Infectious Disease Features News
Bacteria in contact with living tissues form layers that resist penetration by the immune system or antibiotics, but promising treatments abound.
A greater understanding of the healthcare issues specific to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community may improve the quality of care.
Patients with COP generally have positive outcomes following a definitive diagnosis and the initiation of appropriate treatment.
Education of high risk populations and regular testing are crucial steps clinicians can take to stem the spread of hepatitis C infection.
By presenting research on the safety and efficacy of the flu vaccine, clinicians can successfully promote vaccination to patients in their care.
Understanding the nontraditional terminology used by men who have sex with men will help form a successful patient-provider relationship.
Most often caused by use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or bacterial infection, peptic ulcer disease usually presents as epigastric pain.
This infection manifests as a collection of pus and is often a complication of tonsillitis that may require referral to a specialist or hospitalization.
Often at increased risk for disease transmission, many teens and preteens do not receive the recommended immunizations in a timely manner.
Societal changes and pharmaceutical advances have led to a rise in sexual activity in this population, and clinicians must adapt to a new reality.
Urinalysis and physical exam determine if the infection is complicated or uncomplicated, primary or recurrent and guide treatment strategy.
Clinicians need to be prepared for the unique challenges presented by the growing number of older patients with HIV.
The symptoms of this common lung infection usually dissipate after a week, but some cases can become severe and require hospitalization.
If the treatment goal of viral eradicatication cannot be met, strive to slow disease progression, lower risk of liver cancer, and improve quality of life.
Oral manifestations are often an early signal of systemic disease, so recognizing them can point the way to a prompt diagnosis.
Patients infected with HIV are living longer, which means they have more age-related comorbidities that require other medications as well.
When choosing among the available treatment options, consideration must be given to local prevalence and antibiotic resistance.
An understanding of the liver and its functions will provide the tools to perform a basic workup of patients suspected of having hepatic disease.
The number of hospital-acquired MRSA infections is down; however, community-acquired MRSA infections continue to rise.
When diagnosing, consider the location and duration of the lesion, patient age, underlying systemic disorders and clinical appearance.
Resistance has compromised the effectiveness of all ophthalmic antibiotics, but new topical treatment options are available.
Guidelines from the American Burn Association provide a reliable road map for the assessment and treatment of these challenging injuries
The Infectious Diseases Society of America's first treatment guidelines on this topic focus on the management of community-acquired infections.
Commonly found in the oral cavity, HPV lesions may persist or relapse spontaneously and occasionally require surgical excision.
Much has changed since the first case of AIDS was identified. Updated guidelines discuss transmission, diagnosis, risk screening, and adherence.
With the CDC urging screening for all willing patients, providers will be testing and managing a growing number of HIV-positive individuals.
A change in cough, sputum, or dyspnea can signal an acute exacerbation. Here's what you can do to help keep the situation under control.
Treatment for hepatitis A, B, and C keeps changing. Two infectious disease experts summarize the latest evidence, including information about hepatitis D.
Bacterial infection of the meninges is potentially treatable if diagnosed early. Rapid diagnostics are essential, putting extra pressure on the clinician.
A dermatologist explores dealing with increasing bacterial resistance and selecting the treatment that minimizes irritation and other skin reactions.
Even though HIV is preventable, about 40,000 Americans are newly infected every year. Primary-care clinicians can help reduce that number.