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Shingles (also known as Herpes Zoster and Varicella Zoster Virus)
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Information on Shingles from NIH Senior health
Shingles is very common. Fifty percent of all Americans will have had shingles by the time they are 80. While shingles occurs in people of all ages, it is most common in 60- to 80-year-olds. Read more at NIH Senior Health.

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Information on Shingles from MayoClinic.com
Read in-depth information on shingles from MayoClinic.com.

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Information on Herpes Zoster from the UCLA Health System
Herpes zoster (shingles) is a painful, blistering skin rash due to acute infection with the varicella-zoster virus, the virus that causes chickenpox. Read More at UCLA Health System.

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Fact Sheets, Tutorials, Interactive Tools, and other Interesting Information
Investigating Varicella Zoster Virus: Can We Stop Shingles and Ocular Pain?
The varicella zoster virus (VZV) can have more serious consequences, not only for children, but for older adults as well. It ‘sleeps’ within the host’s nervous system. When it awakens, it causes shingles: a painful, debilitating, and often depressing disease that can lead to significant ocular problems later in life. Read more at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC).

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Herpes Zoster and Quality of Life
View a PowerPoint slide presentation on herpes zoster and quality of life prepared by the International Herpes Management Forum (requires Microsoft PowerPoint or free PowerPoint viewer (downloadable from Microsoft)).

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Shingles Vaccine - What you need to know
A vaccine for shingles was licensed in 2006. In clinical trials, the vaccine reduced the risk of shingles by 50%. It can also reduce pain in people who still get shingles after being vaccinated. More at the Center for Disease Control.

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Internal Medicine Tutorial, Herpes Zoster
View a tutorial on herpes zoster by Dr. M. Hossam.

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Videos and Podcasts
Podcast Podcast: There's a vaccine for shingles
This podcast answers a listener's question about the vaccine for shingles. Listen at the Center for disease Control.

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Video Video: Shingles Pain
Shingles (acute herpes zoster) is a skin rash that develops in a belt-like distribution. Postherpetic neuralgia is shingles pain that does not go away. A video from StopPain.org.

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Video Video: My Experience with Shingles
View a 5.5-minute video on a personal experience with shingles presented by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

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Video Video: What Can Be Done about Shingles
View a three-minute video describing shingles treatment presented by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

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Video Video: What is Shingles?
View a four-minute video explaining shingles presented by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

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Clinical Practice Guidelines
Recommendations for the management of herpes zoster
Recommendations for the management of herpes zoster presented by National Guideline Clearinghouse

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Important Articles from Medical Journals
Ultrasound-aided unilateral epidural block for single lower-extremity pain
We report an ultrasound-aided unilateral epidural block, employed in two patients, to provide better analgesia and motor function for lower-extremity pain. Full text of this abstract is available free through PubMed.

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Vaccination against chickenpox, shingles and rotavirus-infection
The Dutch National Immunisation Programme (NIP) has been very successful over the past 50 years. In future, this programme shall not include all new vaccines. Full text of this abstract is available free through PubMed.

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Stop shingles in its tracks
Initiate antiviral treatment as soon as possible; rapid resolution of acute pain and reduction in the development of postherpetic neuralgia (PHN) are most likely when therapy is started within 72 hours of the outbreak. Full text of this abstract is available free through PubMed.

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Epidemiology of herpes zoster and its relationship to varicella in Japan: A 10-year survey of 48,388 herpes zoster cases in Miyazaki prefecture
From 1997 to 2006, a total of 48,388 patients with herpes zoster, ranging from a 3-month-old girl to a 102-year-old woman, were monitored at the 46 dermatology clinics in the Miyazaki Prefecture, which has a population of about 1.2 million. Full text of this abstract is available free through PubMed.

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Acute retinal necrosis from the virologist's perspective
Acute retinal necrosis occurs in approximately one per million persons per year and is caused in approximately 70% of the cases by the varicella zoster virus or in about 30% of the cases by herpes simplex virus. Full text of this abstract is available free through PubMed.

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Acute retinal necrosis from the virologist's perspective
Acute retinal necrosis occurs in approximately one per million persons per year and is caused in approximately 70% of the cases by the varicella zoster virus or in about 30% of the cases by herpes simplex virus. Full text of this abstract is available free through PubMed.

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Herpes zoster associated hospital admissions in Italy: review of the hospital discharge forms
In Italy a specific surveillance system for zoster does not exist, and thus updated and complete epidemiological data are lacking. The objective of this study was to retrospectively review the national hospital discharge forms database for the period 1999-2005 using the code ICD9-CM053. Full text of this abstract is available free through PubMed.

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Comparison of varicella-zoster virus-specific immunity of patients with diabetes mellitus and healthy individuals
Cell-mediated immunity (CMI) has been shown to be critical for the prevention and control of varicella-zoster virus (VZV)-related diseases. Because a large population-based study has revealed that diabetes mellitus is a risk factor for herpes zoster, we studied VZV-specific immune responses of patients with diabetes mellitus and compared them with those of healthy individuals. Full text of this abstract is available free through PubMed.

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