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Phony Anti-Vaccine Propaganda Is Killing U.S. Children
When the nation turned our eyes to watch the ball drop in Times Square on New Year's Eve, we saw actress and former Playboy Playmate Jenny McCarthy urging viewers to kiss her on our TV screens. Thousands of people did, and sent her pictures to prove it. That's the nature of being a celebrity, possessing the ability to influence other people's behavior, and therein lies its potential for abuse. The idea that vaccines cause autism has been found to be totally false by doctors and scientists, in the same way almost all sane observers agree global warming is manmade. But thanks to anti-vaccine misinformation spread by some...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - January 16, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Postherpetic Neuralgia: Causes and Treatment
Postherpetic neuralgia (PHN) is the same virus that causes chickenpox. During the initial infection of chickenpox, the virus remains in the person's body, lying dormant inside nerve cells. Years later, illness, age, stress, medications, or decreased immune system function may reactivate the virus and cause a shingles outbreak. At times, there is no apparent reason for the outbreak. (Source: Disabled World)
Source: Disabled World - January 15, 2015 Category: Disability Tags: Pain Source Type: news

Mandatory chickenpox vaccination increases disease rates, study shows
(NaturalNews) Once again, the completely illogical debacle concerning the world of vaccinations has surfaced.By now, you know they've come under fire by those who are adamant that they do more harm than good. Countless people have developed irreversible health problems and even... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - January 12, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Why more adults are getting "kids' diseases"
Chickenpox, mumps and whooping cough seem to keep striking where they're least expected (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - December 17, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Angelina Jolie's chickenpox explained
Actress Angelina Jolie is missing the premiere of her own film Unbroken because she says she has been diagnosed with chickenpox. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - December 15, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Angelina Jolie's chickenpox explained
Angelina Jolie missed the premiere of her new film because of chickenpox. This is why it's good she stayed home. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - December 15, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Chickenpox keeps Angelina Jolie from premiere
Angelina Jolie delivered a special message to fans in a video posted to YouTube: She's got chickenpox. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - December 15, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Angelina Jolie has chickenpox, will miss 'Unbroken' premiere
Angelina Jolie delivered a special message to fans in a video posted to YouTube: She's got chickenpox. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - December 15, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Chickenpox Vaccine for My Child?
Title: Chickenpox Vaccine for My Child?Category: Doctor's ViewsCreated: 2/28/2008 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 12/1/2014 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Kids Health General)
Source: MedicineNet Kids Health General - December 1, 2014 Category: Pediatrics Source Type: news

Could depression be the result of a brain infection?
ConclusionThe paper's hypothesis is interesting, but it remains just that – a hypothesis. While it is true that some pathogens, such as the Borna disease virus mentioned in the article, have been linked with neuropsychiatric disorders, there is no proof as yet that bacteria, viruses or parasites could cause major depression. Still, as the old truism goes: "Absence of evidence is not the same as evidence of absence". The lack of evidence could be because nobody has bothered to look for it before.The author concludes that, "It would be worthwhile to conduct large-scale studies of carefully char...
Source: NHS News Feed - November 28, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Mental health Source Type: news

Mother, 32, dies from chickenpox after medication for bowel condition left her body unable to fight the infection
Medication to control Crohn's disease meant that Stacey Mccormack, from Tyne and Wear, was unable to fight off the simple infection as her immune system was so weak. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - November 19, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

8 Rare 'House, M.D.' Cases That Can Actually Happen (And How To Avoid Them)
"House, M.D.," starring Hugh Laurie as a pill-popping genius, was conceived as the medical version of "Sherlock Holmes" and ran for eight seasons on Fox. Sunday, Nov. 16, marked the 10-year anniversary of the premiere. Though it's easy to look back on the show and focus on some of the unbelievable details of the cases, it might surprise you to learn that "House" was actually much more realistic than you thought. Yeah, the odds of all these rare medical cases coming to one hospital in New Jersey are pretty slim, but a variety of sources -- including Andrew Holtz, former CNN Medical Corresponde...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - November 17, 2014 Category: Science Source Type: news

7 Steps To Ensure Ebola Doesn't Disrupt Your International Travel
Is it safe to travel? Should we cancel our long-planned family safari in Botswana? Can I get Ebola from an airplane seat? For the last two decades, I've been helping people find the best doctors, treatments and medical information -- and I've never seen the kind of health panic among clients like I do now. (Yes, No and Extraordinarily unlikely are the short answers to these questions, by the way). For expert advice, I checked in with Dr. Michael Callahan, an associate physician in the Division of Infectious Diseases at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School. Callahan ran one of the Department of Defense pr...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - October 27, 2014 Category: Science Source Type: news

