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  1. Shingles Vaccine May Be OK for Autoimmune Patients

    July 5, 2012 -- The live-virus shingles vaccine may be safe for people with autoimmune conditions and for those taking immunity-suppressing drugs. The provocative finding comes from a study of 463,541 people aged 60 and older with rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, inflammatory bowel disease, or other

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  2. FDA Approves Horizant for Post-Shingles Pain

    June 8, 2012 -- The FDA has approved a drug currently used for restless leg syndrome to treat a common and painful complication of shingles, according to the medication's manufacturers. Horizant (gabapentin enacarbil) has been approved to treat postherpetic neuralgia (PHN) in adults. PHN is a painfu

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  3. Risk of Shingles Recurrence Is Low

    June 5, 2012 -- A new study offers encouraging news for people who have recently experienced a painful bout of shingles. For most people, the risk of having shingles recur after the initial occurrence is fairly low. The study appears online in the Journal of Infectious Diseases. Shingles is a painfu

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  4. Shingles Vaccine Deemed Safe in Large Study

    April 23, 2012 -- The shingles vaccine is "generally safe and well tolerated," according to a study of nearly 200,000 patients. Shingles, or herpes zoster, is a painful rash caused by reactivation of chickenpox virus that has remained dormant in the body. Up to 1 million Americans, more than half of

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  5. FDA: Shingles Vaccine OK at Age 50 and Up

    March 24, 2011 - People age 50 and older can now get Merck's Zostavax shingles vaccine, the FDA today ruled. The vaccine already was approved for people age 60 and older. The approval is based on a Merck clinical trial that showed the vaccine to be about 70% effective in preventing shingles in the y

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  6. Shingles Vaccine Cuts Disease Risk 55%

    Jan. 11, 2011 -- The herpes zoster vaccine, better known as the shingles vaccine and recommended for adults 60 and older, cuts the risk of getting the painful disease by 55%, new research finds. "Compared to childhood vaccines, people would [probably] think 55% is not too impressive, because many ch

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  7. New Drug for Lingering Shingles Pain

    Nov. 17, 2009 - The FDA has approved a new treatment for postherpetic neuralgia (PHN), the nerve pain that sometimes lingers after an attack of shingles. The new PHN drug is Qutenza. It's made by Lohmann Therapie-Systems AD of Andernach, Germany, and distributed by NeurogesX Inc. of San Mateo, Calif

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  8. Shingles Recurs More Often Than Thought

    Nov. 2, 2009 (Philadelphia) -- People with shingles are more likely to suffer a recurrence than previously thought, especially if their attack is accompanied by lasting pain, researchers report. "The risk of getting shingles again, once you already have it, is about one in three," says Barbara Yawn,

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  9. 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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  10. 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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