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  1. Promising treatment for chronic shingles pain

    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

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  2. Shingles increases chances of a stroke or heart attack

    Shingles is caused by the same infection that causes chickenpox, the varicella zoster virus. When people get chickenpox, the virus doesn’t go away when they recover. It lives in the nerves of the body, kept in check by the immune system. But when the immune system is unable to control the virus - wh

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  3. Shingles vaccine delays

    30th October 2013 -- Public Health England says there is a temporary delay with the supply of the shingles vaccine, Zostavax, into the UK. Distribution of the shingles vaccine throughout the NHS in England began on 1st August and it became available to patients on 1st September. The vaccine, designe

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  4. Shingles vaccination programme begins

    2nd September 2013 - People in their 70s throughout the UK are to be offered a vaccination against shingles from this month. Find out why is it being recommended and who is eligible for the jab in our FAQs. Shingles, or herpes zoster, is an infection of a nerve and the area of skin around it. You do

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  5. Study confirms benefits of shingles vaccine

    Shingles is a painful rash caused by the herpes zoster virus - the same virus that causes chickenpox. Most people who have shingles will have had chickenpox as children. The virus lives on in their nerves, held in check by their immune system. But if their immune system weakens, perhaps because of a

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  6. Shingles vaccination programme a step closer

    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

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  7. Shingles vaccination programme delayed

    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

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  8. Shingles may raise risk of stroke

    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

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  9. Pump away shingles pain?

    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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  10. Shingles: Latest health and medical news

    What you need to know about shingles' cause, latest treatments and the first shingles vaccine.

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