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Jim is Senior Writer, Editor and Researcher for the HomeWord Center for Youth and Family at Azusa Pacific University. Jim has over 25 years of experience as a youth and family ministry specialist, and has been on the HomeWord staff since 1998. He has served over the years as a pastor, author, youth ministry trainer, adjunct college instructor and speaker. Jim’s culture blog and parenting articles appear on HomeWord.com. Jim is a contributing author of culture and parenting articles to Crosswalk.com. Jim and his wife Jenny live in Olympia, WA.

According to an article in USA Today, poison control officials throughout the U.S. are raising concerns about the use of powered pure caffeine. Some teens have been using the currently unregulated product for increasing their energy level, assisting in weight loss, or as an aid in workouts.

Attention was drawn to the dangers of caffeine powder use after eighteen-year-old Logan Stiner of LaGrange, Ohio, died May 27 after consuming it.

In late-July, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published a safety alert regarding the powder. In the alert the FDA stated concern about the product being sold in bulk over the internet.

The alert also mentioned the difficulty consumers have in measuring the dosage of the powder. According to the FDA, one teaspoon of the powder contains approximately the same amount of caffeine as 25 cups of coffee. Just 1/16th of a teaspoon contains roughly the same amount of caffeine as two cups of coffee.

In August, the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) posted the FDA warning in its August 27 issue, and U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut publicly asked the FDA to ban the sale of the powder nationally.

In its alert, the FDA listed the following symptoms of possible caffeine overdose: vomiting, diarrhea, stupor, disorientation, rapid or erratic heartbeat, seizures, and death.

Sources:
FDA
http://www.fda.gov/Food/RecallsOutbreaksEmergencies/SafetyAlertsAdvisories/ucm405787.htm

USA Today
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/09/16/poison-control-warning-caffeine-powder-teens/15412253/

West Hartford News
http://www.westhartfordnews.com/articles/2014/08/24/news/doc53f7313d59700570797534.txt

Don't be embarrassed that you didn't take notice of Amazon's recent purchase of Twitch Interactive. Don't worry if you noticed and it didn't mean anything to you either. These are only signs that you are old.

What is Twitch and what does it mean that Amazon is forking over $970 million in cash for the company?

Twitch Interactive is a live video gaming platform that is just 3-years young. It streams video gameplay, often tournaments, in real-time to the interwebs, and is supported by advertising.

While Twitch might have fallen under your radar, it has not for millions of online game players, fans, and advertisers.

It's reported that over 60 million people have used the Twitch site --- including 55 million unique visitors in the month of July, who viewed more than 15 billion minutes site content. The average viewer stayed on the site for 106 minutes. With those numbers, gameplay broadcasting just may be the new big streaming entertainment medium --- and Amazon's purchase means that they are intent in becoming a major player in the industry.

One way to think of Twitch is as an e-sports league, not unlike watching major league baseball or the national football league. You might not find yourself turning off the television at halftime of next Sunday's Chargers-Bills football game to visit Twitch to catch up on the progress of the latest Call of Duty tournament. But your kids just might. And Amazon will rejoice.

Sources:
Businessweek
http://www.businessweek.com/news/2014-09-03/twitch-ceo-sees-game-tournaments-vying-with-major-leagues

StreamDaily
http://streamdaily.tv/2014/08/25/its-confirmed-amazon-to-buy-titch-for-970m-in-cash/

According to new findings by Michael Nathanson of Moffett Nathanson Research, the age of the average television viewer is getting older.

The findings are not surprising given that young audiences are increasingly consuming their entertainment, including television programming, through online delivery systems such as Netflix and YouTube.

Nathanson found the median age of viewership for cable and broadcast programming during the 2013-2014 television season was 44.4, an increase of 6 percent over four years. The age of viewers for major broadcast network programming increased even more, to a median of 53.9, an increase of 7 percent over four years. CBS has the oldest viewers, averaging 58.7 years of age.

For more information read the source article.

Source: Huffington Post
http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/business/wp/2014/09/05/tv-is-increasingly-for-old-people/

Trending Today on Twitter - 9/12/14
1. #MTVEVA
2. TJ Lane
3. #iPhone6Plus
4. #HappyBirthdayConnor
5. #NominateFifthHarmony
6. Why is U2
7. #SpookyCartoons
8. Pistorius
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10. Stanton
Source: Twitter

Hot Searches on Google - 9/12/14
1. TJ Lane
2. Steelers
3. Giancarlo Stanton
4. September 11, 2001
5. Solar Storm
6. Biggest Loser
7. Steven Bauer
8. iPhone 6 Pre Order
Source: Google

iTunes Top 10 Singles - 9/12/14
1. All About That Bass - Meghan Trainor
2. Shake It Off - Taylor Swift
3. Bang Bang - Jessie J, Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj
4. Centuries - Fall Out Boy
5. Anaconda - Nicki Minaj
6. Black Widow (feat. Rita Ora) Iggy Azalea
7. Burnin' It Down - Jason Aldean
8. Maps - Maroon 5
9. Rather Be (feat. Jess Glynne)
10. Break Free (feat. Zedd) - Ariana Grande
Source: iTunes

Top 10 TV Shows in Prime Time - Week Ending 9/7/14
1. NBC NFL Thurs Special
2. NBC Sunday Night Football
3. Football Night in America - Part 3
4. The OT
5. NBC NFL Opening Kick-Off Show
6. NCIS Special
7. America's Got Talent - Wed
8. NCIS
9. America's Got Talent - Tues
10. The Big Bang Theory
Source: Nielsen Co.

Top YouTube Videos - Ages 13-17 - 9/12/14
1. Hot Sauce Fail
2. Nicki Minaj - Anaconda
3. What a Girl's Eyebrows Mean
4. Daddy/Daughter Dance to Shake It Off
Source: YouTube

Top 5 Movies - Last Weekend
1. Guardians of the Galaxy
2. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
3. Let's Be Cops
4. If I Stay
5. The November Man
Source: Rotten Tomatoes

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