Infectious Disease

Discolored Sputum Does Not Signal Antibiotics | Medical Blog

Adults with acute cough/lower respiratory tract infection who present with discolored sputum appear to be prescribed antibiotics more often than those with clear/white sputum, according to a

Leading the Fight Against Flu | Opinion Article

Research shows that the flu can spread rapidly throughout healthcare settings if proper precautions aren’t taken. Healthcare workers can serve as role models for vaccination by setting an example and getting vaccinated themselves.

Smoking Cessation in HIV/AIDS: A Call to Action | Opinion Article

Smoking prevalence among the 1.1 million Americans living with HIV/AIDS is two to three times higher than the 19.8% smoking rate that has been reported among the general population.

General recommendations on immunization. Recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) | Opinion Article

Guideline Title General recommendations on immunization. Recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP). Bibliographic Source(s) National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases. General recommendations on

Antiretroviral Therapy in HIV Infection: A Guideline Update | Opinion Article

New treatment guidelines for adults with HIV infection emphasize the importance of starting antiretroviral therapy early and continuing treatment without interruption.

Strategies to Prevent Clostridium difficile Infection | Feature

Clostridium difficile is the one of the most common infectious causes of healthcare-associated diarrhea. A systematic review has outlined recommendations for prevention strategies to reduce the burden of these infections.

Conference Highlights: IDSA 2010 Annual Meeting | Conference Coverage

The Infectious Diseases Society of America, or IDSA, held its 2010 annual meeting from October 21 to 24 in Vancouver. The features below highlight some of the

A Strategy to Prevent Postoperative Pneumonia | Opinion Article

Postoperative pneumonia is the third most common complication among surgical patients and is the third most common infectious complication after urinary tract and wound infections.

Light Technology Zaps Hospital Superbugs | Medical Blog

A lighting system appears to be able to kill hospital superbugs—including MRSA and C. Difficile—by decontaminating the air and exposed surfaces in a narrow spectrum of visible-light

New Superbug Surfaces in Three States | Medical Blog

An alarming new adaptable gene that can turn several common germs and types of bacteria into superbugs, resistant to almost all antibiotics, has infected people in the

Managing Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections | Feature

New guidelines for catheter-associated urinary tract infections encourage restricted use of catheterization to patients with clear indications and prompt removal of catheters when they are no longer needed.

Salmonella Outbreak Persists | Medical Blog

The current salmonella scare is the largest outbreak of this strain since the CDC  started surveillance of outbreaks in the 1970s. And according to the CDC, for

Experimental Paint Kills MRSA Bacteria | Medical Blog

Researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have created nanoscale coating for surgical equipment, hospital walls, and other surfaces that safely and effectively kills methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)

"Microneedle" Flu Vaccine May Replace Conventional Injections | Medical Blog

A new dissolving microneedle patch may help improve vaccination efforts against influenza compared with traditional needles. This method of vaccination may also allow people without medical training

Improving Medication Adherence in HIV | Feature

Since the introduction of antiretroviral therapy more than a decade ago, morbidity and mortality among patients infected with HIV have decreased considerably thanks to improved access to care, prophylaxis against opportunistic infections, and medications.

A New Approach to Reducing the HAI Burden | Opinion Article

The prevention of hospital-acquired infections (HAIs)—particularly bloodstream infections (BSIs) and ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP)—has become a focus of critical care and a marker for quality among ICUs due

The Changing Face of HIV | Feature

Prevention and treatment strategies for HIV need to take into account the changing face of the epidemic, especially among newer groups of patients who are increasingly becoming infected with the virus.

Updated Guidelines for Use of Antiretroviral Therapies in HIV | Feature

Revised guidelines have been issued for the use of antiretroviral therapy in people with HIV. Important changes have been made in the initiation of therapy and determining which regimens are most appropriate when starting treatment.

Conference Highlights: CROI 2010 | Conference Coverage

The Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections, or CROI, held its 2010 annual conference from February 16 to 19 in San Francisco. The features below highlight some

Extending Survival for HIV-Infected Patients | Opinion Article

Over the past few decades, advances in antiretroviral therapy (ART) have enabled many HIV-infected patients to live longer lives. Despite these successes, substantial avoidable losses in life

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