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If you are over 50 and had Chicken Pox, go and get your chickenpox shot now (counter-intuitive? do read further) August 16, 2010

Filed under: Science,Uncategorized — ilcourtilcourt @ 22:05

Le risque de souffrir dun zona serait supérieur à 20 % chez les personnes de plus de 50 ans. Et, selon le Journal international de médecine qui rappelle différents travaux déjà publiés, ce risque augmente régulièrement une fois la cinquantaine passée. Cette progression serait due à une perte progressive de limmunité vis-à-vis du virus varicelle-zona. Tandis que les douleurs de la phase aiguë disparaissent avec léruption, 10 à 20 % des patients de plus de 50 ans et 30 % des plus de 80 ans gardent des douleurs post-zostériennes, qui altèrent plus ou moins gravement leur qualité de vie.

via Prévenir le zona : La vaccination contre la varicelle recommandée après 50 ans, actualité A votre santé : Le Point.

For the anglophones:

After a chickenpox infection, the virus remains dormant in the body’s nerve tissues. The immune system keeps the virus at bay, but later in life, usually as an adult, it can be reactivated and cause a different form of the virus called shingles.

via Wikipedia

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Scratching an itch through the scalp to the brain August 5, 2010

Filed under: Science — ilcourtilcourt @ 18:50

That is one damn interesting read; just make sure you have mirror at hand before you start reading though (don’t say I did not warn you)

One morning, after she was awakened by her bedside alarm, she sat up and, she recalled, “this fluid came down my face, this greenish liquid.” She pressed a square of gauze to her head and went to see her doctor again. M. showed the doctor the fluid on the dressing. The doctor looked closely at the wound. She shined a light on it and in M.’s eyes. Then she walked out of the room and called an ambulance. Only in the Emergency Department at Massachusetts General Hospital, after the doctors started swarming, and one told her she needed surgery now, did M. learn what had happened. She had scratched through her skull during the night—and all the way into her brain.

via Scratching an itch through the scalp to the brain : The New Yorker.