July 12, 2012 - New research questions the current recommendation not to give the shingles vaccine to patients with diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis or psoriasis.The common wisdom is that the live vaccine would increase those patients' risk of getting the painful skin condition in the weeks after getting the shot. But the study in the journal of the American Medical Association says that's not the case and the vaccine will significantly reduce their long term risk of getting shingles.
Also, according to a new study published in the Archives of General Psychiatry, kitty litter boxes could be making women suicidal. It says a parasite found in cat feces could be the problem. Women infected with the parasite T-gondi had a one and a half times higher risk of attempting suicide. But that doesn't necessarily mean you have to get rid of your kitty. The study's senior author says about one in three people around the world have the parasite, and most of those infected don't try to kill themselves.