If you've ever had chickenpox, you may be at risk for a painful disease called shingles as you grow older. Shingles is a sometimes-agonizing skin rash and nerve disease that's caused by a virus. Fortunately, you can take steps to prevent shingles or ease its serious effects.

Shingles usually affects adults after age 50, although it can strike at any age. "In the U.S., the incidence of shingles is actually increasing," says Dr. Jeffrey Cohen, an infectious disease researcher at NIH. "If you live to be 85 years old, you have a 50% chance of getting shingles." Read more about shingles.

View Dr. Arash Salemi's presentation on "New Treatments for Valvular Heart Disease."

View Dr. Richard Isaacson's presentation "Alzheimer's Prevention and Treatment."

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With funding from the National Institutes of Health, the Canopy Medical Translator has been created. This free app can be used in situations where an interpreter is not available. It translates medical phrases covering history, physical exam, procedures, and reassessment in Spanish, Chinese, Arabic, Bengali, Filipino, Hindi, Korean, Malay, Portuguese, Russian, Vietnamese, and more.