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2006-09-04 07:54:02

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Researchers in India describe a hospital outbreak of chickenpox in which the source of infection was a cadaver. The deceased patient was a 36-year-old male renal transplant recipient who had developed what looked like varicella-zoster virus infection (chickenpox) affecting not only the skin but also internal organs, Dr. Navin Paul and Dr. Mini E. Jacob, from Christian Medical College in Vellore, India, report. Despite prompt treatment with intravenous...

2006-08-08 09:01:04

By The Akron Beacon Journal, Ohio Aug. 8--Backpack? Check. Glue stick? Check. Pencils? Check. But what about vaccinations? It's almost back-to-school time -- time for parents to make sure their children's vaccinations are up-to-date. And this year, for the first time, that means that all Ohio children entering kindergarten must be vaccinated against chickenpox. The law requires either proof of chickenpox (varicella) vaccination or documentation that the child has had a case of...

2006-06-16 14:25:00

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - One dose of chickenpox vaccine may be insufficient to prevent school outbreaks of chickenpox, according to a report in the medical journal Pediatrics. Outbreaks of chickenpox continue to be reported, even in highly vaccinated populations, the authors explain. In Arkansas, a chickenpox vaccination requirement for entry into kindergarten was introduced in 2000, so by September 2003 children in kindergarten through third grade were protected. Nonetheless, a large...

2006-05-26 13:08:32

By Toni Clarke and Susan Heavey BOSTON/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. health officials on Friday approved the first vaccine to prevent shingles, a painful disease characterized by a blistering rash that affects nearly 1 million, mostly older adults every year. The vaccine, Zostavax, which is made by Merck & Co. and aims to boost the immune system, was approved for adults age 60 and older. Shingles is caused by a reactivation of the virus that causes chickenpox. Treatments generally...

2006-05-26 06:51:42

In BOSTON story headlined "FDA approves Merck vaccine to prevent shingles," please read in second paragraph ... The vaccine is designed to prevent shingles ... instead of ... The vaccine is designed to treat shingles. A corrected version follows. BOSTON (Reuters) - Merck & Co. said on Friday that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved its vaccine to prevent shingles, a painful disease characterized by a blistering rash. The vaccine, Zostavax, is designed to prevent...

2006-05-26 07:50:00

BOSTON (Reuters) - Merck & Co. said on Friday that U.S. regulators have approved its vaccine to prevent shingles, a painful disease characterized by a blistering rash. Shingles is caused by the reactivation of the virus that causes chickenpox, which can lay dormant after childhood and strike again when the immune system weakens with age or illness. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the vaccine, Zostavax, to prevent shingles in people aged 60 and older. Everyone who has been...

2005-12-07 17:59:09

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - About three quarters of patients with monkeypox have affected lymph nodes, a condition that is rare in cases of smallpox or chicken pox, investigators report in two articles in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases. Other common features of monkeypox, in addition to rash and fever, include chills, sore throat, headache and muscle pain. Considered a possible agent of bioterrorism, it is important to recognize signs and symptoms of monkeypox and to...

2005-10-18 22:26:10

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. "“ Children who have been treated with steroids and are exposed to chicken pox tend to have a more severe case of the virus, according to pediatric oncologists at Brenner Children's Hospital, part of Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center. New research published in the October issue of Pediatrics, says that children who are undergoing steroid treatments for diseases like childhood leukemia are at increased risk of contracting a more severe form of chicken...

2005-09-23 13:14:17

By Matias A. Loewy BUENOS AIRES (Reuters Health) - Early childhood viral infections might reduce the risk of developing heart disease later in life by as much as 90 percent, researchers from Sweden and Finland reported here on Wednesday at the IV World Congress of Pediatric Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery. According to the investigators, "improved hygiene in early childhood might partially explain the greatest epidemic of the 20th century -- coronary heart disease." It is the first...

2005-09-23 13:10:00

By Matias A. Loewy BUENOS AIRES (Reuters Health) - Early childhood viral infections might reduce the risk of developing heart disease later in life by as much as 90 percent, researchers from Sweden and Finland reported here on Wednesday at the IV World Congress of Pediatric Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery. According to the investigators, "improved hygiene in early childhood might partially explain the greatest epidemic of the 20th century -- coronary heart disease." It is the first time that...


Latest Chickenpox Reference Libraries

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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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