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Infectious Diseases


How Much of a Concern Is the Coronavirus Outbreak?

Originating in Wuhan, China, the coronavirus has now spread to over 20 countries as travelers to the region return to their respective nations. Is it a global health emergency? How can we prevent it from becoming one?


Helicobacter Pylori Infection: What You Need to Know

Helicobacter pylori is a bacterium that is associated with stomach ulcers as well as stomach cancer. It can cause an inflammation in the lining of the stomach which can lead to gastritis. Approximately half of the world population is infected.


Raccoon Roundworm Infection (Baylisascaris procyonis) in Humans

Raccoon roundworm can cause scary neurological symptoms in humans and dogs. Find out what the symptoms are, how it's acquired, and information about diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment.


Understanding Acute Flaccid Myelitis Causes, Treatment, and Prevention

First noted by the U.S. medical system in 2012, the mysterious acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) became a growing concern until a Midwestern medical school and public health college involved their professionals to seek answers.


Hantavirus Cardiopulmonary Syndrome: What You Need to Know

Hantavirus cardiopulmonary syndrome is a rare but serious, sometimes deadly, respiratory disease that has been found mostly in rural areas of the western U.S. The disease is caused by a hantavirus that is carried by rodents and passed on to humans through infected rodent body fluids and droppings.


Sneezing 101: The Right Way to Sneeze

Did you know there's a correct way to sneeze? Read the how's and the why's, written by a nurse.


Infections (Other Than HIV) That IV Drug Users Contract: Hepatitis, Osteomyelitis, Cellulitis

When we think of infections that IV drug users get, we think of HIV. But there are so many other infections IV drug addicts can contract that can be potentially life-threatening. Here are just a few.


How to Cope With Emotional Pain of STD Diagnosis

The emotional pain of getting a sexually transmitted disease, or STD, is devastating. You question the fidelity of your relationship, the risks to your health, and the future of your quality of life.


How to Get Rid of Toe Nail Fungus

Spring is in the air lockdown has taken its toll, and we are so ready for a long hot summer. It's time to dig out the sexiest shoes and sandals to show off those gorgeous legs to their maximum advantage. But wait, what is going on with those toenails?


Shingles: A Serious and Painful Disease

Shingles is a very serious and painful viral infection. If you have had chicken pox in the past, you have a higher risk. This article explains symptoms, typical treatments, and risk factors.