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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626338/effect-of-pain-scrambler-therapy-on-antineuralgic-pain-and-quality-of-life-after-shingles
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Yong-Nam Kim, Dong-Kyu Lee, Ho-Jeong Lee
[Purpose] The aim of this study was to analyze the effect of pain scrambler therapy on antineuralgic pain and quality of life after shingles. [Subjects and Methods] Daily pain scrambler therapy was administered to antineuralgic patients for 10 days, with each session lasting approximately 40 minutes. Pain was measured using the visual analog scale, and quality of life was assessed with the short form 36-item (SF-36). [Results] After10 sessions of pain scrambler therapy, pain had significantly reduced compared to that experienced prior to treatment...
June 2017: Journal of Physical Therapy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624261/dutch-health-websites-and-their-ability-to-inform-people-with-low-health-literacy
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Corine S Meppelink, Julia C M van Weert, Anna Brosius, Edith G Smit
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate whether Dutch online health information (OHI) generally reflects message elements that support information processing and understanding among people with low health literacy. METHODS: We content-analyzed one hundred Dutch webpages about Ebola, fibromyalgia, ALS, losing weight, borderline personality disorder, hemorrhoids, ADD, bladder infection, shingles, and chicken pox. The codebook covered the following domains: images and videos, readability level, Suitability Assessment of Materials (SAM), advertising, interactive features, and reliability cues...
June 10, 2017: Patient Education and Counseling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28615772/postherpetic-neuralgia-presenting-as-delusional-parasitosis-a-case-series
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Shailendra Mohan Tripathi, Priti Singh, Nisha Mani Pandey
Delusional parasitosis (DP) or Ekbom's disease is a rare psychiatric condition where the sufferers have a firm-fixed belief of insects crawling over their skin. The condition may be primary monosymptomatic hypochrondrical delusion or secondary to an underlying psychiatric or organic condition. We present two cases of elderly men presenting with classical symptomatology of DP, which is found to be secondary to postherpetic neuralgia following an acute episode of shingles or herpes zoster infection. One patient responded to a combination of antipsychotic, olanzapine, and pregabalin, used for neuropathic pain, and the other patient responded completely with medications used for neuropathic pain only without any antipsychotic use...
May 2017: Indian Journal of Psychological Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28613146/revisiting-the-genotyping-scheme-for-varicella-zoster-viruses-based-on-whole-genome-comparisons
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Nancy J Jensen, Pierre Rivailler, Hung Fu Tseng, Mark L Quinlivan, Kay Radford, Jennifer Folster, Rafael Harpaz, Philip LaRussa, Steven Jacobsen, D Scott Schmid
We report whole-genome sequences (WGSs) for four varicella-zoster virus (VZV) samples from a shingles study conducted by Kaiser Permanente of Southern California. Comparative genomics and phylogenetic analysis of all published VZV WGSs revealed that strain KY037798 is in clade IX, which shall henceforth be designated clade 9. Previously published single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNP)-based genotyping schemes fail to discriminate between clades 6 and VIII and employ positions that are not clade-specific. We provide an updated list of clade-specific positions that supersedes the list determined at the 2008 VZV nomenclature meeting...
June 14, 2017: Journal of General Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28575315/managing-varicella-zoster-virus-contact-and-infection-in-patients-on-anti-rheumatic-therapy
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Matthew Cates, Matthew Donati, Sophie Gillet, Andrew Ustianowski, James Galloway
Chickenpox and shingles can be more severe and occasionally life threatening in immunosuppressed patients. As such, some groups warrant a more detailed history, serological testing and consideration of prophylaxis following contact with the virus. Active disease may also require more aggressive treatment with antivirals. Guidance for the use of varicella zoster immunoglobulin has recently been updated by Public Health England with important implications for rheumatology patients.
