Acute Care

What are the New Pneumococcal Vaccination Recommendations for Adults?

Pneumococcal vaccination is an important part of preventive health care in adults 65 years and older and in some younger adults with certain medical conditions.

What Is the Best Outpatient Treatment for CAP in Adults?

ATS and IDSA update clinical practice guidelines for community-acquired pneumonia.

Rifamycin for Travelers' Diarrhea Caused by Noninvasive E coli Granted FDA Approval

As the most common travel-related illness, travelers' diarrhea defined as 3 or more unformed stools in 24 hours affects about 10% to 40% of individuals who travel each year.

Incidents of Herpes Zoster Ophthalmicus Have Increased

Herpes zoster ophthalmicus, like shingles without ophthalmic manifestations, is terribly painful. It can affect any layer of the cornea, but the author notes that once the involvement is epithelial or stromal keratitis develops, risk of permanent vision loss increases.

Acetaminophen Overuse More Common During Flu Season

Acetaminophen overuse becomes much more common in the United States during cold and flu season, according to a recently published study.

CDC: Flu Activity Slowing Down, But Still Widespread

Although flu activity has decreased, overall influenza-associated illness remains high across most of the United States.

Researchers Focus on New, Innovative Ways to Combat Flu

Scientists may be able to detect how a flu strain will spread based on its genome.

CDC: Flu Hospitalizations, Deaths on the Rise as Activity Increases

In today's CDC media briefing on the latest influenza activity data, CDC officials indicated that flu-associated hospitalization rates are on pace to hit record highs compared with past severe seasons.

The Low-Down on Low Back Pain

Low back pain (LBP) is the fifth most common reason for all primary care visits, and 6 million Americans see primary care providers complaining of LBP annually.

And the Allergen Winner Is: Propylene Glycol!

This year, the winner is an ingredient common to many cosmetics, topical skin products, foods, and medications.