Infections

The Rise of the Superbugs: The global threat of antimicrobial resistance
Diseases 04 Oct 2019

The Rise of the Superbugs: The global threat of antimicrobial resistance

What is the problem and how much of a problem is it? The year 1928 set the scene for one of the most significant public health milestones in history – the discovery of penicillin. Described as a wonder drug, the medical world rejoiced at what was…
GP Q/A: What is causing the changes in my sense of smell?
Infections 24 Jul 2015

GP Q/A: What is causing the changes in my sense of smell?

Loss of sense of smell (olfactory sense) may be caused by viruses, allergy, medications or conditions that affect the brain like epilepsy or head injury.
Hepatitis A infections: Interview with an expert
Gastro 25 Feb 2015

Hepatitis A infections: Interview with an expert

Hepatitis A is a viral illness which is spread through the faecal contamination. This means that you can get it by consuming food or water…
Athlete’s foot: Dr Joe Kosterich
Infections 13 Feb 2015

Athlete’s foot: Dr Joe Kosterich

Athlete's foot is a fungal skin infection which is more likely when feet are hot and damp. It is harmless and easily treated with anti-fungal…
Jock itch: Dr Joe Kosterich
Infections 13 Feb 2015

Jock itch: Dr Joe Kosterich

Jock itch is a fungal infection of the skin on the groin. It is more likely in people who get hot and sweat a lot.…
Ebola: Dr Joe Kosterich
Infections 11 Nov 2014

Ebola: Dr Joe Kosterich

There are a few really important things to understand about Ebola, how it spreads, and its risk to Australia.
Parasite study may improve global health
Gastro 22 Jul 2014

Parasite study may improve global health

The potential for new treatments for inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, diabetes and autism has improved after scientists successfully mapped the genes…
Fungal infection: Dr Joe Kosterich
Infections 05 Jul 2014

Fungal infection: Dr Joe Kosterich

Fungal infections of the nails like toe fungus are not contagious or dangerous, but can be a nuisance. They can be fixed with a fungal…
Wound care: Dr Joe Kosterich
Infections 05 Jul 2014

Wound care: Dr Joe Kosterich

Wound healing usually happens automatically after simple first aid. But if infections affect wounds, extra care may be needed, or treatments such as antibiotics.