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Shingles

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  • How A Shingles Shot Can Prevent Months Of Pain

    More than three-quarters of Americans believe vaccines for such diseases as measles, mumps, and whooping cough should be mandatory for children, a new Harris poll finds. The margin increases with age, with 88 percent of respondents over 69 years old and...
  • Anti-vaccine parents put everyone at risk

    Anti-vaccine parents put everyone at risk
    To the editor: As a school nurse, I read this article on the high rates of vaccine exemptions for schoolchildren based on parents' personal beliefs with dismay but not surprise. ("Plunge in kindergartners' vaccination rate worries health officials," Sept....
  • Vaccines are safe and problems are 'extremely rare,' study says

    Vaccines are safe and problems are 'extremely rare,' study says
    Public health experts have taken a fresh look at the safety records of childhood vaccines and once again pronounced them safe. A systematic review published Tuesday by the journal Pediatrics notes some evidence of “adverse effects” from 11...
  • Mayo Clinic Medical Edge: Shingles more common after age 50, but can affect younger people as well

    DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I was diagnosed last year, at the age of 38, with shingles. What causes someone who is relatively young to get shingles? Does this mean I'm more likely to get it again? Should I get the vaccine at this point or wait until the recommended...
  • The Kid's Doctor: Children can develop shingles

    I recently treated a 2-year-old with a most interesting history who subsequently developed a weird rash. Oddly enough, I'd read an article shortly after seeing this child that described his case perfectly. I only wish I'd seen the story a week earlier....
  • Shingles can increase risk of heart attack, stroke, study says

    Shingles can increase risk of heart attack, stroke, study says
    As if the fiery rash and painful blisters of shingles were not punishment enough, the average patient who suffers a resurgence of the dormant chickenpox virus known as herpes zoster -- or shingles -- has a higher risk of heart attack or mild stroke two...
  • Fall vaccination roundup

    A flu shot may not be enough; you may be ready for other vaccinations. With autumn approaching, it's time to review your vaccinations and see if you need any updates. Here are the shots to consider: - Influenza: Soon it will be time to get your annual...
  • How to remove algae from shingles and keep it away

    How to remove algae from shingles and keep it away
    DEAR TIM: Many roofs in my neighborhood, mine included, are covered with black streaks. What's causing this to happen, and can the roofs be cleaned? I'm able to walk on my asphalt shingle roof with ease, but am afraid of hurting the shingles by cleaning...
  • Replace roof shingles

    Replace roof shingles
    Repairing or installing a roof is not on our list of do-it-yourself jobs because neither of us enjoys working on a ladder and crawling around a roof. If a small repair is needed on a single-story house, we're willing to do it for two reasons: one, it's...
  • Specialized roofing nailer may be worth it even for just one job

    Specialized roofing nailer may be worth it even for just one job
    DEAR TIM: I've decided to re-roof my house because I simply can't afford to pay a roofer. I'll be stripping off all the shingles down to the bare wood. Do you feel it's worth it to buy a nail gun to install the roofing nails? What can you tell me about...
  • Ignore a leaky door at your peril

    Ignore a leaky door at your peril
    DEAR TIM: When it rains, water leaks into our basement just under our front door. The previous owner installed the door, and much of the work he did around the house we've discovered is substandard. What do you think is the cause of the water leak under...