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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.

Apple is launching medical clinics to deliver the ‘world’s best health care experience to employees

February 27, 2018
Apple is launching a group of health clinics called AC Wellness for its employees and their families this spring, according to several sources familiar with the company’s plans. The news comes as Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and J.P. Morgan announced a joint effort to improve health care for their employees.

Apple is launching its very own medical clinics for employees from CNBC.

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Synergy Between Nurses And Automation Could Be Key To Finding Sepsis Early

February 22, 2018
A quarter of a million Americans die every year from sepsis, which is the body’s reaction to overwhelming infection. This cascade of organ failure can be nipped in the bud if health care workers know it’s ramping up, but that’s often not easy to do. “Sepsis is a really frustrating disease,” says Dr. David Carlbom, a critical care pulmonologist, and medical director of the sepsis program at the Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. “There’s no blood test for sepsis,” he says. “There’s nothing you can look at under the microscope and say ‘this is sepsis.’”

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The virus hunter: In a bygone era, C.J. Peters learned how to bend the rules

February 20, 2018
Drive a few minutes from the seawall here, where the Gulf of Mexico crashes into this island city, and follow some meandering streets through a subdivision of graceful, low-slung homes. Look for the one with the Mardi Gras doll hanging beside the front door. There you will find a scientific mind of the first order.

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Where to turn for low back pain relief

Harvard Health Letter
Originally Published in November, 2017
Low back pain is one of the most common complaints on the planet. And you may wonder where to turn when you start experiencing some of those aches or twinges in the lower part of your back.

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The 20 most expensive reasons you might have to visit a hospital in the US

Business Insider
February 14, 2018
Hospital stays are expensive — adding up to more than $381 billion a year in the US, according to recent data. The average hospital stay costs over $10,000, but the amount varies widely depending on the medical condition.

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It’s not just athletes: Doctors at the Olympics have also worked years to get there

February 8, 2018
As Team USA preps for the Winter Olympics festivities to kick off, it’s not only the 243 athletes who are getting ready for action — it’s also a crew of medical volunteers who undergo a grueling selection process of their own.
Medical volunteers

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With role models, can minority students change medicine’s racial imbalance?

February 23, 2017
Just 5 percent of US doctors are black, even though African-Americans account for 12 percent of the US population. And research shows that Hispanics and Native Americans are even more underrepresented in the field. That may mark more than a simple failure to diversify the ranks of medical professionals; it could also be bad for public health.

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Some flu vaccines may work better than others — but guidance to the public is scant

February 6, 2018
Last fall some people in the know about influenza science got picky when it came time to get their flu shots. They didn’t want to roll up their sleeve for any old vaccine on offer at their doctor’s office or workplace clinic.

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Too Many Meds? America’s Love Affair With Prescription Medication

Consumer Reports
If you’re like most Americans, you probably start your day with a hot shower, a cup of coffee—and a handful of pills. More than half of us now regularly take a prescription medication—four, on average—according to a new nationally representative Consumer Reports survey of 1,947 adults. Many in that group also take over-the-counter drugs as well as vitamins and other dietary supplements.

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Unnecessary Medical Care: More Common Than You Might Imagine

February 1, 2018
It’s one of the intractable financial boondoggles of the U.S. health care system: Lots and lots of patients get lots and lots of tests and procedures that they don’t need. That all adds up to substantial expense that drives up the cost of care for all of us. Just how much, though, is seldom tallied. So, the Washington Health Alliance, a nonprofit dedicated to making care safer and more affordable, decided to find out.

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