Infectious Disease

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...

Sep 15, 2010 Issue
Updated Guideline on Diagnosis and Treatment of Intra-Abdominal Infections [Practice Guidelines]

The Surgical Infection Society and Infectious Diseases Society of America recently updated recommendations for diagnosis and treatment of intra-abdominal infections. Intra-abdominal infections are the second most common cause of infectious mortality in intensive care units. Complicated intra-abdomin...

Jul 1, 2007 Issue
Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Treatment of Tick-borne Rickettsial Diseases [Practice Guidelines]

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of tick-borne rickettsial diseases. Rocky Mountain spotted fever (RMSF), human monocytic ehrlichiosis (HME), human granulocytic anaplasmosis (HGA), and Ehrlichia ewingii infection are the diseases most common in the United States.

Jan 1, 2007 Issue
Pregnant Physicians and Infectious Disease Risk [Curbside Consultation]

This scenario represents a familiar situation: a conscientious physician torn between pressing responsibilities to her patient and colleagues and her responsibility to her baby.

May 15, 2006 Issue
CDC Reports on Mumps Outbreak in Midwest [Practice Guidelines]

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is investigating an outbreak of mumps that began in Iowa in December 2005. Other cases that were thought to be linked to the Iowa outbreak were being investigated in Illinois, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, and Wisconsin.

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