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Researchers Say Sunlight May Curb Spread Of Chickenpox
2011-12-20 06:02:16

According to a study published this week by scientists at the University of London, children who soak up more rays from the sun may actually be less likely to spread the virus associated with chickenpox. The results of the study were published in the scientific journal Virology and indicated that the UV rays in sunlight may serve to ℠deactivate´ the viruses on the surface of the skin, thus making it more difficult for the virus to spread to new hosts. Researchers compared...

Mail-Order Chickenpox Illegal, Unsafe, Say Experts
2011-11-06 06:07:25

Parents who want their children to catch chickenpox at an early age have been known to go to extreme measures to expose them to the illness, but a new fad -- first reported on by a Nashville television station -- takes the process to a new, illegal extreme. According to Erik Schelzig of the Associated Press (AP) and Rita Rubin of the TodayMoms website, WSMV-TV aired a story Thursday about a Nashville-area woman who charged $50 to send, via overnight mail, lollipops that had been sucked on...

2011-06-08 21:41:55

Taiwanese investigators have found that there can be a significantly higher risk of multiple sclerosis (MS) occurring in the year following a shingles, or herpes zoster, attack. The findings, which support a long-held view on how MS may develop, are published in The Journal of Infectious Diseases and now available online (http://jid.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2011/06/07/infdis.jir239.abstract). MS is an autoimmune disease that affects the brain and spinal cord, leading to inflammation...

2011-05-12 10:42:34

Administering both the pneumococcal and the herpes zoster vaccines to patients during the same visit is beneficial and does not appear to compromise the protective effect of the zoster vaccine, according to a Kaiser Permanente study published today in the journal Vaccine. The study's findings challenge information in the zoster vaccine manufacturer's package insert. This new information is important to patients who find it more convenient and less costly to receive both vaccines from their...

2011-05-11 18:00:00

PASADENA, Calif., May 11, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Administering both the pneumococcal and the herpes zoster vaccines to patients during the same visit is beneficial and does not appear to compromise the protective effect of the zoster vaccine, according to a Kaiser Permanente study published today in the journal Vaccine. The study's findings challenge information in the zoster vaccine manufacturer's package insert. This new information is important to patients who find it more convenient and...

2011-04-22 12:48:18

Back with a vengeance Researchers at the University of Georgia and Yale University have discovered a compound with the potential to be more effective than existing agents in treating the very painful blisters known as shingles"”a condition that affects up to 30 percent of Americans, mostly elderly, and for which no specific treatment exists. Most adults remember the fever, itchy blisters and possibly tiny scars they experienced as children when they had chickenpox, which is caused by...

2011-03-24 14:57:00

SILVER SPRING, Md., March 24, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today approved the use of Zostavax, a live attenuated virus vaccine, for the prevention of shingles in individuals 50 to 59 years of age. Zostavax is already approved for use in individuals 60 years of age and older. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20090824/FDALOGO) In the United States shingles affects approximately 200,000 healthy people between the ages of 50 and 59, per year....

2011-02-24 15:37:21

New study from University of Montreal evaluates impact of steroid use on immune system Children experiencing an asthma attack who are treated with a short burst of oral steroids may have a transient depression of immune response according to a new study led by Universit© de Montr©al. These findings, published in this month's issue of Pediatric Allergy, Immunology and Pulmonology, have implications for asthmatic children who have flare-ups and who may be exposed to new contagious...

2011-02-24 09:24:14

(Ivanhoe Newswire) -- Patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are at a greater risk for contracting shingles compared with the general population. The risk is greatest for COPD patients taking oral steroids, according to this study. Shingles, or herpes zoster, is a reactivation of the chicken pox virus resulting in a painful rash with lesions. People with a compromised immune system are at greater risk of developing shingles although it has not been previously studied in...


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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omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.
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