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What to Do if Your Child Has Chickenpox

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 07:00:00 +0100

Title: What to Do if Your Child Has ChickenpoxCategory: Health NewsCreated: 1/8/2018 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 1/9/2018 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Kids Health General)

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London woman becomes oldest person ever to have chickenpox

Wed, 27 Dec 2017 16:04:37 +0100

The unnamed patient, who was treated at the Princess Royal University Hospital in London, had already battled the contagious bug as a child before contracting it again nine decades later. (Source: the Mail online | Health)



Is shingles contagious? Symptoms risk rises with age and being near chickenpox sufferers

Fri, 22 Dec 2017 10:01:42 +0100

SHINGLES causes painful symptoms and complications in older people, however getting the vaccine could protect you. (Source: Daily Express - Health)






From chickenpox to shingles: new insights

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +0100

The virus that causes chickenpox can also lead to more serious and painful conditions in older people. An EU-funded researcher is discovering how the virus interacts with the immune system and, possibly, how it might be controlled. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)

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FDA approves better vaccine against painful shingles virus

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 23:52:11 +0100

US regulators approve a new, more effective vaccine to prevent painful shingles caused by the chickenpox virus (Source: ABC News: Health)



Housecall: Understanding shingles

Mon, 02 Oct 2017 00:00:00 +0100

THIS WEEK'S TOP STORIES Shingles: An overview Shingles is a viral infection caused by the varicella-zoster virus ? the same virus that causes chickenpox. After you've had chickenpox, the virus remains inactive in nerve tissue near your spinal cord and brain. Years later, the virus may reactivate as shingles, causing a painful skin rash along [...] (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)



Zydus and Pharm Aid enter deal for varicella vaccine technology in Russia

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 23:00:00 +0100

Indian healthcare company Zydus Cadila has entered an exclusive agreement with Pharm Aid for the technology expertise of varicella vaccine production in Russia to prevent chickenpox. (Source: Pharmaceutical Technology)



Immunization Resources in Multiple Languages

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 15:46:12 +0100

From the NLM Outreach and Special Populations Branch: August is National Immunization Awareness Month, and public health professionals often need resources to educate individuals who may have limited English proficiency about the importance of receiving vaccinations for themselves and their children. Check MedlinePlus for resources on immunizations and childhood immunizations in both English and Spanish. Also check HealthReach for patient handouts in multiple languages about vaccinations, including: Vaccine Information Statements on specific vaccines, like the chickenpox vaccine (24 languages), diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis (DTaP) vaccine (27 languages),  measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine (25 languages), and more. Immunizations for Babies: A Guide for Parents (9 language...



Newly found immunodeficiency can turn chickenpox virus fatal

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 16:08:14 +0100

Researchers have identified a mutation in a sensor that the immune system uses to detect viruses that can turn the chickenpox virus deadly in rare cases. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)

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Chickenpox virus fatal in newly discovered immunodeficiency

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 04:00:00 +0100

(Aarhus University) A new study has identified an immunodeficiency which leads to some people becoming seriously ill from the chickenpox virus. The discovery of the gene mutation may help to improve prevention and treatment of the disease. It also contributes with fundamental new knowledge about the immune system. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)



Health Tip: One of Three Adults Gets Shingles

Tue, 08 Aug 2017 07:00:35 +0100

-- Adults 60 and older should be vaccinated for shingles, a very painful rash that's triggered by the same virus that causes chickenpox, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says. If you had chickenpox when you were younger, the... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)



Chickenpox vaccine now on the high street - but would you pay THIS much?

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 10:31:00 +0100

CHICKENPOX is a common childhood illness affecting nearly 8 million one to ten-year-olds in the UK. The condition can also cause complications in adults. (Source: Daily Express - Health)



Chickenpox jab offered on the High Street

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 11:10:11 +0100

The vaccine is not part of routine immunisations and only offered by the NHS in specific cases. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)



Chickenpox vaccine now on the high street - would you pay THIS much to protect family?

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 10:01:43 +0100

CHICKENPOX is a common childhood illness affecting nearly 8 million one to ten-year-olds in the UK. The condition can also cause complications in adults. (Source: Daily Express - Health)

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Vaccine-pushing mainstream media now pretending that chicken pox is a deadly medical emergency (it used to be considered no big deal)

Mon, 10 Jul 2017 10:15:16 +0100

(Natural News) In the past chickenpox was no big deal. Kids were put in oatmeal baths to avoid scratching and scarring. Although it can make a child feel miserable for a few days, symptoms are often mild and far from life-threatening. Some people, backed by vaccine-pushing doctors and misinformed parents, still believe immunizing against an... (Source: NaturalNews.com)



Is Shingles Tied to Heart, Stroke Risk?

