What is a Rapid Strep Test and Are They Reliable?

A rapid strep test involves swabbing the throat to check for the presence of group A Streptococcus bacteria, which can cause Strep Throat and other medical issues (including scarlet fever, pneumonia and heart problems). Within minutes, you can know if your sore throat is caused by bacteria, which requires antibiotics for treatment.

It's that Time of Year: Be on the Lookout for Signs of Strep Throat!

It's that Time of Year: Be on the Lookout for Signs of Strep Throat!

In previous articles we have discussed that “Strep Throat” is a throat infection caused by the group A streptococcus bacteria.  Early diagnosis and treatment are crucial for two reasons: one, ‘Strep’ is very contagious and easily transmitted between people in close contact with each other, like schools and offices; two, if left untreated, it can lead to serious complications including rheumatic fever and kidney failure. But what are the signs of Strep Throat? Anyone suffering from the following symptoms should get themselves tested as soon as possible!

Why Aren't More Patients Using Telemedicine?

Why Aren't More Patients Using Telemedicine?

Today on Destination HealthEU, guest writer and our co-founder Dr. Angela Fusaro discusses telemedicine, the benefits and reasons why it isn't more widespread.

"The global telemedicine market is expected to reach $36.3B by 2020, and while the number of patients using telemedicine services is rising (will increase to 7 million in 2018, up from less than 350,000 in 2013), only about 2% of the US population has ever tried it. So why aren’t more patients using telemedicine?"