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Passive Transfer of Hepatitis B Antibodies From IVIG

Passive Transfer of Hepatitis B Antibodies From IVIG

In this case report, the passive transfer of hepatitis B antibodies from IVIG led to a misinterpretation of serology results, and could have significantly affected patient care.......[Read More]
Detection of Cyclosporiasis Outbreaks

Detection of Cyclosporiasis Outbreaks

Cyclospora cayetanensis, a recently identified coccidian parasite of humans, causes explosive watery diarrhea that can persist for several weeks......[Read More]
Pediatric Viral Respiratory Infections

Pediatric Viral Respiratory Infections

Nosocomial viral respiratory infections cause considerable illness and death on pediatric wards.......[Read More]
What Is Viral Meningitis?

What Is Viral Meningitis?

Viral meningitis, also called aseptic meningitis, occurs when the fluid and meninges (membranes) surrounding the brain and spinal cord become inflamed. The condition isn't normally fatal and usually has only mild symptoms. However, bacterial meningitis, which is caused by bacteria in the bloodstream......[Read More]
Finger Nail Diseases

Finger Nail Diseases

Our hands are an important part of how we interact with other people. We often wave to friends, shake hands with strangers or hold hands with a loved one. It can be embarrassing when there is an obvious problem with fingernails that makes your hand unsightly. There are several different conditions t......[Read More]
Selected ID Topics: July 2006

Selected ID Topics: July 2006

Dr. John G. Bartlett reviews the literature: global health challenges; overview of a new antifungal, micafungin; and characterizing the risk of infections associated with TNF-alpha antagonists.......[Read More]
Manuka Honey to Kill Fungal Infections

Manuka Honey to Kill Fungal Infections

Fungal infections affect millions of people worldwide. These infections can be minor or they can be dangerous and even potentially deadly. There are many treatments for fungal infections, including natural cures like manuka honey.......[Read More]
The 5 Biggest Myths About Antibiotics

The 5 Biggest Myths About Antibiotics

Antibiotics were deemed "miracle drugs" in the 1940s, but there are several misunderstandings about what they do and how they work. Find out 5 common misconceptions about antibiotics and the truths behind the myths.......[Read More]
Types of Diets for C Difficile

Types of Diets for C Difficile

Healthy people have normal flora---otherwise known as "good" bacteria---living in their digestive systems that aid the body in using food for fuel, eliminating wastes and keeping the immune system strong. Still, there are harmful bacteria, such as Clostridium difficile (C. difficile or C. diff for s......[Read More]
RSV in Infants: Is Maternal Vaccination Realistic?

RSV in Infants: Is Maternal Vaccination Realistic?

Could maternal vaccination for RSV protect infants against RSV infection?......[Read More]
About Yeast Overgrowth Syndrome

About Yeast Overgrowth Syndrome

Yeast overgrowth syndrome refers to Candida fungus in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. If the immune system is run down, the Candida or yeast can develop into "thrush" in the mouth and throat, a vaginal yeast infection or a yeast infection on the surface of the skin, or it can remain in the GI tract......[Read More]
Ebola Virus as a Sexually Transmitted Infection

Ebola Virus as a Sexually Transmitted Infection

Can ebola be transmitted through sexual activity?......[Read More]
Cholera-Modern Pandemic Disease of Ancient Lineage

Cholera-Modern Pandemic Disease of Ancient Lineage

How has cholera survived the transition from ancient to modern world?......[Read More]
What Is Nettle Tea Used For?

What Is Nettle Tea Used For?

Everyone enjoys a nice cup of hot tea after a hard day or as a pick me up in the afternoon. To make Nettle tea, pour 2/3 cup of boiling water over 3 to 4 tsp of dried leaves or dried root and steep for 3 to 5 minutes.......[Read More]
Preventing Hepatitis C

Preventing Hepatitis C

Hepatitis C infection is a worldwide problem that can easily become your problem, too. Astonishingly, about 170 million people in the world suffer from this preventable infection. Since chronic hepatitis C can lead to many serious health problems, such as liver cirrhosis and liver cancer, it's ......[Read More]
Atypical Infections in Tsunami Survivors

Atypical Infections in Tsunami Survivors

2 survivors had severe infections due to atypical, MDR bacteria and rare fungi weeks afterwards. Treating these infections is challenging from a clinical and microbiologic point of view.......[Read More]
Genomic Signatures of Human versus Avian Influenza A Viruses

Genomic Signatures of Human versus Avian Influenza A Viruses

These authors sought to understand what genetic variations could render avian influenza virus capable of becoming a pandemic strain.......[Read More]
Signs & Symptoms of a C. Difficile Infection

Signs & Symptoms of a C. Difficile Infection

A person who is healthy has normal flora---otherwise known as "good" bacteria---living in her digestive system. Those flora aid the body in using food for fuel, eliminating wastes and keeping the immune system strong. But there are harmful bacteria, as well, such as Clostridium difficile (C. diffici......[Read More]
Vitamin D Deficiency and Tuberculosis Progression

Vitamin D Deficiency and Tuberculosis Progression

Is there an association between Vitamin D deficiency and tuberculosis?......[Read More]
How to Treat Yeast Infections After Dilation

How to Treat Yeast Infections After Dilation

A routine cervical dilation procedure, not normally performed under sterile conditions, though unlikely, may be the reason for the presence of the most common of yeast infections in females, candida albicans. Initial treatment should not consist of rushing to your doctor for a prescription for a pow......[Read More]