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Coffee buzz: Java drinkers live longer, big study finds; regular and decaf are equally good – The Washington Post

I knew I wasn’t drinking it for the taste:

Coffee buzz: Java drinkers live longer, big study finds; regular and decaf are equally goodBy Associated Press, Published: May 16MILWAUKEE — One of life’s simple pleasures just got a little sweeter. After years of waffling research on coffee and health, even some fear that java might raise the risk of heart disease, a big study finds the opposite: Coffee drinkers are a little more likely to live longer. Regular or decaf doesn’t matter.The study of 400,000 people is the largest ever done on the issue, and the results should reassure any coffee lovers who think it’s a guilty pleasure that may do harm.“Our study suggests that’s really not the case,” said lead researcher Neal Freedman of the National Cancer Institute. “There may actually be a modest benefit of coffee drinking.”

via Coffee buzz: Java drinkers live longer, big study finds; regular and decaf are equally good – The Washington Post.

Now, how long until I can take it off on my taxes…

How to make coffee 102

Coffee 101: put coffee in filter, add water to reservoir, and turn on the heat. You’ve got that, this is 102.

This is very-modestly advanced coffee making, but the payoffs are:

  • better tasting coffee (I don’t know why)
  • no coffee grounds in the pot
  • much easier to clean the basket after brewing
  • elevation in the coffee making ranks

Begin with standard hospital coffee reagents: low-bid coffee, two filters, and a budget drip coffeemaker:
Coffee making reagents needed

Add your normal amount of coffee to filter 1:

Coffee added to filter 1

Gather the edges of filter 1, to enclose all the coffee in one filter:

Coffee filter 1 gathered for next step

Place filter one gathered-edge down into filter 2:

Filter 1 in 2

Add filters 1 & 2 to the basket, and make your coffee.

Both filters in basket, ready to brew

Be prepared to do it over and over when people tell you your coffee is good!

Coffee Maker update

Today it died. The coffee maker I bought December 20th, 2006. The heating element expired.

It gave good service, and ran 24/7 for seven months, which is a lot longer than I thought it would.

Tomorrow, a new one.

BBC NEWS | Health | Coffee ‘could prevent eye tremor’

BBC NEWS | Health | Coffee ‘could prevent eye tremor’

Coffee ‘could prevent eye tremor’

People who drank coffee had a lower risk of blepharospasm
Drinking coffee protects against an eyelid spasm that can lead to blindness, a study suggests.Italian researchers looked at the coffee drinking and smoking habits of 166 people with blepharospasm.

Sufferers have uncontrollable twitching of the eyelid which, in extreme cases, stops them being able to see.

One or two cups of coffee a day seemed to reduce the risk of the condition, the team reported in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry.

Again, coffee saves.  What can’t it do?

How my day went, per the coffee maker

(My enjoyment of coffee is well documented here, so no need to retrace steps).

We were pretty busy for the first hour, so then I went to get my first cup. Coffee maker is empty. Big mess around same. Cleaned up the mess, started coffee.

Get crushed with sick patients, work like crazy to keep the ill and injured as well as possible.

2 hours later, a break; coffee maker is empty. Start another pot.

An hour and a half later, some re-evals are done, and there’s two minutes of slack time, and time for coffee. 1/2 pot available, but no cups.


Another hour later, finally there’s a break, and a cup, and coffee! Huzzah!

Home two hours later. One cup.

Crazy shift!

Coffee continues to save – Coffee’s Health Perks Get Attention – Health News | Current Health News | Medical News

According to Lenore Arab, PhD, a nutritional epidemiologist at UCLA, other studies suggest less conclusively that coffee could help lower the risk of liver cancer, Parkinson’s disease, and possibly colon cancer. And Arab says other research suggests high coffee intake by pregnant women can put their children at risk of leukemia.

I’ll keep drinking it, then.

I brought my coffee cup home yesterday

…and gave my wife a fright.

At work, we’re allowed to have a cup if it’s covered, so it took me about a millisecond to bring one to work for the coffee.  I can quit any time.  Really.

I like coffee, truth be told.  Not as much as my family, but there’s a space for all I appreciate in my life.  I digress.


So, after several months weeks days in continuous operation, I decided it was time to bring the caffeine chalice home to meet the dishwasher.  I put it in my lunch box, and brought the lunch box home, as usual.  In the middle of the night, of course.

The next morning I happened to be standing in the kitchen when my wife opened said box, took out the coffee cup, shot me a quick look and asked “Did you quit your job?”.  She wasn’t joking.

So, no, I didn’t quit my job or coffee.  She’s happy about the first, and resigned to the second.

Coffee and my mind

In cartoon form:


Exactly right.  (Who is watching me?)

Hat tip to reader Big Jim

Coffee May Protect Against Alcoholic Cirrhosis

From Medscape today came several comment-worthy news items, but this is the headliner, and (potentially) effects the most people:

June 13, 2006 — Coffee may be protective of cirrhosis, particularly alcoholic cirrhosis, according to the results of a cohort study reported in the June 12 issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine.

