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2008-06-24 12:02:17

To: NATIONAL EDITORS Contact: Ginger Plumbo of Mayo Clinic, +1-507-284-5005 (days), +1- 507-284-2511 (evenings), newsbureau@mayo.edu ROCHESTER, Minn., June 24 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Here are highlights from the June issue of Mayo Clinic Womens HealthSource. You may cite this publication as often as you wish. Mayo Clinic Womens HealthSource attribution is required. Reprinting is allowed for a fee. Include the following subscription information as your editorial policies permit: Visit...

2008-06-20 06:00:38

Take Care Health Systems, a wholly owned subsidiary of drugstore operator Walgreens, has announced that it is now administering the shingles vaccine at all 177 Take Care Health clinics located at Walgreens drugstores in 19 markets throughout 14 states. By administering the shingles vaccine in a convenient setting, Take Care Health providers further extend access to high-quality, affordable and convenient health care to patients across the US, according to Walgreens. Sandra Ryan, chief...

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...

2007-12-31 21:00:20

Over half of all Americans have oral herpes and at least twenty percent suffer from genital herpes or herpes simplex 2. Studies indicate more than 500,000 new cases of genital herpes are diagnosed in the US each year and many go untreated. When combined with the statistics of other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and urinary tract infections (UTIs), these bacterial and viral-borne diseases represent the single largest category of human illness in the world today, so prevalent that the...

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...

2006-10-27 18:00:49

By Daniel Lee, The Indianapolis Star Oct. 27--Many people over 60 soon will have easier and more affordable access to a vaccine that helps prevent the painful and common condition known as shingles. Health insurers are adding the vaccine, Zostavax, to their drug coverage after the immunization advisory committee with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended the shot for older patients. Shingles, caused by the reactivation of the chickenpox virus, tends to...

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...

2006-05-26 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...

Latest Herpes zoster Reference Libraries

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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