May 29, 2017: Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530512/deaflympians-satisfaction-with-athletic-training-services-at-the-2013-deaflympic-summer-games
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Matthew Paul Brancaleone, René Revis Shingles, Nailya DeLellis
CONTEXT:   Athletic trainers have the opportunity to treat unique populations. Determining athletes' satisfaction with the athletic training services supplied can offer insights into how to improve the health care provided to athletes. OBJECTIVE:   To explore Deaflympians' satisfaction with athletic training services at the 2013 Deaflympic Summer Games. DESIGN:   Cross-sectional survey. SETTING:   The 2013 Deaflympic Summer Games in Sofia, Bulgaria...
May 22, 2017: Journal of Athletic Training
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28514943/sex-differences-underlying-orofacial-varicella-zoster-associated-pain-in-rats
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Crystal Stinson, Mohong Deng, Michael B Yee, Larry L Bellinger, Paul R Kinchington, Phillip R Kramer
BACKGROUND: Most people are initially infected with varicella zoster virus (VZV) at a young age and this infection results in chickenpox. VZV then becomes latent and reactivates later in life resulting in herpes zoster (HZ) or "shingles". Often VZV infects neurons of the trigeminal ganglia to cause ocular problems, orofacial disease and occasionally a chronic pain condition termed post-herpetic neuralgia (PHN). To date, no model has been developed to study orofacial pain related to varicella zoster...
May 17, 2017: BMC Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28502771/metabolic-phenotypes-of-response-to-vaccination-in-humans
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Shuzhao Li, Nicole L Sullivan, Nadine Rouphael, Tianwei Yu, Sophia Banton, Mohan S Maddur, Megan McCausland, Christopher Chiu, Jennifer Canniff, Sheri Dubey, Ken Liu, ViLinh Tran, Thomas Hagan, Sai Duraisingham, Andreas Wieland, Aneesh K Mehta, Jennifer A Whitaker, Shankar Subramaniam, Dean P Jones, Alessandro Sette, Kalpit Vora, Adriana Weinberg, Mark J Mulligan, Helder I Nakaya, Myron Levin, Rafi Ahmed, Bali Pulendran
Herpes zoster (shingles) causes significant morbidity in immune compromised hosts and older adults. Whereas a vaccine is available for prevention of shingles, its efficacy declines with age. To help to understand the mechanisms driving vaccinal responses, we constructed a multiscale, multifactorial response network (MMRN) of immunity in healthy young and older adults immunized with the live attenuated shingles vaccine Zostavax. Vaccination induces robust antigen-specific antibody, plasmablasts, and CD4(+) T cells yet limited CD8(+) T cell and antiviral responses...
May 18, 2017: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28481687/a-trivalent-subunit-antigen-glycoprotein-vaccine-as-immunotherapy-for-genital-herpes-in-the-guinea-pig-genital-infection-model
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Sita Awasthi, Lauren M Hook, Carolyn E Shaw, Harvey M Friedman
An estimated 417 million people worldwide ages 15 to 49 are infected with herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2), the most common cause of genital ulcer disease. Some individuals experience frequent recurrences of genital lesions, while others only have subclinical infection, yet all risk transmitting infection to their intimate partners. A vaccine was developed that prevents shingles, which is a recurrent infection caused by varicella-zoster virus (VZV), a closely related member of the Herpesviridae family. The success of the VZV vaccine has stimulated renewed interest in a therapeutic vaccine for genital herpes...
May 8, 2017: Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28481678/herpes-zoster-vaccine-a-health-economic-evaluation-for-switzerland
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Patricia R Blank, Zanfina Ademi, Xiaoyan Lu, Thomas D Szucs, Matthias Schwenkglenks
Herpes zoster (HZ) or "shingles" results from a reactivation of the varicella zoster virus (VZV) acquired during primary infection (chickenpox) and surviving in the dorsal root ganglia. In about 20% of cases, a complication occurs, known as post-herpetic neuralgia (PHN). A live attenuated vaccine against VZV is available for the prevention of HZ and subsequent PHN. The present study aims to update an earlier evaluation estimating the cost-effectiveness of the HZ vaccine from a Swiss third party payer perspective...
