Chickenpox To Shingles: Young to Old and How Vaccines Changed the Game

Are you itching to learn more about chickenpox and how it connects to shingles? Do the vaccines work?

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One in three people develop shingles in their lifetime. What causes this epidemic? The same virus that causes chickenpox causes shingles, Varicella-zoster virus (VZV)1. VZV is a member of the herpes family - whose other members are responsible for cold sores and genital herpes1. The first infection with VZV causes chickenpox2. Once the active infection is over, the virus becomes latent - it’s still present in your body, but it’s now hiding from your immune system in nerve cells i.e. neurons3. If the virus re-activates, this secondary infection is called shingles3.

How hard can it be to find a whale?

Marine scientists turn to unique methods to study and monitor whale populations.

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Despite their incredible size and widespread adoration by the general public, surprisingly little is known about the behavior and distribution of many cetaceans (whales, dolphins, and porpoises). From acoustic tracking to electronic tagging technologies, new approaches are laying the groundwork for more effective study and conservation of cetaceans.