Tue, 04 Jul 2017 16:07:44 +0100

TUESDAY, July 4, 2017 -- Shingles may be tied to an increased risk for heart disease, a new study suggests. About one-third of Americans will develop shingles in their lifetime. The painful skin rash can occur in anyone who's had chickenpox, and... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)



Everything you MUST know about the new chickenpox jab

Mon, 05 Jun 2017 22:49:49 +0100

Although the NHS describes chickenpox as a ‘usually mild’ condition that clears up in a week or so, in some cases it can be serious. (Source: the Mail online | Health)



I Got Shingles As A Healthy 34-Year-Old, And It Was The Worst Pain I've Ever Felt

Thu, 04 May 2017 19:06:45 +0100

By Amanda MacMillan A few weeks after my 34th birthday, my husband and I went for a Saturday hike — a weekly ritual we’d started after moving to New York State’s Catskill Mountains region a few months earlier. I’d been feeling a bit under the weather, and I hoped the fresh autumn air would do me good. It didn’t. Later that night, I had chills and my skin felt strangely sensitive, like when you’re coming down with the flu. On top of that, it felt like I had pulled a muscle in my back or chest; when I breathed or stretched certain ways, I’d get shooting pains across my body. I blamed it on yoga.  Over the next two days, my body continued betraying me in weird ways. Painful red marks appeared under my armpit and my lower back; at first I chalked ...



Merck in hot water over dangerous shingles vaccine that caused numerous injuries, deaths

Tue, 04 Apr 2017 10:15:59 +0100

(Natural News) Commercials for the jab showing happy people free of shingles are a common feature of television advertising. But Merck & Co’s “Zosatavax” vaccine to prevent varicella, the adult version of chickenpox, is causing the international drug giant some serious headaches after numerous people who got the shot suffered injuries and/or death. Multiple lawsuits... (Source: NaturalNews.com)

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Shingles Vaccine Cuts Chronic Pain, Hospitalizations

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 09:03:31 +0100

FRIDAY, March 17, 2017 -- Vaccination greatly reduces the risk of serious complications from shingles, a new study finds. Shingles occurs when the same virus that causes chickenpox is reactivated later in life. Nearly one-third of people in the... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)



Mother of baby with meningitis told she had chickenpox

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 01:52:03 +0100

Tiffany Staveley, 26, was given calamine lotion to treat her daughter, Ava. The five-month-old was found to have both meningitis and Kawasaki disease, and was taken to Leeds General Infirmary. (Source: the Mail online | Health)



Link between herpes in pregnancy and autism is unconfirmed

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 12:00:00 +0100

Conclusion This was a Norwegian case-control study that looked at whether maternal infections during pregnancy are associated with the risk of neurological developmental disorders such as autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) in their children. The study initially found no association between any of the pathogens during pregnancy or after delivery, and the development of ASD in boys or girls. Further investigations suggested that high levels of HSV-2 virus antibodies during mid-pregnancy were associated with increased risk of the development of ASD in boys. The researchers suggest that the suspected risk of ASD associated with high levels of virus is not down to the HSV-2 virus itself but the impact of inflammation and the subsequent activation of the immune system on child development during...



Mayo Clinic Minute: Don't suffer with shingles

Tue, 07 Feb 2017 23:00:00 +0100

Shingles is a viral infection that triggers a painful, blistery rash. It's?caused by the varicella-zoster virus ? the same virus that causes chickenpox. After you've had chickenpox, the virus lies inactive in nerve tissue near your spinal cord and brain. Years later, the virus may reactivate as shingles. There's no cure for shingles, but a [...] (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)



Will "Measles Parties" Return?

Sun, 29 Jan 2017 19:58:36 +0100

The co-author of this post is Will Schupmann President Trump's possible appointment of Robert F. Kennedy Jr. to lead a commission on vaccine safety should frighten all American parents. Kennedy, a vocal believer in the thoroughly discredited notion that childhood vaccines lead to autism, could strengthen the anti-vaccination movement, which would undoubtedly result in the deaths of unvaccinated children. Today's anti-vaccination movement has already proved to be dangerous. The Disneyland-linked outbreak of measles in California two years ago brought attention to a significant decline in vaccination rates, which vaccine opponents have had a hand in causing. Indeed, after having been declared eliminated in the U.S. in 2000, measles made a comeback, infecting over 100 children in that outbr...

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The secret of Namibia's 'fairy circles' may be explained at last

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 18:07:29 +0100

Using computer models, ecologists think they have finally hit upon the reason for the strange polka dot patches scattered across the Namib desertThe marks on the ground in the Namib desert resemble a vast sheet of polka dots, or to the less romantic observer, perhaps a bad case of chickenpox.In local myths, the bare, red circles fringed with grass are footprints of the gods, or patches of land once poisoned by the breath of a subterranean dragon. But even among scientists, who strive for more convincing theories, the curious, repetitive patterns have proved hard to explain.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)



Chickenpox symptoms: Should ibuprofen be used to treat common virus?

