Infectious Disease Opinion News

The origin of AIDS and debating the Patient Zero theory

There is evidence that HIV might have spread from its origins in the US to the rest of the world.

Preventing chronic diseases with lifestyle changes

A low-carbohydrate lifestyle is an effective treatment option to prevent chronic diseases.

Conjunctivitis confusion: are we overtreating pink eye?

Identifying the type of conjunctivitis that a patient has is the key to identifying the most effective course of action.

The flu shot remains a vital healthcare tool

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.

Reduce the risk of catching a cold by sleeping

Getting more than 7 hours of sleep each night may reduce the risk of contracting the rhinovirus.

Lyme disease: can 10 minutes make a difference?

Educating patients about Lyme disease can help avoid unnecessary appointments and testing.

Anti-vaccination movement fueled by fear

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.

Are children in low-income areas less likely to be immunized against influenza?

Vaccinating kids against the flu should be a priority for providers, especially for those practicing in low-income areas.

Liberia's only internist dies of Ebola: Remembering Abraham Borbor

Barbara Burtness, MD reflects on the loss of Abraham Borbor, the only certified internist in Liberia who recently died of Ebola.

Improving vaccine coverage among adults

One of the strongest indicators of a patient receiving an immunization is the recommendation of his or her provider.

Don't assume when it comes to STIs

Offer sexually transmitted infection testing regardless of age, sexual orientation, relationship status, and number of partners.

Sacrificing the white coat for infection control?

The white coat may be working against the "Do no harm" mantra by which we abide.

HIV complacency can be deadly

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.

Vaccinating moms with TDaP protects babies, too

Newborns that contract whooping cough most often catch it from family members.

Eliminating barriers to the flu shot

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.

Evaluating fungal infections in men and women

Fungal infections are less common in men than women, and may present differently, making diagnosis challenging for health-care providers.

Don't let spoiled food sour your patients' summer

As more people grill and prepare food outdoors, are you prepared to treat patients who present with acute gastrointestinal illness?

Tips for interpreting elevated hepatic enzymes

Evaluating abnormal hepatic enzymes is common in primary care practice and understanding the causes is essential for developing proper treatment plans.

Suspect post-polio syndrome in older patients with OSA

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?

Why I'm worried it's not just croup

With decreased immunization rates, whooping cough seems to be making a comeback, showing its distinctive sound particularly on the Pacific coast.

Axing unnecessary tests and procedures to cut health-care costs

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?

Be an advocate for vaccinating boys against HPV

Encouraging patients of both sexes to receive the HPV vaccine will help achieve higher herd immunity rates and offer greater protection.

Addressing partner treatment in STD counseling

Adding a refill to STD medication prescriptions and advising patients to give refills to their partners is currently legal in 27 states.

Yeast not always the culprit in common vaginal infections

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.

Flu vaccine facts can persuade reluctant parents

Take a few extra minutes to convince reluctant parents to get their children vaccinated against influenza.

Adolescents need HPV shots early

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.

Looking beyond the obvious is sometimes key to diagnosis

A 22-year-old patient with urinary frequency, dysuria and pelvic pain complains of multiple recurrent bladder infections.

Discussing sex with teen patients: Encourage open communication over abstinence

'Just say no,' not enough. Teens want to know how sex will affect their relationships, self-esteem and friendships, too.

Who should be liable for deaths of nine Alabama patients?

Contaminated parenteral nutrition solution is suspected in the deaths of nine patients that developed bacteremia while hospitalized.

Advice for first gynecology visits

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.

Less is more when it comes to vaginal hygiene

Over-cleaning is frequently the cause of recurrent vaginal yeast and bacterial infections.

Expelling the myths of the midwife

Many people think seeing a midwife means forgoing to the comfort and convenience of modern health care. Find out here why it's not.

HIV screening: Just another routine test?

Why is HIV testing so different from other types of routine screening?

Raise vaccine rates in primary care

Are we providing recommended vaccines to our patients? The answer is no.

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