Arthritis & Rheumatism

Zoster ups stroke risk in patients with autoimmune disease

(HealthDay)—For patients with autoimmune diseases, the risk of stroke is increased in the few months subsequent to incident herpes zoster (HZ), according to a study published online Jan. 28 in Arthritis & Rheumatology.

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Experimental zoster vaccine effective in adults aged 70+

(HealthDay)—An experimental vaccine against herpes zoster may offer lasting protection for most older adults who receive it, according to a study published in the Sept. 15 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

Immunology

Childhood asthma may increase risks of shingles

Nearly 1 million incidences of herpes zoster, which is also known as shingles, occur every year in the U.S., with an estimated one-third of all adults affected by age 80. Despite its prevalence, particularly between ages ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Satellite lesions prognostic for high-risk zoster

(HealthDay)—For patients with herpes zoster, satellite lesions are prognostic of high-risk disease, according to a study published online Dec. 30 in the British Journal of Dermatology.

Medications

Shingles vaccine is safe, according to new study

The herpes zoster vaccine, also known as the shingles vaccine, is generally safe and well tolerated according to a Vaccine Safety Datalink study of 193,083 adults published online in the Journal of Internal Medicine.

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Zoster vaccine associated with lower risk of shingles in older adults

Vaccination for herpes zoster, a painful rash commonly known as shingles, among a large group of older adults was associated with a reduced risk of this condition, regardless of age, race or the presence of chronic diseases, ...

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