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2009-12-03 23:01:00

OAKLAND, Calif., Dec. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Herpes zoster, also known as shingles, is very rare among children who have been vaccinated against chicken pox, according to a Kaiser Permanente study in the December issue of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Journal. The study, the largest of its kind, used electronic health records to identify more than 170,000 children vaccinated with the varicella (chicken pox) vaccine from 2002 to 2008 in Kaiser Permanente's Southern California region, then...

2009-11-18 07:00:00

SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Epiphany Biosciences announced results from its Phase 2b dose-ranging study of EPB-348 (valomaciclovir) in patients with shingles (herpes zoster) infection. The study's primary endpoint was non-inferiority of once-daily valomaciclovir compared to thrice-daily valacyclovir in terms of time to complete crusting of the shingles rash. The double-blinded study enrolled 373 patients, randomized into 3 arms: 1 gram of once-daily EPB-348, 2 grams of...

2009-10-09 11:03:18

Adults with shingles were about 30 percent more likely to have a stroke during a one-year follow-up than adults without shingles, in a study reported in Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association. The risk was even greater when the infection involved the eyes. Shingles, also called herpes zoster, is a painful skin rash caused by the varicella zoster virus (VZV). VZV is the same virus that causes chickenpox. After a person recovers from chickenpox, the virus stays in the body. Usually...

2009-09-22 10:34:00

SHENZHEN, China, Sept. 22 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ - HTDS www.htdsmedical.com The Company is pleased to announce the first batch delivery of the Varicella vaccine to Guatemala. Varicella-zoster virus (VZV) is a DNA virus of the herpesvirus family. VZV causes a primary illness (varicella or chickenpox) and establishes latency in the sensory nerve ganglia, which may be reactivated later as herpes zoster (shingles). VZV is spread by the airborne route as well as by direct contact with the virus...

2009-03-31 11:11:00

The New AfterShingles.com Helps Educate Consumers About Shingles and After-Shingles Pain WASHINGTON, March 31 /PRNewswire/ -- The Visiting Nurse Associations of America (VNAA), the National Pain Foundation (NPF) and the National Council on Aging (NCOA) today announced the re-launch of AfterShingles.com, an online resource offering tools and information to help educate consumers about shingles and postherpetic neuralgia (PHN), or after-shingles pain, its impact on people's lives and steps to...

2009-02-19 10:25:16

You may recall as a child catching the itchy red rash, chicken pox. The unsightly infection was caused by the varicella zoster virus and was responsible for nearly 4 million cases each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), until a vaccine introduced in 1995 reduced that number by 83 percent. Yet, if you were among those that suffered from chicken pox, the varicella zoster virus may still be present in your body and could lead to serious (and irreversible) oral health...

2008-09-09 00:00:07

By Dr Fred Kavalier Casebook I've been suffering for the past two or three years with severe night sweats. I am a 42-year-old man who is relatively healthy. My GP has sent me for an X-ray (to rule out TB, I think) which did not show anything abnormal. The GP is at a loss to provide me with any advice. This doesn't happen every night, although it does seem to be increasing in frequency. There are certain symptoms that ring alarm bells for doctors, and night sweats is one of them. I am...

2008-09-03 00:00:24

U.S. researchers say chickenpox cases have fallen by up to 90 percent in some communities since the vaccine was introduced in 1995. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the vaccine has reduced infections in every age group, including infants too young to be vaccinated but benefit from the reduced exposure to the virus, USA Today reported Tuesday. A CDC report, published in the journal Pediatrics, said the vaccine has reduced chickenpox-related deaths to just 15 each year....

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2008-09-02 06:30:00

By Liz Szabo Cases of chickenpox -- a disease that was once nearly universal -- have fallen 57% to 90% in communities across the USA since a vaccine was introduced in 1995, a new report shows. Before the vaccine, 4 million Americans a year came down with chickenpox, nearly 11,000 were hospitalized and more than 140 died, says a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in today's Pediatrics. Hospitalizations have fallen 75% to 88%, and deaths in children ages 1 to 9 have...

2008-06-26 15:00:59

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: Will you address the problem of a prolapsed uterus? What treatment would you suggest? - M.V. ANSWER: "Prolapse" means "a falling down." A prolapsed uterus is one whose supporting ligaments and muscles have become too weak and lax to keep it in place. The uterus drops downward and can drop so far that it protrudes through the vagina. About 50 percent of women older than 50 have some degree of uterine prolapse, so age is a major factor in causing the problem. So is vaginal...


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2011-01-24 12:56:26

Herpes zoster (or zoster), is known as shingles or zona and is a viral disease characterized by painful skin rash with blisters in a limited area on one side of the body. Initial infection causes chickenpox. Once chickenpox is over the virus remains in the body and can cause shingles. It can become latent in the nerve cell bodies and sometimes in the dorsal root, cranial nerve, or autonomic ganglion. Years after initial infection, another breakout can cause a painful rash. The rash usually...

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