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Health Tip: One of Three Adults Gets Shingles

Posted 8 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Adults 60 and older should be vaccinated for shingles, a very painful rash that's triggered by the same virus that causes chickenpox, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says. If you had chickenpox when you were younger, the vacicella-zoster virus may be lying inactive inside you and could trigger a nasty case of shingles. Symptoms of shingles include a blistery rash, itching, fatigue and fever. The best way to prevent shingles is to be vaccinated, the CDC says. People who have had shingles compare the pain to childbirth or having a kidney stone. Talk to your doctor about getting vaccinated. If you have the contagious disease, let others know about it, especially if someone you come in contact with has a compromised immune system. Read more

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'Immunotherapy' in Monkeys Shows Promise as Long-Term HIV Treatment

Posted 13 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, March 13, 2017 – Lab experiments with monkeys suggest that "immunotherapy" holds promise as a long-term treatment for HIV, researchers say. Treatment with two anti-HIV antibodies right after infection might help keep the AIDS-causing virus in check for a prolonged period, according to the new study. Despite an arsenal of HIV drugs, effective long-term treatment remains elusive because inactive versions of the virus lie in wait for an opportunity to attack the immune system, said the researchers from Rockefeller University in New York City and the U.S. National Institutes of Health. "This [new] form of therapy can induce potent immunity to HIV, allowing the host to control the infection," said Michel Nussenzweig, head of Rockefeller's laboratory of molecular immunology. "It works by taking advantage of the immune system's natural defenses, similar to what happens in some forms ... Read more

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Health Tip: Could Allergy Shots Help You?

Posted 21 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

-- If you have allergies, regular shots (immunotherapy) are designed to make you less sensitive to allergens over time. The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology says you may be a candidate for allergy shots if: Your symptoms are moderate-to-severe and your allergy season lasts a few months or more. You want to avoid long-term use of allergy medications. You can commit the time needed for getting regular allergy shots. You can afford the cost of allergy shots and related medical visits. Read more

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Chickenpox Cases Down 85 Percent Since 2-Dose Vaccine Started: CDC

Posted 1 Sep 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Sept. 1, 2016 – Chickenpox – which is caused by the varicella-zoster virus – has continued declining in the United States since 2006, when doctors began routinely recommending a second dose of chickenpox (varicella) vaccine, U.S. health officials said Thursday. States reporting vaccination data noted an 85 percent drop in the highly contagious disease between 2005-2006 and 2013-2014, according to a report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The fall-off was greatest among kids aged 5 to 14, health officials said. This is also the age group most likely to have received the second dose of varicella vaccine. Symptoms of chickenpox include an itchy, blistery rash, tiredness and fever. It tends to be more serious in babies, adults and people with a weakened immune system, the CDC noted. Before vaccination, chickenpox was commonplace, with 4 million ... Read more

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