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Man Gets Hepatitis After Weeks Of Drinking Nothing But Energy Drinks


We’ve pounded quite a few energy drinks back in our college days. Had to stay awake and cram for those finals somehow. We’ve never drank so many that we’d contract a life-threatening disease, however.

After this terrifying wake up call, we may never touch one again.

Gizmodo reports that a 50-year-old man was diagnosed with severe hepatitis after drinking nothing but energy drinks for three weeks straight. Reports say he needed them to get through his long hours as a construction worker.

The man soon became fatigued, experienced abdominal pain, had nausea, and vomited frequently. He thought he had the flu until he noticed his urine was dark and his skin turned yellow. Yep, jaundice.

The doctors diagnosed the man with hepatitis due to his excessive ingestion of vitamin B3, which is also known as niacin. A typical energy drink, let’s say Monster, contains about 200 percent of the daily recommended intake of niacin. That amount isn’t enough to poison you… unless you drink five to seven times that throughout the day for nonstop for weeks.

A new case published in the British Medical Journal states that consumers should be aware of all the ingredients found in popular foods and drinks so they don’t over-consume dietary supplements.

Maybe we’ll just stick to black coffee for a while.


One Of Your Favorite Cocktails Can Actually Cause Serious Skin Burns

If you’re planning on spending your spring break sipping cocktails in a sunny locale, you might want to stop what you’re doing and pay attention.

Drunk texting your ex and waking up with a next-level hangover aren’t the only things you have to worry about when knocking back a few drinks on the beach.

It turns out, spilling your beloved margaritas on your sun-kissed skin can actually result in some pretty nasty skin burns.

I know, I felt pretty betrayed by my boozy BFF when I found out about this, too.

If you’re not familiar with this phenomenon, it’s known as phytophotodermatitis or “Margarita Dermatitis,” and it’s caused by lime juice getting on your skin. It’s also way more common than you may think.

We turned to Monique Olivares, a leading PA-C from Schweiger Dermatology in NYC, to get the scoop on this skin condition.

Olivares told Elite Daily,

Phytophotodermatitis is a skin rash that occurs when a sun-sensitizing chemical on the skin reacts with sunlight. This chemical reaction can cause redness, burning, blisters and residual dark pigmentation at the site of exposure.

If you think about the typical beach party scene, full of sloppy partiers sloshing their drinks around as they live it up under the sun, it becomes pretty apparent why phytophotodermatitis should be of particular concern for spring breakers.

Check out the pictures below for a closer look at this skin reaction (I’m going to warn you, it’s not very pretty).

Drinking margaritas on the beach sounds pretty great…


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…but did you know your beloved, boozy beverage can do more than just give you one hell of a hangover ?


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Yep, it turns out mixing citrus with sun produces a chemical reaction that can leave your skin with redness, burning, blisters and residual dark spots.  

This phenomenon is known as phytophotodermatitis…


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…and according to Monique Olivares, a PA-C from Schweiger Dermatology in NYC, it’s essentially a “skin rash that occurs when a sun-sensitizing chemical comes in contact with the skin and reacts with sunlight.”  


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Apparently, lime and celery are two of the biggest culprits that cause this common condition.  

Olivares told Elite Daily, “the initial rash can appear within 72 hours of sun exposure and can range in severity from skin dryness to blisters.”


It’s not hard to see why spring breakers should be especially wary of phytophotodermatitis.  

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All it takes is one spilled marg during a sloppy day-drinking session…



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…and you can end up with a seriously ugly burn that will definitely put a damper on the rest of your trip.  

However, there are some measures you can take to keep your skin safe.


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Olivares told Elite Daily prevention is key. She suggested you “wear a broad spectrum sunscreen and reapply every 80 minutes. If plants or citrus come in contact with the skin, wash it well with soap and water and if skin irritation does occur, a corticosteroid cream can be applied for relief.”  

Written by Kaylin Pound, EliteDaily


Wine May Not Be As Healthy For Us As We Thought. Et Tu, Wine?

The British are coming! The British are Coming! To blow our buzz, that is.

The U.K. government has recently issued a warning that red wine may not be as healthy for us as we thought. Thanks for raining on our parade, U.K. government.

It was previously assumed that a glass of red wine a day could work wonders for your body, like help prevent heart disease and lower cholesterol. Of course, this is all under the assumption that you’re not chugging three bottles a day, ya crazy winos. Some super-nerd scientists even went as far as to say that red wine helps destroy “bad bacteria” in your mouth, effectively doubling as a mouthwash. Assuming, of course, you want your mouth to smell like a bold Syrah or a robust Merlot.

