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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. FDA Panel Backs Shingles Vaccine

    Dec. 15, 2005 -- An FDA advisory panel backed the approval of the first shingles vaccine Thursday, though for a narrower group of patients than manufacturers had sought. But experts also strongly urged more studies of how the vaccine works in patients with chronic disease and suppressed immune syste

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  9. 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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  10. 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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