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4 Your Health: scrubbing the norovirus away; the price of falling; opioids not good for chronic pain

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Opioids are not the best treatment for many patients with chronic pain.

That's according to a year long study of more than 200 veterans being treated for back, hip or knee pain.
It showed opioids were no better at improving pain that interfered with walking, working, or sleep, than other, less powerful drugs.

Patients who took opioids were also more likely to have medication related side effects.

Cost of seniors falling

Another new study reveals the high price of falls among older adults.

Researchers estimate the costs of treating both deadly and non-fatal falls in the U.S. reached $50 billion dollars in 2015. More than half of those expenses were paid for by medicare.

Experts say strategies to prevent falls could lead to a significant reduction in health care spending. 

Combating norovirus

Scientists at Arizona State University said the key to stopping the norovirus, a horrible stomach bug, is in our own hands.

They created a model of how norovirus spreads using data from a major outbreak on a cruise ship. It showed the illness was mostly spread through person-to-person contact and hand washing was the best way to avoid getting sick.

Researchers recommend scrubbing for at least 20 seconds with soap and warm water before* eating, after using the restroom, or touching any germy surfaces.

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