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From Horses to Humans: Uncovering a Clue to Sore Throats

Posted 17 days ago 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 people. Infections caused by the bacteria – Streptococcus pyogenes – have surged in the past two decades, according to the researchers. They say the bug is the culprit behind 600 million sore throats caused by inflammation each year, with infection often leading to invasive disease. It's responsible for 100 million cases of scarlet fever, acute rheumatic fever and the flesh-eating disease necrotizing fasciitis, the researchers said. Still, they added, little has been known about the 1,800 genes ... Read more

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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 five years there have been more than 5,000 cases in Hong Kong [a 10-fold increase] and more than 100,000 cases in China," Mark Walker, a professor in the School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences, said in a university news release. "An outbreak in the U.K. has resulted in 12,000 cases since last year," he added. The research team used genetic sequencing to investigate the rise in scarlet fever-causing bacteria and its increasing resistance to antibiotics. The study was published online Nov. 2 ... Read more

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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. Robert Centor, a professor of medicine at the University of Alabama School of Medicine at Birmingham. Most sore throats get better without treatment, Centor said. But antibiotics should be prescribed when a patient "has a sore throat with fever, difficulty swallowing and swollen tonsils but a negative strep test," he said. In this study of young people aged 15 to 30, researchers found that more than 20 percent of the sore throats were caused by F. necrophorum – more than the number caused by ... Read more

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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 less than 102 degrees Fahrenheit. Read more

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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 resistant to vancomycin, often considered an antibiotic of last resort. In the past, group B strep infections were relatively easy to subdue because the bacteria were vulnerable to penicillin and other common antibiotics. "Every time there is information about another genus, species or strain of bacteria showing resistance to yet another class of antibiotic, that's bad news because it means that yet another antibiotic weapon is about to become useless," said Elizabeth Scott, co-director for the Center ... Read more

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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 groin, armpits or elbows. A red, bumpy and swollen tongue, or a white coating on the tongue or back of the throat. Headache, body aches, nausea, vomiting or swollen glands. Read more

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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 and Streptococcus pyogenes, particularly in schools, daycare centers and hospitals. "These findings should make us more cautious about bacteria in the environment since they change our ideas about how these particular bacteria are spread," study senior author Anders Hakansson, of the University at Buffalo, said in a university news release. "This is the first paper to directly investigate that these bacteria can survive well on various surfaces, including hands, and potentially spread between ... Read more

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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 children. If there's a temperature higher than 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit. If there are patches of pus on the back of the throat. If a skin rash develops. If there is blood in the phlegm or saliva. If there are symptoms of dehydration, including fatigue, dry mouth, infrequent urination or no tears. If there has been exposure to someone with strep throat. Read more

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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 fever in the last 24 hours?" said study author Dr. Andrew Fine, a pediatric emergency medicine specialist at Boston Children's Hospital. High fevers are a hallmark of strep infections, while coughs are not. In a new study of more than 70,000 patients with sore throats, those two questions and an accounting of how common strep infections were within a local area ruled out cases of strep throat nearly as well as lab tests did. "This enables us to use the test of time," said co-study author Dr. ... Read more

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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 scientists said. "For sore throat, antibiotics should be prescribed about 10 percent of the time," said study author Dr. Jeffrey Linder, a researcher in the division of general medicine and primary care at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. Although the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention encourages the proper use of antibiotics, their use for sore throats has only dropped from about 70 percent of doctor visits in 1990 to 60 percent of visits now, he said. "The story for ... Read more

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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 degrees Fahrenheit. Red and swollen tonsils, often accompanied by white patches. Small red spots on the roof of the mouth. Headache. Nausea and vomiting. Skin rash. Body aches. Read more

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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 exposure to secondhand smoke. Read more

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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 treated with antibiotics, which are ineffective against viruses, noted an IDSA news release. Research shows that up to 15 million people in the United States go to the doctor for a sore throat every year. As many as 70 percent of patients receive antibiotics for a sore throat, but only 20 percent of those patients have strep throat, according to the IDSA. The guidelines also advised that when a strep infection is confirmed by testing, it should be treated with penicillin or amoxicillin – if the ... Read more

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