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Taiji Boosts Immunity to Shingles Virus in Older Adults

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Updated: Sunday, May 31,2009, 10:50:03 AM
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The research was supported by the National Institute on Aging (NIA) and National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), both components of NIH. The study follows its print publication launched in March. The research was conducted by Michael R. Irwin, MD, and Richard Olmstead, Ph.D., University of California at Los Angeles, and Michael N. Oxman, MD, University of California at San Diego and San Diego Veterans Affairs Healthcare System.v

Taiji, a traditional Chinese form of exercise, may help older adults avoid getting shingles by increasing immunity to varicella-zoster virus (VZV) and enhancing the immune response to the vaccine against chickenpox in adults older, according to a new study published this week in print in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. The National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded study by the first rigorous clinical trial to suggest that a behavioral intervention, alone or in combination with a vaccine may help protect older adults from VZV, which causes chickenpox and shingles.

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