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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.

Bill Gates tries to boost the campaign for a universal flu vaccine

April 27, 2018
The billionaire philanthropist and Microsoft co-founder announced Friday that his charity — the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation — is offering $12 million in seed money to spur innovative thinking on a scientific challenge that has stumped the influenza research community for decades and is considered the holy grail of flu research.

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Benzodiazepines: America’s ‘Other Prescription Drug Problem’

April 26, 2018
Drew was in his early 30s. His medical history included alcohol abuse, but he had been sober for several months when he became my patient. His previous doctor had given him a prescription for Ativan, or lorazepam, which is frequently used to allay tremors and seizures from alcohol withdrawal.

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My Life After Getting Breast Cancer in My 20s

The Cut
By Robin Browne as told to Nora Whelan
April 26, 2018
I was diagnosed with breast cancer in the summer of 2015, right after I turned 28. I had a place with some of my best friends, and was partying a lot, and trying to date, and just kind of living a standard, 20-something person in a city’s life. I was enjoying myself! But I’d been feeling pain on the right side of my abdomen for three weeks or so, and it wasn’t going away.

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Opioid deaths prompt Ohio to reimagine classroom lessons, starting with kindergarten

The Washington Post
April 22, 2018
Ohio, a state where 4,329 people died of drug overdoses in 2016, a death rate second only to neighboring West Virginia, is taking the fight against the opioid epidemic into the classroom with a new style of drug-abuse-prevention education.

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Did drinking give me breast cancer?

Mother Jones
May/June 2018 Issues
I thought I’d done everything right: breastfeeding my children, a careful diet, plenty of exercise. I wasn’t overweight and didn’t have a family history. I bought BPA-free bottles for my filtered water. But on a visit to the radiology department last spring, a pair of red brackets highlighted something worrisome on the ultrasound monitor.

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Bionic woman skis, bikes and helps others thrive after paralysis

April 12, 2018
Amanda Boxtel was 24 years old when she lay in a hospital bed, unable to move her legs. A doctor came in to tell her she would never walk again—that her skiing accident had shattered four vertebrae and she was paralyzed from the waist down. Despite her injury, Boxtel didn’t stop living life. In the 26 years since, she’s had many adventures: skiing, mountain biking, parasailing, traveling the world.

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How CRISPR works, explained in two minutes

April 4, 2018

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