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World Antibiotic Awareness Week
Professor Dame Sally Davies, England's Chief Medical Officer, recently warned that the world could face a  " post-antibiotic apocalypse.” She urged that, unless action is taken to halt the practices that have allowed antibiotic resistance to spread and ways are found to develop new types of antibiotics, we could return to the days when simple wounds, infections or routine operations, are life-threatening. To mark   World Antibiotic Awareness Week, 13th-19th November,  we are highlighting Cochrane  evidence which supports decision-making in the appropriate use of antibiotics. Pr...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - November 13, 2017 Category: Information Technology Authors: Muriah Umoquit Source Type: news

Cepheid Expands Respiratory Disease Portfolio with Xpert Xpress Strep A
Accurate and Reliable Group A Strep Detection in as soon as 18 minutes(1) SUNNYVALE, Calif., Oct. 5, 2017 -- (Healthcare Sales & Marketing Network) -- Cepheid announced today that it has received clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FD... Diagnostics, FDA Cepheid, Xpert Xpress Strep A, Streptococcus pyogenes (Source: HSMN NewsFeed)
Source: HSMN NewsFeed - October 5, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Woman Dies From Flesh-Eating Bacteria After Falling Into Hurricane Harvey Floodwaters
A 77-year-old Texas woman died after falling into contaminated Hurricane Harvey floodwaters, where she contracted a deadly flesh-eating infection, health officials said. Nancy Reed died at a Houston hospital on Sept. 15 after she fell inside a home that had been flooded with contaminated water, the Harris County chief medical examiner announced Tuesday. Reed’s official cause of death was necrotizing fasciitis, a deadly bacterial skin infection that rapidly eats away at the body’s soft tissue, according to the medical examiner and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Reed had also suffered “blun...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - September 28, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Melissa Chan Tags: Uncategorized hurricane harvey onetime Texas Source Type: news

Two Group A Streptococcus genes linked to 'flesh-eating' bacterial infections
(University of Maryland) Group A Streptococcus bacteria cause illnesses ranging from mild nuisances like strep throat to life-threatening conditions such as flesh-eating disease, also known as necrotizing fasciitis. Life-threatening infections occur when the bacteria spread underneath the surface of the skin or throat and invade the underlying soft tissue. Researchers have found two group A Streptococcus genes involved in invasive infections, which may be potential targets for therapeutics. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - September 22, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Point-of-Care Testing for Group A Streptococcus Infection and Influenza
Point of care (POC) testing has emerged as a critical tool in the early and rapid diagnosis and treatment of infectious diseases. While the mainstay of these POC tests has been lateral-flow-based antigen detection assays, recent technological advances in nucleic acid detection combined with regulatory changes has allowed more sensitive detection of infectious etiologies in the near-patient setting. This advancement is particularly impactful in the ambulatory setting, where rapid diagnosis can ensure appropriate treatment at the early stages of infection, both preventing more serious sequelae and also improving physician wo...
Source: Clinical Microbiology Newsletter - September 21, 2017 Category: Microbiology Authors: Jennifer Woo, Valerie Arboleda, Omai B. Garner Source Type: news

Necrotizing fasciitis cure? Century-old mystery of flesh-eating bacteria SOLVED
BACTERIAL infections include the flesh-eating type caused by Group A Streptococcus bacteria. Scientists have solved a century-old mystery of how to treat it. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - September 19, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Researchers unlock potential pathway to treat flesh-eating bacteria
(Houston Methodist) Researchers at Houston Methodist have solved a 100-year-old mystery, providing them a possible key to unlock a pathway for treating diseases caused by flesh-eating bacteria. Muthiah Kumaraswami and his team at Houston Methodist Research Institute found a critical target on which to focus for developing a potential Group A Streptococcus vaccine or antibiotic to fight it. By manipulating this target, they hope to either reduce the severity of these infections or clear them up faster. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - September 18, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

