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If you are over 50, here are 4 questions you should ask about shingles

If you had chickenpox before your 40th birthday, then it is worth knowing about the symptoms of shingles. The chickenpox virus sits dormant in the nerve cells near the spine, but can become active again, causing shingles (also known as herpes zoster). What are the symptoms?The virus can reappear in people under stress or with poor immunity and often in those over 50 years. The first sign of shingles is usually a burning, tingling or sensitive feeling, followed by a red rash with fluid-filled blisters as a single stripe around one side of your torso. The blisters can be very painful and may burst and take some time to heal. Sometimes the pain lasts for many months after the skin...

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Cancer: A heart breaking story

Meet Sam, a gorgeous Hawke’s Bay 9 year old boy full of life. You may have seen his story, unfortunately Sam has been diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia. Sam needs treatment at Starship Hospital for the next 3 years. What is worse is that Sam’s Dad, Derek, has undergone treatment for male breast cancer in 1995 and 2009 and his Mum, Helen, was also diagnosed and fought breast cancer 2½ years ago. Sam has 2 siblings who have had most of their childhood memories linked in some way to cancer.

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