Entries from July 2007 ↓

Coffee and Exercise Can Fight Skin Cancer

Good news, coffee junkie! Another reason to drink coffee. Read on.

Drinking a double espresso a day and taking regular exercise may help to prevent skin cancer, researchers say.

Low to moderate amounts of caffeine in combination with exercise can be good for health and prevent damage caused by the Sun’s ultraviolet rays, a study on mice suggests.

Skin cancer is one of the most common cancers in Britain and is becoming more widespread — the number of cases has doubled in the past 20 years.

The study, at Rutgers University in New Jersey, showed that a combination of exercise and some caffeine — equivalent to one or two cups of coffee a day — protected against the effects of the Sun’s ultraviolet-B (UVB) radiation, which can lead to cancer. The caffeine and exercise seemingly conspire to kill off precancerous cells whose DNA has been damaged by UVB-rays, the authors say.

What’s more can I say? Coffee is a drink that has so many benefits, start drinking today!

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Starbucks Raising U.S. Drinks Prices Next Week

As the prices for U.S. milk have soared recently, Starbucks Corp will raise U.S. prices on coffee, lattes and other drinks by an average of 9 cents a cup next week to help offset soaring costs for milk and other commodities, a spokesman said on Monday.

The widely anticipated move marks Starbucks’ second price increase in less than a year and comes a month after the coffee shop chain’s chief financial officer warned it would be “very challenging” for Starbucks to meet the high end of its 2007 earnings forecast, in part because of rising dairy prices.

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Coffee Protects Against Blepharospasm, Study Finds

People who drink coffee are less likely to develop primary late onset blepharospasm, according to results of a multicenter case control study conducted in Italy and published online ahead of print in the Journal of Neurology Neurosurgery and Psychiatry.

One to two cups per day were needed for the protective effect to be seen, and the effect was proportional to the amount of coffee consumed. Also, the age of onset of the eye spasm was found to be later in patients who drank more coffee: 1.7 years for each additional cup per day.

Previous studies have suggested that smoking protects against development of blepharospasm, but this study did not show a significant protective effect.

The study included 166 patients with primary late onset blepharospasm. Serving as controls were 228 patients with hemifacial spasm and 187 people who were relatives of patients.

“The most obvious candidate for the protective effect is caffeine, but the low frequency of decaffeinated coffee intake in Italy prevented us from examining the effects of caffeine on blepharospasm,” the authors wrote.

Caffeine may block adenosine receptors, they proposed.

“Considering that the caffeine content of a cup of Italian coffee (60 to 120 mg) is similar to the average content of a cup of American coffee (95 to 125 mg), the protective effect on the development of blepharospasm might be exerted at caffeine doses greater than 120 to 240 mg, comparable with the caffeine doses suggested to be protective in Parkinson’s disease,” according to the authors.

Yet another reason to drink coffee.

(Via Opthmalmology Times)

Coffee Bean Espresso Chip Ice-Blended

Coffee Bean Espresso Chip pictured with Lemon Zest Ice-Blended
Coffee Bean Espresso Chip (right) pictured with Lemon Zest Ice-Blended

Coffee Bean New Espresso Chip is now available for a limited time only. Priced at RM 12 in Malaysia, this is a refreshing ice-blended drink with a nicely bits of espresso chips mixed in the blended coffee. Definitely refreshing on a lazy hot afternoon!

Don’t miss out as this promotion is till 31st July only!

Kit Kat Café Latte

Have a break, have a Kit Kat Café Latte!

Kit Kat Café Latte
Kit Kat Café Latte

Kit Kat Café Latte flavor is now available in Malaysia. Previously available only in Australia, Kit Kat Café Latte Limited Edition is now available at Malaysia for a limited time. It is priced at RM 2.50 for two 17g sticks.