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Infectious Diseases : Health & Medical

What Is Bacteria?

Understanding the definition of bacteria and its role in biology and disease.

Influenza AH1N2 Viruses

The influenza A virus genome consists of eight single-stranded RNA segments of negative sense.

Stool Sample Test Instructions

Stool sample testing requires a certain amount of caution, because you don't want your sample to be unintentionally contaminated by other bodily fluids. Stool samples can be taken at home or the hospital and the steps will be the same, no matter where it is collected. Stool samples are collected for

Rat-to-Human Transmission of Cowpox Infection

A 14-year-old girl was admitted to the hospital with ulcerated nodules on her upper lip and her left lower eyelid and several molluscum-like-lesions on her right eyelids (Figure 1). She was feverish but otherwise in good health.

Untreated Staph Infections

Staph infection, or staphylococcus, is a bacterial infection commonly carried in the nasal cavity. Staph infection may go undetected until it enters through a wound in the body and becomes infected. If staph infection goes untreated it can result in serious health risks to the skin and organs of th

Signs and Symptoms of a Yeast Infection Under the Breast

Intertrigo is the term used to refer to yeast infections that occur when folds of skin, such as those under the breasts, come into contact with each other. Yeast infections under the breasts are caused by normal skin flora overgrowing due to the warm, moist environment. They are more likely to occur

Powassan Meningoencephalitis

This article describes the clinical characteristics and outcomes of 2 patients with Powassan virus in New York.

Yeast Infections & Crohn's Disease

Crohn's disease is a debilitating disorder of the small intestine. It causes a great deal of pain, bleeding and scarring in the gut, in turn leading to poor nutritional absorption and malnutrition. It can also increase the risk of developing cancer of the bowel. Systemic yeast infections also origi

Facial Staph Infections

The word "Staph" is the short version of "Staphylococcus," which is a type of bacteria. Staph infections are usually on the skin and nose, but can also occur in other parts of the body, such as the mouth or genitals, though this is uncommon. Facial staph infections not only make for an unsightly app

How to Prevent Infection

It seems we're hearing more often about dangerous illnesses affecting patients in health care settings and even students in our public schools. So what can we do to prevent infection with colds, flu or other diseases? While everyone gets sick some time or another, using simple hygiene tips can help

What Are the Causes of Yeast Overgrowth?

Yeast overgrowth occurs when candida, a yeast-like fungus, starts proliferating in the large intestine. Many people get symptoms such as headaches, gastritis, yeast infections and even autoimmune diseases (i.e. fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue). The yeast can keep multiplying for years before symptom