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Rest Easy. When It Comes to Swine Flu, Your Pet Is Safe
BONES & JOINTS
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Body Fat, Muscle Distribution Linked to RA Disability
Returning to the Road Tricky After Injury
CANCER
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Drinking Green Tea May Slow Prostate Cancer
U.S. Reported 25,000 Cases of HPV-Related Cancers Annually
CAREGIVING
What Moms Learned May Be Passed to Offspring
Most Women Struggle With Rising Health Care Costs
When the Caregiver Becomes the Patient
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Obesity Linked to Heart Failure Risk
Laughter Can Boost Heart Health
Tai Chi and Qigong Offer Many Health Benefits: Review
COSMETIC
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Study Evaluates Laser Therapies for Hair Removal
DENTAL, ORAL
Gum Care Helps Control Type 2 Diabetes and Its Complications
Health Tip: At Risk for Gingivitis
Hormones May Be to Blame for Women's Cavity Rates
DIABETES
Arthritis Hits More Than Half of Diabetics
Findings Challenge Tight Glucose Control for Critically Ill Patients
Whole Grains Take a Bite Out of Type 2 Diabetes Risk
DIET, NUTRITION
Low Vitamin D Levels May Initiate Cancer Development
Even in 'Last Supper,' Portion Sizes Have Grown
Eating your way to Good Health
DISABILITIES
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Accumulated Lead May Affect Older Women's Brains
Clear Skies Have Become Less So Over Time, Data Show
Warmer-Than-Average Temperatures Raise Migraine Risk
EYE CARE, VISION
Florida Vision Test Law: Fewer Traffic Deaths Among Elderly
Nutrient-Rich Diet Lowers Risk of Age-Related Eye Disease
Protein Might One Day Prevent Blindness
FITNESS
Tai Chi and Qigong Offer Many Health Benefits: Review
Meditation May Help Put Primary Insomnia to Bed
Vigorous Exercise Can Cut Breast Cancer Risk
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Bowel Prep Harder on Women Than Men
Soothing Imagery May Help Rid Some Kids of Stomach Pain
New Guidelines Issued for Management of IBS
GENERAL HEALTH
Coffee Cuts Liver Scarring in Hepatitis C
Adults Need To Get Thier Food Facts Straight
Swine Flu May Have Infected More Than 100,000 Americans
HEAD & NECK
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
Imaging Sheds Light on How Acupuncture Works
Using Light Therapy to Silence Harmful Brain Activity
Airport Full Body Scanners Pose No Health Threat: Experts
HEARING
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Ginkgo Won't Prevent Heart Attack, Stroke in Elderly
Whole Grains Lower Risk of Heart Failure
Years of Heavy Smoking Raises Heart Risks
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Chinese 'Devil Dung' Plant Could Be a Swine Flu Fighter
More Medicinal Uses for Pomegranate
Swine Flu Now Reported in All 50 States
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Don't Leave Your Kids In The Car !
Better Sleep, Grades Seem to Go Up
Heart Defects in Newborns Linked to Antidepressants
MEN'S HEALTH
Physical Activity May Prolong Survival After Colon Cancer
More Vitamin C May Mean Less Chance of Gout
The Dark Side of Vegetarianism
MENTAL HEALTH
Music Soothes Anxiety as Well as Massage Does
Cinnamon Breaks Up Brain Plaques, May Hold Key to Fighting Alzheimer’s
Most Depressed Teens Don't Get Treatment
PAIN
Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis
Are We Exercising Pain Away? Not So Much.
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Pre-Pregnancy Weight Linked to Babies' Heart Problems
Acupuncture May Ease Depression During Pregnancy
Pregnant Women Exposed To Certain Pollutants Could Lower Childs IQ
SENIORS
More Whole Grains May Mean Less Fat
Older Adults May Have Some Immunity to Swine Flu
Friends, Not Grandkids, Key to Happy Retirement
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
6 to 8 Hours of Shut-Eye Is Optimal for Health
Better Sleep, Grades Seem to Go Up
Sleeping Could Help Women Lose The Baby Fat
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Smoking Ups Risk of Second Breast Cancer
Iodine in Prenatal Vitamins Varies Widely
Health Tip: Be More Comfortable During Childbirth
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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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