Navigation Links
Mistaken Infection 'On The Prairie'?
Date:2/4/2013

By Serena Gordon
HealthDay Reporter

MONDAY, Feb. 4 (HealthDay News) -- Fans of the pioneer tales known as "Little House on the Prairie" are familiar with the ravages of scarlet fever.

That's because Mary Ingalls -- sister of the autobiographical series' author, Laura Ingalls Wilder -- went blind, supposedly because of complications from the illness.

But medical experts today think it's time that explanation went the way of the wagon wheel.

"Scarlet fever is unlikely because there isn't eye involvement with that disease," said Sarah Allexan, coauthor of a new article detailing Mary's illness.

The results of Allexan's detective work were released online Feb. 4 in the journal Pediatrics.

In a book from the Little House series called By the Shores of Silver Lake, Ingalls Wilder wrote: "Mary and Carrie and baby Grace and Ma had all had scarlet fever. Far worst of all, the fever had settled in Mary's eyes and Mary was blind."

Scarlet fever, caused by Streptococcus pyogenes, caused many deaths of U.S. children between 1840 and 1883, according to the historical review. Up to 30 percent of children who had scarlet fever died during that time period. In the early 1900s, scarlet fever, measles, meningitis and other "diseases of the head" were believed to be the top four causes of blindness in the United States.

Without a known explanation, deaths from scarlet fever began to drop in the early 1900s, even before antibiotics were introduced, according to the review.

What also remains largely unexplained is how scarlet fever could have caused blindness. Allexan, who was studying at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor when she started the review and is now a student at the University of Colorado School of Medicine in Aurora, suspects that many cases of blindness that were attributed to scarlet fever might have been caused by meningitis instead.

According
'/>"/>

Copyright©2012 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Page: 1 2 3

Related medicine news :