Varicella-Zoster Virus Infection in Children and AdolescentsVaricella-Zoster Virus Infection in Children and Adolescents
Which children should receive antiviral therapy for chickenpox? U.S. Pharmacist (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - October 23, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pediatrics Journal Article Source Type: news

Chickenpox isn't what it seems - and leads to years of pain 
Aisha Saim (pictured left), 4, has molluscum contagiosum — a very common childhood skin condition caused by a virus. It is common in pre-school and early primary school years. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - October 7, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Combination vaccine doubles risk of seizures
(NaturalNews) Confirming the results of prior studies, research conducted by the University of Calgary and published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal has found that the combination MMR-chickenpox vaccine doubles the risk of febrile seizures in young children.The researchers... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - June 22, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Myths busted: The truth about children and chickenpox
NINE out of 10 children in the UK will catch chickenpox, most of them before the age of four. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - June 16, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Combo Vaccine Raises Risk of Fever-Related Seizures in Toddlers: Study
Safer to give MMR and chickenpox shots separately for first dose, researchers say (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - June 9, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Combo Vaccine Raises Risk of Fever-Related Seizures in Toddlers: Study
Safer to give MMR and chickenpox shots separately for first dose, researchers say Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Childhood Immunization, Fever, Seizures (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - June 9, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Combined MMRV vaccine shows slight rise in adverse events
(Canadian Medical Association Journal) The combined measles-mumps-rubella-varicella (MMRV) vaccine shows a slightly increased risk of febrile seizures in children, compared with the previously separate vaccines for MMR and varicella (chickenpox) (MMR+V), according to an article in CMAJ. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - June 9, 2014 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Dark matter, mental health, and the cakes of math - blogs roundup
Posts on our network this week included a look at Medical Innovation Bill, scaremongering, neuroscience, and why we need more information on chickenpox vaccines Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - May 16, 2014 Category: Science Authors: Pete Etchells Tags: Science Source Type: news

Whats the real reason Britons aren't offered the chickenpox vaccine?
A safe, effective prevention for this nasty virus is withheld for surprising reasons Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - May 15, 2014 Category: Science Authors: Jenny Rohn Tags: Infectious diseases Society Vaccines and immunisation Immunology Medical research Science NHS Health & wellbeing Medicine Health policy Controversies Source Type: news

What’s the real reason Britons aren't offered the chickenpox vaccine? | Jenny Rohn
A safe, effective prevention for this nasty virus is withheld for surprising reasonsWhen you think about chickenpox, chances are you remember your own childhood bout – the rash, the itching, the discomfort, all smoothed over by a hazy glow of calamine-scented nostalgia. Almost a rite of passage, this disease is little feared and seemingly trivial in the grand scheme of things that could go wrong in childhood.Isn’t it? Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - May 15, 2014 Category: Science Authors: Jenny Rohn Tags: Infectious diseases Society Vaccines and immunisation Immunology Medical research Science NHS Health & wellbeing Medicine Health policy Controversies Source Type: news

What ’s the real reason Britons aren't offered the chickenpox vaccine? | Jenny Rohn
A safe, effective prevention for this nasty virus is withheld for surprising reasonsWhen you think about chickenpox, chances are you remember your own childhood bout – the rash, the itching, the discomfort, all smoothed over by a hazy glow of calamine-scented nostalgia. Almost a rite of passage, this disease is little feared and seemingly trivial in the grand scheme of things that could go wrong in childhood.Isn ’t it?Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - May 15, 2014 Category: Science Authors: Jenny Rohn Tags: Infectious diseases Society Vaccines and immunisation Immunology Medical research Science NHS Health & wellbeing Medicine Health policy Controversies Source Type: news

Tidbits
We join the Illinois Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (ICAAP) in mourning the loss of Chicago pediatrician Jerry Umanos who died in an attack at CURE children’s hospital in Kabul, Afghanistan.  Dr. Umanos devoted his time volunteering in Afghanistan to care for the children of the war-torn country and to train physicians.  He also helped to institute a program to teach Afghan women basic health skills to care for mothers and children in their communities.He was a pediatrician at the Lawndale Christian Health Center in Chicago for 25 years.  A man of deep faith, he felt it was his calling t...
Source: Pediatric Health Associates - April 25, 2014 Category: Pediatrics Tags: Healthy Habits Vaccination Information Source Type: news

NIH News in Health
Stamp Out Smoking Tobacco-Free Living Researchers have found effective ways to help people quit smoking—or prevent them from starting in the first place. The tricky part is putting these tools to use. The Sting of Shingles Vaccine, Treatments Reduce Risks If you’ve ever had chickenpox, you may be at risk for a painful disease called […] (Source: NN/LM Middle Atlantic Region Blog)
Source: NN/LM Middle Atlantic Region Blog - April 12, 2014 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: mjharvey Tags: Consumer Health News from NLM/NIH Source Type: news

