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,…

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…

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…