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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.

Women may be more adept than men at discerning pain

NPR
August 26, 2019
The pathway to opioid abuse for women often starts with a prescription from the doctor’s office. One reason is that women are more likely than men to seek help for pain. Pain researchers say not only do women suffer more painful conditions, they actually perceive pain more intensely than men do.

“The burden of pain is substantially greater for women than men,” says researcher and psychologist Roger Fillingim, “and that led pain researchers like myself to wonder if the pain perception system is different in women than in men.”

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Doctors say most metrics provided by your Apple Watch, Fitbit aren’t helpful to them

USA Today
August 14, 2019
We use wearables to count calories, measure heart rates and even rate our quality of sleep. With healthier living in mind, we purchase kid-friendly versions for our children and step-counting options for grandparents. Apple Watches, Fitbits and other fitness trackers are everywhere as data-obsessed users tap away at tiny screens from the gym to the doctor’s office. It’s clear that consumers love wearables and the information they provide – but do physicians?

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Ann Curry is going to air patients’ medical mysteries on live TV. She gets your concerns

STATNews
August 6, 2019
Amedical student with mysterious symptoms that mimic the signs of kidney failure. A man with debilitating pain that has lasted for over a decade and causes temporary paralysis. A young woman who gained 90 pounds in a year and started experiencing severe pain and gastrointestinal problems. All of the patients say their doctors haven’t been able to figure out what, exactly, is wrong. And they’re all hoping that a hive mind of television viewers might be able to help.

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Why parents are turning to a controversial treatment for food allergies.

Undark
August 5, 2019
For families with food allergies, micro-managing daily life to avoid accidentally consuming the wrong food can be a huge burden. They scour labels. They avoid restaurants. They ban their kids from birthday parties, or refuse to enter sports stadiums, worrying that peanut shells littering the ground could trigger life-ending anaphylaxis. The resulting angst has driven some families and physicians to try a therapy that has done well in early studies but has unclear long-term effects and is not yet approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The controversial treatment is called oral immunotherapy (OIT).

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Artificial intelligence may be able to pinpoint atrial fibrillation

UPI
August 2, 2019
Researchers have developed a machine-learning method that can pinpoint a dangerous heart condition, new research shows. With 90 percent accuracy, researchers were able to detect atrial fibrillation using artificial intelligence-guided EKG, according to a study published Friday in The Lancet. The method even worked when no symptoms were present in patients.

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Elon Musk’s girlfriend got eye surgery for depression.

MedPage Today
August 1, 2019
Claire Elise Boucher, 31, known professionally as Grimes, is a Canadian singer, songwriter, record producer, and visual artist. Her music incorporates elements of varied styles, including dream pop, R&B, electronic music, and hip hop. Since 2018, Boucher has been in a relationship with technology entrepreneur Elon Musk.

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