“I’m just trying to be healthy, fuck off with that face, Lisbeth”

The United Kingdom’s Chief Medical Officer recently decided to take a fat shit on everyone’s dreams by dropping some truth bombs. Professor Dame Sally Davies, the CMO, recently revealed that while a glass of red wine a day may have some health benefits, these benefits really only apply to women over the age of 55. That’s about 17% of people.

Considering that Americans have steadily increased their wine consumption over the past 24 years, this new report could bring about dire consequences for American drinkers. The overall theme of the report is “drink less,” so it will be interesting to see how it affects American alcohol consumerism.

If I had to guess, I’d say very little. We love our wine and beer, so we’re gonna stick to the first report that says its all good for you, kthxbai.

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Why Feeding Ducks Bread Isn’t As Noble As It Seems


When you see a sign at the park that says “Don’t Feed The Ducks,” your natural instinct might be to break off a piece of bread and feed the ducks. Why wouldn’t you want to make sure those feathered miscreants are fed and full?

Turns out, park authorities weren’t just putting up those signs to be jerk. There’s a reason you shouldn’t be feeding ducks bread.

According to IFL Science, continuously feeding ducks leds to them relying on humans for food rather than seeking out foods in their natural diets. They’ll quickly get addicted to the bread, which contains no nutritional value other than a high amount of calories.

In extreme cases, ducks can also develop a condition known as angel wing. Angel wing cause birds’ wings to point out laterally instead of coming down to rest against the body. Because of this, the birds are unable to fly which will sadly led to their deaths.

Bread, if uneaten by the ducks, can also begin to mold and contaminate the surrounding area.

All this can be avoided if you just eat that piece of bread yourself. Maybe some veggies after.


Science Says THREE Glasses Of Champagne Can Prevent Alzheimer’s And Dementia


We’ve been telling everyone for years how alcohol can be good for your health. OK, maybe not if you’re constantly pounding beers. However, a new study shows that a few glasses of champagne a week can help prevent Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.

According to the Mirror, a group of researchers from Reading University attribute the health benefits of champagne to the chemical compounds in grapes. The fruits used to make champagne can help boost memory and battle illness.

Pinot noir and pinot meunier were tested on rats which yielded significant health benefits in the rodents. Professor Jeremy Spencer, of Reading, told the Mail that the testing had dramatic results.

Unfortunately, three glasses of champagne a week might be too expensive for the average consumer looking to battle Alzheimer’s and dementia. Though we don’t really know yet if brands matter when it comes to health.

Luckily, a spokesperson for the Alzheimer’s Society says it’s still a while before the celebratory alcoholic beverage can actually be turned into medicine. Until then, we’ll have to stick to recreational drinking.

If you ever need any ideas on how to open that champangne bottle, here are ten.




When Her Grandmother Was Diagnosed With Alzheimer’s, She Created This Brilliant Dining Set


When designer Sha Yao’s late grandmother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease, the young designer felt helpless and wanted to do more for her loved one. Yao spent time volunteering in senior care facilities that care for patients of Alzheimers and other impairing conditions.

Her time volunteering led her to create the Eat Well dining set.

The purpose of the Eat Well set is to increase food intake, maintain dignity for those using the product and make caring burdens as easy as possible.

Eat Well boasts 20 features in a set. This includes user-friendly designs that make scooping food as easy as possible, spill-proof cups and bright colors to help increase appetites.

The set is fully-funded on Indigogo and can be pre-ordered now.


This Revolutionary New Pill FINALLY Lets Gluten-Free Folks Eat Pizza And Beer


Those suffering from celiac disease know how it feels to miss out on gluten-heavy foods like bread, pizzas, or even beer. CBC News reports that a new pill will allow those with a gluten-free diet to enjoy gluten.

Hoon Sunwoo, an associate professor of pharmaceutical studies at the University of Alberta, has developed a pill that may change the way someone with celiac disease can experience foods.

Sunwoo has been working on the pill for nearly a decade. Essentially, it uses egg yolk antibodies to cover up gluten and lets it pass through the body without causes any damage or discomfort. One simply has to take the pill five minutes before eating or drinking. The pill should give them one to two hours of gluten protection.

The pill, however, is defintely not a cure for celiac disease. In fact, a gluten-free diet is still strictly enforced. The pill is only a temporary aid to help gluten-free people enjoy foods that would usually make them sick.

Safety clinical trials began two months ago and efficacy clinical trials are expected to start next year.