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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...

2006-10-26 09:00:57

INDIANAPOLIS, Oct. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- WellPoint, Inc. announced today that effective immediately it will cover the vaccine Zostavax(TM), designed to prevent shingles, a painful condition resulting from the reactivation of the chickenpox virus, typically in older individuals. The vaccine will be covered for individuals 60 years of age and older whose benefit plans provide coverage for vaccines. WellPoint already provides benefits for Zostavax through its Medicare Part D benefit based on...

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...

2005-08-16 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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