HealthDay (3/6, Mozes) reports, “Children with asthma have a higher risk for developing shingles — a painful skin rash — following infection with the herpes zoster virus,” according to a study presented yesterday at the American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology annual meeting. After analyzing “277 medical records involving patients under the age of 18 who had experienced an episode of shingles between 1996 and 2001,” then comparing them against the medical records of 277 youngsters without any history of shingles, researchers “found that asthmatic patients were 2.2 times more likely to have a case of shingles compared to those who did not have asthma.”

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