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Effects of Caffeine and Warrior Stress on Behavioral : An Animal Model

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Technical Report

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Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences Bethesda United States

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Caffeine is commonly consumed by military service members with upwards of 45regularly ingesting caffeine in amounts exceeding 300 mg per day. Some literature highlights positive effects of moderate caffeine consumption other studies suggest that300 mgday can result in negative behavioral health outcomes. Using an animal modelN32, the present study examined effects of caffeine and stress on behaviors related to anxiety and depression using a full factorial mixed design 2 no caffeine, caffeine x 2no warrior stress, stress x 3 baseline, 7 days, 14 days. Caffeine animals were chronically exposed to a caffeine-sucrose solution 1 gL in 7 sucrose solution via home cage water bottles and acutely exposed to a caffeine-sucrose solution 60 mgkg in7 sucrose solution via a feeding syringe 30 minutes prior to stress. Stress was administered in two phases.

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  • Psychology
  • Stress Physiology
  • Military Forces and Organizations

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