Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Pandas, not as cute as you think

This CBC radio show caught my attention this week...the discussion was about rheumatic fever, a child hood illness that I had stemming from strep throat.  Apparently, I "got off" pretty easy and didn't develop Pandas.

Pandas are not the cute and cuddly things that Harper and his wife had a photo op with as they were welcomed to our Toronto zoo
Pandas is a medical term for Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcal infections.  Scientists believe that Obsessive compulsive disorder can develop quickly in children ( a mental health disorder leading to uncontrollable compulsions, thoughts, behaviours) from strep throat...but when treated quickly, can be averted.  Here's the story.   
http://www.cbc.ca/quirks/2013/10/02/october-5-can-you-catch-ocd/Not so cute anymore, but something you might want to share with others the next time you see one in a movie, store and next to Harper.  Thanks!

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