Potentially Blinding Shingles of the Eye on the Rise
Title: Potentially Blinding Shingles of the Eye on the RiseCategory: Health NewsCreated: 5/9/2019 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 5/10/2019 12:00:00 AM
Abstract The varicella-zoster virus (VZV) genome, comprises both unique and repeated regions. The genome also includes reiteration regions, designated R1 to R5, which are tandemly repeating sequences termed elements. These regions represent an understudied feature of the VZV genome. The R4 region is duplicated, with one copy in the internal repeat short (IRs) which we designated R4A and a second copy in the terminal repeat short (TRs) termed R4B. We developed primers to amplify and Sanger sequence these regions, including independent amplification of both R4 regions. Reiteration regions from>80 cases of PCR-con...
Among the many remarkable things that have happened since the COVID-19 pandemic began is that a lot of our usual medical care has simply stopped. According to a recent study, routine testing for cervical cancer, cholesterol, and blood sugar is down nearly 70% across the country. Elective surgeries, routine physical examinations, and other screening tests have been canceled or rescheduled so that people can stay at home, avoid being around others who might be sick, and avoid unknowingly spreading the virus. Many clinics, hospitals, and doctors’ offices have been closed for weeks except for emergencies. Even if these f...
The constant stress of living in the age of coronavirus is affecting more than your mental health and emotional coping abilities. It's likely taking a toll on your body as well.
Publication date: Available online 7 May 2020Source: American Journal of Preventive MedicineAuthor(s): Peng-jun Lu, Mei-chuan Hung, Anup Srivastav, Walter W. Williams, Kathleen L. Dooling
When the backache started, she blamed long flights. But within days, Sarah Jorgensen found herself battling shingles and afraid to visit a doctor because of the coronavirus.
The back pain started a few days after I began working from home.
PMID: 32306713 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
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Herpes zoster, otherwise known as shingles, can be a devastating complication after heart transplantation due to persistent and severe herpetic neuralgia. Our heart transplant patients are recommended to have the shingles vaccine prior to heart transplantation, but this is not always achieved. We sought to assess whether the shingles vaccine did indeed prevent clinical shingles development after heart transplantation.