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 14:05:00 +0100

CHICKENPOX is a common illness - caused by a virus - which affects most children. However, after a child was struck down by life-threatening sepsis following treatment with medicine containing ibuprofen, questions have been raised as to how children should be medicated. (Source: Daily Express - Health)



Kenya: Health Ministry Confirms There Is Chickenpox Outbreak in Mombasa and Nairobi

Thu, 24 Nov 2016 06:42:31 +0100

[Nation] The Health ministry has confirmed an ongoing outbreak of chickenpox in Mombasa and Nairobi. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)



Kenya: Ministry Investigates Chickenpox Outbreak in Mombasa and Nairobi

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 09:12:09 +0100

[Nation] The Ministry of Health is investigating a suspected chickenpox outbreak in Mombasa and Nairobi. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)



How much does the chickenpox vaccine cost? Where can you buy the vaccine?

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 05:00:00 +0100

PARENTS dread the day when their beloved child is struck down with chickenpox. Here is a look at where you can buy a vaccine to protect your children. (Source: Daily Express - Health)

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This doctor breaks down language and cultural barriers to health care

Tue, 06 Sep 2016 18:30:33 +0100

It was the early 1960s, and 9-year-old Eliseo Pérez-Stable was at home in Miami with the chickenpox, dreading his return to the third grade. Nearly a year had passed since his parents in Cuba — fearful of the communists’ rise to power — had sent him out of that country with his grandparents, and he […]Related:Flu nose spray doesn’t work for children; use shots instead, federal expert panel saysDoctors fire back at bad Yelp reviews — and reveal patients’ information online1 in 3 antibiotics prescribed in U.S. are unnecessary, major study finds (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)



Big drop in chickenpox since 2-dose vaccine began

Fri, 02 Sep 2016 19:00:52 +0100

Cases of the virus have dropped dramatically, especially in certain age groups (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)



Chickenpox down 85 percent since 2-dose vaccine started: CDC

Thu, 01 Sep 2016 20:44:48 +0100

HealthDay News Chickenpox has continued declining in the United States since 2006, when doctors began routinely recommending a second dose of vaccine, health officials said. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)



Chickenpox Cases Down 85% With 2-Dose Vaccine: CDC

Thu, 01 Sep 2016 20:15:24 +0100

Kids 5 to 14 had the biggest drop in illness (Source: WebMD Health)



Chickenpox Cases Down 85 Percent Since 2-Dose Vaccine Started: CDC

Thu, 01 Sep 2016 18:00:00 +0100

Kids 5 to 14 had the biggest drop in illnessSource: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Chickenpox, Childhood Immunization (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)

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A toddler's chickenpox turned into horrific flesh-eating necrotising fasciitis

Sun, 07 Aug 2016 16:47:30 +0100

WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGES. Charlie Cave, from Kempston, Bedfordshire, was just 13-months-old when he developed  the early stages of the secondary flesh-eating infection. (Source: the Mail online | Health)



Why the chickenpox vaccine could be DEADLY in later life

Fri, 05 Aug 2016 11:26:30 +0100

Andrew Pollard, a professor of paediatric infection and Immunity at Oxford University, explains why the vaccine is routinely available in the US and Australia but not in the UK. (Source: the Mail online | Health)



What Jasper Allen's 'worst case of chickenpox' reveals about GPs' surgeries

Fri, 05 Aug 2016 07:25:40 +0100

Jasper Allen, two years old, came down with what some doctors said was the worst case of chickenpox they had ever seen; his tiny body was smothered in sores, and the pictures were too grisly to bear. (Source: the Mail online | Health)



Get Vaccinated for a Healthy Back-to-school Start

Wed, 03 Aug 2016 22:40:45 +0100

By Stacy Simon It won’t be long before the new school year begins and students head back to the classroom - if they haven't already. Protect your children by making sure they are up to date with vaccinations. In fact, your state may require children entering school to be vaccinated against certain diseases. Check with your child’s doctor, your child’s school, or your health department to find out.Some diseases that are preventable through vaccines, such as whooping cough and chickenpox, are still common in the US. Thanks to vaccines, some other diseases are no longer common. But according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) if we stopped vaccinating, the few cases we have in the US could very quickly grow to tens or hundreds of thousands. Getting your ...

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Petition for a routine chickenpox vaccine gets 3,000 signatures

Tue, 02 Aug 2016 19:43:37 +0100

A vaccine, called Varilrix, is currently only prescribed to children deemed at risk. Sarah Allen, from Cambridgeshire, wants all children to be given it on the NHS following her son Jasper's illness. (Source: the Mail online | Health)



Mother describes how her son needed morphine for chickenpox

Tue, 02 Aug 2016 16:30:04 +0100

Mother Sarah Allen calls for free chickenpox vaccinations after her toddler had the "worst ever case". (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)



Free chickenpox jab call after toddler suffers 'worst case'

Tue, 02 Aug 2016 11:59:47 +0100

A woman calls for the chickenpox vaccination free for all on the NHS after her son had what is thought to be the "worst ever case". (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)



