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  • Closing the Longevity Gap

    Closing the Longevity Gap
    Americans are living longer than ever, according to the latest life expectancy statistics. But American men still aren't living as long as American women. The average life expectancy for men in the US is now roughly 75 years. For women, it's more than 80....
  • Immune system response to infection varies

    Q: Once you get a disease such as chickenpox or the flu, how does it change your immune system? A: Your immune system is like an army that is ready to spot and stop invaders like the viruses that cause chickenpox and the flu. Your immune system also goes...
  • Does shingles always need treatment?

    Q: I'm a 64-year-old female with shingles. I have severe pain in the breastbone and back and a small rash under my breast. I cannot tolerate Valtrex, which fights the varicella-zoster virus that causes shingles. Will I definitely get post-herpetic...
  • Drug Found to Reduce Severity of Mono

    Drug Found to Reduce Severity of Mono
    Mononucleosis, the curse of high school and college students, doesn't have to bring social and academic lives to a screeching halt, researchers say. Instead, the disease can be treated to shorten the duration of the illness and reduce the chance of...
  • Vaccines for Adults are Underused

    Vaccines for Adults are Underused
    Shots just aren't just for kids, but grown-ups don't seem to know that. Just 2 percent of adults have been immunized against Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Whooping Cough, according to data that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released...
  • Shingles more painful in elderly

    Shingles more painful in elderly
    Shingles is a painful, and somewhat mysterious, skin disease that affects people who have had chicken pox. It may occur spontaneously or may be induced by stress, fever, radiation therapy, tissue damage or immunosupression. Dr. Oanh Lauring, chief of...
  • Should I get the shingles vaccine?

    Q: I'm 79 and had chickenpox as a child. Should I get the shingles vaccine? What are the risks? A: The U.S. Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommends the shingles vaccine for most people ages 60 and over, regardless of whether they...
  • Risk of Shingles Increases With Age

    Risk of Shingles Increases With Age
    DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I had chickenpox as a child, and about seven years ago I had shingles. I will be 80 years old soon and am wondering whether or not I should still get the vaccine to prevent shingles. What are the risks of getting the vaccine? Can I get...
  • Who should get the vaccine to prevent shingles?

    Q: If I never had chickenpox, do I need a shingles vaccine? I'll be 60 in January. A: The shot you're talking about is an immunization against a virus called the varicella-zoster virus. This virus causes two common illnesses, and a few rare ones. The two...
  • Tornado-like storm tears shingles off roofs in Goleta

     
    An apparent tornado in Goleta this morning tore shingles off roofs, uprooted a tree, knocked over a basketball hoop and slammed down a fence, authorities said. No injuries were reported. David Sadecki, a spokesman for the Santa Barbara County Fire......
  • The Umpire's Sons

    The Umpire's Sons
    The boy loves games of chance. He loves slot machines and playing cards and instant-win lottery tickets. He learned at an early age to count coins, and to bet them. He learned in the hospital that money comes in get-well cards.Michael Hirschbeck learned...