Chickenpox, shingles vaccine may cause corneal inflammation in some patients
(University of Missouri-Columbia) 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 from the University of Missouri School of Medicine 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: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - January 20, 2016 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Researchers at Howard Hughes Medical Institute Develop Blood Test That Reveals a Patient’s Viral History; Could Reduce Unnecessary Clinical Laboratory Testing
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)
Source: Dark Daily - December 30, 2015 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: jude Tags: Instruments & Equipment Laboratory Instruments & Laboratory Equipment Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory News Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology Laboratory Testing antibodies big data blood test Brigham and Women Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Shingles may lead to stroke and heart attack
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)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - December 15, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases / Bacteria / Viruses Source Type: news

Anti-vaccination school hit by chickenpox epidemic
At least 25 per cent of pupils have been hit by the illness in the past fortnight (Source: Telegraph Health)
Source: Telegraph Health - December 10, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Ask the expert: Can kids still get chicken pox?
Q: A friend of mine is concerned because her child was exposed to chicken pox. Can babies and children still get chicken pox? A concerned parent Thriving checked in with Dr. Susan Laster, a pediatrician in private practice in Brookline, MA, affiliated with Boston Children’s Hospital, to learn more about children and chicken pox. Can children still get chicken pox? Contrary to popular belief, kids can still get chicken pox. While it is usually not a serious illness, there can be some serious consequences, which is why the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends all children be vaccinated against chicken pox at 12 months...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - November 10, 2015 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Lisa Fratt Tags: Diseases & conditions Q&A chicken pox Dr. Susan Laster Source Type: news

Chickenpox and pregnancy: What are the concerns?
(Source: MayoClinic.com - Ask a Specialist)
Source: MayoClinic.com - Ask a Specialist - October 10, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Two KC Royals players have chickenpox
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)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - September 2, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Chickenpox Decline Continues, Even in Unvaccinated GroupsChickenpox Decline Continues, Even in Unvaccinated Groups
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)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - August 14, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Vaccine Sharply Curbs Chickenpox Cases in U.S.
Recommendation for second dose reduced number of infections even more, CDC finds (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - August 13, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Dramatic fall in chickenpox cases thanks to vaccine, study finds
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)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - August 13, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Immune System / Vaccines Source Type: news

Vaccine Sharply Curbs Chickenpox Cases in U.S.
Recommendation for second dose reduced number of infections even more, CDC finds Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Chickenpox, Childhood Immunization (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - August 13, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Chickenpox continues to decline in US thanks to vaccination
(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 perc...
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - August 13, 2015 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

U.S. Scientists Speak Out About The Need For Fetal Tissue In Research
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 labor...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - August 11, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

Chickenpox vaccination does increase shingles cases, but mainly in young adults
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)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - August 11, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news