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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 good food count as health care?

March 24, 2018
Diane Woodford peppers the meal delivery driver at her front door with an urgent question: “Did you bring my tomato soup?” It’s there in her bag, along with a week’s worth of low-sugar, low-salt meals to ensure Woodford will eat well, even though her diabetes, kidney disease, and congestive heart failure make it hard for her to get to the grocery store.

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A Norfolk doctor found a treatment for sepsis. Now he’s trying to get the ICU world to listen.

The Virginia-Pilot
March 23, 2017
The patient was dying. Valerie Hobbs, 53, was in the throes of sepsis – an infection coursing through her veins that was causing her blood pressure to tank, her organs to fail and her breathing to flag. “When you have a person that young who’s going to die, you start thinking, ‘What else can we pull out of the bag?’ ” said Dr. Paul Marik, who was on duty that day in the intensive care unit of Sentara Norfolk General Hospital. In this case, he reached for Vitamin C.

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Graphic: Opioid Painkiller Is Top Prescription In 10 States

Kaiser Health News
March 22, 2018
Americans fill about 4.5 billion prescriptions each year, at a cost of more than $323 billion. But what are we actually buying? In 10 states, the top prescriptions are opioid pain pills that are mixtures of acetaminophen and hydrocodone (brand names Vicodin and Norco), according to new data from GoodRx, an online prescription cost service.

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A Day in the Life: Facing the Opioid Epidemic in Huntington, West Virginia

JAMA Network
March 21, 2018
In mid-August 2016, Cabell County, in the southwestern part of the state, made headlines when public health officials reported 20 opioid overdose cases in a 53-hour period. For years, opiates flowed unabated into the county of some 96 000 residents. A lawsuit filed last year charged that 9 distributors, including CVS Indiana and Walgreen Eastern Co Inc, failed to investigate and stop 40 million prescription hydrocodone and oxycodone pills from flooding the county between 2007 and 2012.

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Lack of broadband limits telemedicine in rural areas

Next Avenue
March 15, 2018
With a computer tablet from the Center for Telehealth at the University of Mississippi, health care providers regularly monitored a rural diabetes patient’s condition. But when the patient needed to transmit data to the doctors at the center, things got complicated.

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From app store to drug store, digital health is redefining pharma’s pipeline

March 13, 2018
The pitches always sounded promising: A new software app could track glucose levels for people with diabetes or soothe the brains of insomniacs. Most pharma executives would politely smile and nod, but then park their money somewhere else. Not anymore.

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For diabetics, a high-fiber diet feeds gut microbes, lowering blood sugar

March 8, 2018
New research suggests that dietary fibers actually play a critical role in feeding the trillions of microbes that reside in our bodies, known collectively as the microbiome. And that specifically for people with type 2 diabetes, a high-fiber diet along with a favorable gut microbiome can keep patients’ blood sugar and body weight under control.

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These scientific images are both research tools and works of art

March 8, 2018
Science is a deeply visual pursuit. Day in and day out researchers and clinicians rely on scans, magnifications, models, and manipulated photos to make discoveries about how living things work, and to carry those discoveries into the clinic. In acknowledgement of science’s visual underpinnings, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Koch Institute has for the past eight years featured a public gallery of science images in its Cambridge, Mass., lobby.
Abel B. Cortinas, Kevin B. Daniel, Victor Cruz, Robert Grant, Daniel G. Anderson/Koch Institute at MIT

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8 Things to Know About Residency and The Match®

March 6, 2018
Every year in mid-March, tens of thousands of medical students tear open envelopes and learn where they will be completing the next phase of their professional training. Check out some lesser-known facts behind The Match® as future physicians eagerly await this upcoming rite of passage.

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