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  1. Radiation May Wipe Out Shingles' Effects

    Oct. 18, 2005 (Denver) -- Radiation therapy can help wipe out the blistery rash and potentially debilitating pain of shingles, the researcher of a new study suggests. The treatment could be an alternative for people who can't take the antiviral drugs usually used to treat shingles, says researcher M

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  2. Best Treatments for Lasting Shingles Pain

    July 25, 2005 -- A new study offers insights into what helps -- and what does not help -- relieve long-lasting shingles pain. Doctors call it postherpetic neuralgia or PHN. It's caused by nerve damage left behind by a case of shingles. Shingles itself comes from reactivation of a chickenpox virus, v

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  3. Shingles Vaccine Works in Large Study

    The finding on the experimental shingles vaccine comes from a huge, carefully conducted clinical trial in 38,546 people aged 60 and older. Michael N. Oxman, MD, of the VA San Diego Healthcare System and the University of California, San Diego, led the study. "There is real hope that in the near futu

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  4. Opioids May Be Good for Shingles Pain

    -->Oct. 8, 2002 -- Morphine and other powerful, opiate-based pain medications may be a safe bet for treating shingles-related pain in elderly patients. A new study shows that the drugs can work just as well or even better than current therapies without dangerous side effects. Researchers say doctors

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  5. New Treatment 'Impressive' for Pain Following Shingles

    Nov. 22, 2000 -- Once the unsightly, red blisters of shingles go away, the agony of the herpes zoster infection has only just begun for those patients who develop the excruciating complication called postherpetic neuralgia. Because the burning, stabbing pain lasts for months or even years, and can b

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  6. Ongoing Study Provides Hope for Shingles Prevention

    Nov. 27, 1999 (Atlanta) -- A new study may make the debilitating nerve and skin infection called shingles go the way of smallpox. Anywhere from 200,000 to 1,000,000 people are diagnosed with the condition in the U.S. each year. Countless more may go undiagnosed. Though not necessarily life-threateni

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