The Daily Populous

Monday February 15th, 2021 evening edition

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They are intended (and marketed) to improve mood, alertness and productivity—but may have long-term secondary effects that are decidedly less beneficial.

A variety of cross-sectional studies has already examined the relationship between energy drink consumption and mental health problems like anxiety, depression, and increased feelings of stress.

Few to date, however, have done so longitudinally, meaning that causal relationships have been difficult to determine or demonstrate.

To remedy this, the present study looked at data from 897 individuals who have been followed from birth in the context of the previously published Raine study.

Questionnaires were given at age 20 and again at age 22 regarding, among others, energy drink consumption and mood.

The possibility of some upstream behavior or other element acting on energy drink consumption and depression and anxiety separately, however, is left largely unexplored.

The authors do note that the ingredients in energy drinks may exacerbate existing symptoms of anxiety, depression and stress. »

Man back behind bars for carjacking 16-year-old girl just 20 minutes after prison release

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The carjacking occurred a mile and a half away from the prison he was freed from.

A man has found himself back behind bars for allegedly carjacking a 16-year-old girl just 20 minutes after he was released from prison.

Authorities say that the suspect, 31-year-old Marcus Goodman -- who was released from prison just 20 minutes before at 10:08 p.m. -- approached the 16-year-old girl and indicated that he had a gun before demanding her car and driving off. »

Trump's two impeachments hold same lesson: Republicans can't be trusted with our democracy

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But the lessons of both impeachments were the same: The Republican Party cannot be trusted with our democracy.

And you can argue that this strategy, though probably too limited to capture the monstrous scope of Trump’s crimes, succeeded.

Under Trump, Republicans lost the White House, the House and the Senate in one term — something that hasn’t happened since Herbert Hoover was president. »

Landlords evicting hundreds during lockdown with government’s new ‘eviction ban’ loopholes

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New figures show eviction attempts by landlords doubled during the winter coronavirus lockdown, while more than 500 households were forced out by county court bailiffs.

In the final quarter of 2020 more than 2,000 orders were issued for people to leave their homes.

“Far from ‘putting their arms around the British people’, the government allowed hundreds of renters to be evicted during lockdown," said shadow housing secretary Thangam Debbonaire. »