April 25, 2012

Yet Few Have Had It

1 Shingles Vaccine Found to Be Safe

The shingles vaccine, aka the herpes zoster vaccine, is safe, finds a new study. Shingles is a contagious rash caused by the dormant chickenpox virus. The elderly are particularly susceptible to this painful disease that affects more than 1 million Americans annually. Yet, few people have been inoculated since the vaccine was licensed in 2006. The study examined adverse effects of the virus after it was administered to more than 193,000 adults and found a small risk of pain and redness at the injection site. The study found no increased risk for CV disease, meningitis or Bell’s palsy. Says lead author Hung Fu Tseng, Kaiser Permanente, “The study supports the CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices' recommendation and reassures the general public that the vaccine is safe."

More at ScienceDaily.com | Posted 6 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Zostavax Vaccine Approved to Prevent Shingles

Tags: Food and Drug Administration, Immunization, Kaiser Permanente, Senior Health, Shingles Vaccine, Hung Fu Tseng, Centers for Disease Control Advisory Committee on Immunization P, Chickenpox Virus

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Do You Want to Buy Your Own?

2 Romney Plan May Discourage Employer Insurance

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney's proposed health care plan could possibly change the way hundreds of millions of Americans get their health insurance, reports Los Angeles Times. While Romney has only given outlines of a plan that would replace Obamacare, he's made statements showing he embraces a strategy that's more revolutionary than Obama's health care law, writes Noam N. Levey with Washington Bureau. Romney, the presumptive GOP nominee to run against Obama, would support giving Americans a tax break for buying their own health plans, which translates into more choices, and maybe more risk. Romney's plan may give companies incentives to stop providing insurance to workers, changing how many Americans currently get their health coverage.

More at Los Angeles Times | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Warning on Obamacare Scams

Tags: Obama Health Care Plan, Obamacare, Romneycare, Romney Health Care Plan, Romney Wants Eliminate Employer Provided Health Insurance

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Hens Clucking: About Time

3 Burger King Switching to Cage-Free Eggs

Burger King has announced that they're switching to eggs laid by hens that aren't kept in cages, and pork from pigs not living or breeding in small cages. Burger King has become the first major chain to switch to cage-free eggs, reports CNN. However, it may take Burger King five years to switch completely to cage-free eggs. McDonald's didn't comment on Burger King's switch to cage-free eggs, while Wendy's said that they're concentrating more on developing humane rules for chicken slaughtering.

More at CNN | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Cage Free Eggs, Burger King Switches Cage Free Hens, Burger King Cage Free Eggs, Humane Fast Food

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Less Sleep, More Head Noise

4 New Study Shows Tinnitus Linked to Insomnia

Results from a two year study that followed 117 patients with tinnitus, a condition that involves chronic head and ear ringing, hissing, buzzing or clicking has been shown to get worse with insomnia. Some researchers hypothesize that worsening tinnitus can lead to more emotional distress. Dr. Kathleen Yaremchuk, co-author of the study, pointed out that, “A chronic tinnitus patient presents a challenging clinical picture that may include anxiety, depression, annoyance or self-reported emotional distress.” Over 36 million Americans have tinnitus and factors that can lead to its development or make it worse are loud noises, ear wax build-up, sinus or ear infections, head and neck injuries and even Lyme disease, fibromyalgia and thyroid problems.

More at Yahoo! HealthDay | Posted 6 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: New Treatment Hope for Tinnitus, Cell Phone Use May Increase Risk of Tinnitus

Tags: Insomnia, Tinnitus, Ringing in Ears, Ear Problems, Emotional Distress

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