Toddler with WORST chickenpox EVER 'was told by GP receptionist you DON'T need doctor'

Mon, 01 Aug 2016 17:01:40 +0100

A TODDLER hospitalised for five days with the worst chickenpox doctors had EVER SEEN was allegedly turned away days earlier by a GP's receptionist. (Source: Daily Express - Health)



Needle vs needle: a vaccine for drug addiction? | Dean Burnett

Thu, 14 Jul 2016 11:30:28 +0100

Research suggests that we could soon see vaccines for addiction. How can we vaccinate against behaviours? And if it is effective, what are the ethical issues? I was recently a guest at a recording of the Wellcome Trust’s brilliant Level Up Human, a comedy/science podcast about improving humanity, hosted by Simon Watt. One of the first things guests have to do is talk about some interesting science news, focusing on human biology/medicine. To be honest, it was refreshing to read news that wasn’t about the EU referendum for a change.One of the particularly intriguing things I found was that they’re apparently working on a vaccine for drug addiction (specifically, opiate addiction). Now there’s something to make a neuroscientist sit up and pay attention. A new weapon in the war on dru...

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Mum shares SHOCKING images of son with chickenpox to urge parents to vaccinate their kids

Fri, 10 Jun 2016 12:24:00 +0100

A MOTHER, whose son was too young to be immunised against chickenpox, has shared terrifying pictures on social media in a desperate plea for other parents to get their children vaccinated. (Source: Daily Express - Health)



Chickenpox

Fri, 03 Jun 2016 07:00:00 +0100

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Your Complete Guide To Staying Healthy During The Summer Olympics

Wed, 01 Jun 2016 11:30:47 +0100

Rio de Janeiro is expecting about 500,000 visitors for the Olympic and Paralympic games this August. If you’re one of them, there are a few things you need to consider in order to have a safe, happy and healthy trip to Brazil this year.   1. Make sure you’re up to date on all your vaccines. This is travel safety 101. Infectious disease loves a crowd, and one way to make sure a nasty bug doesn't hitch a ride with you is to get vaccinated.  What to do:  Make an appointment with a travel doctor now to make sure you’re current on all your regular vaccines (measles, mumps, rubella, etc.) and then take a look at all the vaccines suggested specifically for Brazil. In addition to the routine ones like the flu shot and chickenpox, the U.S. Centers for Disease C...



Researchers Use Google to Find Chickenpox Seasons

Mon, 30 May 2016 20:15:02 +0100

The virus has been found to peak during the spring. (Source: ABC News: Health)

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Google searches for 'chickenpox' reveal big impact of vaccinations

Mon, 30 May 2016 04:00:00 +0100

(University of Michigan) Countries that implement government-mandated vaccinations for chickenpox see a sharp drop in the number of Google searches for the common childhood disease afterward, demonstrating that immunization significantly reduces seasonal outbreaks. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)



Meet The Italian Doctor Using Facebook To Fight Anti-Vaxxers

Tue, 12 Apr 2016 20:52:04 +0100

Shocked by the growing number of children who die from vaccine-preventable diseases in Italy -- as well as stories of parents who refuse to vaccinate their kids -- a professor of microbiology and virology has decided to take on anti-vaxxers where they spread misinformation: on Facebook. For the more than 20,000 followers of his Facebook page, Dr. Roberto Burioni, a professor at the Vita-Salute San Raffaele University in Milan, Italy, explains the science behind vaccines and uses scientific data to refute rumors about their dangers. When he is not citing scientific studies, he pegs his advice to persuasive anecdotes or real-life events that have taken place around the world. As a cautionary tale, for example, Burioni shared a photograph of Brenden Hal...



Pictures show why you should NEVER give a child with chickenpox ibuprofen

Sat, 09 Apr 2016 00:16:19 +0100

Hayley Lyons, from Warrington, shared photos of her son Lewis at Alder Hey Children's Hospital after he developed septicaemia. The post has now been shared almost 350,000 times. (Source: the Mail online | Health)



The inconvenient truth of vaccine refusal

Tue, 22 Mar 2016 13:30:07 +0100

Follow me at @drClaire When I talk to parents who are hesitant about vaccines, what they most want to talk to me about are possible side effects of the vaccine. They worry about everything from fevers and soreness to additives to possible links to autism. They rarely worry about the diseases that vaccines prevent—and that’s what worries me most of all. It is the inconvenient truth of vaccine refusal: when you don’t get vaccinated against an illness, you are more likely to catch it. A study just released in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) makes this very clear. Researchers looked at information about recent measles and pertussis outbreaks. They found that unvaccinated people made up the majority of those who caught measles and a large proportion of those who cau...



