersey Devils fan
Updated: 1 hour ago
'Seinfeld' actor shows up at Devils game with face painted

'Seinfeld' actor shows up at Devils game with face painted

Life imitated art at the Stanley Cup playoffs as the actor who played Puddy on the TV sitcom "Seinfeld" showed up at the game with his face painted as a New Jersey Devils fan
Updated: 1 hour ago