Childhood infections often have characteristic features that enable management and diagnosis based on history and examination. Laboratory confirmation is essential when there is potential for complications in the patient or susceptible contacts, or an unusual presentation. Close monitoring of clinical progress guides investigation and management, and may limit complications. Young infants may have atypical presentations and more severe disease. Rational antibiotic use is vital to maximising patient advantage, avoiding unwanted effects and minimising antibiotic level of resistance. Picture credit: © Christy Krames.. Childhood infections: medical diagnosis and management in general practice Infections are normal in childhood, mostly self-small and usually diagnosed clinically.You will see the entire Kaiser Daily Health Policy Survey, search the archives, or join email delivery of in-depth coverage of health policy developments, discussions and debates. The Kaiser Daily Health Policy Report is published for Kaisernetwork.org, a free of charge program of The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. Copyright 2009 Advisory Table Kaiser and Company Family Foundation. All rights reserved.
Armadillos spreading leprosy in the us LOS ANGELES – They may seem like strange bedfellows, but scientists now believe the small nine-branded armadillo may be the reason behind a big problem – spreading leprosy in the southern USA.