1. Many Mistakenly Think Radiation Might Cure Terminal Lung Cancer
2. Study: Infection preventionists know safe care
3. Home Remedies For Yeast Infection
4. How “Natural Cure For Yeast Infection” Helps People Treat Candida Permanently – Health Review Center
5. Skin, soft tissue infections succumb to blue light
6. Candida Treatment
7. How “Yeast Infection No More” Can Help People Treat Candida Effectively - Health Reviews
8. Tracking the spread of dengue fever: Domestic networks drive rapid transmission of human infection
9. Scientists identify new strategy to fight deadly infection in cystic fibrosis
10. Immune cells engineered in lab to resist HIV infection, Stanford study shows
11. Wound Infections From Colon Surgery May Raise Risk for Blood Clots
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Mistaken Infection 'On The Prairie'?
(Date:12/26/2014)... Cooking and warming equipment ... 5. This score reflects slightly positive negotiation conditions for ... low switching costs and a low level of price ... availability of substitutes for cooking and warming equipment and ... aluminum, key inputs in the production process of this ...
(Date:12/26/2014)... FL (PRWEB) December 26, 2014 India ... health insurance in the USA, announced today a new ... assist members in choosing the right plan for their ... the complexity out of the selection process when choosing ... by age group with only a few clicks. Many ...
(Date:12/25/2014)... 2014 This is a professional and ... Sterilizers industry with a focus on the Chinese market. ... of the Sterilizers manufacturers and is a valuable source ... in the industry. This report provides a basic overview ... technology. In this part, the report presents the company ...
(Date:12/25/2014)... (PRWEB) December 26, 2014 “Every three months ... market changes. A-line sweetheart evening dress will be one of ... sales manager of Yunx.co.uk says. Today, the company releases 26 ... discounts, up to 80% off. , “We are trying ... unique style with our latest designs. Along with affordable prices, ...
(Date:12/25/2014)... December 25, 2014 BambooFlooringChina.com sells many ... quality bamboo flooring. Today, the company announces big ... many styles and colors. , BambooFlooringChina.com is the world’s ... the promotion is valid until Jan. 20, 2015. , ... and woven with a natural thread. All the bamboo ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):Health News:Cooking & Warming Equipment Procurement Category Market Research Report from IBISWorld has Been Updated 2Health News:Cooking & Warming Equipment Procurement Category Market Research Report from IBISWorld has Been Updated 3Health News:India Network Health Insurance Announces new Comprehensive Pre-existing Condition Coverage policy for Visitors to the United States 2Health News:India Network Health Insurance Announces new Comprehensive Pre-existing Condition Coverage policy for Visitors to the United States 3Health News:Sterilizers Industry Global and Chinese Analysis for 2009-2019 Now Available at ReportsnReports.com 2Health News:Sterilizers Industry Global and Chinese Analysis for 2009-2019 Now Available at ReportsnReports.com 3Health News:Various Styles of Bamboo Mats in Many Colors from BambooFlooringChina.com 2
... ... ... they now offer pet insurance to the state of Hawaii. Beginning immediately, residents of ... and cat owners of Hawaii have more options when it comes to pet insurance. , , ...
... ... leader in biofeedback and Mediwatch plc team up to offer a range of pelvic ... ... diagnostic manufacturing company, and Thought Technology Ltd., the worldwide leading expert in biofeedback, have ...
... ... a nightmare for pets and their owners, without a safety system in place.,Pets Guardian ... an accident or other unforeseen event., , ... (PRWEB) July 2, 2010 -- With vacation time here and ...
... First ... multi -million dollar contract for Exclusive Distributorship rights this week with the U.A.E Embassy ... new revolutionary product First Defense Nasal Screens to the entire Arab World. , ... Washington D. C. (PRWEB) -- First ...
... A time of ... according to Washington, D.C., personal injury attorney Mike Abelson. , ... Washington, D.C. (PRWEB) July 4, 2010 -- There is no ... Abelson says. But on the holiday day designated to celebrate the freedoms we all ...
... Neuxpower, A ... 2010 Emerging Technology Vendor By CRN Magazine. , ... Philadelphia, PA (PRWEB) July 4, 2010 -- Neuxpower ( www.neuxpower.com ), a ... 2010 Emerging Technology Vendor by CRN Magazine. Neuxpower was one of a select group of ...
Cached Medicine News:Health News:Pet Insurance from Trupanion Becomes Available in Hawaii 2Health News:OEM Partnership Between Thought Technology Ltd. and Mediwatch plc 2Health News:OEM Partnership Between Thought Technology Ltd. and Mediwatch plc 3Health News:Pets Guardian Provides A Pet Safety System, Ensuring Pets Will Be Cared For In Case of a Personal Emergency 2Health News:Pets Guardian Provides A Pet Safety System, Ensuring Pets Will Be Cared For In Case of a Personal Emergency 3Health News:United Staes Company, First Defense Nasal Screens Signs Multi-Million Dollar Exclusive Distributorship Contract with U.A.E Company. 2Health News:Don't Drink and Drive on Fourth of July Weekend, Washington, D.C., Attorney Warns 2Health News:Neuxpower Selected as 2010 Emerging Technology Vendor by CRN Magazine 2
(Date:12/22/2014)... , Dec. 22, 2014 NxStage Medical, ... of innovative dialysis products, announced today that the ... its System One™ to perform hemodialysis overnight while ... home nocturnal hemodialysis. NxStage,s® System One is the ... FDA for this indication. Home ...
(Date:12/22/2014)... , Dec. 22, 2014 Research and Markets ... addition of the "Investment Analysis of the ... their offering. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130307/600769 ... the US medical device sector identifies the key ... venture capital investments, and mergers and acquisitions. ...
(Date:12/22/2014)... Mass , Dec. 22, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- RXi ... biotechnology company focused on discovering, developing and commercializing ... RNA-targeted technologies, today issued the following open letter ... Cauwenbergh , Dr. Med. Sc. Dear ... days a number of inaccurate statements posted on ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:NxStage Receives FDA Clearance for Home Nocturnal Hemodialysis 2NxStage Receives FDA Clearance for Home Nocturnal Hemodialysis 3Investment Analysis of the US Medical Device Sector 2RXi Pharmaceuticals Issues Open Letter to Shareholders 2RXi Pharmaceuticals Issues Open Letter to Shareholders 3RXi Pharmaceuticals Issues Open Letter to Shareholders 4RXi Pharmaceuticals Issues Open Letter to Shareholders 5RXi Pharmaceuticals Issues Open Letter to Shareholders 6
... a national reference laboratory and a worldwide ... ARUP offers an extensive test menu of ... clinical and anatomic pathology. Owned by the ... more than half of the nation's university ...
... a national reference laboratory and a worldwide ... ARUP offers an extensive test menu of ... clinical and anatomic pathology. Owned by the ... more than half of the nation's university ...
... a national reference laboratory and a worldwide ... ARUP offers an extensive test menu of ... clinical and anatomic pathology. Owned by the ... more than half of the nation's university ...
... a national reference laboratory and a worldwide ... ARUP offers an extensive test menu of ... clinical and anatomic pathology. Owned by the ... more than half of the nation's university ...
Medicine Products: