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Know About Chagas Disease and its Symptoms

Chagas disease, also known as American trypanosomiasis, is a vector-borne parasitic disease prevalent in tropical area. It is caused by a parasitic protozoan, Trypanosoma cruzi,and is transmitted by insect vectors, known as triatomine bugs. There are two therapeutical approaches to the disease- anti-parasitic treatment and symptomatic treatment. Anti-parasitic treatment is mostly beneficial in the primary […]

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Recognising the Importance of Healthcare Cleaning

Healthcare establishments can be dangerous places. While we, quite rightly, expect to go into a hospital and stroll out feeling better, there are risks involved that most of us might not have given much thought. Indeed, Healthcare Associated Infections (HCAI) claims the lives of around 5000 patients each year, which costs the NHS £1bn over […]

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Coccidioidomycosis- The Symptoms and Treatment of This Valley Fever

Coccidioidomycosis, popularly known as valley fever is a type of fungal infection that is caused by a fungus known as coccidioides. This fungus enters a human body through the respiratory tract and settles in the lungs. At first, it will have simple effects like a slight cough or a cold and often gets better without […]

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 […]