Mother describes how her son needed morphine for chickenpox
Mother Sarah Allen calls for free chickenpox vaccinations after her toddler had 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

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 apparent...
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

Chickenpox
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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: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - June 1, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News 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

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 ...
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 effectiveSource: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Chickenpox, Childhood Immunization (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - 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

Two-Dose Chickenpox Shot Gets the Job Done, Study Shows
MONDAY, March 14, 2016 -- Among school children, two doses of the chickenpox vaccine is better than one, a new study finds. Giving the first dose at age 1 and the second dose at ages 4 to 6 is nearly 100 percent effective in preventing the once... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - March 14, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Source Type: news

Two-Dose Chickenpox Shot Gets the Job Done, Study Shows
Title: Two-Dose Chickenpox Shot Gets the Job Done, Study ShowsCategory: Health NewsCreated: 3/14/2016 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 3/14/2016 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Kids Health General)
Source: MedicineNet Kids Health General - March 14, 2016 Category: Pediatrics Source Type: news

Chickenpox vaccine trials: What is it? How much does it cost?
DOCTORS are trialling a new vaccine to protect children against chickenpox. But where can you buy it and how much is it? (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - March 4, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Now children could get a vaccine for chickenpox if trials prove successful
The Varilrix vaccine, which has been available in the UK since 2013 but only given to those vulnerable to complications, will be given to all children between 12 and 23 months in some hospitals (file photo) (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - March 4, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Don’t shrug off shingles
If you had chickenpox as a kid, there is a good chance you may develop shingles later in life. “In fact, one in three is predicted to get shingles during their lifetime,” says Dr. Anne Louise Oaklander, director of the Nerve Unit at Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital. The same varicella-zoster virus that causes chickenpox also causes shingles. After the telltale spots of chickenpox vanish, the virus lies dormant in your nerve cells near the spinal cord and brain. When your immunity weakens from normal aging or from illnesses or medications, the virus can re-emerge. It then travels along a nerve t...
Source: New Harvard Health Information - February 18, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Matthew Solan Tags: Healthy Aging Infectious diseases Vaccines Source Type: news

New Medical Laboratory Test from Washington University School of Medicine Could One Day Replace the Popular PCR Assays Used by Many Pathologists
Called ‘ViroCap,’ this new diagnostic technology is able to discover more viruses in patient samples, as compared to PCR genome sequencing tests It could be the ultimate multi-analysis medical laboratory test ever. Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have developed a diagnostic test that they claim tests for any virus infecting […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - February 5, 2016 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: jude Tags: Laboratory Pathology Laboratory Testing big data Block Scientific Inc. CAP Today chickenpox virus clinical laboratory Dark Daily Dark Report DNA Ebola gastrointestinal virus Genome Research genome sequencing tests Gregory Storc Source Type: news

Health Tip: Chickenpox Can Be Dangerous
Title: Health Tip: Chickenpox Can Be DangerousCategory: Health NewsCreated: 2/5/2016 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 2/5/2016 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Kids Health General)
Source: MedicineNet Kids Health General - February 5, 2016 Category: Pediatrics Source Type: news

Chickenpox, Shingles Vaccines Linked to Rare Eye Inflammation
Title: Chickenpox, Shingles Vaccines Linked to Rare Eye InflammationCategory: Health NewsCreated: 1/25/2016 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 1/26/2016 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Eyesight General)
Source: MedicineNet Eyesight General - January 26, 2016 Category: Opthalmology Source Type: news

Chickenpox, Shingles Shot Tied to Rare Eye Problem
But study doesn't prove cause-and-effect (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - January 25, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Chickenpox, shingles vaccine may cause corneal inflammation in some patients
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 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: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - January 20, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

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 mo...
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

Fetal Tissue Remains Essential, Medical Researchers Say
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 and neurological disorders to cancer and AIDS. Anti-abortion activists set off 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 cov...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - August 11, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: nealjriley Tags: Health Local News fetal tissue Massachusetts General Hospital planned parenthood Source Type: news

Chickenpox vaccination does increase shingles cases, but mainly in young adults
(eLife ) 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. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - August 11, 2015 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Mayo Clinic Q and A: Vaccine recommended for older adults even if they’ve had shingles
DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I am a healthy 78-year-old man and have never had shingles or the shingles vaccine. I did have chickenpox when I was a child. Is the shingles vaccine something you would recommend for someone like me? What are the side effects of the vaccine? ANSWER: Once you have had chickenpox, the virus [...] (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)
Source: News from Mayo Clinic - July 25, 2015 Category: Databases & Libraries Source Type: news

How catching chickenpox from a sibling makes it worse
Maria Lally's daughter Rosie, 2, from Surrey (pictured in pink) contracted chickenpox and hospitalised after developing an infection. Her sister Sophia, 5, breezed through it. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - July 21, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Novel method identifies children with rheumatic disease eligible for life-saving vaccine
New results have shown that the chickenpox vaccine can be effective and safe even in children with pediatric rheumatic disease receiving immunosuppression treatment. By using a checklist to pre-screen children, the investigators were able to identify diverse patient groups suitable for vaccination, protecting them from a potentially life-threatening infection. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - June 12, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

Novel method identifies children with rheumatic disease eligible for life-saving vaccine
(European League Against Rheumatism) The results of a study presented today at the European League Against Rheumatism Annual Congress (EULAR 2015) Press Conference showed that the chickenpox vaccine can be effective and safe even in children with pediatric rheumatic disease receiving immunosuppression treatment. By using a checklist to pre-screen children, the investigators were able to identify diverse patient groups suitable for vaccination, protecting them from a potentially life-threatening infection. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - June 12, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Experimental new vaccine may help in the fight against shingles
If you had chickenpox as a child, the virus that caused it can re-emerge later in life — out of the blue — to cause shingles. This condition, also known as herpes zoster, consists of a rash on one side of the body, often accompanied by excruciating pain. The rash typically goes away in about a month, but in some people, the pain lingers for weeks, months, or even years. This chronic pain is called post-herpetic neuralgia. The virus that causes chickenpox, known as varicella-zoster, doesn’t necessarily disappear from the body after the chickenpox rash fades away. Instead, the virus can go into hiding, taki...
Source: New Harvard Health Information - May 4, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Gregory Curfman, MD Tags: Vaccines HZ/su shingles varicella-zoster Zostavax Source Type: news

How chickenpox virus can cause a stroke in an HIV patient
Varicella-zoster virus causes chickenpox in children and shingles in older adults. The virus typically remains dormant in patients with healthy immune systems, but can reactivate if the immune system is compromised. Patients infected with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) can, in rare cases, experience bleeding on the brain that causes a type of stroke called intracerebral hemorrhage. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - May 4, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news