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Prescription: tests could help GPs choose when to give out antibiotics
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Viewpoint: How CRP testing can help GPs beat antimicrobial resistance

Blood test: GP practice to test new patients for HIV (Photo: iStock)

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

Sneeze: GPs warned over MERS virus

GPs urged to be vigilant of respiratory syndrome in returning travellers

Flu consultations near double epidemic level last winter (Photo: iStock)

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

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

Sequential antibiotic use could help GPs beat resistant bacteria

Sequential antibiotic use could help GPs beat resistant bacteria

Administering a 'sequential treatment' of two different antibiotics at low doses...

GPs urged to report scarlet fever after spring outbreak

GPs urged to report scarlet fever after spring outbreak

GPs have been advised to report any cases of scarlet fever they diagnose, after a...

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...

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.

HIV

Red flag symptoms: Cervical lymphadenopathy

Red flag symptoms: Cervical lymphadenopathy

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

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Immunisation

Meningitis B vaccine added to NHS immunisation programme

Meningitis B vaccine added to NHS immunisation programme

The meningitis vaccine will now be given to babies in the UK, after the DH settled...

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...

GPs could be asked to vaccinate 3.3m teenagers against meningitis strain

GPs could be asked to vaccinate 3.3m teenagers against meningitis strain
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GPs could be asked to vaccinate all 14- 18-year-olds in England against a strain...

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

Medico-legal: Five tips for managing suspected Ebola patients

Medico-legal: Five tips for managing suspected Ebola patients

MDU medico-legal adviser Dr Carol Chu considers the legal implications of managing...

Infectious diseases: Scarlet fever

Infectious diseases: Scarlet fever

Dr Nigel Stollery advises on how to diagnose and manage this highly infectious disease

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...

Influenza

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...

Antivirals speed up flu recovery and reduce complications

Antivirals speed up flu recovery and reduce complications

The antiviral drug oseltamivir reduces the length of illness caused by flu, makes...

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...

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