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From Horses to Humans: Uncovering a Clue to Sore Throats

Posted 28 Nov 2017 by

MONDAY, Nov. 27, 2017 – The fight against germs that cause millions of sore throats each year may have gotten a boost from horses. Working in partnership, scientists from the Animal Health Trust, a veterinary and scientific research charity in the United Kingdom, and those from the Houston Methodist Research Institute in Texas identified new genes that help explain how the bacteria survive in ...

Scarlet Fever Resurfacing in Some Parts of the World

Posted 5 Nov 2015 by

THURSDAY, Nov. 5, 2015 – Scarlet fever, a childhood disease that had been largely relegated to the history books, is reappearing in some parts of the world, researchers warn. Outbreaks have been reported in the United Kingdom and Asia, said scientists at the Australian Infectious Diseases Center at the University of Queensland. "We have not yet had an outbreak in Australia, but over the past ...

1 in 5 Sore Throats Tied to Scary Bacteria, Study Finds

Posted 16 Feb 2015 by

MONDAY, Feb. 16, 2015 – A potentially deadly bacteria is responsible for one in five sore throats in young adults, a new study suggests. Patients with this bacteria – Fusobacterium necrophorum – can get negative results on a strep test, but be at risk of an abscess that blocks the airway, researchers report. "If it looks like strep but it isn't strep, it could be this," said study author Dr. ...

Health Tip: What's Behind Your Sore Throat?

Posted 17 Nov 2014 by

-- A sore throat has a litany of possible causes, including an allergy, air pollution, dry air or exposure to tobacco smoke. The culprit also may be a virus, notably the common cold. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says signs that a virus may be behind your sore throat include: Coughing and sneezing. Watery eyes. A mild headache and general body aches. Runny nose. A fever of ...

Common Strep Bacteria May Be Morphing Into 'Superbug'

Posted 26 Feb 2014 by

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 26, 2014 – Doctors warn that a garden-variety type of bacteria, which is normally present in the human intestinal tract, may be morphing into a tough-to-treat superbug. A new report from physicians in New York, New Mexico and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention describes the cases of two patients with group B streptococcus infections that turned out to be ...

Health Tip: Spot the Signs of Scarlet Fever

Posted 23 Jan 2014 by

-- Scarlet fever is a bacterial infection that may develop among children with strep throat. It's usually treated with antibiotics. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention explains these common symptoms of scarlet fever: A very sore or red throat. A fever, typically of 101 degrees Fahrenheit or higher. A red skin rash that feels like sandpaper. Bright red skin in the creases of the ...

Daycare Surfaces May Hold Germs Longer Than Thought

Posted 3 Jan 2014 by

FRIDAY, Jan. 3, 2014 – Germs that cause common illnesses, including ear infections and strep throat, can linger on surfaces such as cribs, children's toys and books for hours after contamination – even after the objects are well cleaned – according to a small new study. Researchers suggested that additional steps may need to be taken to protect children and adults from Streptococcus pneumoniae ...

Health Tip: Warning Signs of a Serious Sore Throat

Posted 21 Nov 2013 by

-- A sore throat can be triggered by allergies or by something more serious, such as a bacterial or viral infection. So how do you know when a sore throat is more serious? The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention mentions these warning signs: If the sore throat persists longer than a week. If there are problems swallowing or breathing. If there's excessive drooling among younger ...

Two Questions May Rule Out Strep Throat

Posted 4 Nov 2013 by

MONDAY, Nov. 4 – Your throat is on fire. It hurts to swallow, and you're losing your voice. Is it time to see a doctor for antibiotics? In the near future, researchers report, it may be possible to click on an app, answer two questions about your symptoms and find out whether a seriously sore throat is actually a strep infection. "Those questions would be: Do you have a cough, and have you had a ...

Too Many Antibiotics Still Prescribed for Sore Throats, Bronchitis: Studies

Posted 3 Oct 2013 by

THURSDAY, Oct. 3 – Despite efforts to curb the unnecessary use of antibiotics, many doctors still prescribe them for illnesses that don't respond to the medications, Harvard researchers report. Antibiotics only work against bacterial infections, and yet they are prescribed at a rate of 60 percent for sore throats and 73 percent for bronchitis, conditions that are typically caused by viruses, the ...

Health Tip: Is That Sore Throat Strep?

Posted 30 Oct 2012 by

-- Strep throat is an infection caused by group A Streptococcus bacteria. Unlike a sore throat triggered by the common cold or air pollution, strep throat requires prompt medical treatment. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says warning signs of this dangerous infection include: A sore throat that strikes quickly. Severe pain when swallowing. Fever, often of at least 101 ...

Health Tip: What's Behind a Sore Throat?

Posted 26 Oct 2012 by

-- A sore throat is among the most common medical maladies. But it shouldn't be ignored, since a sore throat could represent a harmless problem or a serious illness such as strep throat. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says possible causes of a sore throat include: A virus, such as the flu or common cold. A bacterial infection. An allergy. Dry air. Air pollution. Smoking or ...

New Strep Throat Guidelines Tackle Antibiotic Resistance

Posted 10 Sep 2012 by

MONDAY, Sept. 10 – Doctors need to accurately diagnose and treat strep throat in order to avoid inappropriate use of antibiotics that can lead to drug-resistant bacteria, according to updated guidelines from the Infectious Diseases Society of America. People often say they have strep throat. Most sore throats are caused by a virus, however, not by Streptococcus bacteria, and should not be ...

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