Featured Review: Vaccines for preventing herpes zoster in older adults

Mon, 21 Mar 2016 18:36:04 +0100

Vaccine helps prevent shingles in older adults for up to three years The varicella zoster virus causes chickenpox and can remain dormant inside nerve cells. After many years, it can reactivate and travel through the nerve to the skin, causing itching, numbness, tingling or local pain, and then blisters along the nerve path. These blisters are often accompanied with inflammation of the nerves and severe pain, which can affect quality of life. This is called herpes zoster or shingles. It affects people with low immunity such as older people. There are about 5.22 episodes of shingles for every 1000 older people. This is increasing, in part because people are living longer.A team of Cochrane authors based in Brazil worked with the Cochrane Acute Respiratory Infections Group to investigate...

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Two-Dose Chickenpox Shot Gets the Job Done: Study

Mon, 14 Mar 2016 14:20:45 +0100

Adding second shot at ages 4 to 6 is almost 100 percent effective (Source: WebMD Health)



Two-Dose Chickenpox Shot Gets the Job Done, Study Shows

Mon, 14 Mar 2016 13:00:00 +0100

Adding second shot at ages 4 to 6 is almost 100 percent effectiveSource: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Chickenpox, Childhood Immunization (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)



Chickenpox vaccine trials: What is it? How much does it cost?

Fri, 04 Mar 2016 10:33:00 +0100

DOCTORS are trialling a new vaccine to protect children against chickenpox. But where can you buy it and how much is it? (Source: Daily Express - Health)



Now children could get a vaccine for chickenpox if trials prove successful

Fri, 04 Mar 2016 02:21:04 +0100

The Varilrix vaccine, which has been available in the UK since 2013 but only given to those vulnerable to complications, will be given to all children between 12 and 23 months in some hospitals (file photo) (Source: the Mail online | Health)



Don’t shrug off shingles

Thu, 18 Feb 2016 14:00:44 +0100

If you had chickenpox as a kid, there is a good chance you may develop shingles later in life. “In fact, one in three is predicted to get shingles during their lifetime,” says Dr. Anne Louise Oaklander, director of the Nerve Unit at Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital. The same varicella-zoster virus that causes chickenpox also causes shingles. After the telltale spots of chickenpox vanish, the virus lies dormant in your nerve cells near the spinal cord and brain. When your immunity weakens from normal aging or from illnesses or medications, the virus can re-emerge. It then travels along a nerve to trigger a rash in the skin connected to that nerve. The rash often appears on only one side of your body. The most common locations are the chest, back, or stomach, or above on...



New Medical Laboratory Test from Washington University School of Medicine Could One Day Replace the Popular PCR Assays Used by Many Pathologists

Fri, 05 Feb 2016 11:00:20 +0100

Called ‘ViroCap,’ this new diagnostic technology is able to discover more viruses in patient samples, as compared to PCR genome sequencing tests It could be the ultimate multi-analysis medical laboratory test ever. Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have developed a diagnostic test that they claim tests for any virus infecting […] (Source: Dark Daily)



Health Tip: Chickenpox Can Be Dangerous

Fri, 05 Feb 2016 07:00:00 +0100

Title: Health Tip: Chickenpox Can Be DangerousCategory: Health NewsCreated: 2/5/2016 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 2/5/2016 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Kids Health General)

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Chickenpox, Shingles Vaccines Linked to Rare Eye Inflammation

Tue, 26 Jan 2016 07:00:00 +0100

Title: Chickenpox, Shingles Vaccines Linked to Rare Eye InflammationCategory: Health NewsCreated: 1/25/2016 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 1/26/2016 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Eyesight General)



Chickenpox, Shingles Shot Tied to Rare Eye Problem

Mon, 25 Jan 2016 18:16:34 +0100

But study doesn't prove cause-and-effect (Source: WebMD Health)



Chickenpox, shingles vaccine may cause corneal inflammation in some patients

Wed, 20 Jan 2016 19:29:59 +0100

In use for more than 20 years, the varicella zoster virus vaccine for chickenpox and shingles is considered an essential medicine by the World Health Organization (WHO). However, researchers have found, in rare instances, a link between the vaccine and corneal inflammation. It is a finding the researchers say should be discussed by primary care physicians and patients with a history of eye inflammation before getting vaccinated. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)



Researchers at Howard Hughes Medical Institute Develop Blood Test That Reveals a Patient’s Viral History; Could Reduce Unnecessary Clinical Laboratory Testing

Wed, 30 Dec 2015 11:03:06 +0100

The VirScan test gives doctors insight into a patient’s lifetime exposure to viruses and thus may be developed into a useful medical laboratory test Scientists and pathologists are learning that blood is like a time capsule, holding precious information about exposure to viruses over the years—chickenpox at five, mononucleosis at 18, flu at 40. You […] (Source: Dark Daily)

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Medical News Today: Shingles may lead to stroke and heart attack

Tue, 15 Dec 2015 17:00:00 +0100

The herpes zoster virus causes chickenpox and shingles; following shingles, there appears to be a higher risk of acute cardiovascular events such as stroke or myocardial infarction (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)



Anti-vaccination school hit by chickenpox epidemic

Thu, 10 Dec 2015 11:03:34 +0100

At least 25 per cent of pupils have been hit by the illness in the past fortnight (Source: Telegraph Health)



Ask the expert: Can kids still get chicken pox?

