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REAL ESTATE
January 11, 1998
QUESTION: Our house is making settling noises in the attic over the bedroom. Day and night, we hear loud cracking or popping sounds--usually three or four in succession. Our house was built 10 years ago. Is it still settling? Henry Spies of Spies Home Inspection Services in Champaign, Ill., replies: ANSWER: The noise you hear is not from settling, but from wood framing members moving in relation to one another. The wood warms during the day, losing moisture and shrinking slightly.
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SCIENCE
January 2, 2014 | By Melissa Healy
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 decades or more after the blisters and rash recede, says a new study. For those who suffer a case of shingles between the age of 18 and 40, the outlook is worse: They're more than twice as likely to suffer a mild stroke and 50% more likely to have a heart attack than those who have not had shingles.
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NEWS
February 3, 2011 | By Shari Roan, Los Angeles Times
Shingles is typically thought of as a once-in-a-lifetime (miserable) experience. But wait! Shingles can recur, even among healthy adults. The illness is caused by the herpes zoster virus. While researchers have known that people with weak immune systems due to other illnesses can develop shingles a second time, healthy people were thought to be one-time-only victims. The illness causes a burning or tingling sensation in the skin in one area of the body followed by blisters that last a few weeks.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 6, 2013 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Barbara Walters is going to be off "The View" for another three weeks or so, the veteran newswoman said in a call to the show Wednesday. She also shed light on her recent fall, and revealed how she got chicken pox. "What happened was that I had a temperature and had chicken pox and didn't know it, so when i was in Washington for the inauguration weekend, I fainted at the British Embassy. if you're going to faint, it's a very elegant place to faint. " Good to know, Babs! The fall left her with six stitches and, unfortunately, a concussion, she said, so she's a little weak and needs to rest, but is in no pain.
HEALTH
April 6, 2009 | Joe Graedon and Teresa Graedon
After chemo treatment, I had two bouts with shingles. Knowing that this is a herpes virus, I treated myself with L-lysine as I often do for cold sores. The discomfort and rash disappeared in less than a week. My oncologist was very interested to hear this and has been successful using L-lysine for other patients with shingles. Prescription antiviral drugs such as Valtrex or Famvir can be helpful against shingles. Many people say L-lysine works for cold sores.
NEWS
June 9, 2011 | By Thomas H. Maugh II, Los Angeles Times/ For the Booster Shots blog
A shingles outbreak can nearly quadruple the risk of developing multiple sclerosis (MS) in the following year, but the overall risks remain small, Chinese researchers reported Thursday. Viruses are thought to play a role in triggering MS, and herpes zoster virus, which causes shingles, is one of the viruses previously implicated. But the new results reported in the Journal of Infectious Diseases are the first to quantify the risk. Multiple sclerosis is an autoimmune disease characterized by the destruction of the myelin sheaths that enclose nerves and prevent them from short-circuiting.
HEALTH
January 12, 2011 | By Thomas H. Maugh II, Los Angeles Times
A study of more than 300,000 elderly patients showed that the underutilized herpes zoster vaccine reduced the incidence of painful shingles outbreaks by 55%, even in the oldest populations, researchers reported Tuesday. The results suggest that the vaccine, which was introduced in 2006 and now reaches only about 11% of the elderly population nationwide, should be used much more widely, experts said. Shingles is a painful rash brought on by the varicella zoster virus, which also causes chickenpox.
SCIENCE
May 17, 2008 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday recommended that people 60 and older get Merck & Co.'s vaccine Zostavax to protect against shingles. The CDC said the recommendation replaces a provisional one it made in 2006 after the vaccine was approved by the Food and Drug Administration and recommended by a CDC advisory panel of immunization experts. Shingles is a viral infection caused by the varicella-zoster virus, the same one that causes chicken pox. There is no cure for shingles, which causes a painful, blistering rash.
NEWS
March 9, 1985 | Associated Press
Former President Richard M. Nixon has returned to work in his New York office on a limited schedule after a painful bout with shingles.
HOME & GARDEN
March 13, 1993 | From Popular Mechanics
From the saltboxes that dot the Northeastern shoreline to California's ornate Victorians, wood shakes and shingles are part of America's past. Whether the traditional square butt or the multi-patterned fancy-cut variety, it's hard to beat the beauty of this natural, textured siding. Historically, shakes and shingles were made from many types of wood, including cedar, redwood, oak, cypress, pine, spruce and fir.
