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Dingo
10-22-2010, 08:38 AM
Obsessing Over Strep Throat in Kids: Research Links Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder to Common Childhood Illness (http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/10/101020131712.htm)


A common infection in children, strep throat can lead to problems with a child's heart, joints or brain if left untreated. And when the brain is involved, motor and mental functioning may be compromised, leading to syndromes such as attention deficit disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).


"We were able to show that these antibodies are binding to receptors in the brain and changing the way certain neurotransmitters operate, leading to brain dysfunction and motor and behavioral symptoms," Prof. Joel says.


Prof. Joel stresses how important it is for parents who notice signs of strep throat to ensure that their children get treated with the appropriate antibiotics in a timely fashion.