Are Shingles and Primary Sjogren’s Syndrome related?

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 […]

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Epidemiology of VZV: Week 1 of Feburary, 2016

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, […]

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Thyroid Hormone imbalances correlated to shingles

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 […]

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Epidemiology of VZV: Week 3 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 […]

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Epidemiology of VZV: Week 2 of January, 2016

January 11th: The low temperatures associated with winter and the dense population of India may have contributed to the increased number of chicken pox inpatient and outpatient cases reported at Kasturba Hospital for Infectious Diseases at Chinchpokli, Mumbai. Physicians are surprised by the sudden spike in the number of people affected as in the first 10 […]

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Epidemiology of VZV: Week 1 of January, 2016

January 3rd: The temperature fluctuation of over 20°C in the past few days in Pune, India has caused an increase in the cases of chicken pox, fever, gastroenteritis and typhoid. To paraphrase Avinash Bhondwe, the senior vice-president of Indian Medical Association (IMA) in Maharashtra : ” The fluctuations in temperature – the cold wave followed by […]

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Epidemiology of VZV: Week 2 of December, 2015

Dec 11: There has been an outbreak of chicken pox within Her Majesty’s Prison located on St John City, Antigua as confirmed by their National Security Minister Steadroy “Cutie” Benjamin. The Minister mentioned that Albert Wade, the Superintendent of Prisons, had reported that there were some suspected cases of contagious disease that is spreading among […]

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