When to Skip Cultures in Kids With Pharyngitis When to Skip Cultures in Kids With Pharyngitis
Does the number of overt viral symptoms offer a reliable way to distinguish viral from group A strep pharyngitis?Medscape Pediatrics (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - August 11, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pediatrics Viewpoint Source Type: news

Alberta woman loses foot, toes, fingers after rare strep A infection
A woman in Red Deer, Alta., is sounding the alarm after says she almost died from a rare strep A infection — sharing her story after hearing about an Ontario girl who lost an arm and a leg to group A streptococcus. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - March 25, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Calgary Source Type: news

Cytotoxins contribute to virulence of deadly epidemic bacterial infections
Beginning in the mid-1980s, an epidemic of severe invasive infections caused by Streptococcus pyogenes (S. pyogenes), also known as group A streptococcus (GAS), occurred in the United States, Europe, and elsewhere. Potent cytotoxins produced by this human pathogen contribute to the infection, commonly known as'flesh-eating disease.'A new study reports that the bacteria's full virulence is dependent on the presence of two specific cytotoxins, NADase (SPN) and streptolysin O (SLO). (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - February 2, 2017 Category: Science Source Type: news

Cytotoxins contribute to virulence of deadly epidemic bacterial infections
(Elsevier Health Sciences) Beginning in the mid-1980s, an epidemic of severe invasive infections caused by Streptococcus pyogenes (S. pyogenes), also known as group A streptococcus (GAS), occurred in the United States, Europe, and elsewhere. Potent cytotoxins produced by this human pathogen contribute to the infection, commonly known as 'flesh-eating disease.' A new study in The American Journal of Pathology reports that the bacteria's full virulence is dependent on the presence of two specific cytotoxins, NADase (SPN) and streptolysin O (SLO). (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - February 2, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

The role of size in development of mucosal liposome-lipopeptide vaccine
(Bentham Science Publishers) Group A Streptococcus (GAS), or Streptococcus pyogenes is an exclusivel y human Gram-positive pathogenic bacteria. A delay in treatment of GAS infection often lead to severe diseases such as rheumatic heart disease which attributes to hundreds of thousands deaths annually. For the past few decades, the quest for a commercial GAS vaccine has been futile mainly due to the presence of multiple GAS serotypes (more than 200). (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - January 20, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

From strep throat to RSV: Winter health cheat sheet
According to this study published in Pediatrics, vapor rub can be effective in decreasing nighttime cough. Please note that some children may experience skin irritation. Vapor rub is not recommended for children under the age of 2. Keep the nasal passages as clear of excess mucous as you can. Elevate the head when sleeping to help support comfortable breathing. Keep a close eye on your child’s breathing. Notify your pediatric health care providers of any changes in your child’s condition. You should notify your pediatrician or call 911 immediately if your child displays signs of respiratory distress such as:&n...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - January 12, 2017 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Meaghan O'Keeffe Tags: Health & Wellness Parenting Croup RSV strep throat whooping cough Source Type: news

Cluster of Invasive Group A Streptococcus Infections Cluster of Invasive Group A Streptococcus Infections
Four cases of invasive group A streptococcal bacteremia have presented to local healthcare facilities in the past 10 days, according to the New Hampshire Division of Public Health Services.State Health Alerts (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - October 31, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News Source Type: news

Biochemists' discovery could lead to vaccine against'flesh-eating' bacteria
Biochemists have uncovered patterns in the outer protein coat of group A Streptococcus that could finally lead to a vaccine against this highly infectious bacteria -- responsible for more than 500,000 deaths a year, including toxic shock syndrome and necrotizing fasciitis or'flesh-eating disease.'(Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - September 5, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Biochemists' discovery could lead to vaccine against 'flesh-eating' bacteria
(University of California - San Diego) Biochemists at the University of California San Diego have uncovered patterns in the outer protein coat of group A Streptococcus that could finally lead to a vaccine against this highly infectious bacteria -- responsible for more than 500,000 deaths a year, including toxic shock syndrome and necrotizing fasciitis or 'flesh-eating disease.' (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - September 5, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Group A Strep (GAS) Infection
Group A Strep (GAS) (Source: eMedicineHealth.com)
Source: eMedicineHealth.com - July 5, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Source Type: news

