Volume 7 Issue 334
Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 19-Dec-2005 
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Improving coping skills benefits family caregivers of hospice patients with cancer

Caregivers of cancer patients dying at home significantly benefited from supportive educational sessions in which hospice nurses taught the caregivers how to cope with distressing patient symptoms, researchers at the University of South Florida report. more  

Review of research challenges assumption that success makes people happy

Personal and professional success may lead to happiness but may also engender success. Happy individuals are predisposed to seek out and undertake new goals in life and this reinforces positive emotions, say researchers who examined the connections between desirable characteristics, life successes and well-being of over 275,000 people. more

Software might revolutionize glucose monitoring in critically ill patients

Researchers have developed a new computerized system to easily monitor the levels of glucose in the blood of patients in intensive care. A study published today in the open access journal BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making reports that GRIP, a computer software that assists in the monitoring of glucose levels in critically ill patients, saves nurses time and effort and is more efficient than the paper-based method currently used in many intensive care units (ICUs). more  

What every journalist should know about influenza: a WHO guide safety

To help demystify the science behind avian and pandemic influenza, the World Health Organization (WHO) has produced an influenza pandemic handbook for journalists. It's an introduction to everything you need to know about influenza, including about avian influenza and the potential for a pandemic. more

Pennsylvania Agriculture Department closes live bird market in Philadelphia; No threat to human health or food safety  

As a precaution, the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture temporarily closed a live bird market in Philadelphia today after birds tested positive for a mild strain of avian influenza. This strain poses no threat to human health and is different from the strain currently in Asia. Another live bird market, closed last month for 24 days for a similar mild strain, was reopened after negative follow-up testing on Dec. 9. more

Single-day Famvir treatment found to shorten the duration of recurrent genital herpes outbreaks  

Results from a new study demonstrated that a single day of treatment with the antiviral Famvir(R) (famciclovir) stopped the progression to a full outbreak or shortened the duration of an outbreak in patients with recurrent genital herpes (RGH). With the completion of this study, Famvir is the only antiviral treatment that has demonstrated that a single day of therapy is effective in the treatment of RGH. more

Prescribing information: Famvir® (famciclovir)

Famvir is a prescription oral antiviral medication that is indicated for: Treatment of recurrent genital herpes; Suppression of recurrent genital herpes; and Treatment of recurrent herpes simplex virus infections (genital herpes and cold sores) in HIV-infected patients. more


A recent study of Famvir demonstrates that single-day therapy is effective in the treatment of recurrent genital herpes.