November 27, 2009

How Can I Tell If I Have Strep Throat?


Streptococcal Pharyngitis, commonly known as strep throat, is often first thought to be merely a sore throat or a cold, but is much more severe. There are certain ways to avoid the common misdiagnosis.

Sore throats are caused by yeast, bacteria, and other viruses that cause the throat to swell and become sore. Sore throats can even be caused by something as simple as breathing through your mouth, which irritates and dries the throat. Unlike sore throats, strep throat is caused by bacteria called Streptococcus pyogenes, or Group A Strep.

Symptoms of strep throat include sore red throat; swollen, sore glands; large, red tonsils; headache; lower stomach pain; fever; and pain when one swallows. These symptoms of usually persist more than 5 days. Normally when one has strep throat, coughing is rare. This can aide one in differentiating between strep throat and the common cold. A sore throat may be accompanied by a runny nose, coughing, or red eyes.

Strep throat, if developed, may cause rheumatic fever, rheumatic heart disease, or acute glomerulonephritis (kidney disease). These illnesses can damage the heart and other vital organs of the body. Strep throat is more common to occur during the winter months and into the early spring, so it is important to be cautious and take simple steps and protect yourself from the contagious infection.

If you are still unsure whether what you’re experiencing is, in fact, strep throat, a simple excursion to your doctor for a throat culture or rapid strep test will solve it. If you are diagnosed with strep throat avoid smoking, and cold drinks. Try gargling water with one teaspoon of salt in warm water. Also, if you have strep throat, buy a new toothbrush to stop the virus from reoccurring. Strep throat can be cured by painless antibiotics taken for 10 days to 2 weeks.

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November 26, 2009

Shocking Treatment for Erectile Dysfunction


Researchers from Israel have discovered a shocking new treatment that may help men suffering from erectile dysfunction (ED). However, when men hear what the treatment is, they might not be so enthusiastic about trying it. Shock wave therapy has shown a great deal of promise in treating ED.

Results from low-intensity shock wave therapy have been able to significantly improve erectile function in about 15 of 20 men who reported suffering from mild or moderate ED. The recent information was presented at the annual meeting of the European Society for Sexual Medicine.

This new discovery may allow men an alternative to taking ED pills, such as Viagra or Cialis. Additionally, further advancements in this type of treatment may allow more men to have their ED cured permanently, or at least for a significant period of time. However, for men that feel uncomfortable with electric shocks being administered to their penis, ED pills are always an option.

However, before I get ahead of myself here, I should just say that these findings were just a preliminary test. Further research and analysis are still required before anything is finalized. Although no one can say that this isn’t a step forward for the treatment of erectile dysfunction.

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November 24, 2009

Man Wrongly Diagnosed As Comatose For 23 Years


Imagine being trapped inside of a body, unable to move, speak, or do anything. This is the exact way Belgian man, Rom Houben must have felt. Houben was diagnosed as comatose 23 years ago, but only recently have doctors realized a misdiagnosis was made. Using a specialized brain scan, that was not available when Houben was diagnosed, doctors were able to see that there was a level of consciousness.

Houben has been provided with the equipment needed for him to communicate. With the help of a speech therapist, Houben typed a message that expressed his frustration, but how he is thankful for his family. However, many are skeptical that it is really Houben communicating. His speech therapist says she can feel his hand guiding her with a small amount of pressure, and that when she is going towards a wrong letter Houben’s hand offers some resistance.

A bioethics professor at the University of Pennsylvania, Arthur Caplan discusses his thoughts on Houben’s communication. “That’s called ‘facilitated communication.’ That is Ouija board stuff. It’s been discredited time and time again. When people look at it, it’s usually the person doing the pointing who’s doing the messages, not the person they claim they are helping.”

Whether or not Houben is really communicating isn’t the biggest thing right now. The fact that after 23 years of being diagnosed as comatose, Houben has received the proper diagnosis could definitely be a comforting feeling for the family.

