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All You Need to Know About Nephritis

Sun, 28 Aug 2016 00:00:00 PDT

Learn all about nephritis, a condition where the kidney becomes inflamed. This article looks at the causes, symptoms, and treatment of nephritis.


Peritonitis: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

Sat, 27 Aug 2016 00:00:00 PDT

Learn all about the symptoms, causes, and treatment of peritonitis, an urgent problem affecting the tissue around the inside of the belly wall.


Bacterial Pneumonia: Get the Facts

Fri, 26 Aug 2016 06:00:00 PDT

Learn all about bacterial pneumonia, an inflammation of the lungs caused by bacteria. This article looks at its causes, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment.


Mycoplasma Pneumoniae: What You Need to Know

Fri, 26 Aug 2016 00:00:00 PDT

Learn all about Mycoplasma pneumoniae, bacteria that can cause mild infections in the lung. This article looks at transmission, symptoms, and treatment.


Candidiasis of the Skin and Nails: All You Need to Know

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 00:00:00 PDT

Learn all about how candidiasis, an infection caused by the Candida fungus, can affect the skin and nails. This article looks at symptoms and treatment.


Autoimmune Hemolytic Anemia: Get the Facts

Wed, 24 Aug 2016 06:00:00 PDT

Learn all about the causes, symptoms, and treatment of autoimmune hemolytic anemia, a condition where the immune system destroys red blood cells.


Studies explore use of genetics to help determine appropriate treatment for fever in children

Wed, 24 Aug 2016 05:00:00 PDT

Two studies appearing in JAMA examine the use of genetic tests to help rule out a serious bacterial infection in infants with fever, and also to determine if an infection is bacterial or viral in...


New types of African Salmonella associated with lethal infection

Wed, 24 Aug 2016 05:00:00 PDT

The first global-scale genetic study of Salmonella Enteritidis bacteria, which is a major cause of blood poisoning and death in Africa and food poisoning in the Western World, has discovered that...


Flu Shot: Side Effects, Facts, Things to Consider

Wed, 24 Aug 2016 00:00:00 PDT

Does the flu shot cause side effects? This article looks at what the flu shot is, how safe it is, and when people should get this vaccine.


Test that differentiates between bacterial, viral infections in development

Wed, 24 Aug 2016 00:00:00 PDT

A test could be developed to distinguish between bacterial and viral infections after scientists identified two genes switched on in bacterial infections.


Zika clone promises to assist vaccine development

Wed, 24 Aug 2016 00:00:00 PDT

Viruses are notoriously difficult to predict. A newly designed Zika clone might be the tool needed to produce a reliable vaccine and halt the pandemic.


Sick animals limit disease transmission by isolating themselves from their peers

Wed, 24 Aug 2016 00:00:00 PDT

Sick wild house mice spend time away from their social groups, leading to a decrease in their potential for disease transmission according to a new study by evolutionary biologists from the...


New global migration mapping to help fight against infectious diseases

Wed, 24 Aug 2016 00:00:00 PDT

Geographers at the University of Southampton have completed a large scale data and mapping project to track the flow of internal human migration in low and middle income countries.


Antibiotic resistant E. coli found in drinking water

Tue, 23 Aug 2016 07:00:00 PDT

Antibiotic resistant E. coli has been found in multiple drinking water supplies in France. The resistance counters the critically important cephalosporin antibiotics.


Fecal transplantation seems highly curative for recurrent C. diff, but questions remain

Tue, 23 Aug 2016 05:00:00 PDT

In a randomized, controlled, double-blind clinical trial, fecal microbiota transplantation using donor stool seemed to be safe and was more efficacious than transplantation using the patient's own...


Is It Strep Throat? Pictures and Symptoms

Tue, 23 Aug 2016 00:00:00 PDT

How can you tell the difference between strep throat and other conditions that affect the throat? The symptoms and pictures in this article could help.


Potential lung disease-causing fungi found in wind instruments

Tue, 23 Aug 2016 00:00:00 PDT

Wind instrument musicians are at an increased risk of a potential hazard dubbed 'bagpipe lung' that could lead to chronic hypersensitivity pneumonitis.


Flesh-eating infections in rheumatoid arthritis patients spur new discovery

Mon, 22 Aug 2016 07:00:00 PDT

Rheumatoid arthritis patients taking medications that inhibit interleukin-1beta (IL-1beta), a molecule that stimulates the immune system, are 300 times more likely to experience invasive Group A...


Thyroid Storm: What You Need to Know

Mon, 22 Aug 2016 00:00:00 PDT

Learn all about thyroid storm, a life-threatening complication of hyperthyroidism. This article looks at the causes, symptoms, and treatment options.


Common cold viruses originated in camels - just like MERS

Mon, 22 Aug 2016 00:00:00 PDT

There are four globally endemic human coronaviruses which, together with the better known rhinoviruses, are responsible for causing common colds.