Infectious Diseases

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Deadly Staph Infections Linked to the Opioid Epidemic

Rising rates of staph infections may be due in part to the huge increase in the number of people who are addicted to opioids and other drugs, says the CDC.

By Diane Domina

What's Making Your Zika Risk Spike?

What does climate change have to do with the spread of disease-carrying mosquitoes? Quite a bit according to results of a study in Nature Microbiology.

By Diane Domina

Is Your Doc Overprescribing Antibiotics?

Could a recent study published in BMJ suggesting antibiotics prescribed in the U.K. often exceed recommended guidelines raise a red flag in the U.S. too?

By Diane Domina

Doc, Put on Your Surgical Gown Without Help

Contamination risk is lower when surgeons put on their surgical gowns without help from surgical assistants before going into the operating room.

By Diane Domina

This Type of Antibiotic Could Cause Aortic Rupture, FDA Warns

Fluoroquinolones can increase the occurrence of dangerous bleeding or death from aortic dissection or aortic aneurism, according to a warning issued by the FDA.

By Diane Domina

Germy Stethoscopes in the ICU – and a Cleaning Solution

Your doctor’s stethoscope could be covered with potentially harmful bacteria — including Staphylococcus aureus, which can cause serious infections.

By Diane Domina

CDC: Rare, Polio-like Virus Now in 22 States

The CDC is investigating the cause of a virus that results in weakness in the arms or legs, seems to overwhelmingly afflict children, and has infected 62 people across the country so far this year.

By Karen Gaudette Brewer

Preparing for Flu Season: 2018-2019 Must-Know Info

Each flu season brings new strains of the virus that are unpredictable. Getting a flu shot is safe and it is the very best way to protect yourself and others.

By Stephanie Stephens

Hospital Privacy Curtains: A Source of Harmful Germs

Privacy curtains in hospital rooms can threaten patient safety by harboring dangerous antibiotic-resistant bacteria and being a breeding ground and potential source of infection.

By Diane Domina

6 Things to Know About Zika Virus During Pregnancy

Are you currently pregnant or planning to conceive? Take these precautions to help prevent getting Zika.

By Eileen Bailey