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Higher Consumption Of Tea, Coffee Linked With Reduced Risk Of Brain Tumors

October 19, 2010: 09:09 AM EST

Researchers who analyzed data from a large European cohort study found that intake of more than 100 mL (about 3.4 oz.) of coffee and tea a day was significantly associated with a reduced risk of brain tumors (gliomas). The findings support the conclusions of an earlier U.S. cohort study as well as some experiments showing that caffeine slows the persistent growth of glioblastoma. Researchers examined data compiled from more than a half-million people over eights years. They found 343 cases of glioma and 245 cases of meningioma in nine countries. There was “an inverse association between total coffee and tea consumption and risk of glioma that was consistent with the findings of a recent study,” the researchers concluded.

D.S Michaud, V. Gallo, B. Schlehofer, A. Tjønneland, A. Olsen, K. Overvad, et al., "Coffee and tea intake and risk of brain tumors in the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC) cohort study", American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, October 19, 2010, © American Society for Clinical Nutrition
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