“A minority of persons at risk develop liver cirrhosis, but knowledge of risk modulators is sparse,” write Arthur L. Klatsky, MD, from the Kaiser Permanente Medical Care Program in Oakland, Calif, and colleagues. “Several reports suggest that coffee drinking is associated with lower cirrhosis risk.”

In this study, 125,580 multiethnic members of a comprehensive prepaid healthcare plan who had no known liver disease supplied baseline data at voluntary health examinations from 1978 to 1985. Through 2001, 330 of these members were diagnosed as having liver cirrhosis, including 199 members with alcoholic cirrhosis and 131 subjects with nonalcoholic cirrhosis, confirmed by medical record review. ….

[technical details omitted]

These relative risks for coffee drinking were consistent in different subgroups. Tea drinking was not related to alcoholic or nonalcoholic cirrhosis. Cross-sectional analyses revealed that coffee drinking was related to lower prevalence of high aspartate aminotransferase and alanine aminotransferase levels. The odds ratio of 4 or more cups per day (vs none) for a high aspartate aminotransferase level was 0.5 (95% CI, 0.4 – 0.6; P < .001), and it was 0.6 for a high alanine aminotransferase level, (95% CI, 0.6 - 0.7; P < .001). Inverse relations were stronger in those who drank large quantities of alcohol. “These data support the hypothesis that there is an ingredient in coffee that protects against cirrhosis, especially alcoholic cirrhosis,” the authors write. “The absent relation of tea drinking to cirrhosis might mean that the relation is less likely due to caffeine than to some other coffee ingredient.”

(emphases mine)

I’ll drink to that!

Good News on the Coffee Front


Medscape Medical News
Coffee May Not Increase Risk for Heart Disease
News Author: Laurie Barclay, MD
Release Date: April 25, 2006

April 25, 2006 — Coffee does not increase the risk for coronary heart disease (CHD) in men or women, according to the results of a large, prospective cohort study reported in the April 24 Rapid Access issue of Circulation.

"We found that coffee consumption was not associated with an increased risk of CHD," lead author Esther Lopez-Garcia, DrPH, from the Universidad Autonoma de Madrid in Spain, said in a news release. "This lack of effect is good news, because coffee is one of the most widely consumed beverages in the world…. The length of follow up is important because it allowed us to examine the long-term effects of coffee consumption."

Drink up! (Starbucks not listed as a study sponsor).

Coffee and Your Liver

Again, coffee is found to be good for you. This from the Washington Post:

Study Suggests Caffeine Can Help Liver

Monday, December 5, 2005; Page A06

Coffee and tea may reduce the risk of serious liver damage in people who drink too much alcohol, are overweight or have too much iron in the blood, researchers reported yesterday.

The study of nearly 10,000 people showed that those who drank more than two cups of coffee or tea per day developed chronic liver disease at half the rate of those who drank less than one cup each day.

RSNA: Coffee Boosts Short Term Memory

Another reason to have a cup:

CHICAGO, Nov. 30 – A cup of coffee is good for the memory, at least the short term memory, according to research reported today.

In a study of 15 healthy men ages 26 to 47, functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) detected significant activity in the brain’s memory centers 20 minutes after the men consumed 100 mg of caffeine, according an Austrian study reported at the Radiological Society of North America meeting here.

The activity was significantly greater than men who were imaged after consuming a matched placebo (P<0.05), said Florian Koppelstatter, M.D., of the University Hospital Innsbruck. He said the fMRI scan detected activity in the anterior cingulate cortex of the brain, which is responsible for some short-term memory functions.

This was by the Radiological Society of North America, and not Folgers, so you know it’s good.

BBC NEWS | Health | Decaf coffee linked to heart risk

via BBC NEWS | Health:

Drinking decaffeinated coffee could increase the risk of heart disease, a study has suggested.
It could lead to a rise in harmful cholesterol levels, the US National Institutes of Health study found.

Stick to the leaded stuff.

Unless you’re pregnant:

The finding comes as a Danish team reiterated that drinking eight or more cups of coffee a day while pregnant may double the risk of losing the baby.

They advised pregnant women to drink no more than three cups of coffee a day, in line with existing UK advice.

As I’ll never be pregnant, I’ll have another cuppa’.

Self-heating coffee – Single-serving coffee can heats itself

Beginning Jan. 2, consumers can buy a 10-ounce container of Wolfgang Puck gourmet latte at the store and heat it by pressing a button. No electricity. No batteries. No appliances.

“It will expand the way people drink coffee,” says Puck, the celebrity chef with a growing empire.

How does the can do it? A single step mixes calcium oxide (quicklime) and water. It heats the coffee to 145 degrees in six minutes and stays hot for 30 minutes.

{Monty Burns}Excellent!{/Monty Burns}

via Slashdot

…just add coffee

Hehe. My colleagues have noticed my coffee affinity.

We don’t exchange gifts at work, and I’m very glad about that. However, a few days ago a colleague warned me: “I found something in a store that I just had to get you…” with assurances that reciprocity was not desired. (I hope he wasn’t kidding).
Very funny, and very true.