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Oxycodone May Reduce Shingles Pain

Small study finds painkiller offered relief, but constipation was problem for some FRIDAY, April 10 (HealthDay News) -- A new study finds oxycodone, often known as OxyContin, successfully reduces the sometimes excruciating pain of shingles. Shingles, an often stress-related conditi...

Rheumatoid Arthritis Drugs Raise Shingles Risk

Older people and those also taking steroids are most vulnerable, study finds TUESDAY, Feb. 17 (HealthDay News) -- A class of medications used widely to treat rheumatoid arthritis and other autoimmune diseases might increase the risk of shingles, especially among older people and those ...

Gypsum Wallboard from CertainTeed's Moundsville, W. Va., Plant and Roofing Shingles among Building Materials Donated to St. Jude Dream Home(R)

VALLEY FORGE, Pa., May 19 /PRNewswire/ -- The St. Jude Dream Home(R) in Hurricane, W. Va., is home to the first drywall ever manufactured at the new CertainTeed Gypsum Plant in nearby Moundsville, W. Va. To support the annual fundraiser for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, CertainTeed is...

CDC Recommends Shingles Vaccine for Those Over 60

ZOSTAVAX could prevent two thirds of shingles cases, expert says THURSDAY, May 15 (HealthDay News) -- All adults aged 60 and older should be vaccinated against shingles, a condition that can cause debilitating chronic pain, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend...

Mayo Clinic Proceedings Article Offers New Data About the Impact of the Shingles Virus on Healthy Adults

ROCHESTER, Minn., Dec. 12 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- When a vaccine to prevent shingles was approved for use in 2006, the Food and Drug Administration recommended the vaccine for people age 60 and older who previously had chickenpox. But two issues -- the vaccine's cost and the perception that...

Mayo Clinic article offers data about shingles virus

ROCHESTER, Minn. -- When a vaccine to prevent shingles was approved for use in 2006, the Food and Drug Administration recommended the vaccine for people age 60 and older who previously had chickenpox. But two issues -- the vaccines cost and the perception that shingles primarily affects adults wit...

Tai Chi may Be Useful to Prevent Shingles in Older Adults

A new study says that Tai Chi, may be helpful in preventing shingles in elderly adults. The traditional Chinese exercise has been found not only to increase// the immunity to varicella-zoster virus (VZV) but also boost the immune response to varicella vaccine as well. This National Institutes...

Antiviral Drugs May Be Useful For Easing Shingles Pain

According to a new study, oral and intravenous antiviral drug may be helpful in easing out shingles-related nerve pain//. Shingles, which is caused by varicella-zoster virus, is a painful nervous disorder. Foodconsumer.org reports that researchers at the University of Colorado and Healt...

Experimental vaccine for shingles is effective

Researchers have discovered a newer form of chicken pox vaccine to// effectively control the painful condition called shingles. Shingles (also known as herpes zoster) is the condition that gets symptoms of rashes or blisters on the skin, along with sensations of burning pain, tingling, and nu...

Vaccine guards against shingles

A slight variation of a chicken pox vaccine gave good protection to those at high risk of shingles. The elder population, and those with impaired immunity because of cancer, have a high rate of shingles a viral infection caused by the same virus that gives rise to chicken pox. //Most people recover...

Tai Chi Augments Immune Response Against Shingles

Effect of Tai chi on the immune response on older people was studied by Professor Michael Irwin, from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).// It was found that immune system was better in people who performed tai chi which a westernized version of Chinese martial art and is a slow movem...

Americans in Dark About Shingles

Thought you were done with the chickenpox as a kid? Think again. Shingles, a disease caused by the same virus as chickenpox, affects roughly one million //Americans each year. As people age, their risk of getting shingles increases but despite its incidence many people are completely unaware of the...

A Solution For Patients Suffering From Shingles

Shingles often results in extreme pain that can last for months. Now a simple exercise can protect against the virus. Yearly, up to 14,000 people // over age 60 develop shingles, a painful nerve disease that comes from the chicken pox virus. A new study shows tai chi -- slow exercise and intense...

