New study results demonstrate why caffeine and ephedra may provide a "final boost"
After Baltimore Orioles pitcher Steve Bechler died during spring training earlier this year, the spotlight again turned on the dietary supplement ephedra. The Chinese herb, used for asthma in the 1960s, is attractive to athletes, because it provides and energy "boost" during games, and offers pound-dropping qualities (an attraction for Bechler, who was ten pounds overweight).
Ephedra has been linked to almost 100 deaths, among them high school and college athletes who have collapsed during games or practice. The supplement is banned from the National Football League (NFL), National College Athletic Association (NCAA) and the Olympics, but not from major league baseball. Even before this high profile death, ephedra was viewed with caution. For example, even thought the supplement makes up less than one percent of herbal supplement sales, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) believes ephedra causes 64 percent of all reported side effects from herbs.
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Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, have discovered a completely new way of capturing, amplifying and linking light to matter at the nanolevel. Using a tiny box, built from stacked atomically thin material, they have succeeded in creating a type of feedback loop in which light and matter become one. The discovery, which was recently published in Nature Nanotechnology, opens up new possibilities in the world of nanophotonics.
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