Association Between Common Childhood Infection and Neurologic Conditions (ex. OCD)

News and research articles about strep throat associated with an increased risk for some neurologic conditions, ex. PANDAS, are poping-up on news site and medical journals. Keep clicking, more coming soon. Here are the two latest:

A new study adds support to an increasing body of evidence that the common childhood bacterial infection known informally as strep throat is associated with an increased risk for some neurologic conditions that frequently start in childhood — Tourette’s syndrome (TS), Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and tic disorder.

The study, conducted at the Group Health Center for Health Studies (CHS) in Seattle, is published in the July 5, 2005 edition of the journal Pediatrics, accessible online at http://www.pediatrics.org. It suggests that strep throat (streptococcal infection) doubles the risk for a first diagnosis of TS, OCD or tic disorder within three months after infection. Multiple infections appear to approximately triple the risk for a first diagnosis of these disorders within 12 months.

Source: Yahoo News/Group Health Center (US)

See also: Fox News: Strep Linked to Neurological Conditions?

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Updated 17. August 2005

Found this on News Channel KFOR Oklahoma (NBC news)

The causes behind mental illness have long been a subject for debate. Is it trauma in someone’s life or something more physical? There is research going on right now that is looking into whether kids can catch obsessive compulsive disorder from a very common bacteria and whether it could be treated with a simple dose of antibiotics.

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