1. Molecular and Clinical Diagnosis of Group A Streptococcal Pharyngitis in Children

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    Group A Streptococcus (GAS) pharyngitis is a very common condition causing significant morbidity in children. Accurate diagnosis followed by appropriate antimicrobial therapy is recommended to prevent post infectious sequelae. Diagnosis of GAS pharyngitis by a rapid antigen detection test (RADT) or culture in the absence of discriminating clinical findings remains challenging. Validation of new sensitive rapid diagnostic tests is therefore a priority. Dr. Dien Bard and Dr. Felsenstein discuss the performance of a loop-mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP) assay (illumigene® Group A Strep) for the diagnosis of GAS pharyngitis compared with that of a RADT and standard culture in 361 pediatric throat swab samples.

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    • Sizing Up Your Child’s Sore Throat

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      As suspected flu cases dominate doctor’s offices, many people may be too quick to judge. Blaming their child’s illness on influenza when another bug could be to blame. Dr. Jeffery Johns works as a family physician in Lee Memorial Health System’s Convenient Care clinics. “To kind of differentiate flu from some of the other common cold viruses - usually cold viruses don’t make you feel too bad. And usually they’ll stay kind of above the chest, maybe just in the nose, the ears, in the throat,” says Dr. Johns. Confusing the flu or a cold with strep throat is not uncommon. Truth be told, children who have strep or the flu may experience many of the same symptoms. “Strep tends to be more along the lines of no coughing or congestion just really sore throat, high fever generally above 102. They may have swollen glands, they’re not eating as well,” says Dr. Denise Drago, who is a pediatrician with Lee Memorial Health System. One reason to be suspicious of strep is age. School aged children are more likely than adults to have strep. A contagious infection, it spreads wherever kids are in close quarters. “Kids under five tend to not have strep. But kids between 5 and 15 are at highest risk of having strep,” says Dr. Drago. It’s important to size up the symptoms, while a cold or flu should resolve on its own, strep needs attention. “We’ll do a strep culture, a rapid test in the office and send out a confirmatory test just to make sure. But it is definitely important in treating strep throat with antibiotics,” says Dr. Drago. Left untreated, strep has the potential for health complications. The takeaway: if your child has a sore throat with a fever, don’t assume it’s the flu. Have a doctor check it out. View More Health Matters video segments at leememorial.org/healthmatters/ Lee Memorial Health System in Fort Myers, FL is the largest network of medical care facilities in Southwest Florida and is highly respected for its expertise, innovation and quality of care. For nearly a century, we’ve been providing our community with everything from primary care treatment to highly specialized care services and robotic assisted surgeries. Visit leememorial.org

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      • Lymphocytes and Your Lab Tests: Why Are They Important?

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        T cells, B cells, natural killer cells—all funny names, but how are they are significant when understanding your lab test results? Find out from University of Massachusetts Dartmouth laboratory scientist Dr. Susan Leclair as she takes us on a step-by-step exploration of lymphocyte function and their role in your immune function and response.

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        • ROOSTER SAYS: CHILD HEART CARE

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          A funny, bright call to action by a Knowledgeable Rooster With a Megaphone - waking people up to the dangers of strep throat. Produced in Rwanda, it's in Kinyarwanda but can be dubbed into any other language needed. Please SHARE! Produced by The Strongheart Group (www.strongheartgroup.org). Animation produced by Mento Pro Ltd at the Africa Digital Media Academy under WDA, Rwanda. Created in consultation with the Government of Rwanda, Ministry of Health. This project was supported by a grant from Stories of Change, a project of Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program supported by the Skoll Foundation.

