Study: Caffeine could slow kids’ brain development

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Caffeine use among kids has increased by more than 70 percent over the past 30 years and researchers say that boost may be affecting children’s brains.

A new study suggests caffeine might be slowing down the development of adolescent brains.

Researchers exposed a group of pubescent rats to the amount of caffeine equivalent to a human drinking three to four cups of coffee a day.

Experts say the brain development of those rats slowed considerably.

The rodents also showed signs of being shy and cautious, rather than being curious little creatures.