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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.

Tim Caulfield explores health fads in the new Netflix show “A User’s Guide to Cheating Death.”

September 28, 2018
Tim Caulfield has made it his job to tease apart fact from fiction when it comes from health advice. Now, he’s taking that mission to Netflix in a new show that explores everything from crystal therapy to ionic foot baths. His latest foray into medical myth-busting, the six-part documentary series “A User’s Guide to Cheating Death,” premieres Friday (9/28) on the streaming service.

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The history of surgical gloves

Past Medical History
September 19, 2018
In modern medicine, the thought of performing surgery without wearing gloves is utterly unthinkable. It is common knowledge that their use helps to prevent the transmission of infection in operating theaters, as well as protecting the surgeon and other staff. This was, however, not always the case, and before the late 1800s, no surgeon wore gloves. The introduction of the surgical glove in 1889 had a massive impact on the safety of surgery and would save countless lives. Few people realize that the reason they were introduced has its roots in a love story.

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Why a ‘Memory Town’ is coming to your local strip mall

September 17, 2018
On August 13, a brand-new town in Southern California welcomed its first residents. They trickled through the doors of a generic beige warehouse on a light-industrial stretch of Main Street in Chula Vista, a San Diego suburb. Then they emerged in Town Square®—a 9,000-square-foot working replica of a 1950s downtown, built and operated by the George G. Glenner Alzheimer’s Family Centers. Unlike the businesses around it hawking restaurant supplies and tires, Town Square trades in an intangible good: memories.

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A ‘hidden safety net’: How health authorities rapidly respond to outbreak scares on airliners

September 7, 2018
In the confusing first hour or two after an Emirates Airline jet was quarantined at New York’s JFK Airport on Wednesday, there was little certainty over how many people were sick or what was ailing them. But one thing was clear: A system years in the making to spot and halt importation of dangerous illnesses to the United States was set into motion.

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Insulin’s high cost leads to lethal rationing

September 1, 2018
Diabetic ketoacidosis is a terrible way to die. It’s what happens when you don’t have enough insulin. Your blood sugar gets so high that your blood becomes highly acidic, your cells dehydrate, and your body stops functioning. Diabetic ketoacidosis is how Nicole Smith-Holt lost her son. Three days before his payday. Because he couldn’t afford his insulin.

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