infectious disease

M pneumoniae infection hits preschoolers hardA study of Mycoplasma pneumoniae disease during an epidemic in Norway found that preschool children infected with this bacterium had a significantly higher risk of severe disease, particularly severe pneumonia, than school-aged children.
Why there’s an uptick in outcomes-based contractsOperational issues aside, outcomes-based contracts can offer a two-fold benefit for managed care executives.
Antibiotic stewardship programs: 4 case studiesAll antibiotic use has the potential to contribute to the development of antibiotic resistance. That’s why it is key to reduce inappropriate antibiotic use in order to slow the growth of resistance.
Deciphering bacterial meningitisThe introduction of conjugated vaccines has decreased the incidence of bacterial meningitis in children, amounting to one of the biggest public health successes in the practicing pediatrician’s career.
Infection control: “When can my child return to school?”
Infection control: “When can my child return to school?”Two common questions asked of pediatricians by parents are “When can my child return to school?” and “how long will I be staying home with my child?” Understanding when, how long, and under what conditions a pediatric patient with an infection is contagious to others is an important part of disease prevention and treatment.
Zika cause and effect (VIDEO)For Contemporary OB/GYN, Dr Bobby Lazzara explains key findings from a special report published in The New England Journal of Medicine. The report looked at the teratogenic element of the Zika virus and whether causality exists.
Zika: How to counsel concerned patientsDue to Zika viral features, you may play a role in the diagnosis and management of this still-evolving outbreak.
Zika considerationsHow should the typical dermatologist fit consideration of Zika into the day-to-day operations of his or her practice? Dr. Ted Rosen separates fact from fallacy.
Pregnant women and Zika exposure: An update from CDC at an ad-hoc SMFM meetingA new update on Zika virus and pregnant women was shared during an ad-hoc session at the 36th SMFM Pregnancy Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia.
Zika virus: What pediatricians need to knowZika virus outbreaks in South and Central America mean that it could only be a matter of time before the virus is endemic in the United States.