Infectious Disease

May 1, 2017 Issue
Recreational Waterborne Illnesses: Recognition, Treatment, and Prevention [Article]

Summer months bring an increased risk of gastrointestinal, respiratory, and skin and soft tissue infections in persons exposed to contaminated water. Find out which patients need only supportive care, and which symptoms suggest a more serious etiology.

Aug 1, 2016 Issue
How to Prescribe Fewer Unnecessary Antibiotics: Talking Points That Work with Patients and Their Families [Editorials]

Appropriate antibiotic prescribing is a quality-of-care issue; all clinicians have the responsibility to provide the right treatments to their patients while minimizing harm. Effective communication, public commitments, and delayed antibiotic prescriptions are evidence-based tools family physicians can use.

Aug 1, 2016 Issue
Curbing Inappropriate Antibiotic Prescribing: What Works? [Editorials]

The reasons for antibiotic overprescribing are multifactorial, so efforts to reduce inappropriate antibiotic prescribing should combine shared decision making, incentives, quality-control measures, and similar interventions designed to improve clinical practice.

Jun 15, 2016 Issue
Lower Extremity Rash Presenting After a Trip to South Africa [Photo Quiz]

A man presented with unsteadiness, fever, chills, and lower extremity rash after returning from a trip to South Africa.

Jun 15, 2014 Issue
Antibiotic Resistance Threats in the United States: Stepping Back from the Brink [Editorials]

Preventing and controlling resistance requires the engagement of many different sectors of society. However, the physician's role in this effort is singularly important.

Nov 1, 2012 Issue
Oral Antihistamine/Decongestant/Analgesic Combinations for the Common Cold [Cochrane for Clinicians]

Combination cold medications, including antihistamine/decongestant/analgesic, antihistamine/decongestant, antihistamine/analgesic, and analgesic/decongestant formulations, provide modest symptom relief in adults and older children, but are not effective in young children. Only the analgesic/ deconge...

Nov 1, 2012 Issue
Appropriate Antibiotic Use: Family Physicians Have the Power of the Pen [Editorials]

Visits for acute URIs account for more than one-half of all antibiotic prescriptions for outpatients, and these infections lead to more unnecessary and inappropriate antibiotic prescriptions than any other infectious syndrome.

Jul 15, 2012 Issue
PIDS and IDSA Issue Management Guidelines for Community-Acquired Pneumonia in Infants and Young Children [Practice Guidelines]

Previously published guidelines for the management of community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) in adults have been shown to decrease morbidity and mortality rates. The Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society (PIDS) and the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) have created new guidelines to address the management of CAP in infants and children.

Nov 15, 2011 Issue
CDC Releases Best Practices for the Use of PCR Testing for Diagnosing Pertussis [Practice Guidelines]

Diagnosing pertussis in the early stages can be difficult, because early signs and symptoms are often nonspecific. Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing, a technique used to detect DNA sequences specific for Bordetella pertussis, is used for diagnosis; however, results should be cautiously interpr...

Jan 15, 2011 Issue
Cat-scratch Disease [Article]

Cat-scratch disease is a common infection that usually presents as tender lymphadenopathy. It should be included in the differential diagnosis of fever of unknown origin and any lymphadenopathy syndrome. Asymptomatic, bactere- mic cats with Bartonella henselae in their saliva serve as vectors by bit...

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