Infectious Disease

Feb 15, 2003 Issue
Antiviral Drugs in the Immunocompetent Host: Part I. Treatment of Hepatitis, Cytomegalovirus, and Herpes Infections [Article]

Feb 15, 2003 Issue
Antiviral Drugs in the Immunocompetent Host: Part II. Treatment of Influenza and Respiratory Syncytial Virus Infections [Article]

Family physicians should be familiar with the various drugs available for treating and preventing viral infections. Part II of this two-part article focuses on agents used to manage influenza and respiratory syncytial virus. Rimantadine and amantadine traditionally have been used to prevent and trea...

Feb 1, 2002 Issue
Quinolones: A Comprehensive Review [Article]

With the recent introduction of agents such as gatifloxacin and moxifloxacin, the traditional gram-negative coverage of fluoroquinolones has been expanded to include specific gram-positive organisms. Clinical applications beyond genitourinary tract infections include upper and lower respiratory infe...

Dec 1, 2001 Issue
Quinupristin-Dalfopristin: A New Antibiotic for Severe Gram-Positive Infections [Article]

The steady increase in resistant organisms is related to the widespread use of antibiotics in community and hospital settings. New therapeutic options are needed, including treatments for infections caused by antibiotic-resistant gram-positive organisms. Quinupristin-dalfopristin, the first formulat...

Oct 1, 2001 Issue
A Widened Mediastinum [Photo Quiz]

Photo Quiz presents readers with a clinical challenge based on a photograph or other image.

Sep 15, 2001 Issue
Appropriate Antimicrobial Prescribing: Approaches that Limit Antibiotic Resistance [Article]

Since the introduction of antimicrobial agents, there has been an association between antibiotic use and the development of antimicrobial resistance. Antibiotic therapy eradicates not only pathogenic organisms but also the protective normal flora. This so-called "selective pressure" results in colon...

Mar 15, 2001 Issue
Antimicrobial Resistence: A Plan of Action for Community Practice [Article]

Antibiotic resistance was once confined primarily to hospitals but is becoming increasingly prevalent in family practice settings, making daily therapeutic decisions more challenging. Recent reports of pediatric deaths and illnesses in communities in the United States have raised concerns about the ...

Mar 1, 2001 Issue
Suspicious Ulcers in the Colon [Photo Quiz]

Photo Quiz presents readers with a clinical challenge based on a photograph or other image.

Feb 15, 2001 Issue
AAP Issues Recommendations on Infection Control in Physicians' Offices [Practice Guidelines]

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has issued recommendations for infection control in physicians' offices. These include guidelines for the delivery of health care, standard precautions that should be taken in the physician's office, office design, disinfection and antimicrobial use.

Jan 15, 2001 Issue
Common Infections in Older Adults [Article]

Infectious diseases account for one third of all deaths in people 65 years and older. Early detection is more difficult in the elderly because the typical signs and symptoms, such as fever and leukocytosis, are frequently absent. A change in mental status or decline in function may be the only prese...

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