Primary Sjögren’s Syndrome, an autoimmune condition impairing many bodily functions and has been found to increase the risk of shingles. Researchers examined data, tracking 4,287 patients with primary Sjögren’s syndrome and 25,722 healthy controls. Dry eyes of those who have this autoimmune disease. Patients with primary Sjögren’s syndrome had their dry mouth and eyes treated […]Read more "Are Shingles and Primary Sjogren’s Syndrome related?"
Feb 2: The inquest about the case of John Kirkham, 3, who died in an ambulance while on the way to Macclesfield District General hospital continues. His mother Joanne kirkham, says that it was due to the failure of multiple GPs to correctly diagnose the complications resulting from contracting chicken pox. On March 10 2014, […]Read more "Epidemiology of VZV: Week 1 of Feburary, 2016"
Ogilvie’s syndrome can occur when the colon dilates in the absence of any mechanical obstruction in severely ill patients. This is characterized by massive dilation of the cecum (diameter > 10 cm) and right colon on an abdominal X-ray. Gaseous distension on the intestine is also present and seen with an ultrasound. This is a rare and serious complication […]Read more "How can shingles cause Ogilvie’s syndrome?"
In this study, the researchers used a within-person study design to quantify any short-term increased risk of stroke and myocardial infarction [MI] after herpes zoster and to assess whether the herpes zoster vaccination causes any changes to the hypothesis. Data Collection The researchers first obtained administrative claims data from older US Medicare beneficiaries, […]Read more "Post-Herpes Zoster Sequelae?"
Herpes simplex virus type-1 (HSV-1), another alpha-herpesvirus, had its gene expression and replication regulated by thyroid hormone (TH) using molecular biology techniques. Due to the homology of HSV-1 and VZV, the researchers theorised that people who have had a history of TH imbalance or dysfunction may have a higher risk of VZV reactivation. The researchers used […]Read more "Thyroid Hormone imbalances correlated to shingles"
January 27th: 10 students from Plumb Elementary school in Clearwater, Pinellas County, USA, have been diagnosed with chicken pox. The Department Of Health(DOH)-Pinellas has encouraged parents to vaccinate their infants and children and will continue to monitor the varicella cluster. January 29th: The spike in chicken pox cases that require hospitalisation has started […]Read more "Epidemiology of VZV: Week 4 of January, 2016"
January 20th: The situation of the chicken pox outbreak in Her Majesty’s Prison (HMP) has deteriorated with the number of confirmed cases exceeding 50, a large increase compared to the 14 inmates being quarantined in December due to chicken pox. The condition of the outbreak was exacerbated due to the overcrowded living conditions of the […]Read more "Epidemiology of VZV: Week 3 of January, 2016"