An Overview of Infectious Diseases

In July 2012, Robert Hindes, MD, co-founded BeyondWest Pharmaceuticals. He utilizes the experience he gained as vice president of clinical development at Pharmasset, Inc., in his role as chief In July 2012, Robert Hindes, MD, co-founded BeyondWest Pharmaceuticals. He utilizes the experience he gained as vice president of clinical development at Pharmasset, Inc., in his role as chief medical officer at BeyondWest. His responsibilities at Pharmasset included leading the development of the Phase 3 clinical development program and direct management of clinical studies. Robert Hindes, MD, received his MD from Rutgers Medical School, and completed fellowships in infectious disease at Harvard Medical School and New England Deaconess Hospital.

One of the broadest areas in the medical field, infectious disease consists of any disease transmitted by biological agents. This includes viruses, parasites, fungi, and bacteria. Infectious diseases take the form of microbes, which are tiny organisms that are not always harmful to their hosts. Under certain conditions, microbes become pathogenic and cause disease in the host. An infectious disease spreads from host to host by different means, depending on the pathogen. Some infectious diseases spread by casual contact. Others, such as malaria, spread through bites from insect vectors. In other cases, the disease results from ingesting contaminated water or food.

Vaccines remain one of the strongest tools in the battle against infectious diseases. However, for some diseases, preventing outbreaks may be as simple as washing one’s hands several times a day.medical officer at BeyondWest. His responsibilities at Pharmasset included leading the development of the Phase 3 clinical development program and direct management of clinical studies. Robert Hindes, MD, received his MD from Rutgers Medical School, and completed fellowships in infectious disease at Harvard Medical School and New England Deaconess Hospital.

One of the broadest areas in the medical field, infectious disease consists of any disease transmitted by biological agents. This includes viruses, parasites, fungi, and bacteria. Infectious diseases take the form of microbes, which are tiny organisms that are not always harmful to their hosts. Under certain conditions, microbes become pathogenic and cause disease in the host. An infectious disease spreads from host to host by different means, depending on the pathogen. Some infectious diseases spread by casual contact. Others, such as malaria, spread through bites from insect vectors. In other cases, the disease results from ingesting contaminated water or food.

Vaccines remain one of the strongest tools in the battle against infectious diseases. However, for some diseases, preventing outbreaks may be as simple as washing one’s hands several times a day.

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