Infections and infestations

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Exclusive: GPs alter prescribing habits to beat antibiotic resistance

RCGP backs WHO antibiotic priority list to fight resistance

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Thousands of patients will contract Lyme disease this year, GPs warned

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Fever in adults - red flag symptoms

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

Pressure to cut antibiotic use contributing to outbreaks of scarlet fever, say GPs
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Pressure to cut antibiotic use contributing to outbreaks of scarlet fever, say GPs

One in three GPs are concerned that pressure to reduce the use of antibiotics is...

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

GPs have been told to prescribe antibiotics to help stem the current scarlet fever...

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

GPs have been warned that a scarlet fever epidemic is ongoing in England, with officials...

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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

Red flag symptoms: Cervical lymphadenopathy
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Red flag symptoms: Cervical lymphadenopathy

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

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...

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

GP meningitis vaccine drive reaches just one in three patients
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GP meningitis vaccine drive reaches just one in three patients

Just one in three eligible patients took up the offer of a MenACWY jab in a GP meningitis...

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

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has announced that routine...

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

GPs should aim to vaccinate more pregnant women against pertussis to protect newborns,...

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

Zika cases in UK travellers triple in a month as 100 new cases confirmed

Zika cases in UK travellers triple in a month as 100 new cases confirmed

UK GPs encountered an unprecedented number of Zika virus cases over the past few...

66 UK patients diagnosed with Zika virus after travelling to affected areas

66 UK patients diagnosed with Zika virus after travelling to affected areas

A total of 66 cases of Zika virus infection have been identified in UK travellers...

Measles: Clinical review

Measles: Clinical review

Signs and symptoms of measles, its treatment and prognosis, including information...

Influenza

Influenza: clinical review
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Influenza: clinical review

The clinical features of influenza, the risk groups for serious illness, plus advice...

How our practice delivered a successful flu campaign
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How our practice delivered a successful flu campaign

A simple flu recall letter and a streamlined admin process helped a practice in Surrey...

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...

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