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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...

2008-05-15 12:00:07

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has adopted the unanimous recommendation of its Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) for the use of ZOSTAVAX(R) (Zoster Vaccine Live) for the prevention of shingles in adults aged 60 and older. ZOSTAVAX is the only vaccine to prevent shingles, a frequently painful disease marked by a blistering rash that is caused by the reactivation of the chickenpox virus. These final vaccination guidelines were published online today...

2008-03-18 15:00:49

Safeway Inc. announced that it is offering vaccination to prevent against shingles in over 700 pharmacies in the states of AK, CA, CO, DE, HI, ID, IL, MT, NE, NV, OR, PA, TX, VA and WA administered by Safeway pharmacists. The vaccine will be provided on a walk-in basis at in-store pharmacies; patients should call their Safeway pharmacy or go to www.safeway.com/rx to find a location near them. "The only way to prevent against contracting this debilitating disease is to get a single...

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2008-02-29 00:25:00

The results of a new study presented Wednesday at a meeting of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices said children suffer higher rates of fever-induced convulsions after receiving the Merck combination vaccine ProQuad instead of two separate shots. As a result, a federal advisory panel is moving away from their preference for the ProQuad, which protects against chickenpox, mumps, measles and rubella. ProQuad costs $124 per dose, about the same as the two other shots combined....

2007-12-13 21:00:22

A U.S. study challenges the conventional wisdom that shingles primarily affects adults with weakened immune systems. The study, published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings, found more than 92 percent of the study subjects with shingles did not have any conditions like cancer or other serious illnesses that affected their immune system. Overall, our data suggests that researchers and physicians also need to consider preventing shingles in people ages 50 to 59, study leader Dr. Barbara Yawn of...

2007-08-17 12:06:49

By Lisa Redmond, The Sun, Lowell, Mass. Aug. 17--A 35-year-old Ayer woman who gave birth to a healthy baby last week at Emerson Hospital in Concord has been transferred to Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston after being diagnosed with a rare flesh-eating disease. The woman, whose name is not being released, was diagnosed with necrotizing fasciitis, a potentially fatal bacterial infection, according to Emerson Hospital spokesman Bonnie Goldsmith. She was listed in critical condition...

2006-11-02 15:00:33

By Donna Wright, The Bradenton Herald, Fla. Nov. 1--MANATEE -- The county jail has been closed to visitors due to 13 confirmed cases of chicken pox, Manatee County Sheriff's Office reported this morning. Twelve staff members and one inmate were diagnosed with chicken pox a week ago, said David Bristow, MSO spokesman. Vendors can still make delivers to the jail, Bristow said, but visitors will not be allowed inside. Chickenpox is caused by Varicella virus, a member of the Herpes family of...


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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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