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Strep Throat in Children

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:

Five Tips to Prevent a Stroke

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.

The Importance of Nutrition

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.

Fact vs. Fiction: Cranberries and Bladder Health

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.