Consider Fusobacterium in culture-negative pharyngitis
BOSTON – An underappreciated cause of bacterial pharyngitis had a similar clinical presentation to group A Streptococcus (GAS), although prevalence was low in the population of 300 pediatric... (Source: Pediatric News)
Source: Pediatric News - June 21, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Source Type: news

Invasive group A strep infection in the U.S. remains substantial
Invasive group A Streptococcus infection (GAS) in the United States caused 10,649-13,434 illnesses per year, and 1,136-1,607 deaths annually, during 2005-2012, according to researchers. From... (Source: Pediatric News)
Source: Pediatric News - May 17, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Source Type: news

Class I Medical Device Recall: Focus Diagnostics Recalls Laboratory Examination Kits Due to Inaccurate Test Results
Focus Diagnostics is recalling Simplexa™ Herpes Simplex Virus 1 & 2 Direct and Simplexa™ Group A Strep Direct kits containing the Direct Amplification Discs due to poor lamination between the sample reaction wells. This poor lamination may lead to leakage (Source: Food and Drug Adminstration (FDA): CDRHNew)
Source: Food and Drug Adminstration (FDA): CDRHNew - April 13, 2016 Category: Medical Equipment Source Type: news

'Hypervirulent' strain of strep outbreak identified in Arizona and the Southwest
A research team has helped state, local and tribal health officials identify an outbreak of 'hypervirulent' strep bacteria in the American Southwest. Identified in Flagstaff, Ariz., from January to July 2015, this outbreak of the emm59 clone of group A Streptococcus is directly related to cases identified recently in New Mexico. This strain type appears to have evolved from a nationwide outbreak in Canada that lasted from 2006-09, according to a report. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - March 21, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

TGen identifies 'hypervirulent' strain of strep outbreak in Arizona and the Southwest
(The Translational Genomics Research Institute) The Translational Genomics Research Institute has helped state, local and tribal health officials identify an outbreak of 'hypervirulent' strep bacteria in the American Southwest. Identified in Flagstaff, Ariz., from January to July 2015, this outbreak of the emm59 clone of group A Streptococcus is directly related to cases identified recently in New Mexico. This strain type appears to have evolved from a nationwide outbreak in Canada that lasted from 2006-09, according to a report in the April issue of Emerging Infectious Diseases. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - March 21, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Strep Throat Misdiagnoses at a Rural Urgent-Care ClinicStrep Throat Misdiagnoses at a Rural Urgent-Care Clinic
Did this clinic's substantial increase in group A Streptococcus pharyngitis diagnoses reflect reality, or was the increase a product of failure to adhere to guidelines and improper testing techniques? Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - January 22, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Public Health & Prevention Journal Article Source Type: news

Group A Strep Poses ‘Serious’ Threat to Maternal Health: StudyGroup A Strep Poses ‘Serious’ Threat to Maternal Health: Study
Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape ObGyn and Womens Health Headlines)
Source: Medscape ObGyn and Womens Health Headlines - January 14, 2016 Category: OBGYN Tags: Ob/Gyn & Women ' s Health News Source Type: news

Scientists identify a mechanism of epidemic bacterial disease
(Houston Methodist) Through identification of increased toxin production by epidemic forms of group A streptococcus (the 'flesh-eating' bacterium), for the first time scientists are able to pinpoint the molecular events that contribute to large intercontinental epidemics of disease. The study was based on sequencing almost 5,000 group A streptococcus genomes collected over decades. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - August 10, 2015 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Alere Receives FDA CLIA Waiver for Alere(TM) i Strep A Rapid Molecular Test
Molecular diagnostic platform that detects Group A Streptococcus infections in 8 minutes or less now widely available in broad range of healthcare settings WALTHAM, Mass., July 16, 2015 -- (Healthcare Sales & Marketing Network) -- Alere Inc. (ALR), a g... Diagnostics, FDAAlere, i Strep A, Group A Streptococcus, Streptococcus (Source: HSMN NewsFeed)
Source: HSMN NewsFeed - July 16, 2015 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Should we worry about the 'flesh-eating killer bug'?
Conclusion Unlike in the BBC 4 drama, "Cordon", it's unlikely that the streets will be barricaded because of an outbreak of this deadly infection featured in today's news. The study behind the headlines looked at genetic changes over time within the emm89 form of group A streptococcus bacteria. It found a new form emerged that has become more common over time, and identified the genetic changes that may have contributed to this rise. This type of study is useful for researchers to look at how infectious organisms change over time and become more successful. It can help researchers track the spread of different f...
Source: NHS News Feed - July 15, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: QA articles Source Type: news

