Sequencing a genome for less than the cost of an X-ray? Not quite yet

Originally posted 2017-01-12 10:00:31.

When Illumina announced on Monday that it will begin shipping its two newest DNA sequencing machines as soon as March, president and CEO Francis deSouza said the technology “will enable the $100 genome.” That raised some questions: $100-really? A $100 genome will cost $100 in the same way that the $1,000 genome costs $1,000. As in,…


A boy who can’t speak depends on Medicaid. What happens to him if it’s cut?

Originally posted 2017-02-22 00:43:20.

FENTON, Mo. – When Kim and Rich Rankin decided to adopt, they figured they would bring home an older child. They were almost finished raising seven children, and thought they were done with babies. Then they saw a photo of “Baby S,” with his soft eyes and round cheeks. Rich suggested putting it on the fridge.…


Cervical Cancer Death Rate Higher Than Believed

Originally posted 2017-02-09 13:50:44.

A new study from researchers at Johns Hopkins University has found that the risk of dying from cervical cancer is higher for women in the United States than previously thought. In fact, African American women are dying from cervical cancer at a rate 77 percent higher than previously thought, while white women are dying from the…


How Your Pediatrician Decides Whether Your Child Has Strep Throat Infection or Not

Originally posted 2016-11-05 01:43:27. To STREP or not to STREP, that is the question. Let us talk about some of the confusing aspects of this common diagnosis and how the decisions are made most times in the outpatient settingSTREP. Streptococcal pharyngitis is one of the most common infections that lead to the prescription of antibiotics…


These Things Keep Your Pediatrician Awake At Night

Originally posted 2016-12-06 20:31:06. What Is On A Pediatrician’s Mind? Pediatricians have the task of pleasing or appeasing three or more separate persons at any given time of which only one is the patient and the others are parents and siblings (not forgetting the grandparents). Under such circumstances, the challenge, therefore, is to deliver care…


Treatment Of Strep Throat In Children

Originally posted 2016-11-14 18:51:28. Streptococcal pharyngitis is an infection caused by a bacteria called Streptococcus pyogenes, also called Group A Streptococcus. Recently we discussed Strep throat infections and how its complications can have devastating effects on the family. Fortunately, this infection can be treated with antibiotics. Today I will talk about the antibiotic treatment of…


Why You Need To Get The Pertussis (Whooping Cough) Vaccination For Your Child

Originally posted 2016-11-10 21:54:16.   Pertussis is a serious bacterial infection caused by Bordetella pertussis. Just as we have apps for most things these days, there is a vaccine for it and you may be literally “playing with fire” and leaving your child at risk for many other conditions that are life-threatening if you decide…