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No Sign of Human Herpesvirus in African Gorillas

Despite the presence of gorilla trekkers in their habitat, endangered gorillas in the region surrounding East Africa's Virunga Volcanoes do not have human herpesvirus, researchers say.

The Gorilla Doctors team was able to assess the region's mountain gorillas in a noninvasive way, simply watching the animals as they walked through the forest.

As the gorillas chomped on vegetation s...

Justin Bieber Takes Break From Touring Due to Health Issues

Singer Justin Bieber said Tuesday that he will take a break from touring while he takes care of his health.

Bieber has a condition known as Ramsay Hunt syndrome, which is rare type of viral infection. Caused by the chickenpox- and shingles-related

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  • Shingles Won't Raise Risk for Dementia: Study

    If you've survived a painful bout of shingles, at least you won't have to worry that it might raise your future risk of dementia, new research indicates.

    Shingles, caused by the reactivation of the chickenpox virus, results in a blistering rash from nerve inflammation, and there has been speculation that the in...

    Could COVID Infection After Age 50 Leave You Vulnerable to Shingles?

    Catching COVID-19 appears to increase an older person's risk of developing a case of shingles.

    Researchers found that people 50 and older who had a COVID infection were 15% more likely to develop shingles, compared to people who were never infected. That risk climbed to 21% in people hospitalized with a severe case of COVID.

    "It is important that health care professionals and people...

    Are We Getting Closer to a Herpes Vaccine?

    Scientists are reporting early success with an experimental herpes vaccine that uses a genetically modified version of the virus.

    The gene edit prevents the virus from performing its normal evasive maneuver: hiding out in nervous system cells in order to elude the immune system.

    So far, the vaccine has only been tested in lab animals. But scientists hope the genetic tweak will ...

    Scientists Use Gene Therapy to Tackle Oral Herpes in Mice

    Gene therapy has nearly eliminated the oral herpes virus in lab animals, researchers report.

    Using a gene editing technique, they achieved at least a 90% reduction in latent herpes simplex virus 1 (HSV-1) in mice, which should be enough to prevent the infection from recurring.

    "This is the first time that scientists have been able to go in and actually eliminate most of ...

    Shingles Vaccine Bonus: Reduced Risk of Stroke?

    Seniors who get the shingles vaccine may gain stroke protection as well, a new study suggests.

    Shingles is a viral infection tied to heightened risk of stroke. But overall stroke risk dropped 20% among patients under age 80 who got the shingles vaccine. In patients 80 and older, risk was cut by about 10%, said researchers led by Quanhe Yang, a senior scientist at the U.S. Cent...

    Adults Need Vaccines, Too

    Vaccines aren't just for kids, a doctors' group says.

    "Many adults are not aware that they need vaccines throughout their lives and so have not received recommended vaccinations," Dr. Robert McLean, president of the American College of Physicians, said in a college news release.

    "Adults should get a seasonal flu shot and internists should use that opportunity to make sure th...

    Chickenpox Vaccine Shields Kids From Shingles, Too

    Shingles isn't usually considered a kids' disease, but children can get this painful condition. Fortunately, the chickenpox vaccine can also protect them against it, a new study finds.

    "The virus that causes chickenpox also causes shingles. It's pretty uncommon in kids, but we wanted to see what would happen to the rates of shingles among children over time as more kids received the va...

    Potentially Blinding Shingles of the Eye  on the Rise

    The virus that gave you chickenpox as a kid can rise again after decades of inactivity and inflict a painful, even blinding, eye infection in old age.

    New research reveals that cases of eye-based "shingles" have tripled since 2004.

    Exactly what is driving the increase remains unclear. What is clear, however, is that either of two vaccines could prevent many cases of shingles...

    Gum Disease Shows Possible Links to Alzheimer's

    Regular brushing and flossing can save your teeth into old age.

    Could it also save your brain?

    The bacteria involved in gum disease might play a key role in the development of Alzheimer's disease, new research suggests.

    DNA from the bacterium Porphyromonas gingivalis is more often found in the brains of Alzheimer's patients, said lead researcher Jan Potempa, a pro...

    Cancer Patients May Face Greater Risk of Shingles

    Newly diagnosed cancer patients may be at increased risk for the painful skin condition shingles, a new study finds.

    Experts say development of new vaccines might help prevent shingles in cancer patients.

    The study, of about 240,000 cancer patients in Australia from 2006 to 2015, found that any type of cancer was associated with a 40 percent increased risk of developing shin...