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"Cinnamon Challenge" could present health problems


Last year's "cinnamon challenge" went viral, with thousands of YouTube videos being posted of people trying to eat a spoonful of the spice. However, the stunt can be dangerous.

A new study in the journal of pediatrics reports dozens of teens required emergency care in 2012 after attempting the challenge. Many arrived at the ER with trouble breathing or having choked on the cinnamon.

Some of those who were brought into the ER had to be hospitalized with collapsed lungs.

In addition, there were nearly 200 calls into poison control centers related to the challenge.

While the fad is fading, researchers say there are still videos of people attempting the challenge posted to YouTube every day. Experts say doctors and parents should tell their teens of the dangers of the viral challenge.

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