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2010-06-09 13:58:28

Fresh understanding of the virus that causes chickenpox and shingles could lead to improved vaccines and diagnostic tests, a study suggests. Scientists at the University of Edinburgh devised a technique to separate the virus into its constituent proteins and then print them on to a biochip, before incubating the chip with blood from people who had previously had the infection. They were able to pinpoint which proteins in the virus triggered a reaction in the body's immune system, giving...

2010-05-06 07:00:00

BALTIMORE, May 6 /PRNewswire/ -- The American Pain Foundation (APF) announced today at the American Pain Society (APS) Annual Meeting the results of a national survey that showed postherpetic neuralgia (PHN), also known as after-shingles pain, continues to be a condition with low awareness amongst Americans, demonstrating a need for health care provider (HCP) intervention. Shingles is caused by a reawakening of the chickenpox virus and anyone who has ever had chickenpox is at risk for...

2010-05-03 07:00:00

LaTroy Hawkins and the National Council on Aging Raise Awareness of Shingles and After-shingles Pain WASHINGTON, May 3 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Council on Aging (NCOA) today announced the launch of the 2010 Patchwork of Hope Network, an educational campaign to raise awareness of shingles and postherpetic neuralgia (PHN). Also known as after-shingles pain, PHN is an often debilitating condition resulting from nerve damage caused by shingles infection.(1) Professional...

2010-04-05 07:00:00

SAN MATEO, Calif., April 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- NeurogesX, Inc. (Nasdaq: NGSX) announced today that Qutenza® (capsaicin) 8% patch, the first and only product containing prescription-strength capsaicin, is now available. Clinical studies have shown that a single one-hour Qutenza application can provide three months relief from pain associated with postherpetic neuralgia (PHN), the nerve pain that can occur after shingles. In November 2009, Qutenza was approved by the...

2010-03-04 08:20:39

ST. PAUL, Minn. "“ Having a shingles infection that affects the eyes may increase the risk of stroke, according to new research published in the March 3, 2010, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. For the study, researchers identified 658 people diagnosed with ocular shingles and 1974 without the infection. None of these people had a history of stroke at the beginning of the study. Ocular shingles is an infection of the...

2010-01-19 08:00:00

TOLEDO, Ohio, Jan. 19 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Owens Corning (NYSE: OC), today announced the launch of Owens Corning(TM) Duration® Series Shingles Designer Colors Collection, an inspired line of roofing shingles featuring vibrant, unique color combinations that help homeowners and building owners make a colorful statement. "Homeowners today know that curb appeal is one of the most significant features when building, buying, selling or remodeling a home. Yet, many do not...

2009-11-18 07:00:00

SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Epiphany Biosciences announced results from its Phase 2b dose-ranging study of EPB-348 (valomaciclovir) in patients with shingles (herpes zoster) infection. The study's primary endpoint was non-inferiority of once-daily valomaciclovir compared to thrice-daily valacyclovir in terms of time to complete crusting of the shingles rash. The double-blinded study enrolled 373 patients, randomized into 3 arms: 1 gram of once-daily EPB-348, 2 grams of...

2009-10-09 11:03:18

Adults with shingles were about 30 percent more likely to have a stroke during a one-year follow-up than adults without shingles, in a study reported in Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association. The risk was even greater when the infection involved the eyes. Shingles, also called herpes zoster, is a painful skin rash caused by the varicella zoster virus (VZV). VZV is the same virus that causes chickenpox. After a person recovers from chickenpox, the virus stays in the body. Usually...

2009-08-24 07:00:00

ALISO VIEJO, Calif., Aug. 24 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Valeant Pharmaceuticals International (NYSE: VRX) today announced preliminary results from its Phase IIa proof-of-concept clinical trial of retigabine for the treatment of pain associated with postherpetic neuralgia (PHN), a painful and common complication of shingles. While retigabine was generally well tolerated, the study did not meet its pre-specified primary efficacy endpoint. Further detailed analyses are warranted and are...

2009-03-31 22:46:50

The painkiller oxycodone is effective in dulling the acute discomfort of shingles, an illness that often causes agony in sufferers, U.S. researchers say. The study, published in the April issue of the journal Pain, evaluated different methods to relieve pain during a course of shingles, which many patients say is the worst they have ever experienced. Study leader Robert Dworkin of the University of Rochester Medical Center and colleagues studied 87 shingles patients in Rochester, N.Y., and...


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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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