Surge in new strain of flesh-eating bug across the world
In severe cases, the form of group A streptococcus bacteria can cause necrotising fasciitis - the 'flesh eating' condition which destroys body tissue - pneumonia and blood poisoning. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - July 14, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Does Your “Backup” Method Have Your Back? Controversies Surrounding Backup of Rapid Antigen Detection Methods for Group A
Accurate diagnosis of streptococcal pharyngitis followed by appropriate antibiotic therapy is important for the prevention and control of group A streptococcus (GAS) infection and its sequelae. Rapid antigen detection methods (RADTs) for detection of GAS antigen are commonly used to speed the diagnosis of streptococcal pharyngitis; however, reports of false-negative antigen tests are common. In this review, we describe the conflicting strategies that surround GAS testing and reflexive backup testing for samples found to be negative for Streptococcus pyogenes antigen. (Source: Clinical Microbiology Newsletter)
Source: Clinical Microbiology Newsletter - July 8, 2015 Category: Microbiology Authors: Diana R. Hernandez, Donna M. Wolk Source Type: news

Toxic Shock Syndrome: Symptoms, Treatment & Outlook
Toxic shock syndrome is a rare and life-threatening complication of some types of bacterial infections. Often times, toxic shock syndrome results from toxins produced Staphylococcus aureus or, 'staph,' bacteria. The condition might also be caused by toxins produced by group A streptococcus or, 'strep,' bacteria. The syndrome historically has been associated with the use of superabsorbent tampons. (Source: Disabled World)
Source: Disabled World - April 23, 2015 Category: Disability Tags: Health and Disability Source Type: news

Rapid Group A Strep Test Clears FDARapid Group A Strep Test Clears FDA
The Alere i Strep A test (Alere Inc) is the first molecular test that detects group A streptococcus bacteria in throat swab specimens in 8 minutes or less. FDA Approvals (Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines)
Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines - April 3, 2015 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Infectious Diseases News Alert Source Type: news

F. necrophorum More Common Than Group A Strep in Young Adults with Pharyngitis (FREE)
By Amy Orciari Herman Edited by David G. Fairchild, MD, MPH, and Jaye Elizabeth Hefner, MD In young adults presenting with pharyngitis, Fusobacterium necrophorum is twice as common as group A streptococcus, according to a single-center study in … (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)
Source: Physician's First Watch current issue - February 17, 2015 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Group A Strep (GAS) Infection
Group A Strep (GAS) (Source: eMedicineHealth.com)
Source: eMedicineHealth.com - January 20, 2015 Category: Journals (General) Source Type: news

Quidel Receives Simultaneous FDA Clearance And CLIA Waiver For Its Sofia® Strep A+ Fluorescent Immunoassay (FIA) Via The FDA's New Dual Submission Program
Quidel Corporation (NASDAQ: QDEL), a provider of rapid diagnostic testing solutions, cell-based virology assays and molecular diagnostic systems, announced today that it has received marketing clearance and CLIA waiver by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its Sofia Strep A+ Fluorescent Immunoassay (FIA) for the rapid detection of infections by Group A Streptococcus bacteria. (Source: Medical Design Online News)
Source: Medical Design Online News - December 22, 2014 Category: Medical Equipment Source Type: news

