Varicella Zoster

Varicella Zoster Virus Downregulates Programmed Death & Promotes Inflammation

A recent study found that the varicella zoster virus downregulates expression of programmed death ligand 1 and major histocompatibility complex 1 in brain…|By Lara C. Pullen, PhD

Herpes Zoster and the Risk for Stroke in Patients with Autoimmune Diseases

Background: Herpes zoster (HZ) is an opportunistic infection caused by varicella…

Herpes Zoster and GCA – What’s the Deal?

In November I reported on an abstract presented at ACR by Muratore, et al. who looked for evidence of VZV infection in temporal artery biopsies of GCA…

Herpes Zoster and Giant Cell Arteritis

The potential association of herpes zoster with giant cell arteritis (GCA) has been a debated topic and certainly has gotten some attention at ACR 2016 this year.