Dermatology Infectious Diseases / Bacteria / Viruses

Bacitracin vs. Neosporin: What’s the difference?

Neosporin is a brand of triple-antibiotic ointment. It contains bacitracin zinc, neomycin sulfate, and polymyxin B sulfate. Bacitracin ointment is also available, and it does not include the other two antibiotics. While both types of cream can help treat minor scratches, cuts, and burns, many people are allergic to bacitracin. Antibiotic ointments can help reduce […]

GastroIntestinal / Gastroenterology Infectious Diseases / Bacteria / Viruses

How ‘good’ viruses may influence health

Although the role of “good” viruses in human health is still relatively mysterious, we are slowly unraveling the importance of our viral visitors. In this special feature, we introduce a neglected section of the microbiome — the virome. Illustration of bacteriophages infecting a bacterium. For more research-backed information about the microbiome and how it affects […]

Infectious Diseases / Bacteria / Viruses Women's Health / Gynecology

Causes of heavy vaginal discharge

Regular vaginal discharge is a sign of a healthy female reproductive system. Normal vaginal discharge contains a mixture of cervical mucus, vaginal fluid, dead cells, and bacteria. Females may experience heavy vaginal discharge from arousal or during ovulation. However, excessive vaginal discharge that smells bad or looks unusual can indicate an underlying condition. This articles […]

Infectious Diseases / Bacteria / Viruses

Infections: How do our bodies know when to retaliate?

A new study sheds light on how cells infected with Pseudomonas aeruginosa can sense the pathogen and decide whether to fight back or not. The research also provides vital information for the development of alternatives to antibiotics. Share on PinterestScientists discover how cells sense when to fight back against infection. Pseudomonas aeruginosa is a gram-negative […]

Infectious Diseases / Bacteria / Viruses Sexual Health / STDs

STDs: How do you get one?

People can contract and transmit sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) through several types of sexual contact. Doctors more commonly use the term sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Although vaginal-penile sex is one of the most common means of STI transmission, people can contract them through anal sex, oral sex, and, in rare cases, heavy petting. STIs are […]