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8 Apr
What about 9 or 10?

Date: Mon, 8 Apr 96 13:50:29 -0700
From: Peter Langston <psl>
To: Fun_People
Subject: What about 9 or 10?

Forwarded-by: Keith Bostic <>
Forwarded-by: ( KEITH E SULLIVAN)

	Researchers Wonder If Dark Moods Die In Java; Associated Press

CHICAGO -- Instant or espresso, coffee seems to ward off dark thoughts of
suicide in women, researchers say.

Female nurses who drank two to three cups of caffeinated coffee a day had
a 66 percent lower suicide rate than those who didn't drink any, according
to a study in today's edition of the American Medical Association's
Archives of Internal Medicine.

And those who drank more than four cups per day were 58 percent less
likely to commit suicide than collegues who drank less per day.

The study found 11 cases of suicide among nurses who drank two to three
cups of coffee per day, compared to 21 cases among collegues who said they
almost never drank coffee.

The study looked at 86,626 female nurses from 1980 to 1990.

The study's author, Dr. Ichiro Kawachi, said the results might be skewed
because doctors may warn depressed patients away from coffee.

The study also did not examine the effect of caffeine on people who
attempt suicide.  Kawachi, of Harvard Medical School and Brigham and
Women's Hospital in Boston, said more study was needed.

But the findings are consistent with a 1993 Kaiser Permanente Medical Care
Program study of 128,934 men and women.

A 1990 study found that 100 milligrams of caffeine per day could produce
increased feelings of well-being, energy and motivation.  A five-ounce
cup of coffee contains 40 to 180 mg of caffeine, according to the Food
and Drug Administration.

[We turn now to one of the home journals of coffeeland... -psl]

From: The Seattle Times, Monday, March 11, 1996.


	"How's the job going, Anne?"

Anne:	"Much better, now that I've given up sleep, exercise and
	 nutrition in favor of coffee."

	"Any adverse effects?"

Anne:	"This is the aorta of the last person who asked me that."

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