Tue, 10 Nov 2015 12:26:46 +0100




Chickenpox and pregnancy: What are the concerns?

Sat, 10 Oct 2015 00:00:00 +0100

(Source: MayoClinic.com - Ask a Specialist)



Two KC Royals players have chickenpox

Wed, 02 Sep 2015 13:47:28 +0100

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- First the good news for the Kansas City Royals: Alex Gordon came off the disabled list and started in left field, and outfielder Jonny Gomes joined the club Tuesday after being acquired in a trade with the Atlanta Braves... (Source: WDSU.com - Health)

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Chickenpox Decline Continues, Even in Unvaccinated GroupsChickenpox Decline Continues, Even in Unvaccinated Groups

Fri, 14 Aug 2015 10:13:26 +0100

Varicella has continued to decline in the United States as vaccination coverage with the two-dose program has increased, in part because of herd immunity protecting those who were not vaccinated. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)



Vaccine Sharply Curbs Chickenpox Cases in U.S.

Thu, 13 Aug 2015 14:15:16 +0100

Recommendation for second dose reduced number of infections even more, CDC finds (Source: WebMD Health)



Medical News Today: Dramatic fall in chickenpox cases thanks to vaccine, study finds

Thu, 13 Aug 2015 14:00:00 +0100

A new study has revealed cases of chickenpox have been drastically reduced since the introduction of the Varicella vaccine in 1995. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)



Vaccine Sharply Curbs Chickenpox Cases in U.S.

Thu, 13 Aug 2015 13:00:00 +0100

Recommendation for second dose reduced number of infections even more, CDC finds Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Chickenpox, Childhood Immunization (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)



Chickenpox continues to decline in US thanks to vaccination

Thu, 13 Aug 2015 04:00:00 +0100

(Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society) According to national health care claims data from 1994-2012, CDC researchers Jessica Leung, M.P.H., and Rafael Harpaz, M.D., M.P.H. found that there were 93 percent fewer hospitalizations for chickenpox in 2012 compared to before the vaccine was introduced. During the two-dose varicella vaccination period (2006-2012), hospitalizations declined 38 percent. Outpatient visits also dropped significantly. There were 84 percent fewer outpatient visits in 2012 versus the pre-vaccination period. During the two-dose varicella vaccination period (2006-2012), outpatient visits declined 60 percent. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)



U.S. Scientists Speak Out About The Need For Fetal Tissue In Research

Tue, 11 Aug 2015 18:09:04 +0100

BOSTON (AP) -- The furor on Capitol Hill over Planned Parenthood has stoked a debate about the use of tissue from aborted fetuses in medical research, but U.S. scientists have been using such cells for decades to develop vaccines and seek treatments for a host of ailments, from vision loss to cancer and AIDS. Anti-abortion activists triggered the uproar by releasing undercover videos of Planned Parenthood officials that raised questions of whether the organization was profiting from the sale of fetal tissue. Planned Parenthood has denied making any profit and said it charges fees solely to cover its costs. University laboratories that buy such cells strongly defend their research, saying tissue that would otherwise be thrown out has played a vital role in lifesaving medical advances and ho...



Chickenpox vaccination does increase shingles cases, but mainly in young adults

Tue, 11 Aug 2015 14:35:55 +0100

Re-exposure to chickenpox virus boosts immunity to shingles for a tenth of the time previously thought. So although vaccination increases shingles cases in 31-40 year olds, in the longer term the benefits outweigh the risks, scientists conclude. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)



Fetal Tissue Remains Essential, Medical Researchers Say

Tue, 11 Aug 2015 10:48:14 +0100

BOSTON (AP) — The furor on Capitol Hill over Planned Parenthood has stoked a debate about the use of tissue from aborted fetuses in medical research, but U.S. scientists have been using such cells for decades to develop vaccines and seek treatments for a host of ailments, from vision loss and neurological disorders to cancer and AIDS. Anti-abortion activists set off the uproar by releasing undercover videos of Planned Parenthood officials that raised questions of whether the organization was profiting from the sale of fetal tissue. Planned Parenthood has denied making any profit and said it charges fees solely to cover its costs. University laboratories that buy such cells strongly defend their research, saying tissue that would otherwise be thrown out has played a vital role in lifesavi...



