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Vaginal Microbicides to Reduce the Risk of HIV Acquisition

Vaginal Microbicides to Reduce the Risk of HIV Acquisition

How effective are vaginal microbicides in preventing sexual acquisition of HIV in women?
Garlic As an Antifungal Agent

Garlic As an Antifungal Agent

Garlic (allium sativum) is a perennial plant grown all over the world. It has been used as a food and medicine in different cultures dating back to when the pyramids were built, according to the Univerisity of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC).
Does Varicella Vaccine Eliminate Deaths From Varicella?

Does Varicella Vaccine Eliminate Deaths From Varicella?

Can the current vaccine regimen eliminate the most severe outcomes of varicella? Paul A. Offit, MD offers comments on the latest research.
Definition of MRSA

Definition of MRSA

According to the National Institutes of Health, MRSA refers to Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus bacteria, and it was first identified by scientists in 1961. Staph infections are extremely common in the world, especially in hospitals, and approximately 30 percent of people have Staphylococ
Antibiotics to Cure MRSA

Antibiotics to Cure MRSA

MRSA is strain of staph infection that is a rising concern in the medical world. MRSA infections can be life-threatening and are resistant to many traditional treatments for staph infections.
How to Treat Fungal Infections in ICU Patients

How to Treat Fungal Infections in ICU Patients

The early diagnosis and treatment of fungal infection in the ICU is important but is often not an easy task.
How to Treat MRSA in Children

How to Treat MRSA in Children

MRSA is an abbreviation of an infection called methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, a strain of staph bacteria resistant to common broad-spectrum antibiotics. This contagious bacteria used to be fairly limited to hospitals and commonly found in post-surgical patients, but these days MRSA is
Contamination of Healthcare Workers' Hands With C. difficile

Contamination of Healthcare Workers' Hands With C. difficile

This study determines the percentage of heath care workers’ hands that are contaminated with C. difficile spores after care of patients with CDI.
HIV Highlights -- BASTA, Resistance and HIV Transmission, and New PI Data

HIV Highlights -- BASTA, Resistance and HIV Transmission, and New PI Data

Douglas J. Ward, MD, FACP, reports on treatment interruption, the relatively low transmission frequency of M184V and PI mutations, and new data on lopinavir/r and GSK 908.
Poststreptococcal Syndrome Mimicking Conjunctival Lymphoma

Poststreptococcal Syndrome Mimicking Conjunctival Lymphoma

This case is the first report of conjunctival involvement in the course of poststreptococcal syndrome.
Landmark Developments in Infectious Diseases

Landmark Developments in Infectious Diseases

The field of infectious diseases has made huge strides, but human behavior has at times impeded this progress.
What Are the Treatments for Recurring Yeast Infections?

What Are the Treatments for Recurring Yeast Infections?

Yeast infections can wreak havoc with your daily routine, especially when you have symptoms such as fatigue, bloating, diarrhea, gas, dizziness, mood swings, depression and cravings for sugar. Yeast infections are caused by Candida albicans. Candida will not harm your body in small amounts, but some
Yellow Fever Vaccination

Yellow Fever Vaccination

For elderly travelers, the risk for severe illness and death from yellow fever should be balanced against the risk for systemic illness from the vaccine.
Reappearance of Chikungunya in the Americas

Reappearance of Chikungunya in the Americas

After nearly 200 years, chikungunya returned to the American tropics in 2013.
Skin and Soft-tissue Infections in a U.S. Population

Skin and Soft-tissue Infections in a U.S. Population

What patient characteristics make people more susceptible to skin and soft tissue infections?
Bird Flu Infections in Humans

Bird Flu Infections in Humans

Bird Flu or Avian Influenza has been in recent news. Find out more about what it is, its symptoms, methods of treatment, and how to prevent bird flu.
Topical Uses for Kombucha Mushrooms

Topical Uses for Kombucha Mushrooms

Kombucha has been cultivated and used for more than 2,000 years. Originating from China circa 220 BC, the kombucha mushroom is made through fermentation of fungus, green tea and sugar. The tea is said to have healing properties for consumption and topical uses.
Drugs to Treat Staph

Drugs to Treat Staph

Staph infections can range from a simple boil to antibiotic-resistant infections that can ultimately become life-threatening. The difference is dependent on how deep and fast the infection spreads and how treatable it is with modern drugs.
Symptoms of Candida in Children

Symptoms of Candida in Children

Collicky, irritable babies may have candida, especially if they have been given antibiotics.new babies image by Photoeyes from Fotolia.comBesides adults or sexually active adults, children also can suffer from candida. Candida is a yeast overgrowth and can be found in infants and...
How to Identify MRSA Infected Wounds

How to Identify MRSA Infected Wounds

MRSA is the short name for a staph infection called methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. This bactera is especially dangerous because it is not easily treated with normal antibiotics, resulting in fatalities. It's vital that cases be uncovered early, both to help the infected person and to a