Stroke risk higher after shingles, but antiviral drugs may provide protection
(Infectious Diseases Society of America) Patients' risk of stroke significantly increased following the first signs of shingles, but antiviral drugs appeared to offer some protection, according to a new study in Clinical Infectious Diseases, now available online. People with shingles, an often painful skin rash caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox, had a higher stroke risk in the first six months after shingles symptoms appeared; this risk was particularly increased in patients with a rash near their eyes, the study found. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - April 3, 2014 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

'We had no idea chickenpox was deadly': Parents' heartbreak after healthy girl, 7, dies suddenly from the condition
Nicole Murphy, from Worcestershire, died in hospital on December 27 last year after her father found her unresponsive in bed. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - March 21, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Hepatitis C: Mayo Clinic Radio Health Minute
Hepatitis C is a virus, just like the flu or chickenpox.  In this Mayo Clinic Radio Health Minute, Dr. Michael Charlton explains some differences. To listen, click the link below. 2014Mar14Hepatitis C (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)
Source: News from Mayo Clinic - March 14, 2014 Category: Databases & Libraries Source Type: news

Infections Like Colds, Chickenpox Tied to Some Stroke Risk in Kids
Title: Infections Like Colds, Chickenpox Tied to Some Stroke Risk in KidsCategory: Health NewsCreated: 2/12/2014 12:35:00 PMLast Editorial Review: 2/13/2014 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Kids Health General)
Source: MedicineNet Kids Health General - February 13, 2014 Category: Pediatrics Source Type: news

Infections Like Colds, Chickenpox Tied to Some Stroke Risk in Kids
The brain attacks are rare in children, experts note, and study found vaccines may offer some protection (Source: Fertility News - Doctors Lounge)
Source: Fertility News - Doctors Lounge - February 13, 2014 Category: Reproduction Medicine Authors: webmaster at doctorslounge.com Tags: Infections, Neurology, Pediatrics, Reproductive Medicine, Fertility, Emergency Medicine, News, Source Type: news

Shingles rash linked to higher risk of stroke
Shingles, the nerve rash in adulthood caused by reactivation of the chickenpox virus, is an independent risk factor for stroke and other blood clot events, the largest study to confirm the association has found.Publishing their findings in Neurology, the journal of the American Academy of Neurology, the researchers found that shingles was a risk factor for stroke and transient ischemic attack (TIA, a mini-stroke).The increased risk was independent of other factors known to raise the chances of vascular events, including obesity, smoking and high cholesterol. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - January 3, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Stroke Source Type: news

Michiaki Takahashi, 85, Who Tamed Chickenpox, Dies
Dr. Takahashi, a researcher of measles and polio viruses, was spurred to action when his 3-year-old son fell ill.     (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - December 22, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: By WILLIAM YARDLEY Tags: Michiaki Takahashi Deaths (Obituaries) Chicken Pox Vaccination and Immunization Source Type: news

PodMed: A Medical News Roundup From Johns Hopkins (with audio)
(MedPage Today) -- This week's topics include treating reduced blood supply to the heart, fit versus fat myth debunked, chickenpox vaccine impact, and treating anemia in people with heart disease. (Source: MedPage Today Cardiovascular)
Source: MedPage Today Cardiovascular - December 6, 2013 Category: Cardiology Source Type: news

Chickenpox (Varicella)
Title: Chickenpox (Varicella)Category: Diseases and ConditionsCreated: 12/31/1997 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 12/5/2013 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Hepatitis C General)
Source: MedicineNet Hepatitis C General - December 5, 2013 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Shingles in Adults Not Linked to Varicella Vaccination in KidsShingles in Adults Not Linked to Varicella Vaccination in Kids
An increased incidence of shingles in adults did not follow increased vaccination in kids and does not appear to result from loss of natural immunity boosts associated with exposure to children with chickenpox. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - December 5, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Increased Shingles Cases Not Linked to Chicken Pox Vaccine
Chickenpox vaccination not linked to increased shingles incidence (Source: PharmaManufacturing.com)
Source: PharmaManufacturing.com - December 3, 2013 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Chickenpox vaccination not linked to increased shingles incidence
A new study claims to have ruled out a link between childhood vaccination against varicella (chickenpox) and the increased incidence of herpes zoster (shingles) in adults, according to an article published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.Chickenpox and shingles are both caused by the same virus - the varicella zoster virus (VZV). The first exposure to the virus can lead to varicella or chickenpox, which is a common and fairly mild illness. Predominantly a childhood illness, adults can also get it. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - December 3, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Immune System / Vaccines Source Type: news

