Boy, 3, dies from meningitis North Middlesex Hospital doctors mistook for chickenpox
Armagan Denli, three, died in North Middlesex Hospital, London, on April 19 from meningitis. His parents claim if doctors had not mistaken the infection for chickenpox he would still be alive. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - May 1, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Video reveals what happens when an ADULT gets chickenpox
WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT. A 32-year-old man from London uploaded a video showing a horrific case of adult chicken pox in which his entire body is covered in angry fluid-filled pustules. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - April 30, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Shingles: Not Just A Band of Blisters
Shingles (herpes zoster) is a common condition in which the virus that causes chickenpox (varicella-zoster virus) reactivates after years of lying dormant in your body. As the virus reactivates, it causes pain and tingling and eventually a rash of short-lived blisters. "Shingles normally isn't a serious condition, but in some people the rash can cause [...] (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)
Source: News from Mayo Clinic - April 1, 2015 Category: Databases & Libraries Source Type: news

Layton Boys-Hope dies from chickenpox he caught from his brother
Layton Boys-Hope, one, of Sunderland, woke up from a nap with a high temperature and trouble breathing after being ill with chickenpox. He died of a cardiac arrest in hospital the next day. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - March 10, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

New condition linked to chickenpox, shingles virus
The virus that causes chickenpox and shingles may be related to a serious blood vessel problem later in life (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - February 19, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Born with “bubble boy” disease, 4-year-old has normal life after gene therapy
Seated in an exam room on the sixth floor of Boston Children’s Hospital, Sung-Yun Pai, MD, speaks mother-to-mother—not doctor to patient’s mother—with Marcela Caceres, who has just asked whether she should take extra precautions if her 4-year-old son Agustin is exposed to chickenpox. The answer is no. “I’m a mother too, and a good mother also knows when to back off,” Pai tells her. “It’s important for him to have a normal life.” “It’s hard for me to really accept that that’s the case,” Caceres says, “but I’m working on it.&rdquo...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - February 11, 2015 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Guest Blogger Tags: Cancer Our patients’ stories Source Type: news

Measles Outbreak, Measles Vaccine: Top Questions Answered
By: Tia Ghose, Rachael Rettner and Tanya Lewis Published: 02/06/2015 10:17 AM EST on LiveScience The U.S. measles outbreak now includes at least 102 infected people in 14 states. Most of the cases have been tied to Disneyland in Southern California. The outbreak has many people wondering why a disease that was eradicated from the United States in the year 2000 is now infecting so many people, and what role vaccination requirements may have had in the outbreak. We asked experts to explain how the vaccine works and why the outbreak is happening now. Why is the outbreak happening now? Most of the cases of measles reported ...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - February 9, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

University Of California System To Require Measles Shots
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Students entering the University of California system in 2017 will have to be vaccinated against measles and other diseases under new immunization rules announced Friday. The change, which had been in the works before the latest measles outbreak, has taken on new urgency after infections that originated at Disneyland in December spread to communities in half a dozen states and Mexico. Most who fell ill were not vaccinated. UC currently requires students to be inoculated only against hepatitis B, although some individual campuses have stricter immunization rules. The new plan will require students ...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - February 7, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

These States Don't Require Vaccinations For Home-School Students
Half of U.S. states don't require home-school students to be vaccinated against diseases that include measles, chickenpox and hepatitis B, according to an organization that advocates greater oversight of home schooling. While public schools require students to get a number of vaccinations before entering kindergarten, there's no mandate for home-schooled children in 25 states, according to the Coalition for Responsible Home Education. About 3 percent of the U.S. school-age population was home-schooled in 2011-2012, according to the U.S. Education Department. Amid a recent measles outbreak that has infected more than 100...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - February 6, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

These States Don't Require Vaccinations For Home-School Students
Half of U.S. states don't require home-school students to be vaccinated against diseases that include measles, chickenpox and hepatitis B, according to an organization that advocates greater oversight of home schooling. While public schools require students to get a number of vaccinations before entering kindergarten, there's no mandate for home-schooled children in 25 states, according to the Coalition for Responsible Home Education. About 3 percent of the U.S. school-age population was home-schooled in 2011-2012, according to the U.S. Education Department. Amid a recent measles outbreak that has infected more than 100...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - February 6, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Chickenpox in pregnancy guideline update
Healthcare staff should warn pregnant women who have not had chicken pox not to expose themselves to the condition. You must sign in to continue reading this article Hide related content:  Show related content read more (Source: Nursing in Practice)
Source: Nursing in Practice - January 21, 2015 Category: Nursing Authors: Lucinda Borrell Tags: Children ' s health Family health Women Editor s pick Featured Articles Latest News Source Type: news

Pregnant women given new guidelines on chickenpox and shingles
Pregnant women who have not had chicken pox should be advised to avoid people who have the virus and be referred to a specialist if they develop the rash, the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaeocologists (RCOG) has said. (Source: The Independent - Science)
Source: The Independent - Science - January 21, 2015 Category: Science Tags: Health News Source Type: news

Updated guidelines on chickenpox and shingles for pregnant women
Pregnant women who have not had chicken pox should be advised to avoid people who have the virus and be referred to a specialist if they develop the rash, the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaeocologists (RCOG) has said. (Source: The Independent - Science)
Source: The Independent - Science - January 21, 2015 Category: Science Tags: Health News Source Type: news

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