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Flu vaccination: nasal spray offered to children (Photo: SPL)

GPs urged to vaccinate more toddlers against flu as uptake drops

Scarlet fever: GPs urged to be vigilant (Photo: Science Photo Library)

GPs urged to report scarlet fever after spring outbreak

Red flag symptoms: Cervical lymphadenopathy

Dr Baker: 'Please disseminate the guidance far and wide to your practice teams and any GP colleagues who may not have seen it.' Pic: RCGP

Exclusive: RCGP urges all UK practices to make Ebola preparations

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

Statins could boost male resistance to respiratory infection

Statins could boost male resistance to respiratory infection

Drugs that mimic part of the role of oestrogen - including statins - could increase...

Fragmented primary care undermining GP efforts to cut antibiotic use

Fragmented primary care undermining GP efforts to cut antibiotic use

The fragmentation of primary care is undermining GPs' efforts to cut antibiotic prescribing...

GP prescribing of antibiotics fell 3.5% in 2013

GP prescribing of antibiotics fell 3.5% in 2013
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Antibiotic prescribing in general practice fell by 3.5% in 2013, but prescribing...

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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 prepare for flu workload rise as vaccination campaign begins

GPs prepare for flu workload rise as vaccination campaign begins

GPs are braced for an influx of patients as Public Health England (PHE) launched...

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,...

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