NEWS
June 9, 2011 | By Thomas H. Maugh II, Los Angeles Times/ For the Booster Shots blog
A shingles outbreak can nearly quadruple the risk of developing multiple sclerosis (MS) in the following year, but the overall risks remain small, Chinese researchers reported Thursday. Viruses are thought to play a role in triggering MS, and herpes zoster virus, which causes shingles, is one of the viruses previously implicated. But the new results reported in the Journal of Infectious Diseases are the first to quantify the risk. Multiple sclerosis is an autoimmune disease characterized by the destruction of the myelin sheaths that enclose nerves and prevent them from short-circuiting.
NEWS
February 3, 2011 | By Shari Roan, Los Angeles Times
Shingles is typically thought of as a once-in-a-lifetime (miserable) experience. But wait! Shingles can recur, even among healthy adults. The illness is caused by the herpes zoster virus. While researchers have known that people with weak immune systems due to other illnesses can develop shingles a second time, healthy people were thought to be one-time-only victims. The illness causes a burning or tingling sensation in the skin in one area of the body followed by blisters that last a few weeks.
NEWS
January 25, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Tribune Health
More than 1 million people each year suffer an outbreak of shingles. The itching or burning pain that accompanies a rash or blisters can last as long as a year. Dr. Paul Christo, director of the Multidisciplinary Pain Fellowship Training Program at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, will take questions during a live Web chat Wednesday (noon EST, 11 a.m. CST and 9 a.m. PST). Christo will discuss how to cope with pain and problems related to the virus most commonly associated with chicken pox. Senior citizens seem more at risk of an outbreak.
HEALTH
January 12, 2011 | By Thomas H. Maugh II, Los Angeles Times
A study of more than 300,000 elderly patients showed that the underutilized herpes zoster vaccine reduced the incidence of painful shingles outbreaks by 55%, even in the oldest populations, researchers reported Tuesday. The results suggest that the vaccine, which was introduced in 2006 and now reaches only about 11% of the elderly population nationwide, should be used much more widely, experts said. Shingles is a painful rash brought on by the varicella zoster virus, which also causes chickenpox.
NEWS
January 11, 2011 | By Thomas H. Maugh II, Los Angeles Times
A study of more than 300,000 elderly patients showed that the underutilized herpes zoster vaccine reduced the incidence of painful shingles outbreaks by 55%, even in the oldest populations, researchers reported Tuesday. The results suggest that the vaccine, which was introduced in 2006 and now reaches about 11% of the elderly population nationwide, should be used much more widely, experts said. Shingles is a painful rash brought on by the varicella zoster virus, which also causes chickenpox.
HEALTH
December 13, 2010 | By Michelle Andrews, Special to the Los Angeles Times
The United States already does a pretty good job immunizing kids ? roughly 90% of them get the vaccines they need, thanks to federal programs and other initiatives that subsidize the shots until children reach adulthood. But then things change. "The moment we cross the threshold of the 19th birthday," says Dr. William Schaffner, president of the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases, "the system is uncoordinated, meager and, it turns out, quite unsatisfactory. " There are several vaccines that adults need to protect against serious diseases, including shingles, pneumonia, hepatitis and cervical cancer.
SPORTS
March 7, 2010 | By Helene Elliott
Broadcaster Bob Miller, who is in his 37th season as the voice of the Kings, will miss at least three games while he recovers from shingles, a painful rash on the body that is caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox. Miller, 71, missed the Kings' game against Montreal on Saturday, only the 18th broadcast he had missed and the first since Nov. 2, 2002. He will miss Monday's home game against Columbus and won't travel with the team for its game Wednesday at Chicago.
NEWS
January 8, 1985 | Associated Press
Former President Richard M. Nixon is confined to his New Jersey home because of a painful case of shingles that his doctor calls one of the worst he has ever seen, an aide said today. John Taylor said Nixon's upper back and shoulders were affected by the disease, which is caused by the chicken pox virus and often results in blisters and sores. "Last week, Dr. (Harvey) Klein told the boss (Nixon) it was one of the worst cases he's ever seen," Taylor said.
SPORTS
March 7, 2010 | By Helene Elliott
Broadcaster Bob Miller, who is in his 37th season as the voice of the Kings, will miss at least three games while he recovers from shingles, a painful rash on the body that is caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox. Miller, 71, missed the Kings' game against Montreal on Saturday, only the 18th broadcast he had missed and the first since Nov. 2, 2002. He will miss Monday's home game against Columbus and won't travel with the team for its game Wednesday at Chicago.
HEALTH
April 6, 2009 | Joe Graedon and Teresa Graedon
After chemo treatment, I had two bouts with shingles. Knowing that this is a herpes virus, I treated myself with L-lysine as I often do for cold sores. The discomfort and rash disappeared in less than a week. My oncologist was very interested to hear this and has been successful using L-lysine for other patients with shingles. Prescription antiviral drugs such as Valtrex or Famvir can be helpful against shingles. Many people say L-lysine works for cold sores.
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