Briefly: Sneezing girl improving, mother says

Lauren Johnson — the 12-year-old Virginia girl who came to Yale to be diagnosed for a condition that caused her to sneeze several thousand times a day — is sneezing less often after receiving antibiotics and other treatment for her condition, her mother said in an interview Thursday.

Lynn Johnson said her daughter, who started sneezing after catching a cold in October of last year, is “getting better” and that “it’s not one of those ‘sick today and not tomorrow’ situations.” Lauren Johnson, of Chesapeake, Va., was diagnosed with Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcal Infections, or PANDAS, after a consultation with several specialists, including James Leckman, a child neurologist at the Yale School of Medicine, her mother said. PANDAS, a subset of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, typically occurs without warning after a bout of strep throat or similar illnesses.

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