Free chickenpox jab call after toddler suffers 'worst case'
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)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - August 2, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Toddler with WORST chickenpox EVER 'was told by GP receptionist you DON'T need doctor'
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)
Source: Daily Express - Health - August 1, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Needle vs needle: a vaccine for drug addiction? | Dean Burnett
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 o...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - July 14, 2016 Category: Science Authors: Dean Burnett Tags: Science Neuroscience Drugs Psychology Source Type: news

Mum shares SHOCKING images of son with chickenpox to urge parents to vaccinate their kids
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)
Source: Daily Express - Health - June 10, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

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Source: eMedicineHealth.com - June 3, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Source Type: news

Your Complete Guide To Staying Healthy During The Summer Olympics
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.) an...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - June 1, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Your Complete Guide To Staying Healthy During The Summer Olympics
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.) an...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - June 1, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Researchers Use Google to Find Chickenpox Seasons
The virus has been found to peak during the spring. (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - May 30, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Google searches for 'chickenpox' reveal big impact of vaccinations
(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)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - May 30, 2016 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Meet The Italian Doctor Using Facebook To Fight Anti-Vaxxers
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 hi...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - April 12, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Pictures show why you should NEVER give a child with chickenpox ibuprofen
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)
Source: the Mail online | Health - April 9, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The inconvenient truth of vaccine refusal
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 ...
Source: New Harvard Health Information - March 22, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Claire McCarthy, MD Tags: Children's Health Infectious diseases Parenting Prevention Vaccines Source Type: news

Featured Review: Vaccines for preventing herpes zoster in older adults
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 ...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - March 21, 2016 Category: Information Technology Authors: mumoquit at cochrane.org Source Type: news

Two-Dose Chickenpox Shot Gets the Job Done: Study
Adding second shot at ages 4 to 6 is almost 100 percent effective (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - March 14, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Two-Dose Chickenpox Shot Gets the Job Done, Study Shows
Adding second shot at ages 4 to 6 is almost 100 percent effective (Source: U.S. News - Health)
Source: U.S. News - Health - March 14, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news