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New, Interactive Health Web Site Provides Information About a Painful and Often Debilitating Condition Affecting Older Americans
Date:3/31/2009

the NCOA and the NPF to raise awareness of PHN. The program includes several live educational events throughout the year where attendees will have the opportunity to create individual quilt squares to tell their story about how PHN has affected their lives. As a part of the program, AfterShingles.com visitors will be able to access the micro site and decorate their own virtual quilt square online. For every virtual quilt square made, Endo Pharmaceuticals will make a $5 donation to the VNAA to support shingles and PHN education.

"After-shingles pain is most common among older Americans and can be emotionally distressful and isolating," said Scott Parkin, vice president of communications for NCOA. "The Patchwork of Hope Network was created to help raise awareness of this condition on a national level."

The site was originally launched by the VNAA and Endo Pharmaceuticals in 2001. The re-launch of this Web site has been made possible with support from Endo Pharmaceuticals.

Shingles and PHN Background

Shingles is an infection caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox, the varicella zoster virus. Once you have chickenpox, the virus can stay quiet in the nerve tissue of your body for years. But for many people, the virus "awakens" and forms blisters on the skin.

PHN results from nerve damage caused by the shingles virus and usually is felt in the area of the previous shingles rash, but the size of the area of PHN pain can vary considerably. PHN pain can vary in its description, but is most commonly described as burning, aching, itching and sharp.

About Visiting Nurse Associations of America

The Visiting Nurse Associations of America (VNAA) is the official national association for non-profit, community-based Visiting Nurse Agencies (VNAs) and non-profit home health providers, who care for and treat approx
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SOURCE The Visiting Nurse Associations of America; National Pain Foundation; National Council on Aging
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