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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.

Does exercise burn more calories in the cold than in warm weather?

STATNews
December 20, 2017
The claim: Exercising in the cold burns more calories than exercising in warmer temperatures, making it easier to lose weight. Specifically, people who hiked in temperatures ranging from 15 to 23 degrees burned 34 percent more calories than people who hiked in temperatures in the mid-50s, according to a recent study of 53 men and women who took part in a vigorous National Outdoor Leadership School program in Wyoming.

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US health officials to target high-risk alternative remedies

The Associated Press
December 18, 2017
U.S. health officials plan to crack down on a growing number of unproven alternative remedies, focusing on products containing dangerous ingredients that have occasionally been linked to serious injury and death. The Food and Drug Administration on Monday issued a new proposal for regulating homeopathic medicines that have long been on the fringe of mainstream medicine. The agency plans to target products that pose the biggest safety risks, including those marketed for children or for serious diseases.

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Not just primary care, the coming ‘Silver Tsunami’ will hit specialists as well

Healthcare Finance
December 12, 2017
Just about everybody in healthcare is planning for, or bracing against, the coming Silver Tsunami and the demands an aging population will place on the healthcare system facing a shortage of primary care physicians. The coming shortage of primary doctors has been well-documented and now new research suggests that many specialists will also be in short supply.

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Older Americans Taking Too Many Unneeded Drugs

Kaiser Health News
December 12, 2017
Consider it America’s other prescription drug epidemic. For decades, experts have warned that older Americans are taking too many unnecessary drugs, often prescribed by multiple doctors, for dubious or unknown reasons. Researchers estimate that 25 percent of people ages 65 to 69 take at least five prescription drugs to treat chronic conditions, a figure that jumps to nearly 46 percent for those between 70 and 79.

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Challenges Abound For 26-Year-Olds Falling Off Parental Insurance Cliff

Kaiser Health News
December 8, 2017
Marguerite Moniot felt frustrated and flummoxed, despite the many hours she spent in front of the computer this year reading consumer reviews of health insurance plans offered on the individual market in Virginia. Moniot was preparing to buy a policy of her own, knowing she would age out of her parent’s plan when she turned 26 in October.

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Surgeons Try Prescribing Fewer Opioids To Lower Addiction Risk

NPR via Kaiser Health News
December 6, 2017
It may not be rocket science, but a group of surgeons at the University of Michigan has devised an approach to help curb the nation’s opioid epidemic — starting at their own hospital. Opioid addiction has been deemed a “public health emergency” by the White House. It’s estimated to have claimed 64,000 lives in 2016 alone.

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Pregnant women who need medications face a risky guessing game.

STATNews
December 5, 2017
So many women face wrenching decisions about using medication during their pregnancies. Now, federal officials are finally inviting them to tell their stories. And they’re not holding back: “I was on Zoloft for many years before I became pregnant with my first. Both my psychiatrist and OB/GYN would not give me an answer about if I should continue to take it.” “For every condition that couldn’t be addressed with acetaminophen or antacids, I was out of luck.”

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