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The reading room includes articles of potential interest to consumers and medical professionals. The opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect the views of the NC Medical Board, its members and staff.

The many forms, faces and causes of PTSD

NPR
November 19, 2017
Post-traumatic stress disorder is often associated with combat, but trauma comes in many forms. About 7 or 8 percent of people experience PTSD at some point in their lives, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs. The rate is higher for women than for men: about 10 percent compared with 4 percent.

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FDA approves the first pill that can alert your doctor when you swallow it

STATNews
November 13, 2017
The Food and Drug Administration has approved the first pill embedded with a sensor that can alert a patient’s physician or caregiver when it’s been ingested. The Japanese drug maker Otsuka Pharmaceutical won the approval for an upgraded version of Abilify, the antipsychotic drug first approved 15 years ago to treat schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and depression.

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Why wounds heal faster if they happen during the day

STATNews
November 9, 2017
Did you know that if you’ve got a burn, the time of day you were injured might impact how long it takes your skin to heal, according to new research on the circadian rhythms of our skin cells?

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How the incredible, edible egg may actually be hampering your flu vaccine

STATNews
November 7, 2017
People grumble a lot about the shortcomings of the flu vaccine, which some years offers less protection than expected. (Warning: This year may be one of them.) What they may not know is that the source of at least some of the problems is a common item found in all grocery stores and many fridges. The egg.

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A widow’s successful odyssey to change a discriminatory liver transplant policy

STATNews
November 6, 2017
My husband was admitted to the hospital in November 2010 with acute liver failure caused by alcohol use disorder. Mark’s doctor said he needed a liver transplant, but that they “wouldn’t even look at him” until he was alcohol-free for six months. His doctors also refused to assess me as a living donor. “Alcoholics just drink again and waste the organ,” I was told. At the time, I believed it.

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‘What the 21st century demands’: designing homes to improve patients’ health

STATNews
November 3, 2017
On a recent morning at this training ground for a new breed of interior designers, a lesson in empathy came in the form of a badminton game. Students strapped on eye patches and scratched-up swim goggles and took turns clumsily swatting the shuttlecock — an exercise meant to simulate the challenges of conditions like diabetic retinopathy and wet macular degeneration. Afterward, they talked about how to place windows, furniture, and guardrails to make it easier for people with vision problems to move around.

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