Thursday, December 13, 2007 Weather Mostly cloudy today with a high in the lower 30s. Colder tonight; low around 14. Tomorrow, partly sunny. High in the lower 20s; low around 12. UI overhauls public health emergency plan Planners in governments and public institutions, including The University of Iowa, are very much concerned about the possibility of a pandemic flu outbreak. UI administrators recently released an updated version of the Pandemic Influenza Preparedness Plan, which is designed to guide the UI community through a pandemic influenza outbreak or other public health emergency. It can be found on the UI Office of the Provost’s Web site at provost.uiowa.edu/work/pandemic.htm. Register debates: GOPs tout spending cuts, unite on tax reform Republican presidential rivals called for deep cuts in federal spending and massive tax reform yesterday as they debated for the last time before the leadoff Iowa caucuses Jan. 3. Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee has vaulted to the front-running position, overtaking longtime On this day in 2000, leader Mitt Romney, the former governor of Massachusetts, in a matter of weeks. Vice President Al Gore reluctantly Infectious diseases up in Iowa conceded defeat to A new report shows the number of infectious diseases in Iowa last year was the highest in almost Texas Gov. George W. a decade. According to the Iowa Department of Public Health’s Center for Acute Disease Bush in his bid for Epidemiology, about 5,500 reports of infectious diseases were made in 2006—nearly 1,700 more than were made in 2005. Much of the increase in 2006 was from a mumps epidemic. the presidency, following weeks of Bombs, bullets, ballots top agenda, Rice says legal battles over the Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice yesterday said nuclear programs in Iran and North Korea, recounting of votes the rocky resumption of the Middle East peace process, instability in Lebanon, and uncertainty in in Florida. Iraq will dominate the Bush administration’s foreign policy concerns during its final year. Gore had won the Algiers attack on U.N. signals wider threat national popular vote The twin blasts that caused such devastation in Algeria this week were a grim announcement by more than 500,000 that al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM)—an Islamic group thought to have been defeated— is back and may be poised to extend its deadly tactics throughout North Africa and Europe. AQIM votes, but narrowly emerged in 2006 from remnants of the Salafist Group for Preaching and Combat, an Islamic lost Florida, giving group known for wiping out entire villages it believed were not fervent in their religious beliefs. the Electoral College to Bush, 271 to 266. Keira Knightley among Atonement’s 7 nods The British historical romance Atonement led the competition for the Golden Globes with seven nominations today, including best drama. Charlie Wilson’s War ran second with five nominations. Contest pokes fun at effect of lawsuits on warning labels A warning label on a tractor that reads “Danger: Avoid Death” was selected as the winner of Michigan Lawsuit Abuse Watch’s 11th annual Wacky Warning Label Contest. Second place was awarded to a label found on an iron-on T-shirt transfer: “Do not iron while wearing shirt.” Third place went to a label on a baby stroller that features a storage pouch: “Do not put child in bag.” Report on drugs in baseball will finger MVPs, All-Stars, sources say Judgment Day has arrived for baseball’s steroids era: the Mitchell report is set to be released at a news conference today and then posted on MLB.com shortly after. The report by former Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell will include names of 60 to 80 players linked to performance- enhancing substances, as well as information that exposes “deep problems” afflicting the sport. UPCOMING EVENTS Help decorate the scarf and mitten tree with new hats, scarves, mittens, and gloves until Jan. 18; located near the Main Entrance Lobby across from the Java House. Items donated to local United Way Agencies. Questions? Call 356-1241. An Alcoholics Anonymous open meeting for patients, their families, visitors, and hospital staff is at 7:30 tonight, Conference Room G, Elevator F to Level 7. Tune in to an interview about storing ICE (in case of emergency numbers) in your cell phone with Barbara Latenser, MD, professor and surgeon in the Division of Trauma, Burns, Surgical Critical Care, and Emergency General Surgery, airing at 7:30 and 9:50 a.m. tomorrow on the KXIC-AM (800) University of Iowa Health Care Today program. The Lions Club is selling giant coloring books from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. tomorrow in the Pappajohn Pavilion Lobby and during regular business hours in the Patients’ Library. Proceeds support Lions programs within the hospital. UI Children’s Hospital and UI Dance Marathon will host a massage-a-thon from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. tomorrow in the Pappajohn Pavilion Lobby near Elevator I, Level 1. Staff charge available. Chair or table massages for $1/minute. Five-minute minimum; 25-minute maximum. Proceeds benefit UI Dance Marathon Massage Program. Massages may be covered under flex spending with a doctor’s note. Women of all ages in all stages of treatment for gynecologic cancers are invited to chat with women with similar experiences about what to expect, managing side-effects, life after cancer, and more from 3 to 5 p.m. tomorrow, Atrium Dining Conference Room E and F, Elevator F to Level 7. For details, call 353-5342 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Center for Pain Management pharmacist Lee Kral will discuss common medications used to treat chronic pain conditions and new advances in pain medicine at a Chronic Pain Support Group meeting, 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday in the Pain Clinic reception area, Elevator I to Level 5. Free for anyone with chronic pain and their support providers. Contact Amy to register: 353-7125 or email@example.com. Indicate number of attendees and a contact phone number. Faculty, staff, and volunteers are invited to the Helen K. Rossi Volunteer Guest House 10th Anniversary Open House from 1 to 3 p.m. Monday at the UI Children’s Hospital Family Suite, Elevator C to Level 4, and the Adult Patient and Family Suite, Elevator C to Level 5. Please bring a non-perishable food item, sundry item, or clothing donation. For more information, contact Sharon Artman at 384-5412. Requestors and Initiators can register for a training class to introduce the features available when the new PeopleSoft Inventory and Purchasing module is implemented Jan. 14. Training sessions run through Dec. 20. For a schedule and registration details, view the PReqs item under “Talking Points” on The Point at thepoint.healthcare.uiowa.edu. GENERAL ANNOUNCEMENTS Medical reference books are available at Wild Rose Books in the Main Entrance Lobby. Store hours are 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekends. For information, call 384-5151 or go to www.book.uiowa.edu. UI Hospitals and Clinics apparel in children’s, women’s, and men’s sizes is available for purchase through the Joint Office for Marketing and Communications. T-shirts, button-down shirts, polos, sweaters, and hats are available. Quantities are limited. For more information, call 356-1009 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. A new Pediatric Hand Hygiene Project has begun at UI Children’s Hospital. The goal is 100 percent adherence to hand hygiene to provide the very best patient care possible. Learn how “frog clickers/squeakers” will help all team members “rub it! rub it! rub it!” for patient safety. Go to The Point for complete information: thepoint.healthcare.uiowa.edu. Staff members may call the UI Hospitals and Clinics Code Green Violent Patient Management Team at 192 if combative or out-of-control patients pose a threat to themselves, staff members, patients, visitors, or hospital property. Callers should provide their identity, announce Code Green, and specify the unit, building, and room number. RESEARCH VOLUNTEERS NEEDED Nonsmoking volunteers ages 18 to 50 with physician diagnosed asthma are invited to have a blood draw. Volunteers required to be free of any other medical problems and on no medications other than those used to treat asthma and birth control pills. For information, call Lori Stout, RN, at 384-5376 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. View more of the most recent study announcements at www.uihealthcare.com/infofor/volunteers/researchstudies.html. Persons with a disability requiring reasonable accommodations in order to participate in programs at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics may discuss their needs with Patient and Visitor Programs in advance at 356-1200.