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The reading room includes articles and videos 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.

Germs on a journey: How infectious diseases become unwelcome companions during air travel

November 29, 2018
Everyone knows traveling on passenger planes can make people susceptible to illness. But there are more means of transmission than you might expect.

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Who owns your medical data? Most likely not you.

The Washington Post
November 25, 2018
Do you think you own your own medical data? Your hospital and doctor records, lab and radiology tests, genetic information, even the actual tissue removed during a biopsy or other surgical procedure? Well, you don’t. It’s a good bet that the fine print of the consent form you signed before your latest test or operation said that all the data or tissue samples belong to the doctor or institution performing it.

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How Do Wishes Granted To Very Sick Kids Affect Their Health?

November 20, 2018
Tiffany Rowe, a 46-year-old life coach in the San Francisco Bay area, still remembers how it felt as a teenager to be hoisted onstage to dance with Michael Jackson during his Bad concert tour. She was 15 and recovering from an excruciating round of treatment for severe idiopathic aplastic anemia — basically total bone marrow failure.

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Top 8 Healthcare Predictions for 2019

November 13, 2018
What can you look forward to in healthcare in 2019? The debate expects to get hotter between AI vs. Physicians, Consumer vs. Clinical, Human empathy vs. Machine Intelligence as many new players enter the ecosystem.

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National Expert: Caregivers need to care for themselves too

NC Health News
November 8, 2018
Caregivers often don’t recognize how much they do for others while neglecting themselves. Caregiving expert Peter Wong recently gave Charlotteans some encouragement.

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What if the placebo effect isn’t a trick?

The New York Times
November 7, 2018
New research is zeroing in on a biochemical basis for the placebo effect — possibly opening a Pandora’s box for Western medicine.

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The Key to a Long Life Has Little to Do With ‘Good Genes’

November 6, 2018
IN 2013, GOOGLE cofounder and CEO Larry Page announced the formation of a new Alphabet entity dedicated to solving the pesky puzzle of mortality. Since then, the billion-dollar longevity lab known as Calico—short for California Life Company—has been trying to tease apart the fundamental biology of aging in the hopes of one day defeating death.

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The FDA, but with guns: How far should a little-known office go to track down counterfeit drugs?

November 5, 2018
Sun seekers at the iconic Caribe Hilton on a secluded beach in San Juan would have had no idea what was afoot in a hotel room upstairs. A special agent posing as a venture capitalist from Texas was negotiating with two Turkish businessmen for pricey chemotherapy drugs that had been smuggled into the country.

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