Brain Disconnects Spotted in Parkinson’s Patients With Visual Hallucinations

THURSDAY, Sept. 28, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Researchers say they’ve discovered a possible explanation for visual hallucinations in people with Parkinson’s disease. The researchers conducted brain scans on 15 patients with visual hallucinations, 40 patients without visual hallucinations, and a control group of 15 people without Parkinson’s disease. In all of the Parkinson’s disease patients,…

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Can Babies Help Heart Patients?

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 27, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Instead of throwing away the umbilical cord after birth, new research suggests using this medical waste to potentially improve the lives of people with heart failure. With parental permission, doctors used umbilical cords to harvest stem cells that were then injected into people with heart failure. People who…

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Rapid, Easy Zika Test Developed

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 27, 2017 (HealthDay News) — A new fast, easy and cheap “dipstick” test for the Zika and dengue viruses could revolutionize public health response to dangerous tropical germs, a new study reports. The test accurately diagnoses Zika and dengue and can tell the two mosquito-borne viruses apart, an area in which commercially available…

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Post-Op Opioids: How Much Is Enough?

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 27, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Amid efforts to stem the U.S. opioid crisis, a new study suggests how long patients should take prescription opioid painkillers after surgery. After general surgery, the ideal duration is four to nine days, said researchers from Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. For women’s health procedures, four to…

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