May 8, 2017: Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426274/a-critical-appraisal-of-shingrix-a-novel-herpes-zoster-subunit-vaccine-hz-su-or-gsk1437173a-for-varicella-zoster-virus
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Tehmina Bharucha, Damien Ming, Judith Breuer
HZ/Su, branded as 'Shingrix', is one of the newest vaccines to be submitted for multi-national regulatory approval. It is targeted to prevent shingles, a global concern with aging populations. A live attenuated vaccine for shingles has been available for over a decade, however it is contraindicated in specific subgroups of people, and there are added concerns regarding long-term immunogenicity. HZ/Su is the first subunit vaccine developed to protect against shingles. This paper provides a critical appraisal of current evidence regarding HZ/Su...
April 20, 2017: Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28398421/herpes-zoster-following-varicella-vaccination-in-children
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Darren J Guffey, Sarah B Koch, Leonora Bomar, William W Huang
Herpes zoster (HZ), or shingles, is commonly seen in older adults but does occur in children. Routine administration of the varicella vaccine started in 1995 in the United States; since then, the incidence of varicella and HZ has declined. We report a case of HZ in an otherwise healthy 19-month-old boy who had been vaccinated at 13 months of age and recovered fully after acyclovir treatment. We review previously reported cases of HZ in healthy vaccinated children.
March 2017: Cutis; Cutaneous Medicine for the Practitioner
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28393250/inhibition-of-varicella%C3%A2-zoster-virus-replication-by-an-ethanol-extract-of-lysimachia-mauritiana
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Sohee Bae, Yoon-Jae Song
Varicella‑zoster virus (VZV), a ubiquitous human α‑herpesvirus, is the causative agent of chickenpox and shingles. In the present study, we investigated the antiviral activity of a 70% ethanol extract of Lysimachia mauritiana (LME) against VZV. LME strongly interfered with the replication of both laboratory and clinical strains of VZV without affecting the viability of MRC‑5 cells. Moreover, LME treatment suppressed the expression of an essential viral transactivator, immediate‑early 62 protein (IE62), in addition to other lytic genes in the later phases of viral replication...
June 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28382260/delayed-pacemaker-lead-perforations-why-unusual-presentations-should-prompt-an-early-multidisciplinary-team-approach
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John An Kuang Chao, Michael S Firstenberg
Our first case is an 84-year-old female diagnosed with sick sinus syndrome. She underwent implantation of dual chamber permanent pacemaker without complications. On the 8(th) day status-postimplantation, she returned to the emergency department (ED) with moderately severe left anterior chest pain and significant ecchymosis. She was given an initial diagnosis of shingles and discharged. Two days later, she returned to the ED with increasing chest pain, dyspnea, nausea, and vomiting. Lead migration and cardiac perforation was confirmed by chest X-ray and computed tomography (CT), respectively...
January 2017: International Journal of Critical Illness and Injury Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28367398/varicella-zoster-virus-glycoproteins-entry-replication-and-pathogenesis
#15
Stefan L Oliver, Edward Yang, Ann M Arvin
Varicella-zoster virus (VZV), an alphaherpesvirus that causes chicken pox (varicella) and shingles (herpes zoster), is a medically important pathogen that causes considerable morbidity and, on occasion, mortality in immunocompromised patients. Herpes zoster can afflict the elderly with a debilitating condition, postherpetic neuralgia, triggering severe, untreatable pain for months or years. The lipid envelope of VZV, similar to all herpesviruses, contains numerous glycoproteins required for replication and pathogenesis...
