Strep throat, also known as streptococcal pharyngitis, is an infection caused by bacteria called group A Streptococcus (group A strep). Strep usually causes a sore throat or painful tonsils in children. However, other symptoms that can be seen with strep throat include:
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May is Bladder Cancer Awareness Month, the perfect time to focus on public awareness and education about this disease. Early detection is a critical step in working towards a cure!
Who is at risk for bladder cancer? There are some of the more common risk factors:
Strokes are the fifth leading cause of death in the U.S. They are either caused by a blood clot or bleeding in the brain and often cause chronic disability, which becomes a need for long-term care. The burden of long-term care often falls on the family and can be a major concern for many patients. With this in mind, minimizing your risk of stroke can be important not only for you but for your family’s future as well.
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. One person dies of heart disease every 36 seconds, equaling about 655,000 deaths per year in America. Here are some tips on preventing heart disease.
Eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables.
Eat foods high in fiber such as beans, fruits, vegetables and whole grains.
Spring brings about new life to our landscape, along with warm, sunny days. As we begin to spend more time outside and near the water, it is important that we know how to keep our kids healthy and safe this time of year.
Disparities in health and healthcare are most likely to occur among women of racial and ethnic minority groups, socioeconomically disadvantaged populations and underserved rural populations. These disparities continue to affect healthcare despite increasing recognition among patients and providers.
This month, we are emphasizing the importance of nutrition. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), healthy nutrition is profoundly important in keeping Americans in good health throughout their lives. People with healthy patterns of eating have been shown, on average, to live longer and to be at lower risk for several significant health problems, including obesity, type 2 diabetes and heart disease. For patients already affected with chronic diseases, healthy eating can often help in the management of these conditions and in the prevention of complications.
About 60 percent of women will experience a urinary tract infection (UTI) at some point in their life. One of the most widely held beliefs about UTIs is that you can prevent or even cure a UTI by drinking cranberry juice.
Cranberries contain A-type proanthocyanidins, an active ingredient that may prevent the adherence of bacteria to the bladder wall. However, most studies suggest that both pure cranberry juice and cranberry supplements do not have enough of the active ingredient to prevent bacteria from sticking to the urinary tract walls.