ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Air Pollution May Raise Blood Pressure
Childhood Food Allergies on the Rise
Overweight Moms More Likely to Have Asthmatic Kids
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Holistic Treatment for Candida Infection
New Insights Show Ginseng Fights Inflammation
38% of U.S. Adults Use Alternative Treatments
ANIMAL CARE
Separation Anxiety, Canine-Style
Animals Respond to Acupuncture's Healing Touch
Safe Toys for Dogs
BONES & JOINTS
Healthy adults have potential autoimmune disease-causing cells
Scientists ID New Genes Tied to Crohn's Disease
Low Vitamin D Raises Women's Hip Fracture Risk
CANCER
Tanning Beds Shown To Raise Cancer Risk, Study Says
Method for Treating Cervical Lesions May Pose Pregnancy Risks
Women Smokers Lose 14.5 Years Off Life Span
CAREGIVING
Babies Born in High Pollen Months at Wheezing Risk
U.S. Mental Health Spending Rises, But Many Still Left Out
Newborn Screenings Now Required Across U.S.
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Review Confirms Links Between Diet, Heart Health
Laughter Can Boost Heart Health
Walk 100 Steps a Minute for 'Moderate' Exercise
COSMETIC
Health Tip: After Liposuction
New Genetic Links to Baldness Discovered
Gum Chewing May Cut Craving for Snacks
DENTAL, ORAL
Hormones May Be to Blame for Women's Cavity Rates
Dental Implants Need More Work Than Root Canals
Health Tip: At Risk for Gingivitis
DIABETES
Out-of-Control Blood Sugar May Affect Memory
Fish Twice a Week Cuts Diabetics' Kidney Risks
Treatment for Type 2 Diabetes Updated
DIET, NUTRITION
Go Healthy, Not Hungry for Holiday Eating
Fish Oil's Benefits Remain Elusive
Keep Stress Off the Holiday Meal Menu, Expert Advises
DISABILITIES
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Scorpion Anti-Venom Speeds Children's Recovery
Clear Skies Have Become Less So Over Time, Data Show
Exhaust From Railroad Diesel Linked to Lung Ailments
EYE CARE, VISION
Just Like Skin, Eyes Can 'Burn' in Strong Sun
When Corks Fly, Watch the Eyes
Thyroid Problems Boost Glaucoma Risk
FITNESS
Exercise 30 Minutes a Day? Who Knew!
When It Comes to Lifting, the Pros Have Your Back
Exercise Cuts Lung Cancer Risk in Ex-Smokers by 45%
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Traditional Nonsurgical GERD Treatments Not Impressive
Japanese Herbals May Ease Gastro Woes
New Guidelines Issued for Management of IBS
GENERAL HEALTH
More Whole Grains May Mean Less Fat
Lower Vitamin D Levels in Blacks May Up Heart Risks
Man Dies of Brain Inflammation Caused by Deer Tick Virus
HEAD & NECK
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
Study Suggests Link Between Cell Phones and Brain Tumors
Magnet Therapy May Ease Hard-to-Treat Depression
HEARING
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
More Steps a Day Lead to Better Health
Potassium-Rich Foods May Cut Stroke, Heart Disease Risk
Ginkgo Won't Prevent Heart Attack, Stroke in Elderly
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Older Adults May Have Some Immunity to Swine Flu
Poor Restroom Cleaning Causes Cruise-Ship Sickness
The HPV Vaccine: Preventative Medicine or Human Sacrifice?
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Babies Cared For In Others Homes Might Become Heavy Toddlers
Even Young Kids Can Learn CPR
Teen Stress May Have Roots in First Three Years of Life
MEN'S HEALTH
Whole Grains, Bran May Fight Hypertension in Men
Sunlight May Help Protect Men From Kidney Cancer
Physical Activity May Prolong Survival After Colon Cancer
MENTAL HEALTH
Optimism May Boost Immune System
Chocolate a Sweet Pick-Me-Up for the Depressed
Shop 'Til You Drop: You May Feel Better
PAIN
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
Are We Exercising Pain Away? Not So Much.
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Acupuncture May Relieve Acid Indigestation In Pregnancy
Breast-Feeding May Protect a Woman's Heart
Sugary Colas Tied to Gestational Diabetes
SENIORS
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
Tai Chi May Help Ward Off Knee Pain in Seniors
Exercise Benefits Even the Oldest Old
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Lose Weight, Sleep Apnea May Improve
Exercising Throat Muscles May Relieve Sleep Apnea
Sleeping Could Help Women Lose The Baby Fat
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Exercise As Well As Acupuncture, May Ease Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
Women Who Run May Benefit From Extra Folic Acid
Iodine in Prenatal Vitamins Varies Widely
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Internet Program Helps Problem Drinkers

TUESDAY, May 12 (HealthDay News) --A new Dutch study finds that the Internet may be able to help problem drinkers change their bad habits.

About 19 percent of Netherlands residents who used a special interactive self-help Web site over six months to deal with their excessive alcohol consumption said they lowered their weekly drinking to what was considered more "low-risk" levels, a survey found.

The free Web site, called Drinking Less (www.minderdrinken.nl), allowed users to anonymously seek guidance and motivation to help curb their drinking at any time of the day from any place with a Internet access. The study's researchers said they believed such online intervention could work in most countries and be especially helpful in reaching the more than 80 percent of problem drinkers who never seek any help for their condition.

"While Web-based and digital interventions might not be effective for everyone, almost 20 percent of our participants were able to change their problem drinking to low-risk, while others became aware of their problems and were more willing to seek professional guidance," the study's corresponding author, senior scientist Heleen Riper of the Trimbos Institute and the Vrije Universiteit in the Netherlands, said in a Trimbos news release. "Our study also indicated that Web-based treatment like this is effective for people with different educational backgrounds."

The Drinking Less Web site included "motivational, cognitive-behavioral and self-control information and exercises," Riper said. "It helps problem drinkers decide if they really want to change their problem drinking and, if so, helps them set realistic goals for achieving a change in their drinking behavior, providing tools and exercises to maintain these changes, or deal with relapse if it occurs."

She said she thought such online help could be helpful as a standalone intervention, as a first step to more comprehensive treatment, or as a complementary therapy. She noted that use of the Web site was the first time 84 percent of the participants had used any professional help for their drinking.

The online survey of 378 of the 1,625 people who used the Drinking Less Web site for six months in 2007 found that nearly a fifth had cut down their alcohol consumption to what was defined as "low risk." For Americans, that would be considered no more than 14 drinks a week and no more than five in a row for men; for women, no more than 10 drinks per week and no more than three in a row.

The findings were published online Tuesday and are expected to be in the August issue of Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research.

More information

The U.S. National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism has more about alcohol abuse.



-- Kevin McKeever



SOURCE: Trimbos Institute, news release, May 12, 2009

Last Updated: May 12, 2009

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