December 2016: Current Clinical Microbiology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28366586/intramuscularly-administered-herpes-zoster-subunit-vaccine-has-no-effects-on-fertility-pre-and-post-natal-development-in-sprague-dawley-rats
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Lawrence Segal, Karen Thacker, Michel Fochesato, Giulia Giordano, Nathalie Garçon, Eric Destexhe
The herpes zoster subunit vaccine (HZ/su) is an investigational vaccine for the prevention of shingles, a disease caused by the varicella zoster virus (VZV). It is composed of recombinant VZV glycoprotein E (gE) and AS01. We assessed the potential toxic effects of gE/AS01 and AS01 alone on female and male fertility, and on embryo-fetal, pre- and post-natal development in Sprague-Dawley rats. Females were immunized before pairing and during gestation. Half of the pregnant rats were used for embryo-fetal investigations...
April 2017: Reproductive Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28363324/sociodemographic-predictors-of-variation-in-coverage-of-the-national-shingles-vaccination-programme-in-england-2014-15
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Charlotte Ward, Lisa Byrne, Joanne M White, Gayatri Amirthalingam, Karen Tiley, Michael Edelstein
INTRODUCTION: In September 2013, England introduced a shingles vaccination programme to reduce incidence and severity of shingles in the elderly. This study aims to assess variation in vaccine coverage with regards to selected sociodemographic factors to inform activities for improving equity of the programme. METHODS: Eligible 70year-olds were identified from a national vaccine coverage dataset in 2014/15 that includes 95% of GPs in England. NHS England Local Team (LT) and index of multiple deprivation (IMD) scores were assigned to patients based on GP-postcode...
March 28, 2017: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295404/localization-of-vzv-in-saliva-of-zoster-patients
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Satish K Mehta, Mayra Nelman-Gonzalez, Stephen K Tyring, Yun Tong, Andrew Beitman, Brian E Crucian, Ashlie N Renner, Duane L Pierson
Varicella zoster virus (VZV) in saliva from six herpes zoster patients and one chickenpox patient was found to be exclusively associated with epithelial cells by confocal microscopy. VZV localization with antibody specific to the VZV glycoprotein E was detected primarily on the membrane but was also inside the cell. Epithelial cells with VZV were still present in saliva in one out of two tested zoster patients after 10 months of recovery. Saliva from healthy controls (non-shingles patients, n = 5) did not show any sign of VZV by polymerase chain reaction or by confocal microscopy...
March 11, 2017: Journal of Medical Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28291069/two-cases-of-acute-retinal-necrosis-due-to-varicella-zoster-despite-prior-shingles-vaccination
#19
Eric J Weinlander, Angeline L Wang, Pimkwan Jaru-Ampornpan, Michael M Altaweel, T Michael Nork
PURPOSE: To review two cases of acute retinal necrosis in adults due to varicella zoster virus despite prior shingles vaccination. METHODS: Retrospective chart review. PATIENTS: A 62-year-old man and a 64-year-old man with unilateral acute retinal necrosis who had shingles vaccinations 16 and 7 months before their ocular symptoms. RESULTS: Polymerase chain reaction confirmation of varicella zoster virus in the anterior chambers of both patients...
March 13, 2017: Retinal Cases & Brief Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28270190/social-media-for-arthritis-related-comparative-effectiveness-and-safety-research-and-the-impact-of-direct-to-consumer-advertising
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Jeffrey R Curtis, Lang Chen, Phillip Higginbotham, W Benjamin Nowell, Ronit Gal-Levy, James Willig, Monika Safford, Joseph Coe, Kaitlin O'Hara, Roee Sa'adon
BACKGROUND: Social media may complement traditional data sources to answer comparative effectiveness/safety questions after medication licensure. METHODS: The Treato platform was used to analyze all publicly available social media data including Facebook, blogs, and discussion boards for posts mentioning inflammatory arthritis (e.g. rheumatoid, psoriatic). Safety events were self-reported by patients and mapped to medical ontologies, resolving synonyms. Disease and symptom-related treatment indications were manually redacted...
March 7, 2017: Arthritis Research & Therapy
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