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Misuse of Antibiotics Can Cause Infectious Diarrhea

Misuse of Antibiotics Can Cause Infectious Diarrhea

In the latest issue of the journal ‘Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology’, scientists have claimed that over-prescribing antibiotics for diarrhea can in fact increase chances of recurrent infections in these patients. Medication for Diarrhea Clostridium difficile is the causative organism for mild to severe diarrhea. This pathogenic strain of bacteria enters our digestion system when the […]

How to Prevent Arteriosclerotic Heart Disease

How to Prevent Arteriosclerotic Heart Disease

The good thing that most people need to think about when it comes to arteriosclerotic heart disease is that this and other problems in the heart are actually preventable. You don’t need to accept a fate that includes heart disease because there are plenty of things that you can do to make sure that you […]

Chikungunya Alert for the United States

Chikungunya Alert for the United States

New guidelines have recently been issued in respect of the spread of the vector borne disease, Chikungunya. A chikungunya alert has been sounded for the United States, whereas we think of the disease as being a tropical disease found in the lesser developed regions of the world. Why America is at risk This disease is caused by […]

Top 10 Tips for Preventing Infectious Diseases

Top 10 Tips for Preventing Infectious Diseases

When it comes out health, an ounce of prevention is always worth a pound of cure. Though we may not be able to control much about our health, it is possible to put into practice certain habits that help to prevent infectious diseases and protect us from illnesses. 1. Wash hands Wash hands regularly before […]

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What Is a Virus and What Is a Bacterium? What’s the difference?

We know that we can be subject to a viral infection or a bacterial infection and also that the methods of treating either are quite different. For instance antibiotics are no good for treating a viral infection. However it is difficult for the lay person to understand what exactly the difference between virus and bacteria […]

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Complications of Streptococcal Infections

Streptococcal infections are caused by a bacterium specifically known as Group A Streptococcus. The most common form of infection caused by this specific microorganism is the Strep Throat. However, certain conditions may arise due to the invasion of this pathogen. These illnesses include skin infections, flesh eating disease or necrotizing fasciitis, toxic shock syndrome and […]

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Lymph Node Infection May Cause Lymphadenitis

Lymphatic system, which is part of our body’s immune system, is prone to several infections or diseases. One such condition is the lymph node infection. It is the inflammation of lymph nodes mostly due to a bacterial infection of a wound. But, it can also be due to bacteria, viruses, protozoa, rickettsiae, fungi and other disease […]

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Yellow Fever Symptoms and Signs

Most of us know about yellow fever only in the context of vaccinations for that disease required for travel to certain countries. However yellow fever is an acute vector borne, viral hemorrhagic disease, that is a scourge of the tropical and subtropical areas. In the 19th century it was dreaded to be the most dangerous infectious […]

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Common Dengue Fever Symptoms and Possible Complications

Unlike other tropical vector borne diseases (where virus is transmitted by mosquitoes) such as malaria or yellow fever, which were seen as dangerous killer diseases in the 19 century or even earlier, dengue is disease whose incidence has increased dramatically in the past 50 years or since the World War II.   Dengue fever symptoms are […]

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Importance of Correct Diagnosis in Bacterial Meningitis Treatment

The very word meningitis can be enough to make a person’s blood run cold, due to the fact that this disease affects the brain and can be fatal if not treated in a timely and effective manner. Meningitis treatment depends upon the age of the person who has contracted it, the kind of bacteria that is responsible […]