Flea-borne bacterial disease spreading wider in Texas

A sometimes fatal bacterial disease carried by fleas and lice appears to be spreading more often, and over a larger swath of territory in Texas than it did a decade ago, a new study suggests. The authors aren’t sure how to explain the increase in murine typhus cases, though one suggested the “rampant” population of opossums…

Will There Ever be a Universal Flu Vaccine?

Originally posted 2017-01-27 12:00:54.

This article originally appeared on The Conversation. No one wants to catch the flu, and the best line of defense is the seasonal influenza vaccine. But producing an effective annual flu shot relies on accurately predicting which flu strains are most likely to infect the population in any given season. It requires the coordination of multiple…

How Your Pediatrician Decides Whether Your Child Has Strep Throat Infection or Not

Originally posted 2016-11-05 01:43:27. To STREP or not to STREP, that is the question. Let us talk about some of the confusing aspects of this common diagnosis and how the decisions are made most times in the outpatient settingSTREP. Streptococcal pharyngitis is one of the most common infections that lead to the prescription of antibiotics…

Treatment Of Strep Throat In Children

Originally posted 2016-11-14 18:51:28. Streptococcal pharyngitis is an infection caused by a bacteria called Streptococcus pyogenes, also called Group A Streptococcus. Recently we discussed Strep throat infections and how its complications can have devastating effects on the family. Fortunately, this infection can be treated with antibiotics. Today I will talk about the antibiotic treatment of…

Why You Need To Get The Pertussis (Whooping Cough) Vaccination For Your Child

Originally posted 2016-11-10 21:54:16.   Pertussis is a serious bacterial infection caused by Bordetella pertussis. Just as we have apps for most things these days, there is a vaccine for it and you may be literally “playing with fire” and leaving your child at risk for many other conditions that are life-threatening if you decide…

What Could Go Wrong With Strep?

Originally posted 2016-11-09 01:50:15. Many parents worry about Strep throat infections in their children. As a pediatric practice, we are often swabbing children for a rapid strep test and strep throat culture. The reasons are not far-fetched and any worried parent is indeed justified to be. The reason is that this infection can lead to some…