From strep throat to RSV: Winter health cheat sheet
According to this study published in Pediatrics, vapor rub can be effective in decreasing nighttime cough. Please note that some children may experience skin irritation. Vapor rub is not recommended for children under the age of 2. Keep the nasal passages as clear of excess mucous as you can. Elevate the head when sleeping to help support comfortable breathing. Keep a close eye on your child’s breathing. Notify your pediatric health care providers of any changes in your child’s condition. You should notify your pediatrician or call 911 immediately if your child displays signs of respiratory distress such as: ...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - December 4, 2014 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Meaghan O'Keeffe Tags: All posts Source Type: news

Roche Receives FDA Clearance for Strep A Test on cobas Liat System
Roche today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has provided 510(k) clearance for the cobas Strep A test for the detection of group A streptococcus bacterial (Strep A) DNA in throat swab specimens. The cobas Strep A test runs on the cobas Liat System, a molecular point of care diagnostic system, which will be launched later this year. With a time to result of just 15 minutes, the cobas Strep A test achieves outstanding sensitivity aiding healthcare professionals to make immediate, informed treatment decisions in a variety of testing locations. (Source: Roche Investor Update)
Source: Roche Investor Update - November 13, 2014 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Roche Receives FDA Clearance for Strep A Test on cobas Liat System
Roche today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has provided 510(k) clearance for the cobas Strep A test for the detection of group A streptococcus bacterial (Strep A) DNA in throat swab specimens. The cobas Strep A test runs on the cobas Liat System, a molecular point of care diagnostic system, which will be launched later this year. With a time to result of just 15 minutes, the cobas Strep A test achieves outstanding sensitivity aiding healthcare professionals to make immediate, informed treatment decisions in a variety of testing locations. (Source: Roche Media News)
Source: Roche Media News - November 13, 2014 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Quidel Receives FDA Clearance for Its Hand-Held Molecular Diagnostic Test for Group A Strep
SAN DIEGO, CA--(Healthcare Sales & Marketing Network) - Quidel Corporation (NASDAQ: QDEL), a provider of rapid diagnostic testing solutions, cellular-based virology assays and molecular diagnostic systems, announced today that it has received clearance fro... Diagnostics, FDAQuidel, AmpliVue, Streptococcus (Source: HSMN NewsFeed)
Source: HSMN NewsFeed - July 28, 2014 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Featured in NEJM Journal Watch: Invasive Group A Streptococcus Infections Linked to Outpatient Liposuction (FREE)
By the NEJM Journal Watch Editors An outbreak of invasive group A Streptococcus infection involved 13 … (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)
Source: Physician's First Watch current issue - July 14, 2014 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Call to tackle maternal blood infection risk
ConclusionThis comprehensive study highlights several areas where awareness of the risks of sepsis in pregnancy should be increased in both primary and secondary care. These include: If there is clinical suspicion of infection with group A streptococcus, then urgent action should be taken. There should be increased care given to pregnant women and women who have just given birth who have a suspected infection. High-dose intravenous antibiotics should be given within one hour of admission for suspected sepsis. Vigilant infection control measures should be employed during vaginal delivery. Despite antibiotics being rout...
Source: NHS News Feed - July 9, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pregnancy/child Source Type: news

Key step toward a safer strep vaccine
The genes encoding a molecule that famously defines Group A Streptococcus (strep), a pathogenic bacterial species responsible for more than 700 million infections worldwide each year, has been identified by an international team of scientists. Efforts to develop such a vaccine have been significantly hindered by complexities in how the human immune system reacts to the bacterial pathogen. Specifically, some patients with strep infections produce antibodies that cross-react with their own heart valve tissue, leading to rheumatic fever and heart damage. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - June 11, 2014 Category: Science Source Type: news

