5th February 2014 – A new drug treatment has been found to be effective against postherpetic neuralgia - chronic pain resulting from nerve damage caused by shingles. The drug, called EMA401, targets a different pain mechanism to existing treatments and appears to have fewer side effects. The Shingle
22nd January 2013 - A shingles vaccination programme for older adults is a step closer, after the Department of Health signed a deal with a vaccine supplier. Government health advisers backed shingles vaccination in 2010, but it has been delayed while contracts were put in place to supply enough dos
17th February 2012 - A national vaccination programme against shingles has been delayed because the Department of Health has been unable to obtain enough of the vaccine. In 2010 the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation recommended that people aged 70-79 years should be vaccinated against
8th October, 2009 -- Adults with shingles are at increased risk of suffering a stroke, especially if they have shingles that affects the eyes, a study shows. The study is not the first to show an elevated stroke risk associated with shingles, but it is the first to quantify the risk, researchers say
6 May, 2009 - A surgically implanted pump that delivers medication to the spinal fluid helps reduce the persistent pain that can linger in some patients after they recover from shingles, according to a new study. ‘All patients showed a greater than 50% improvement in pain control’, says Dr Andrew J.
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