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Release: Dec. 5, 2000

UI Health Care specialist to lead online chat on holiday stress Dec. 7

IOWA CITY, Iowa — Nancee S. Blum, a social worker and adjunct instructor with University of Iowa Health Care, will lead an hour-long, online question-and-answer discussion on holiday stress with a nationwide audience from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 7.

The online chat will be hosted by and can be accessed by entering through the home page under "Upcoming Events."

After receiving her bachelor's degree from the UI, Blum completed a certificate in aging studies and a master's degree in social work at the UI. She joined UI Health Care in 1986.

Blum's clinical expertise is in personality disorders, anxiety disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorders and sexual health for older adults. She sits on the scientific advisory board for the Treatment and Research Advancements Association for Personality Disorders and the scientific advisory board of the National Obsessive-Compulsive Foundation. Blum also is a member of the International Society for the Study of Personality Disorders.

A calendar of other upcoming chats by UI Health Care professionals and dialogue from past chats can be accessed by logging on to and clicking on the logo at the bottom of the page.

UI Health Care's partnership with is part of an increasing trend in health care toward enhancing consumer services through the Internet. According to recent statistics compiled by Cyber Dialogue, a New York firm that tracks Internet commerce, there are approximately 22 million World Wide Web users seeking health information over the Internet. Cyber Dialogue projects that number to increase to 33 million over the next year.

University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership between the UI College of Medicine and the UI Hospitals and Clinics and the patient care, medical education and research programs and services they provide.