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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1 in 3 Seniors Take Sleep Aids

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 27, 2017 (HealthDay News) — One-third of older Americans take something to help them sleep, but most don’t discuss their sleep problems with a doctor, a new survey finds. “Although sleep problems can happen at any age and for many reasons, they can’t be cured by taking a pill, either prescription, over-the-counter or…

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