Health & Medical: How to Kill Staphylococci on the Skin

How to Kill Staphylococci on the Skin

Staphylococci ("staph") are common bacteria found on the skin. Staphylococcus aureus is the variety that can cause severe skin infections. According to DermNet NZ, up to 40 percent of people are carriers of staph, often in the nose or in the skin under the arms or breasts, resulting in recurrent st

Health & Medical: Actinobaculum schaalii

Actinobaculum schaalii

Although data on A. schaalii infection in the pediatric population is limited, it is an emerging pathogen for children.

Health & Medical: Why Mosquitoes Don't Spread Hepatitis

Why Mosquitoes Don't Spread Hepatitis

It's intuitive to think that a mosquito can spread blood-borne viruses, like hepatitis, when they bite someone infected and then move on to someone else. However, this doesn't happen because the biology of how they bite prevents it. Fortunately for everyone, viral hepatitis isn't spre

Health & Medical: Borrelia lonestari

Borrelia lonestari

Lyme disease is the most commonly reported vector-borne disease in the United States.

Health & Medical: Severity of Influenza A(H1N1) Illness

Severity of Influenza A(H1N1) Illness

Although there was a regional decline in influenza A(H1N1) virus infections during 2013-14, severity has increased since the 2009 pandemic.

Health & Medical: How Is a Rabies Test Performed?

How Is a Rabies Test Performed?

Definition and CausesRabies is defined as a viral infection that is spread by animals. The virus is often deadly and is spread by animal saliva that enters through broken skin or a bite from the animal. Once the virus is in the blood stream, it travels from the bite or wound to the brain...

Health & Medical: Current Thinking on Genital Herpes

Current Thinking on Genital Herpes

Recent advances in our understanding of genital herpes may help guide new strategies for disease prevention and control.

Health & Medical: Risks of Using Another Person's Nail Clipper

Risks of Using Another Person's Nail Clipper

Nail clippers, scissors and other nail implements must all be clean before use.manicure tools image by Mikhail Olykainen from Fotolia.comSharing personal hygiene equipment should be avoided whenever possible and this includes nail clippers. It may seem harmless, but there are several...

Health & Medical: What Is Hepatitis C Infection

What Is Hepatitis C Infection

Hepatitis C is a major cause of liver disease for almost 170 million people in the world and almost 4 million in the United States. The disease can be relatively simple for some, but for most it leads to a chronic condition of cirrhosis and other complications.

Health & Medical: What Happens If a Yeast Infection Goes Untreated?

What Happens If a Yeast Infection Goes Untreated?

What is a Yeast Infection?A yeast infection, also known as candida, is an infection of the mouth, vagina or skin that causes rapid yeast production. A yeast infection in the vagina can also be known as vaginitis, a yeast infection in the mouth is also called thrush, and a yeast infection...

Health & Medical: What Is Strep B in Humans?

What Is Strep B in Humans?

Bacterial infections constantly threaten the human body, but luckily our immune systems can handle a variety of invaders. Those with weak or untested immune systems, however, are vulnerable to infection by a bacterial species known as Strep B.

Health & Medical: Candida Skin Itch Treatment

Candida Skin Itch Treatment

Candida is the common name given to up to 150 yeasts that naturally occur in the body. In proper numbers, candida is harmless. But sometimes when an excess of candida growth occurs, it can lead to a number of uncomfortable symptoms, including itchy skin.