Shingles is a disease caused by the varicella-zoster virus, the same virus that causes chickenpox. After an attack of chickenpox, the virus lies dormant (asleep) in the nerve tissue. As we get older, it is possible for the virus to reappear in the form of shingles.
NIAID, the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, and other Institutes of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) conduct shingles research in NIH laboratories and support additional research through grants to major medical institutions across the country. Currently, researchers are trying to find new methods for treating shingles and its complications.
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Last Updated June 19, 2014