Volume 7 Issue 340
Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 25-Dec-2005 
Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 26-Dec-2005

Editor: Susan K. Boyer, RN
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The gift of health: Tips to holiday health and safety

The holidays are a time to celebrate, give thanks, and reflect. They are also a time to pay special attention to your health. Give the gift of health and safety to yourself and others by following these holiday tips. more  

Extreme cold: A prevention guide to promote your personal health and safety

When winter temperatures drop significantly below normal, staying warm and safe can become a challenge. Extremely cold temperatures often accompany a winter storm, so you may have to cope with power failures and icy roads. Although staying indoors as much as possible can help reduce the risk of car crashes and falls on the ice, you may also face indoor hazards. more

Pandemic and avian flu: Business planning checklist

In the event of pandemic influenza, businesses will play a key role in protecting employees health and safety as well as limiting the negative impact to the economy and society. Planning for pandemic influenza is critical. To assist you in your efforts, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have developed the following checklist for large businesses. It identifies important, specific activities large businesses can do now to prepare, many of which will also help you in other emergencies. more  

FDA approves Tamiflu for prevention of influenza in children under age 12

On December 21, 2005, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) approved the use of Tamiflu (oseltamivir phosphate) for prevention (prophylaxis) of seasonal influenza ("flu") in children 1 to 12 years of age who had close contact with an infected individual. This is the first drug approved for prevention of both influenza A and B in pediatric patients. more

Metabolomics: Working Toward Personalized Medicine 

Many of us try to make the most of what nature has provided. We buy clothes that enhance the shape of our bodies. We pick colors that go with our skin tones. We choose hairstyles that flatter us based on the shape of our faces. So why not choose medicine to improve health based on our genetic makeup? more

Genomics and medical devices: A new paradigm for health care  

Imagine that a swipe of the inside cheek or a stick of the little finger could be used to predict whether or not certain types of cancer may be in your future. Theoretically, both can. Thanks to the advances in genetics, and with the clearance by the Food and Drug Administration of a growing list of genetic diagnostic testing devices, doctors are beginning to understand how certain diseases, or increased risks for certain diseases, pass from generation to generation. more

Bad students make bad doctors

Physicians disciplined by state medical boards during their professional medical careers were three times more likely than their colleagues to have exhibited unprofessional behavior while in medical school, according to a new study. Study findings are reported in the Dec. 22 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine. more


Give the gift of health and safety to yourself and others by following the holiday tips, from the Centers for Disease Control, that appear in today's issue.