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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.

Medical effects of extreme cold: Why it hurts and how to stay safe

NPR
January 30, 2019
Parts of the Dakotas and Minnesota dived to minus 27 F or lower this week, according to the National Weather Service. That is not just uncomfortable — that kind of cold can be dangerous and even deadly, especially if you don’t take precautions regarding how long you’re out and how you dress.

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From fruit fly to stink eye: searching for anger’s animal roots

NPR
January 29, 2019
For comedian Lewis Black, anger is a job. Black is famous for his rants about stuff he finds annoying or unfair or just plain infuriating. Onstage, he often looks ready for a fight. He leans forward. He shouts. He stabs the air with an index finger, or a middle finger. To a scientist, Black looks a lot like a belligerent dog, or an irritated gerbil.

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Flu science points to another culprit when vaccines fail — us

STATNews
January 24, 2019
If you’ve ever gotten a flu shot — and then, later that season, gotten the flu — you were more than likely, and rightly, miffed. Your doctor might have explained that the problem was possibly that the influenza vaccine wasn’t well matched that year to the strains people coughed and sneezed in your direction.

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Scientists are teaching the body to accept new organs

The New York Times
January 22, 2019
Patients receiving new kidneys and livers must take damaging anti-rejection drugs for the rest of their lives. Now researchers hope to train the immune system instead of just tamping it down.

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A ‘digital pill’ for cancer patients is rolled out for the first time, in hopes of improving outcomes

STATNews
January 17, 2019
A Silicon Valley company on Thursday announced what it described as the first “digital pill” program of its kind, one in which the chemotherapy pills taken by cancer patients are packaged with a sensor that can alert a physician, pharmacist, or caregiver after it has been swallowed.

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The work-from-home doctor will see you now

San Francisco Chronicle
December 1, 2018
It’s been about two years since Dr. Ian Tong has seen a patient — in person, that is. But Tong treats patients all the time through a secure video-chatting application on his laptop, from the San Francisco headquarters of Doctor On Demand, the telemedicine company he helps lead as chief medical officer. The same goes for the roughly 150 physicians employed by Doctor On Demand who primarily work from home from all over the United States.

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What will 2019 bring for science and medicine?

STATNews
December 31, 3018
It has been a tumultuous year for science and medicine, and also for the business and politics of both. And with CRISPR babies still in the headlines, Donald Trump still in the White House, and the Dow down again, 2019 is shaping up to be just as turbulent.

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