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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.

WATCH: This guy did special effects for ‘Jurassic Park.’ He now makes mannequins for doctors

STATNews
November 30, 2017
Gregory Loan is a simulation engineer at Boston Children’s Hospital Simulator Program. He makes artificial body parts and mannequins for clinicians to practice on.

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Standardized Patients Teach Skills and Empathy

AAMCNews
November 28, 2017
From his first month as a student at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) in Little Rock, Ark., Grant Cagle learned how to drape a patient, take a medical history, perform physical exams, deliver bad news, and more. And he was able to learn and practice these clinical skills—and make mistakes—without affecting actual patients.

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Apps Can Cut Blue Light From Devices, But Do They Help You Sleep?

NPR
November 28, 2017
If you’re regularly checking your phone at night in a dark room, you’re probably tricking your body into thinking it’s still daytime.

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Replacing lymph nodes to ease painful legacy of cancer care

STATNews
November 27, 2017
Breast cancer treatment left Susan Wolfe-Tank with an arm too painfully swollen to lift anything heavy or even fit into her usual clothing — a debilitating condition that gets little attention and has no cure. Desperate, the Wisconsin woman traveled hundreds of miles to seek a delicate operation — replacing under-arm lymph nodes lost in cancer surgery — as a small but growing number of hospitals offer microsurgical attempts at relief from lymphedema that help some patients but not all.

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Intense pain. Debilitating weakness. What was driving a young man to the brink of death?

STATNews
November 27, 2017
He was just 30, but Colin McEwen’s life had become a living nightmare. Debilitating spells of excruciating abdominal pain had begun landing him in the hospital a few times a month. Then came the weakness, the insomnia, the seizures, and the anxiety. The pain, McEwen said, was “unholy, like someone is squeezing your intestines. It would take your breath away.”

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Counting the costs: U.S. hospitals feeling the pain of physician burnout

Reuters
November 21, 2017
Physician burnout is not just bad for doctors; it’s bad for patients and bad for business, according to interviews with more than 20 healthcare executives, doctors and burnout experts.

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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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