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Sneeze: statins could boost resistance to respiratory infection (Photo: iStock)

Statins could boost male resistance to respiratory infection

Dr Andrew Green: warning over fragmentation of primary care

Fragmented primary care undermining GP efforts to cut antibiotic use

Antibiotics: GPs cut prescribing rate, PHE data show
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GP prescribing of antibiotics fell 3.5% in 2013

Flu jab: vaccination campaign underway (Photo: Jim Varney)

GPs prepare for flu workload rise as vaccination campaign begins

Amoebic and parasitic infestations

Tapeworm infestation in a returned traveller

Tapeworm infestation in a returned traveller

Dr Ravi Ramanathan discusses a case of tapeworm infestation contracted by a patient...

Red flag symptoms - Dyspepsia

Red flag symptoms - Dyspepsia

How to rule out the sinister causes, such as ulceration and malignancy. By Dr Pipin...

Bacterial infections

One in seven antibiotic treatments from GPs fail as resistance rises

One in seven antibiotic treatments from GPs fail as resistance rises

Around 15% of antibiotic courses prescribed by GPs for common infections fail, a...

Viewpoint: GPs need help to cut antibiotic use, but is anyone listening?

Viewpoint: GPs need help to cut antibiotic use, but is anyone listening?
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GPs are being blamed for overuse of antibiotics, but where is the support for them...

Clarithromycin linked to cardiac deaths, researchers warn

Clarithromycin linked to cardiac deaths, researchers warn

Taking a course of the antibiotic clarithromycin is associated with an increased...

More bacterial infections articles

Fungal infections

The Basics - Vaginal discharge

The Basics - Vaginal discharge

It is important to establish the cause of this common symptom, explains Dr Louise...

Public Health - Recognising zoonoses

Public Health - Recognising zoonoses

Animals can pass on infections harmful to humans. Barry Hill explains the routes...

Pictorial Case Study - Onychogryphosis

Pictorial Case Study - Onychogryphosis

A man comes in with thickened toe nails.

Immunisation

Whooping cough vaccination for pregnant women extended

Whooping cough vaccination for pregnant women extended

The pertussis vaccination campaign for pregnant women is set to continue for a further...

Travelling football fans urged to visit GP ahead of World Cup in Brazil

Travelling football fans urged to visit GP ahead of World Cup in Brazil
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Football fans planning to visit Brazil for the FIFA World Cup have been urged to...

Recognising dengue fever: clinical features, diagnosis and treatment

Recognising dengue fever: clinical features, diagnosis and treatment

Dengue is widespread in Brazil. Ahead of the Football World Cup 2014, Dr Mike Townend...

Malaria

Immunisation: What to recommend for travel vaccinations

Immunisation: What to recommend for travel vaccinations

Dr Mike Townend discusses the most important vaccinations including tetanus, poliomyelitis...

More malaria articles

Organ transplantation

Expert Opinion - Cross blood group transplants

Blood group incompatible kidney transplants can be carried out. Mr Nizam Mamode explains...

Tuberculosis

Clinical images: Bacterial infections

Clinical images: Bacterial infections

Dr Philip Marazzi outlines some common and interesting bacterial presentations.

Recognise and manage leprosy

Recognise and manage leprosy

The long-term complications of leprosy may be seen in the GP surgery. By dermatologist...

Evidence base: Pulmonary tuberculosis

Evidence base: Pulmonary tuberculosis

A summary of the evidence base for the management of pulmonary tuberculosis.

Viral infections

Urine test for HPV could replace smears

Urine test for HPV could replace smears

A simple urine test to detect HPV in women could increase cervical cancer screening...

GPs advised how to detect and isolate suspected Ebola cases as outbreak continues

GPs advised how to detect and isolate suspected Ebola cases as outbreak continues

GPs have been issued guidance on how to identify and isolate patients with suspected...

GPs warned to 'remain vigilant' for Ebola symptoms

GPs warned to 'remain vigilant' for Ebola symptoms

GPs should remain alert to symptoms of Ebola in patients returning from West Africa,...

Influenza

GPs given template letters for expanded flu vaccine programme

GPs given template letters for expanded flu vaccine programme

Public Health England has issued template letters for GP practices to invite parents...

Seasonal influenza - Clinical review

Seasonal influenza - Clinical review

The 2013/14 flu season is here. Consultant in respiratory and intensive care medicine,...

Viewpoint - Should HCAs administer the influenza vaccine?

Viewpoint - Should HCAs administer the influenza vaccine?

Dr Paula Varma tested a system where HCAs administer seasonal flu jabs.

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