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November 23, 2009

Strange Cases in Medicine Hutchinson-Gilford Syndrome

This week’s strange case in Medicine is Progeria, or Hutchinson-Gilford Syndrome. Progeria is a condition that causes the person to age rapidly during childhood. The condition is very rare at about a one in eight million chance to be born with it. Unfortunately, there is no cure for Progeria, and most people with the condition do not live past the age of thirteen.

The disease is caused by a certain genetic mutation that results in the creation of an unusable type of the protein Lamin A. This protein is normally one of the building blocks of the nuclear envelope. What makes Hutchinson-Gilford syndrome different than other accelerated aging diseases is that progeria is not caused by defective DNA repair. Also, other accelerated aging diseases generally display on some parts of aging, never every part.

Symptoms of Hutchinson-Gilford syndrome include failure to thrive and a localized scleroderma-like skin condition. As the child begins to age, more symptoms begin to present themselves. Limited growth is apparent, hair loss begins, and the child will usually develop a small face and jaw, and a pinched nose. As the child gets older, their bodies become more frail and fragile in appearance, and start getting wrinkled skin, atherosclerosis, and cardiovascular problems.

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November 5, 2009

Recent Study Shows Link Between Two Types of Antibiotic and Birth Defects


For many women, having children is the most important thing they will ever do. We are programmed genetically to reproduce in order to allow our species to survive. We are animals, and like many animals, we protect our young. This need to protect our children is also why it is scary that two common antibiotics have recently been linked to causing birth defects.

A recent study showed that two common antibiotics may cause birth defects. The two drugs in the study were nitrofurantoins (sold under the brand names Macrobid and Furadantin) and sulfa drugs (sold under the names Bactrim and Thiosulfil Forte). However, this was only the first study to show these results and further testing will be needed in order to confirm any real findings.

This does not mean that ALL antibiotics will cause birth defects. The only thing these findings mean is that you have to talk with your doctor about taking certain medications. You need to understand what some of these different medicines do. You must weigh the potential risks of the drug against the benefits. Take some time to really find out all the courses of action.

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November 3, 2009

Low Supply and High Demand Create Long Lines For H1N1 Vaccinations

Unless you’ve been living in a cave somewhere, you probably know how busy the H1N1 vaccination clinics have been. The stories of waiting times of about 5 hours have been spreading across the internet, radio, and television. Part of this has to do with the large number of people going to get their shots, but another part is due to the supply being much, much lower than originally anticipated.

Drug manufacturers had told United States officials that 120 million doses would be available come October 1st. We are now into the first week of November and only 26.6 million doses have been shipped. Someone, somewhere, screwed up, big time.

When you estimate 120 million available doses, try to have at least somewhere close to that number. 110 million, 100 million, even 90 million, but 26.6 million? I think someone might need to go back to school an re-take a math course, maybe two. Either way I find this staggering difference in promised products and delivered products to be very unacceptable.

So, I have to urge everyone to really think if they need the shot right away. Maybe think about all the people that have a higher risk of dieing from the flu. They should be reeving the first vaccinations, but instead they are forced to wait in lines for hours, and even then they don’t always get the vaccine. So all I am asking is that you really make sure that if you’re going to get the H1N1 vaccine be one of those ‘high risk’ people.

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November 2, 2009

Misuse of Aspirin May Be Linked To 1918 Pandemic Deaths


Could some deaths in the 1918 Spanish Influenza pandemic been prevented? Well an article published in the journal of Clinical Infectious Diseases (CID), believes that the rather high doses of aspirin given in an attempt to treat patients may have only raised the number of deaths from the 1918 influenza.

The author of the article, Karen Starko debates that “The high case fatality rate especially among young adults…is incompletely understood. Although late deaths showed bacterial pneumonia, early deaths exhibited extremely ‘wet,’ sometimes hemorrhagic lungs.”

Starko then talks about how the high doses of aspirin were a contributing factor. She describes how doctors in 1918 were unaware that certain doses (8g-31g of aspirin a day) are actually related to hyperventilation and pulmonary edema in some people.

In fact, Starko cites the US Surgeon General’s recommendation that aspirin should be taken. This was just before a spike in the number of deaths in 1918. She goes on to suggest that if the advice was followed, many of the deaths could have been a result of aspirin.

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