Infectious Disease Opinion News
Identifying the type of conjunctivitis that a patient has is the key to identifying the most effective course of action.
Even if the flu shot "misses," as it did last year, it remains one of the best tools we have to help our patients live healthier lives.
Getting more than 7 hours of sleep each night may reduce the risk of contracting the rhinovirus.
Educating patients about Lyme disease can help avoid unnecessary appointments and testing.
Diseases such as measles and whooping cough are making a comeback because a growing number of people choose to follow a movement based in fear mongering.
Vaccinating kids against the flu should be a priority for providers, especially for those practicing in low-income areas.
Barbara Burtness, MD reflects on the loss of Abraham Borbor, the only certified internist in Liberia who recently died of Ebola.
One of the strongest indicators of a patient receiving an immunization is the recommendation of his or her provider.
Offer sexually transmitted infection testing regardless of age, sexual orientation, relationship status, and number of partners.
The white coat may be working against the "Do no harm" mantra by which we abide.
It's been 32 years since the CDC published the first HIV case report, and too many Americans no longer view the disease as a serious illness.
Newborns that contract whooping cough most often catch it from family members.
Time constraints make it difficult to adequately educate patients about the benefits of vaccines in the office, but there are several strategies that may help.
Fungal infections are less common in men than women, and may present differently, making diagnosis challenging for health-care providers.
As more people grill and prepare food outdoors, are you prepared to treat patients who present with acute gastrointestinal illness?
Evaluating abnormal hepatic enzymes is common in primary care practice and understanding the causes is essential for developing proper treatment plans.
As the population ages remember that patients who are in their late 50s or older may have had polio as a child. Are you prepared to recognize post-polio syndrome symptoms?
With decreased immunization rates, whooping cough seems to be making a comeback, showing its distinctive sound particularly on the Pacific coast.
An adolescent patient received a battery of unnecessary tests, including chest X-rays, when he visited the ER for viral respiratory symptoms. When will it stop?
Encouraging patients of both sexes to receive the HPV vaccine will help achieve higher herd immunity rates and offer greater protection.
Adding a refill to STD medication prescriptions and advising patients to give refills to their partners is currently legal in 27 states.
Many women mistake vaginitis and bacterial vaginosis for yeast infections. Make sure that you are prepared to differentiate between these infections and prescribe appropriate treatments when patients complain that their OTC therapy has failed.
Take a few extra minutes to convince reluctant parents to get their children vaccinated against influenza.
Common reasons that parents give when declining human papillomavirus vaccine for their children are, "My teen is not sexually active," or "Maybe we'll wait until he/she is a bit older." This thinking negates the vaccine's preventive purpose.
A 22-year-old patient with urinary frequency, dysuria and pelvic pain complains of multiple recurrent bladder infections.
'Just say no,' not enough. Teens want to know how sex will affect their relationships, self-esteem and friendships, too.
Contaminated parenteral nutrition solution is suspected in the deaths of nine patients that developed bacteremia while hospitalized.
There is no hard fast rule governing the timing of a first gynecological visit, but establishing a comfortable relationship with a gynecology provider during adolescence can provide young women with crucial health and sexual education.
Over-cleaning is frequently the cause of recurrent vaginal yeast and bacterial infections.
Many people think seeing a midwife means forgoing to the comfort and convenience of modern health care. Find out here why it's not.
Why is HIV testing so different from other types of routine screening?
Are we providing recommended vaccines to our patients? The answer is no.