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Panel to Weigh Alcohol Drug Study Results

Thu May 9, 2002

By Lisa Richwine

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An advisory panel on Friday will debate whether a drug used to help alcoholics quit drinking is effective enough to win US approval despite differing study results.

The drug, called acamprosate, has been used for nearly 15 years in Europe. New York-based Forest Laboratories Inc.


Wine Drinkers Less Likely to Get Common Cold

Wed May 8, 2002

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Many studies have found that a small to moderate amount of alcohol can reduce the risk of heart problems. Now, Spanish researchers report that wine drinkers are less likely than teetotalers to come down with the common cold.


Good News for the Chardonnay Crowd

Mon May 20, 2002

By Kathleen Doheny
HealthScoutNews Reporter

MONDAY, May 20 (HealthScoutNews) -- If you're a wine drinker, there's cause for healthy celebration. If you're a white wine drinker, there's even more reason to raise your glass.

Wine drinking, it seems, improves lung functioning, and white wine improves it more than red wine, says a study from researchers at the University at Buffalo.


Moderate Drinking May Cut Women's Risk of Diabetes

Tue May 14, 2002

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Drinking moderate amounts of alcohol may help prevent healthy postmenopausal women from developing diabetes as well as heart disease, new research suggests.

According to the report, women who consumed one to two drinks a day were better able to respond to insulin, a hormone that helps cells use sugar for energy. These women also had lower levels of insulin in their blood. High blood levels of insulin--as well as decreased insulin sensitivity--are risk factors for heart disease and type 2 diabetes.


A Drink a Day May Cut Stroke Risk for Some: Study

Fri Apr 19,2002

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Men and women in their 60s who consume one to two drinks a day appear to have a lower risk of stroke compared with their peers who consume less alcohol, study findings suggest.

Curiously, the same stroke-reducing benefits were not seen in other age groups, according to the report published in the April issue of Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association.


Brain Cells Killed During Binge Drinking Episodes

Wed Apr 17, 2002

By Melissa Schorr

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A few days of binge drinking can lead to the almost immediate death of brain cells, new research conducted in laboratory animals confirms.

"Very high alcohol consumption, even for a short period of time, damages the brain," study lead author Dr. Fulton T. Crews, professor of pharmacology and director of the center for alcohol studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, told Reuters Health.


Women's Blood Pressure Drops with 3 Drinks a Week

Mon Mar 11, 2002

By Melissa Schorr

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A few drinks a week may slightly reduce a woman's chance of developing high blood pressure, or hypertension, but consuming more than a drink a day puts her at increased risk, Harvard researchers report.