Infectious DiseaseInfo Center

Diseases that May Go Hand in Hand
Patients who suffer from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) face a greater risk of developing shingles compared to those without COPD. The risk becomes even greater for those taking oral steroids for COPD.
Come On back and See Us Real Soon
Hospital readmission rates for elderly black patients are greater than those of white patients, according to a new study.
Are You a Long-Sleeve or Short-Sleeve Kinda Bacteria?
New research findings indicate that long-sleeved clothing worn by physicians does not increase the risk of transmitting bacterial infections.
More than an Athlete's Foot
Close contact is common among athletes who participate in team sports. This closeness can lead to the spread of various skin infections, dermatologists warn.
HIV Awareness: Low Income, High Risk
With more than 450,000 African-Americans estimated to have been diagnosed with AIDS since the disease became recognized in the early 1980s, HIV has impacted the black community more than any other race.
Saved by Salmonella?
Using one bug to combat another, researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, are hard at work on experiments that may one day lead to anti-viral treatments using something that most people try to kill; Salmonella bacteria.
Something Like a Cold Leads to Diabetes
Although the causes of type 1 diabetes remain largely unknown, Australian researchers have added support to the evidence showing that cold-like viruses may be responsible for the disease.
Safety in Numbers
A review by scientists found that of the near 90 million doses of H1N1 flu vaccine administered in 2009-2010 in China, no pattern of serious side effects has emerged.
Closing Schools for the Flu
When there is an outbreak of flu or other epidemics, selective school closures are considered one way to reduce the number of cases. However, new research shows that this limited tactic may be ineffective.
Fatter People, Longer Stays
Obesity contributes to many health complications. However, a new study by Spanish researchers suggests that obesity may not increase the risk of death among people with swine flu.