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          • Putting a Sore Throat Under the Microscope

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            Sarah Halbeison is an experienced mom. “I have a boy who’s 5 and this is Zoey; she’s 3,” says Sarah. She’s also a school nurse. Between the two, she’s seen her share of sore throats. “Most of the time it’s pretty minor. It has to run its course and it goes on its way,” Sarah says. Like kids themselves, sore throats come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Some require close attention. The majority are viruses; painful, but harmless. “The viral infections that cause tonsillitis tend to come along with more symptoms. So runny nose, cough, congestion. Those things are more common in just the run-of -the-mill viruses,” Dr. Denise Drago says, a pediatrician with Lee Memorial Health System. The most serious form of sore throat is typically not seen in young kids. Strep throat is more common in children over five. And it has several symptoms that set it apart. “Strep tends to be more along the lines of no coughing or congestion, just a really sore throat; high fever, generally above 102. They may have swollen glands,” Dr. Drago says. Strep also has outward symptoms. “Sometimes I’ll look in their throat and I see, you know, white spots or it’s really beefy red or their tonsils are big. That’s when I think or suspect it might be strep,” Sarah says. To get an accurate diagnosis, doctors use a rapid, in-office swab, following up with a lab test. Timely treatment is important. While a viral sore throat will resolve itself, strep is linked to rheumatic fever and the same bacteria can cause throat abscesses, ear infections, sinusitis, and skin infections. “Treating strep throat with antibiotics is something we have to do to prevent some of the consequences that come along with strep throat,” Dr. Drago says. One more reason to be wary of strep- it spreads. So 24 hours on antibiotics and no fever before your child can go back to school. View More Health Matters video segments at leememorial.org/healthmatters/ Lee Memorial Health System in Fort Myers, FL is the largest network of medical care facilities in Southwest Florida and is highly respected for its expertise, innovation and quality of care. For nearly a century, we’ve been providing our community with everything from primary care treatment to highly specialized care services and robotic assisted surgeries. Visit leememorial.org

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            • Cough Confusion

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              Is your cough lingering longer than 1 week? Know the signs and symptoms of COPD and when you should visit a doctor.

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              • Two Signs of Strep

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                It’s that time of year. The colder weather brings with it sore throats. In kids it can be a real pain in the neck. “We definitely see a lot of strep. We see a lot of just inflamed tonsils or tonsillitis, but those two are the most common reason for sore throats,” says Dr. Denise Drago, pediatrician with Lee Memorial Health System. Being more serious than a run-of-the-mill sore throat, strep should be looked at by a doctor. As a general rule, answering two questions may give parents some guidance in making the call. “Strep tends to be more along the lines of ‘no coughing or congestion’ just really sore throat; high fever generally above 102,” says Dr. Drago. So the two questions would be: does your child have cough or cold symptoms and have they had a fever in the last 24 hours? While fevers are a hallmark of strep infections, coughs are not. “The majority of times, if you have a fever and you don’t have the other cough or cold symptoms that go along with a normal infection, most of the time its going to be strep,” says Dr. Drago. To make sure they have the right diagnosis, pediatricians perform an in-office test. “We’ll do a strep culture, a rapid test in the office and send out a confirmatory test just to make sure. But it is definitely important in treating strep throat with antibiotics,” says Dr. Drago. Strep is most common in children between the ages of 5 and 15. Although it’s a bacterial infection, strep is contagious. So plan on keeping your young one home from school. “We say 24 hours of antibiotics, then we say you should be fever-free for about a day. So most of the times that ends up being one or two days of school that they miss,” says Dr. Drago. Strep may also produce white patches in the throat and tonsils, but doctor’s say don’t use that as your barometer. When it doubt- check it out, with the help of a medical professional. View More Health Matters video segments at leememorial.org/healthmatters/ Lee Memorial Health System in Fort Myers, FL is the largest network of medical care facilities in Southwest Florida and is highly respected for its expertise, innovation and quality of care. For nearly a century, we’ve been providing our community with everything from primary care treatment to highly specialized care services and robotic assisted surgeries. Visit leememorial.org

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                • Time of the Season for Sickness

