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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...

2005-12-14 13:35:30

By Susan Heavey WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Studies show Merck & Co. Inc.'s experimental vaccine to prevent shingles can cut the rate of infection by about half in people 60 and older and help curb related pain, U.S. regulatory staff said in documents released on Wednesday. But company data also showed the vaccine, called Zostavax, did not significantly reduce rates of death or hospitalization and became less effective after three years, U.S. Food and Drug Administration staff said...

2005-10-21 19:29:52

Lidocaine and similar local anesthetics are effective for treating pain that emanates from damaged nerves, according to a systematic review of current evidence. Neuropathic pain, which can occur with chronic diseases or conditions, is frequently unresponsive to treatment and worsens over time. "Intravenous lidocaine and oral derivatives relieve pain from damage to the nervous system," found authors Ivo W. Tremont-Lukats, M.D., of the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, and colleagues....

2005-08-16 14:30:31

By Michelle Rizzo NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A single dose of gabapentin is twice as effective as placebo in reducing pain and other symptoms associated with shingles, according to the results of a study published in the medical journal Neurology. Shingles is a painful rash caused by re-activation in nerve tissue of the chickenpox virus acquired earlier in life. The inflammation and neuro-destructive effects associated with shingles often produces severe pain, which is completely...


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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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