Emerging Infectious Diseases




Bacteremia Battle: How Long to Treat MSSA or MRSA?
Patients with MRSA or MSSA should always be treated for at least 2 weeks with IV antibiotics. More »
MRSA Infection Rates Shift with the Seasons
Summertime is peak time for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus infections. Also, a suggested strategy for addressing vancomycin resistance. More »
Genome Sequencing Shows MRSA Spread into the Community
The use of whole-genome sequencing for infection control in a special care baby unit is only one example of how DNA sequencing is beginning to improve outbreak control in the real world. More »
Over-the-Counter HIV Test: Public Health "Triumph” or Risky Approach?
The OraQuick mouth-swab test for HIV may soon be available to the general public over the counter. An infectious diseases expert says this is needed because primary care isn't testing enough people... More »
Safer Vancomycin Dosing Needed for MRSA
Weight-based vancomycin dosing for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus may not be the best strategy, guidelines notwithstanding. More »
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Confirmed: Long-term Steroids Up Mortality Risk in Severe COPD
April 16, 2014

New recommendations focus on reducing the risks of corticosteroids in respiratory disease, both for COPD and asthma.

Large Study Confirms White Matter Abnormalities in Bipolar Disorder
April 14, 2014

A large international study finds distinct differences in white matter in the brains of patients with bipolar disorder, confirming many smaller but less conclusive studies.

Tools to Forecast Radiation Pneumonitis
April 10, 2014

A biomarker and five clinical factors help to predict which patients with nonsmall-cell lung cancer are at high risk for lung inflammation after radiotherapy.


Five Success Strategies for a Lean Medical Practice
Audrey "Christie" Mclaughlin, RN, January 23, 2014
How efficient practice managers keep clinics running smoothly.
Nine Questions to Ask Before Selling Your Practice to a Hospital
Aubrey Westgate,  January 22, 2014
Here are nine questions that can help reveal if becoming acquired by a larger system is the right move for you and your practice.
Four January Business Planning To-Dos for Doctors
Ike Devji, JD,  January 21, 2014
Here are some of the more important financial and business issues physicians should take care of this month.
Why Insurance Companies Should Collect Patient Payments
Leann DiDomenico McAllister,  January 20, 2014
It's time to take patient collections out of physicians' practices to truly have patients make responsible choices about their healthcare dollars.
How Facebook Helped Market a New Physician Practice Model
Raquel Baldelomar, January 17, 2014
An Arizona-based OB/GYN medical group found Facebook to be the most efficient and effective way to reach women and educate them on their new practice.