Young Adults Unaware of Threat of Infectious Disease and the Availability of Preventive Vaccines

...cination levels remain at 66.6 percent and 60 percent, respectively, for those over age 65. Other adult vaccination levels are lower - 6.7 percent for shingles in those 60 and older; about 10 percent for human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine in women 19 to 26 years of age and about 15 percent for Tdap in those 1...

U.S. Adults 'Needlessly Vulnerable' to Vaccine-Preventable Diseases, According to New Report

... included in the vaccine cause 70 percent of all cervical cancers. shingles will affect one in three Americans in their lifetime. The accompanying ... pain syndrome (post-herpetic neuralgia) may last months or years after the shingles rash heals. Hepatitis B -related liver disease kills about 5,000 ...

New, Interactive Health Web Site Provides Information About a Painful and Often Debilitating Condition Affecting Older Americans

...ew AfterShingles.com Helps Educate Consumers About shingles and After-Shingles Pain WASHINGTON, March 31 ...ls and information to help educate consumers about shingles and postherpetic neuralgia (PHN), or after-shingle...atients talk with their healthcare providers about shingles and PHN." ...

Special Immune Cells May Be Key to HIV Resistance

...r had chicken pox continue to stand guard against genetic material left in their bodies by the virus. But some people can develop the disease known as shingles if their immune system fails to keep pace, he said. The researchers behind the new study found that immune cells known as CD8+ T cells are better a...

Medical societies: Adults need vaccines

...coccal, tetanus-diptheria-pertussis, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, measles-mumps-rubella, chickenpox (varicella), meningococcal, human papillomavirus, and shingles (zoster). Specific recommendations vary depending on age and other factors. ...

CHEST 2008: Featured abstracts

...effective nonpharmacologic intervention for children with asthma. #6834 shingles COMMON AFTER LUNG TRANSPLANTATION (Tuesday, October 28, 1:00 PM EST) Herp...w up with patients for a median time of 34 months. Twenty-three episodes of shingles occurred in 23 patients (11 percent); however, antiviral prophylaxis was pr...

New Hope Against the Cold Sore Virus

...er virus, which causes chickenpox and a more chronic, painful condition known as shingles. In fact, Umbach said, the Duke group plans to target the shingles virus in their next round of research. Beisel agreed that the findings could have implications far beyond the common cold sore. "I'm highly psyc...

Elderly's restless nights helped by ancient martial art

...e research piggybacked on a study published in April 2007 by Irwin that showed tai chi chih boosted the immune system of elderly people suffering from shingles ( www.newsroom.ucla.edu/portal/ucla/Practicing-Tai-Chi-Boosts-Immune-7806.aspx ). ...

iGuard.org Alters the Face of E-Health: New Web Service Draws 10,000 New Patients Weekly

...ation others wish they were told before starting the medication. According to feedback of iGuard.org patients taking a common pain medication to treat shingles and fibromyalgia, 70% experience side effects, including drowsiness, weight gain, grogginess and dizziness, and 45% wish they were told more about the...

Consumer Reports Health News

...flare up with no warning. And when the usual childhood diseases occur in adults, the effects can be devastating. Other vaccines, including one against shingles and another that helps to protect against cervical cancer, came out fairly recently. All the vaccines listed in the CR list are generally very safe an...

GlaxoSmithKline Presents Innovative Neuroscience Pipeline

...38262 - Potential new treatment for RLS, neuropathic pain and migraine: Neuropathic pain is caused by nerve injury resulting from conditions such as shingles and diabetes. Gabapentin is one of the most widely used treatments for neuropathic pain; however it is only effective in some patients. GSK, in collab...

ZOLINZA (vorinostat) in combination with bortezomib demonstrated clinical activity

...-hematological toxicities grade 2 and higher included fatigue (n=9), nausea (n=6), vomiting (n=3), diarrhea (n=3), pneumonia (n=3, bacterial and RSV), shingles (n=2) and atrial fibrillation (n=1). Based on these initial results presented for the first time, Merck is evaluating plans to accelerate testing o...

