Tag: Shingles

Don’t Give In to Shingles Pain

Don’t Give In to Shingles Pain

Shingles pain can be debilitating for seniors. I experienced the effects of shingles several years ago, and it’s something I’d rather not repeat. I hope that sharing my personal experience will encourage you to get vaccinated or, if not, to recognize the symptoms of shingles early enough to benefit from

Alzheimer’s Disease Goes Viral

While scientists are still puzzled by the ultimate cause of Alzheimer’s disease (AD), they are gathering pieces that they hope will soon yield a complete picture. The latest clue is the discovery that the brains of people with AD also contain high levels of human herpes virus (HHV) 6A and

6. Medications for Arthritis

Acrucial weapon in the fight against arthritis is medication that, in some cases, slows disease progression as well as easing pain, maximizing joint function, and improving quality of life. There is no one-size-fits-all solution—trial and error may be required to find the drug (or drug combination) that works for you.

5. Other Types of Arthritis

There are more than 100 types of arthritis. The two most common causes of chronic disabling arthritis are osteoarthritis (OA) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA), and each has its own chapter in this report. In this chapter, we look at other common types of arthritis: gout, pseudogout, psoriatic arthritis, reactive arthritis

Managing Shingles ­Naturally

Managing Shingles ­Naturally

Shingles—officially known as herpes zoster—is an infection of a nerve and the area of skin supplied by the nerve. It is caused by the varicella zoster virus, a virus in the herpes family that also causes chickenpox. After a person has chickenpox, some virus particles remain inactive in the nerve

Itchy Scalp Treatment: 12 Options to Ease the Irritation

Itchy Scalp Treatment: 12 Options to Ease the Irritation

We’ve all suffered from an itchy scalp at some point. No matter the cause (e.g., dandruff, seborrheic dermatitis, an allergic reaction, lice, or a fungus), itchy scalp can be both uncomfortable and embarrassing. Just thinking about scalp pruritus (the medical term for this common condition) has got me scratching my

2018 HY Index

Bones and Joints

Big Toe Pain/Gout (Feb., 4)
Ankle Sprains, Strains, and Fractures (Mar., 3)
Less Pain, Faster Recovery: Hip Replacement (Jun., 5)
Stem Cell Treatments for Bones and Joints (Nov., 1)

Cancer

New Biomarker for Prostate Cancer (Jan., 2)
Thyroid Cancer Rates on the Rise (Feb., 1)
Gut Bacteria’s Role in Cancer

2018 HN Index

Alcohol Consumption

In rheumatoid arthritis patients, Jan., 4
Guidelines revisited, June 5; July 4
Rates increasing, Feb., 2
Bones, Joints, and Pain
Back pain, spinal fusion, March, 8
Dental pain, NSAIDs versus opioids, Sept., 3
Fibromyalgia, Jan., 3
Hip replacement, longevity, June, 7
Knee pain, noninvasive treatment, Sept., 2
Marijuana,

From the Editor: Just Say Yes to Vaccination

Annual flu season is underway, so this month we’re looking at how best you can avoid the flu or, if you catch it, manage the symptoms (see our article, opposite).

You probably know that last year’s flu shot was not as effective as usual, primarily because one of the viruses in

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