A key step toward a safer strep vaccine
(University of California - San Diego) An international team of scientists, led by researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, have identified the genes encoding a molecule that famously defines Group A Streptococcus (strep), a pathogenic bacterial species responsible for more than 700 million infections worldwide each year. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - June 11, 2014 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Deadly 2012 Strep Outbreak at 'Medical Spa' Linked to WorkersDeadly 2012 Strep Outbreak at 'Medical Spa' Linked to Workers
Outbreaks of group A Streptococcus infections at weight loss clinics in Maryland and Delaware in 2012 were probably caused by poor infection control practices on the part of the staff, according to a new study. Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Nurses Headlines)
Source: Medscape Nurses Headlines - May 29, 2014 Category: Nursing Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Deadly 2012 outbreak at "medical spa" linked to workers
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Outbreaks of group A Streptococcus infections at weight loss clinics in Maryland and Delaware in 2012 were probably caused by poor infection control practices on the part of the staff, according to a new study. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - May 28, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Group A streptococcus in pregnancy: Expert contributes to research
A physician offers a description of the recommended approach to diagnosing and treating Group A streptococcus (GAS) in pregnant and postpartum women. Group A streptococcus can cause invasive infections in the form of endometritis, necrotizing fasciitis, or streptococcal toxic shock syndrome. These infections, when associated with sepsis, have associated mortality rates of 30 to 50 percent. When a pregnant woman presents with GAS infection, her symptoms are often atypical, with extremes of temperature, unusual and vague pain, and pain in the extremities. Imaging may appear normal, but removing a small sample from the uterus...
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - March 6, 2014 Category: Science Source Type: news

Sydenham's Chorea - NEJM video
This article from PubMed describes the chorea epidemic:In 1518, one of the strangest epidemics in recorded history struck the city of Strasbourg. Hundreds of people were seized by an irresistible urge to dance, hop and leap into the air.In houses, halls and public spaces, as fear paralyzed the city and the members of the elite despaired, the dancing continued with mindless intensity. Seldom pausing to eat, drink or rest, 400 of them danced for days or even weeks. And before long, the chronicles agree, dozens were dying from exhaustion.References:In a spin: the mysterious dancing epidemic of 1518. Waller JC. Endea...
Source: Clinical Cases and Images - January 20, 2014 Category: Journals (General) Tags: NEJM Neurology Source Type: news

Scientists reveal steps leading to necrotizing fasciitis
(The Hebrew University of Jerusalem) Researchers at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem's Faculty of Medicine have discovered the mechanism by which Streptococcus pyogenes, or Group A streptococcus bacteria, cause life-threatening diseases such as necrotizing fasciitis (commonly known as flesh-eating disease) and streptococcal toxic shock syndrome. This opens the door to possible future treatments to curb this and other potentially fatal bacteria. The university's technology transfer company, Yissum, is seeking partners to help develop effective therapies against invasive streptococcus infections. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - January 16, 2014 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Strep throat home test 'could save thousands of doctor's visits'
Researchers have created a home test for strep throat that they say is almost as accurate as laboratory tests and could eliminate the need for doctor's visits for sore throat. This is according to a study published in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine. Strep throat is a type of sore throat caused by a bacteria called Streptococcus pyogenes, also known as group A streptococcus (GAS). This form of bacteria is highly contagious and can be spread through airborne particles when an infected person coughs or sneezes, or through touching infected surfaces... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - November 5, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Ear, Nose and Throat Source Type: news

Still Rx'ing Antibiotics for Bronchitis and Non-Group A Strep Sore Throat
This is an opportunity for primary care to help avert a public health catastrophe. Physicians need to take ownership over this issue and demand more time for URI patients—-E&M criteria do not capture what is lost when these visits are viewed simply as “Level 2 Office Visit, CPT 99212.” (Source: Consultant Live)
Source: Consultant Live - October 7, 2013 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Study finds no change in inappropriate antibiotic prescribing for sore throat
Visits to primary care physicians by adults with sore throats decreased between 1997 and 2010 but there was no change in the overall national antibiotic prescribing rate, according to a research letter by Michael L. Barnett, M.D., and Jeffrey A. Linder, M.D., M.P.H., of Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston. The prevalence of group A Streptococcus (GAS) - a common cause of sore throat requiring antibiotics - is about 10 percent among adults seeking care from their physicians... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - October 3, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Ear, Nose and Throat Source Type: news