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    Infectious diseases

    The latest learning and CPD content on infectious diseases. Under ‘Other resources’ you will find all our other content related to infectious diseases.

    CPD and Learning

    Twinrix vaccine for Hepatitis A and B

    Hepatitis A infection: symptoms and managementSubscription

    23 OCT 2019By ,

    Pharmacists must understand how hepatitis A is spread and how it affects patients in order to ensure prompt, effective treatment and to reduce the spread of the infection.

    Case-based learning: Sore throat

    Case-based learning: sore throatSubscription

    17 SEP 2019By

    Most sore throats are caused by viral infections and get better within a week through self-care. However, it is important to recognise when a sore throat is a symptom of a more serious illness.

    Mycoplasma genitalium bacteria

    Antibiotic treatment of Mycoplasma genitalium infectionSubscription

    7 AUG 2019By , ,

    An overview of the 2018 guideline for management of this sexually transmitted infection in men and women.

    Aspergillus fungus conidiophoresSEM

    Aspergillosis: causes, types and treatmentSubscription

    24 JUL 2019By ,

    Aspergillus-related disease is rare, but results in high mortality rates. The limited treatment options and emerging antifungal drug resistance mean that accurate diagnosis and management is paramount.

    Case based learning meningitis

    Case-based learning: meningitisSubscription

    27 JUN 2019By

    Causes, diagnosis and initial management options for adults and children with meningitis.

    Anopheles mosquito biting the skin

    Advising patients about malaria risks and preventionSubscription

    10 APR 2019By ,

    Pharmacists must be able to advise UK-based travellers to malaria-endemic areas on the precautions they can take to protect themselves against the disease.

    Child recieving injection

    Discussing the MMR vaccine with patientsSubscription

    9 JAN 2019By ,

    As outlined in Public Health England’s ‘UK Measles and Rubella elimination strategy’, MMR vaccination needs to improve to achieve and maintain elimination in line with recommendations from the World Health Organization. 

    fungal nail lead 18

    How to treat fungal nail effectivelySubscription

    20 NOV 2018By , ,

    Owing to the high recurrence rate of fungal nail infections, pharmacy professionals should be able to advise patients on effective treatment and preventative and appropriate self-care strategies to avoid re-infection.

    Other resources

    Measles timeline

    MMR: the struggle for national coverageSubscription

    23 MAY 2019By

    Introduction of a measles vaccine in 1968 has reduced annual cases in England from around 460,000 to less than 1,000. However, the levels of vaccine coverage needed to eradicate measles remain elusive.

    Dip stick for testing presence of a UTI

    Antibiotics overused in emergency departments for suspected UTISubscription

    16 MAY 2019

    Over 60% of patients treated for a urinary tract infection lack evidence of the infection, a study carried out in a Birmingham emergency department has found.

    whooping cough illustration

    Stopping whooping cough in its tracksSubscription

    24 APR 2019By

    Whooping cough incidence is increasing in the UK, possibly owing to a change in vaccine type in 2004. Epidemiologists are working to develop solutions that could eventually eradicate the disease.

    Urine dipstick test

    New antibiotic effective against multi-drug resistant Gram-negative UTISubscription

    23 NOV 2018

    A new antibiotic designed to overcome multi-drug resistance is at least as effective as the current standard of care in complicated urinary tract infection, according to trial results published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases.

    Debi Bhattacharya

    Repurposing Viagra: the ‘little blue pill’ for all ills?Subscription

    13 NOV 2018By

    Study results suggest that PDE-5 inhibitors could have a role in treating cancer, heart failure, neurodegenerative diseases, circulatory disorders and even infectious diseases, but the road to approval for new indications may not be smooth.

    3D model of influenza A virions

    Obesity may increase influenza A virus transmission riskSubscription

    17 SEP 2018

    Obese adults shed influenza A virus for almost 50% longer than non-obese adults, research published in the Journal of Infectious Diseases shows.

    Drug user injecting heroin in foot

    Risk factors for mortality, hospitalisation and imprisonment in substance misuse patientsSubscription

    6 JUL 2018By , ,

    Pharmacists should be aware of the mortality rates and adverse outcomes, including hospitalisation and imprisonment, that are rife in illicit drug users and patients on opioid substitution therapy, in order to optimise patient safety and reduce adverse outcomes.

    Acinetobacter SEM, gram-negative bacteria

    7-day antibiotic course ‘non-inferior’ to 14 days for treatment of Gram-negative bacteraemiaSubscription

    13 JUN 2018

    Research has shown that shorter antibiotic courses are not inferior to longer courses for the treatment of Gram-negative bacteraemia.


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