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                  Hearing the phrase ‘it’s going around’ is enough to make a parent shudder- especially when the bug or bacteria hits your child. “I think the natural inclination is to be nervous and you want to figure out what the cause is and figure out what you need to do to get it better as fast as possible,” says Caitlin Schultheis, mom. To understand the reason, you might look at the season. Turns out many sicknesses are cyclic- including some of the most common ones that strike kids. “Certain illnesses do tend to travel certain time of the year. Historically in Southwest Florida we see flu from September through May. However just in the past couple of years we’ve been breaking that rule. Swine flu ran all summer if you remember 2010,” says Dr. Martin Sherman, pediatrician with Lee Memorial Health System. Stomach bugs start in the winter and flow into spring. One of the biggies is rotavirus. “Which we’re now vaccinating children against, but it’s severe February, March, April. Summer months we see enteroviruses or intestinal viruses. They’re going to have diarrhea, muscles aches. They tend to be more in the summer months,” says Dr. Sherman. Strep throat strikes more in the springtime. Understanding when a particular illness is likely to occur helps pediatricians better diagnose and treat. “And you also get to learn what’s been going on in your community, things you’ve been seeing at certain times sort of gives us a hint,” says Dr. Sherman. And it may give comfort to a parent, next time something is spreading through the pediatric population. Knowing their doctor is ready and waiting. “The first thing we’ll do is contact her pediatrician,” says Schultheis. View More Health Matters video segments at leememorial.org/healthmatters/ Lee Memorial Health System in Fort Myers, FL is the largest network of medical care facilities in Southwest Florida and is highly respected for its expertise, innovation and quality of care. For nearly a century, we’ve been providing our community with everything from primary care treatment to highly specialized care services and robotic assisted surgeries. Visit leememorial.org

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                  • Does Your Child Need a Tonsillectomy?

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                    Each generation thought they were doing it for the right reason. The practice of removing a child’s tonsils has changed over time. “We went through a time years ago where everybody got their tonsils out. Then we went through a time where people were holding off a lot more. We still do it very often, but only when you meet the right criteria,” says Dr. Daniel McKenna, otolaryngologist on Lee Memorial Health System’s medical staff. Sore throats are a common childhood ailment. Historically it was the top reason for a tonsillectomy. But the tonsils aren’t the source of sickness- only a collection point for bacteria. “They get overwhelmed and the bacteria ends up just hanging out there. Instead of actually helping the problem they end up being these sponges of bacteria in your throat,” says Dr. McKenna. Health experts now believe it’s best to let it ride. Unless a child has 7 throat infections or strep in one year or 5 for two consecutive years, guidelines state they are a candidate for removal. Nowadays, obstruction is a bigger concern. “Of either the airway, where you’re not breathing properly, snoring potentially maybe holding your breath and gasping for air at night which would be obstructive sleep apnea. Or obstruction of your ability to swallow,” says Dr. McKenna. New recommendations suggest a tonsillectomy to treat apnea may also improve related conditions of bed-wetting, slow growth, hyperactive behavior, and poor school performance. “You kind of have to try to separate those factors out. If you determine there’s a problem, you should take care of it,” says Dr. McKenna. Understanding when a tonsillectomy might be needed can help you and your child. View More Health Matters video segments at leememorial.org/healthmatters/ Lee Memorial Health System in Fort Myers, FL is the largest network of medical care facilities in Southwest Florida and is highly respected for its expertise, innovation and quality of care. For nearly a century, we've been providing our community with everything from primary care treatment to highly specialized care services and robotic assisted surgeries. Visit leememorial.org

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                    • How to Get Rid of Strep Throat

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                      Read more here: http://howtotut.com/the-monstrous-bacteria-making-children-suffer-spare-15-minutes-and-your-child-is-cured-how-to-get-rid-of-strep-throat Short Presentation. Useful tips How to Get Rid of Strep Throat Photo: Depositphotos/photography33 Music: Albert St. Barth - Mesmerizing Moonlight

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