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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.

12 Innovations That Will Change Health Care and Medicine in the 2020s

Time Magazine
October 25, 2019
Pocket-size ultrasound devices that cost 50 times less than the machines in hospitals (and connect to your phone). Virtual reality that speeds healing in rehab. Artificial intelligence that’s better than medical experts at spotting lung tumors. These are just some of the innovations now transforming medicine at a remarkable pace.

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Is the stethoscope dying? High-tech rivals pose a threat.

Associated Press
October 23, 2019
Two centuries after its invention, the stethoscope — the very symbol of the medical profession — is facing an uncertain prognosis. It is threatened by hand-held devices that are also pressed against the chest but rely on ultrasound technology, artificial intelligence and smartphone apps instead of doctors’ ears to help detect leaks, murmurs, abnormal rhythms and other problems in the heart, lungs and elsewhere.

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Why Hospitals Are Getting Into The Housing Business

Kaiser Health News
October 4, 2019
One patient at Denver Health, the city’s largest safety net hospital, occupied a bed for more than four years — a hospital record of 1,558 days. Another admitted for a hard-to-treat bacterial infection needed eight weeks of at-home IV antibiotics, but had no home. A third, with dementia, came to the hospital after being released from the Denver County Jail. His family refused to take him back.

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Why Lifesaving Drugs May Be Missing on Your Next Flight

The New York Times
October 3, 2019
Citing chronic shortages, airlines have received exemptions from regulations requiring that flights carry five drugs on board.

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