Chickenpox vaccination does increase shingles cases, but mainly in young adults

Tue, 11 Aug 2015 04:00:00 +0100

(eLife ) Re-exposure to chickenpox virus boosts immunity to shingles for a tenth of the time previously thought. So although vaccination increases shingles cases in 31-40 year olds, in the longer term the benefits outweigh the risks. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)

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Mayo Clinic Q and A: Vaccine recommended for older adults even if they’ve had shingles

Sat, 25 Jul 2015 00:00:00 +0100

DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I am a healthy 78-year-old man and have never had shingles or the shingles vaccine. I did have chickenpox when I was a child. Is the shingles vaccine something you would recommend for someone like me? What are the side effects of the vaccine? ANSWER: Once you have had chickenpox, the virus [...] (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)



How catching chickenpox from a sibling makes it worse

Tue, 21 Jul 2015 05:22:15 +0100

Maria Lally's daughter Rosie, 2, from Surrey (pictured in pink) contracted chickenpox and hospitalised after developing an infection. Her sister Sophia, 5, breezed through it. (Source: the Mail online | Health)



Novel method identifies children with rheumatic disease eligible for life-saving vaccine

Fri, 12 Jun 2015 13:18:26 +0100

New results have shown that the chickenpox vaccine can be effective and safe even in children with pediatric rheumatic disease receiving immunosuppression treatment. By using a checklist to pre-screen children, the investigators were able to identify diverse patient groups suitable for vaccination, protecting them from a potentially life-threatening infection. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)



Experimental new vaccine may help in the fight against shingles

Mon, 04 May 2015 18:45:39 +0100

If you had chickenpox as a child, the virus that caused it can re-emerge later in life — out of the blue — to cause shingles. This condition, also known as herpes zoster, consists of a rash on one side of the body, often accompanied by excruciating pain. The rash typically goes away in about a month, but in some people, the pain lingers for weeks, months, or even years. This chronic pain is called post-herpetic neuralgia. The virus that causes chickenpox, known as varicella-zoster, doesn’t necessarily disappear from the body after the chickenpox rash fades away. Instead, the virus can go into hiding, taking up residence in the nerve roots coming off the spinal cord. As the immune system becomes weaker with age, varicella-zoster may “wake up,” start to grow in a nerve ...

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How chickenpox virus can cause a stroke in an HIV patient

Mon, 04 May 2015 12:21:49 +0100

Varicella-zoster virus causes chickenpox in children and shingles in older adults. The virus typically remains dormant in patients with healthy immune systems, but can reactivate if the immune system is compromised. Patients infected with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) can, in rare cases, experience bleeding on the brain that causes a type of stroke called intracerebral hemorrhage. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)



Boy, 3, dies from meningitis North Middlesex Hospital doctors mistook for chickenpox

Fri, 01 May 2015 20:10:29 +0100

Armagan Denli, three, died in North Middlesex Hospital, London, on April 19 from meningitis. His parents claim if doctors had not mistaken the infection for chickenpox he would still be alive. (Source: the Mail online | Health)



Video reveals what happens when an ADULT gets chickenpox

Thu, 30 Apr 2015 12:28:50 +0100

WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT. A 32-year-old man from London uploaded a video showing a horrific case of adult chicken pox in which his entire body is covered in angry fluid-filled pustules. (Source: the Mail online | Health)



Shingles: Not Just A Band of Blisters

Wed, 01 Apr 2015 00:00:00 +0100

Shingles (herpes zoster) is a common condition in which the virus that causes chickenpox (varicella-zoster virus) reactivates after years of lying dormant in your body. As the virus reactivates, it causes pain and tingling and eventually a rash of short-lived blisters. "Shingles normally isn't a serious condition, but in some people the rash can cause [...] (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)



Layton Boys-Hope dies from chickenpox he caught from his brother

Tue, 10 Mar 2015 15:01:00 +0100

Layton Boys-Hope, one, of Sunderland, woke up from a nap with a high temperature and trouble breathing after being ill with chickenpox. He died of a cardiac arrest in hospital the next day. (Source: the Mail online | Health)

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New condition linked to chickenpox, shingles virus

Thu, 19 Feb 2015 03:31:54 +0100

The virus that causes chickenpox and shingles may be related to a serious blood vessel problem later in life (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)



Born with “bubble boy” disease, 4-year-old has normal life after gene therapy

Wed, 11 Feb 2015 18:09:26 +0100

Seated in an exam room on the sixth floor of Boston Children’s Hospital, Sung-Yun Pai, MD, speaks mother-to-mother—not doctor to patient’s mother—with Marcela Caceres, who has just asked whether she should take extra precautions if her 4-year-old son Agustin is exposed to chickenpox. The answer is no. “I’m a mother too, and a good mother also knows when to back off,” Pai tells her. “It’s important for him to have a normal life.” “It’s hard for me to really accept that that’s the case,” Caceres says, “but I’m working on it.” If Caceres has trouble shedding her instinct to over-protect, it’s for good reason. Agustin was born with X-linked severe combined immune deficiency (SCID-X1)—“bubble boy” disease—and it can be difficult for Caceres to believe...



