Infections and infestations

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GPs should treat suspected sepsis as urgently as heart attack, says NICE

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GP meningitis vaccine drive reaches just one in three patients

Measles rash is erythematous and maculopapular

Measles: Clinical review

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Scarlet fever cases last week exceeded all previous records, GPs warned

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

GPs put on scarlet fever alert as cases hit record levels for third year

GPs put on scarlet fever alert as cases hit record levels for third year
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GPs have been warned that a scarlet fever epidemic is ongoing in England, with officials...

Letters to GPs show peer pressure can cut antibiotic prescribing rates

Letters to GPs show peer pressure can cut antibiotic prescribing rates

Individualised letters to GP practices giving feedback on their antibiotic prescribing...

Testing procalcitonin in bacterial infection

Testing procalcitonin in bacterial infection
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Procalcitonin testing could be of practical use in general practice.

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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.

HIV

GP practices to offer all new patients HIV test in bid to catch disease earlier

GP practices to offer all new patients HIV test in bid to catch disease earlier

A pilot scheme in Coventry will see every patient registering at one of 10 practices...

Red flag symptoms: Cervical lymphadenopathy

Red flag symptoms: Cervical lymphadenopathy

History and examination will help to diagnose a potentially serious condition.

HIV and black Africans in the UK

HIV and black Africans in the UK

Dr Iain Reeves and Dr Richard Ma discuss the role of HIV testing in black Africans...

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Immunisation

GPs should 'opportunistically' offer HPV vaccine to gay men under 45

GPs should 'opportunistically' offer HPV vaccine to gay men under 45
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The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has announced that routine...

GPs urged to drive up pertussis vaccine coverage as infant deaths confirmed

GPs urged to drive up pertussis vaccine coverage as infant deaths confirmed
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GPs should aim to vaccinate more pregnant women against pertussis to protect newborns,...

Primary school flu vaccine rollout could cut GP workload

Primary school flu vaccine rollout could cut GP workload
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GPs could see fewer incidences of patients with influenza-like symptoms as the national...

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...

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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

GPs advised to test for Zika virus in patients returning from affected areas

GPs advised to test for Zika virus in patients returning from affected areas
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GPs should perform blood tests for Zika virus infection on all patients with symptoms...

GPs told to advise patients on Zika virus pregnancy and sexual transmission risk

GPs told to advise patients on Zika virus pregnancy and sexual transmission risk

Pregnant women should tell their GP if they have visited areas affected by the Zika...

Infectious diseases: Scarlet fever

Infectious diseases: Scarlet fever

Diagnosis and management of scarlet fever.

Influenza

GP flu consultations 'nearly double' epidemic levels last winter, data show

GP flu consultations 'nearly double' epidemic levels last winter, data show

The number of GP consultations for flu-like symptoms last winter was almost double...

GPs face 800,000 extra flu jabs for morbidly obese patients

GPs face 800,000 extra flu jabs for morbidly obese patients

GPs could be asked to vaccinate 800,000 more people a year under plans to add morbidly...

UK flu vaccine just 3% effective, health experts warn

UK flu vaccine just 3% effective, health experts warn

The UK flu vaccine will protect just 3% of patients against the main strain of the...

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