Chickenpox Vaccine Not Responsible for Rise in Shingles, Study Says
Title: Chickenpox Vaccine Not Responsible for Rise in Shingles, Study SaysCategory: Health NewsCreated: 12/2/2013 5:36:00 PMLast Editorial Review: 12/3/2013 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Skin General)
Source: MedicineNet Skin General - December 3, 2013 Category: Dermatology Source Type: news

Chickenpox Vaccine Not Responsible for Rise in Shingles, Study Says
39 percent increase over 18 years remains unexplained (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - December 3, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Chickenpox Vaccine Not Responsible for Rise in Shingles, Study Says
39 percent increase over 18 years remains unexplained Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Chickenpox, Childhood Immunization, Shingles (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - December 2, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Vaccination 'a civic duty' according to new report
This report provides useful information about adult immunisations in the UK as well as useful recommendations for increasing immunisation coverage, particularly among social care workers. However, it does not replace current guidelines for recommended vaccines. Currently recommended vaccines for adults in the UK are described below.    Who produced the report? This report, titled ‘Immune response. Adult immunisation in the UK’ was written by the UK’s International Longevity Centre (ILC-UK). According its website, the ILC-UK is a registered charity and independent think tank dedicated to address...
Source: NHS News Feed - November 19, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Medical practice Medication Older people QA articles Source Type: news

Chickenpox Parties?
My sister is taking her young daughter to what she called a "chickenpox party." The idea is to expose her daughter to the chickenpox virus instead of having her vaccinated against it. Is this safe or are there other options? (Source: Dr. Weil Q and A)
Source: Dr. Weil Q and A - November 3, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Two Doses of Chickenpox Vaccine Reduce Infection Rates
Kids and adults benefit from children receiving both recommended immunizations, researcher says (Source: PharmaManufacturing.com)
Source: PharmaManufacturing.com - October 9, 2013 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Second Dose of Vaccine Cuts Chickenpox Cases Even More, Study Finds
Kids and adults benefit from children receiving both recommended immunizations, researcher says (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - October 8, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Results from a New Poll: Many Adults Aged 60-Plus Plan to Take Steps to Avoid Flu but Not Other Potentially Preventable Diseases Such as Shingles
Dateline City: WHITEHOUSE STATION, N.J. Reinforces Need for Healthcare Professionals and Patients to Discuss Shingles Flu is at the top of the list of diseases older adults plan to ask about, according to results from a new Harris Interactive consumer awareness survey, sponsored by Merck (NYSE: MRK), known as MSD outside the United States and Canada. Most (68 percent) of the more than 600 surveyed adults age 60 and older are at least somewhat likely to ask their healthcare professional (doctors or pharmacists) about preventing the flu this year, and are signific...
Source: Merck.com - Corporate News - October 8, 2013 Category: Pharmaceuticals Tags: chickenpox Eddy Bresnitz herpes zoster Merck MRK MSD shingles zostavax Vaccine News Corporate News Latest News Source Type: news

Second Dose of Vaccine Cuts Chickenpox Cases Even More, Study Finds
Title: Second Dose of Vaccine Cuts Chickenpox Cases Even More, Study FindsCategory: Health NewsCreated: 10/8/2013 9:35:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 10/8/2013 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Hepatitis C General)
Source: MedicineNet Hepatitis C General - October 8, 2013 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Programmed cell death activates latent herpesviruses
Researchers have found that apoptosis, a natural process of programmed cell death, can reactivate latent herpesviruses in the dying cell. The results of their research, which could have broad clinical significance since many cancer chemotherapies cause apoptosis, was published ahead of print in the Journal of Virology. Human herpesviruses (HHV) are linked to a range of childhood and adult diseases, including chickenpox, mononucleosis, cold sores, and genital sores, and are of a particular concern for patients who are immunosuppressed due cancer or AIDS... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - September 9, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Biology / Biochemistry Source Type: news

Merck’s Durham Site Receives U.S. FDA Licensure for Varicella Bulk
Dateline City: DURHAM, N.C. Merck (NYSE: MRK), known as MSD outside the United States and Canada, announced today that it has received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to manufacture bulk varicella at the company’s site in Durham, N.C., for use in Merck’s vaccines to protect against chickenpox and shingles. The approval will enable the site to produce bulk varicella supply for the U.S. and help boost Merck’s overall global supply capabilities. In 2010, the site was approved to produce finished chickenpox vaccines. Language: Eng...
Source: Merck.com - Corporate News - September 4, 2013 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Maria.tortoreto at merck.com Tags: chickenpox durham herpes zoster john howell julie gerberding maurice r. hilleman Merck MMD MRK MSD pneumovax shingles varivax willie deese zostavax Vaccine News Corporate News Latest News Source Type: news