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  1. Shingles May Raise Risk of Stroke

    Oct. 8, 2009 -- Adults with shingles are at increased risk for stroke, especially if they have shingles that affects the eyes, a study shows. The study is not the first to show an elevated stroke risk associated with shingles, but it is the first to quantify the risk, researchers say. Compared to ad

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  2. Pump Away Shingles Pain?

    May 6, 2009 -- A surgically implanted pump that delivers medication to the spinal fluid helps reduce the persistent pain that can linger in some patients after they recover from shingles, according to a new study. "All patients showed a greater than 50% improvement in pain control," says Andrew J. F

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  3. Family History Ups Shingles Risk

    May 19, 2008 -- A new study shows that people with shingles, or herpes zoster infection, are more than four times likely to have a first-degree relative with a history of the condition. Shingles is a painful nerve condition linked to the chickenpox virus, varicella zoster. If you've ever had the chi

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  4. Age 60 or Older? Get Shingles Vaccine

    May 15, 2008 -- The shingles vaccine Zostavax is now on the CDC's official list of recommended vaccines for people aged 60 and older. Shingles (herpes zoster) is a skin rash, typically with blisters, that can cause severe chronic pain. It's caused by the chickenpox (varicella zoster) virus, which ca

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  5. 1 Million Shingles Patients in U.S.

    Jan. 10, 2008 -- There are about a million shingles patients in the U.S., and almost all of them seek shingles treatment each year, new government statistics show. Shingles, also called herpes zoster, is caused by the chickenpox virus. Shingles causes a painful rash with blisters, and the pain can l

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  6. Tai Chi May Boost Immune System

    March 29, 2007 -- Tai chi, a traditional Chinese martial art, may give older adults' immune system a boost. That news comes from experts at UCLA and the University of California, San Diego. They included Michael Irwin, MD, who is the Norman Cousins Professor of Psychiatry at UCLA's Semel Institute f

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  7. Shingles Vaccine to Be Routine at 60

    Oct. 25, 2006 - The CDC's vaccine advisory panel today voted to make shingles vaccination routine for all Americans 60 and older. Shingles is a painful disease caused by reactivation of dormant varicella zoster virus, or VZV. Best known as the virus that causes chickenpox chickenpox, VZV is a herpes

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  8. Understanding the Shingles Vaccine

    Over 500,000 Americans get the painful illness shingles shingles every year. But that could be changing. In May 2006, the FDA approved the first shingles vaccine -- called Zostavax -- for people 60 and older. "It's a very important vaccine," says Robert H. Dworkin, PhD, a professor in the department

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  9. Antiviral Drugs May Cut Shingles Pain

    May 8, 2006 -- It might be possible to use antiviral drugs to reduce shingles shingles pain, researchers report. Dianna Quan, MD, and colleagues studied 15 patients with moderate to severe shingles pain (postherpetic neuralgia). The condition stems from the reactivation of the varicella-zoster virus

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  10. Epidural Shot No Fix for Shingles Pain

    Jan. 19, 2006 -- Getting a shot of steroids and anesthetics into the spine is "not effective" at preventing long-term shingles pain, Dutch doctors write in The Lancet. They report that pain relief faded within a month after the shot, called an epidural. "The effect of the epidural injection was stro

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