Infectious Disease

Tick-Borne Diseases: Tick Paralysis

Across the globe, there are more than 40 species that cause tick paralysis. While only five of those species live in North America, the common deer tick is one of them and is found in any area where there are ticks. In the US, thousands of livestock and domestic animals have been killed by tick […]

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Eight Myths About Vaccines that Still Worry Parents

From government conspiracies to autism, vaccine outreach programs have been repeatedly called into suspicion. The long-circulating myth that vaccines cause autism, for example, resulted from research published in The Lancet, one of the world’s oldest and best known general medical journals, and while the author of that research was later found to have fabricated his […]

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The Battle Is On: Humanity vs. Pathogens in the Age of Antibiotic Resistance

In the twentieth century, one of the greatest weapons in the war against infectious diseases was created: antibiotics. With this powerful scythe of medicine, bacteria were decimated and humanity slowly gained control over the battlefield. Bacteria lost its killing power and humans lived to older ages. In fact, bacteria’s virulent characteristics were suppressed and they […]

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Infectious Disease

Tick-Borne Disease: Update in Lyme Disease

Sitting around the table with my medical students discussing our recently diagnosed child with Lyme disease, our discussion focused on the need for early diagnosis.  While this particular patient was caught fairly early in her disease based on symptoms, the diagnosis remains elusive for many. Blood tests do not detect early stages of the disease […]

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CDC Zika Update: Joanne Cono, MD ScM Clinical Session

Zika Virus is in the news, people are concerned about this epidemic expanding through the U.S. protectorates and threatening the continental U.S. and Hawaii. We’re at the early stages of understanding this virus and there is much misinformation and uncertainty surrounding this new global pathogenic threat. While the anxiety is wide-spread, the Center for Disease […]

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Zika: CDC updates clinicians on Zika Virus

Zika, already a problem in Puerto Rico, American Samoa, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, should reach the mainland U.S. as seasonal temperatures climb and the mosquito responsible for transmission becomes active. To date, there have been 273 travel-associated cases of Zika in U.S. States, 19 are in pregnant women and six were sexually transmitted. In […]

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Gram-Negative Infections in the Hospital Setting

In this CME offering, Dr. Trevor Van Schooneveld uses clinical trial results, his personal knowledge, and his passion for Antimicrobial Stewardship as he explains how we can better treat in-hospital gram-negative infections. Dr. Schooneveld, Associate Professor of Infectious Disease as well as the Medical Director of the Antimicrobial Stewardship Program at the University of Nebraska […]

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