Measles Outbreak, Measles Vaccine: Top Questions Answered

Mon, 09 Feb 2015 22:29:57 +0100

By: Tia Ghose, Rachael Rettner and Tanya Lewis Published: 02/06/2015 10:17 AM EST on LiveScience The U.S. measles outbreak now includes at least 102 infected people in 14 states. Most of the cases have been tied to Disneyland in Southern California. The outbreak has many people wondering why a disease that was eradicated from the United States in the year 2000 is now infecting so many people, and what role vaccination requirements may have had in the outbreak. We asked experts to explain how the vaccine works and why the outbreak is happening now. Why is the outbreak happening now? Most of the cases of measles reported so far in 2015 are part of a large, ongoing outbreak linked to Disneyland in Anaheim, California, according to the California Department of Public Health(CDPH). The theme...



University Of California System To Require Measles Shots

Sat, 07 Feb 2015 00:24:38 +0100

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Students entering the University of California system in 2017 will have to be vaccinated against measles and other diseases under new immunization rules announced Friday. The change, which had been in the works before the latest measles outbreak, has taken on new urgency after infections that originated at Disneyland in December spread to communities in half a dozen states and Mexico. Most who fell ill were not vaccinated. UC currently requires students to be inoculated only against hepatitis B, although some individual campuses have stricter immunization rules. The new plan will require students to be screened for tuberculosis and vaccinated for measles, chickenpox, whooping cough, meningitis and tetanus. "The University of California is committed to protecting the ...



These States Don't Require Vaccinations For Home-School Students

Fri, 06 Feb 2015 02:09:12 +0100

Half of U.S. states don't require home-school students to be vaccinated against diseases that include measles, chickenpox and hepatitis B, according to an organization that advocates greater oversight of home schooling. While public schools require students to get a number of vaccinations before entering kindergarten, there's no mandate for home-schooled children in 25 states, according to the Coalition for Responsible Home Education. About 3 percent of the U.S. school-age population was home-schooled in 2011-2012, according to the U.S. Education Department. Amid a recent measles outbreak that has infected more than 100 people in 15 states, politicians, public health officials and researchers have called on parents to vaccinate their children. Forty-eight states require public school ...

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Chickenpox in pregnancy guideline update

Wed, 21 Jan 2015 12:00:39 +0100

Healthcare staff should warn pregnant women who have not had chicken pox not to expose themselves to the condition. You must sign in to continue reading this article Hide related content:  Show related content read more (Source: Nursing in Practice)



Pregnant women given new guidelines on chickenpox and shingles

Wed, 21 Jan 2015 08:08:38 +0100

Pregnant women who have not had chicken pox should be advised to avoid people who have the virus and be referred to a specialist if they develop the rash, the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaeocologists (RCOG) has said. (Source: The Independent - Science)



Updated guidelines on chickenpox and shingles for pregnant women

Wed, 21 Jan 2015 08:08:38 +0100

Pregnant women who have not had chicken pox should be advised to avoid people who have the virus and be referred to a specialist if they develop the rash, the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaeocologists (RCOG) has said. (Source: The Independent - Science)



Phony Anti-Vaccine Propaganda Is Killing U.S. Children

Fri, 16 Jan 2015 19:10:24 +0100

When the nation turned our eyes to watch the ball drop in Times Square on New Year's Eve, we saw actress and former Playboy Playmate Jenny McCarthy urging viewers to kiss her on our TV screens. Thousands of people did, and sent her pictures to prove it. That's the nature of being a celebrity, possessing the ability to influence other people's behavior, and therein lies its potential for abuse. The idea that vaccines cause autism has been found to be totally false by doctors and scientists, in the same way almost all sane observers agree global warming is manmade. But thanks to anti-vaccine misinformation spread by some celebrities like McCarthy, Miyam Bialik, and Donald Trump, doctors say preventable diseases like measles are making a comeback across America, and children are dying fro...



Postherpetic Neuralgia: Causes and Treatment

Thu, 15 Jan 2015 12:37:24 +0100

Postherpetic neuralgia (PHN) is the same virus that causes chickenpox. During the initial infection of chickenpox, the virus remains in the person's body, lying dormant inside nerve cells. Years later, illness, age, stress, medications, or decreased immune system function may reactivate the virus and cause a shingles outbreak. At times, there is no apparent reason for the outbreak. (Source: Disabled World)



Mandatory chickenpox vaccination increases disease rates, study shows

Mon, 12 Jan 2015 06:00:00 +0100

(NaturalNews) Once again, the completely illogical debacle concerning the world of vaccinations has surfaced.By now, you know they've come under fire by those who are adamant that they do more harm than good. Countless people have developed irreversible health problems and even... (Source: NaturalNews.com)



Why more adults are getting "kids' diseases"

Wed, 17 Dec 2014 03:55:47 +0100

Chickenpox, mumps and whooping cough seem to keep striking where they're least expected (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)



Angelina Jolie's chickenpox explained

Mon, 15 Dec 2014 18:03:39 +0100

Actress Angelina Jolie is missing the premiere of her own film Unbroken because she says she has been diagnosed with chickenpox. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)

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