Smoked cannabis proven effective in treating neuropathic pain

...rived from hot chili peppers that is an irritant to the skin, to mimic the type of neuropathic pain experienced by patients with HIV/AIDS, diabetes or shingles brief, intense pain following by a longer-lasting secondary pain. The subjects were healthy volunteers who inhaled either medical cannabis or a plac...

Antiviral Won't Improve Bell's Palsy Outcome

...picion that Bell's palsy may be connected to a viral infection caused by the same strain of herpes that causes cold sores. This infection can recur as shingles long after a chickenpox infection, Sullivan added. Typically, Bell's palsy clears up on its own over time or after patients are treated with predn...

Nicotine, Chili Peppers Offer Post-Surgery Pain Relief

...hingles, said Aasvang. While taking capsaicin by mouth has not been shown to be effective in reducing pain, different chronic pain conditions, such as shingles and osteoarthritis, may benefit from local application, but Aasvang said these approaches need further research. In a study released earlier this m...

Race Against Pain Coming to California

...er from chronic pain due to back, leg and hip problems, chemotherapy, amputation, diabetes, facial nerve problems, HIV infections, multiple sclerosis, shingles and spine surgery. Iraqi War Veterans Many veterans returning from the Iraq War are suffering from chronic pain from various causes. These brave sol...

Selenium Supplements Could Increase Diabetes Risk

... Selenium supplements are widely promoted on the Internet for conditions ranging from cold sores and shingles to arthritis and multiple sclerosis . They are sold to prevent aging, enhance fertility, prevent cancer and get rid of toxic minerals such as mercury,...

Hot Flashes in Men Treated for Prostate Cancer Reduced by Non-hormonal Drug

...ot flashes," says Dr. Loprinzi. Gabapentin was approved by the Food and Drug Administration to treat epileptic seizures in 1994, and pain from shingles in 2002. The ability of gabapentin to reduce hot flashes was first detected when it was being used for other reasons. Since then, several clinical tri...

Vaccines Effective in Preterm Babies too

...e, but it can also cause severe skin infections, scars, pneumonia and brain damage. And a person who has had chicken pox can get a painful rash called shingles years later, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The measles virus causes a rash, cough, runny nose, eye irritation and...

Shingles Vaccine For Older People - Panel Recommendation

...effects like scars and hearing or vision loss. Immunization is recommended even if the person has had an earlier attack. Over a million cases of shingles occur every year in the US and the average person has a 30% chance of developing it during their lifetime. Since older people have less immunity and m...

New Immunizations for Adults

...ow two new vaccines have joined the list, reports the October 2006 issue of Harvard Men’s Health Watch. Shingles vaccine: The culprit that causes shingles is the varicella-zoster virus, the same virus responsible for chickenpox. In most people who have had chickenpox, the virus remains dormant and harmle...

Remarkable Progress In Development Of Vaccines

... skin caused by the same virus that causes chicken pox. Offit said, It's for people over 60 years of age, and it will reduce their chances of getting shingles by at least 50 percent. It was explained that doctors are also trying to improve the immunization schedules of the already-developed vaccines, i...

Gabapentin Reduced Menopausal Symptoms as Estrogen – Study Find

... under the trade name Neurontin) was approved by the FDA in 1994 to treat epileptic seizures but has been used off-label for years to treat headaches, shingles pain and other ailments. Scientists hypothesize that gabapentin may reduce hot flashes by regulating the flow of calcium in and out of cells, which is...

Capsaicin patches help reduce post-shingles pain

... Researchers at the University of Wisconsin have reported that those who suffer from post-herpetic neuralgia or pain following an attack of shingles can now get relief through a patch of Capsaicin, the active ingredient of chili peppers. Shingles is caused the varicella zoster virus, which also c...
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