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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.

Pregnant women who need medications face a risky guessing game.

STATNews
December 5, 2017
So many women face wrenching decisions about using medication during their pregnancies. Now, federal officials are finally inviting them to tell their stories. And they’re not holding back: “I was on Zoloft for many years before I became pregnant with my first. Both my psychiatrist and OB/GYN would not give me an answer about if I should continue to take it.” “For every condition that couldn’t be addressed with acetaminophen or antacids, I was out of luck.”

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WATCH: This guy did special effects for ‘Jurassic Park.’ He now makes mannequins for doctors

STATNews
November 30, 2017
Gregory Loan is a simulation engineer at Boston Children’s Hospital Simulator Program. He makes artificial body parts and mannequins for clinicians to practice on.

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Standardized Patients Teach Skills and Empathy

AAMCNews
November 28, 2017
From his first month as a student at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) in Little Rock, Ark., Grant Cagle learned how to drape a patient, take a medical history, perform physical exams, deliver bad news, and more. And he was able to learn and practice these clinical skills—and make mistakes—without affecting actual patients.

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Apps Can Cut Blue Light From Devices, But Do They Help You Sleep?

NPR
November 28, 2017
If you’re regularly checking your phone at night in a dark room, you’re probably tricking your body into thinking it’s still daytime.

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Replacing lymph nodes to ease painful legacy of cancer care

STATNews
November 27, 2017
Breast cancer treatment left Susan Wolfe-Tank with an arm too painfully swollen to lift anything heavy or even fit into her usual clothing — a debilitating condition that gets little attention and has no cure. Desperate, the Wisconsin woman traveled hundreds of miles to seek a delicate operation — replacing under-arm lymph nodes lost in cancer surgery — as a small but growing number of hospitals offer microsurgical attempts at relief from lymphedema that help some patients but not all.

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Intense pain. Debilitating weakness. What was driving a young man to the brink of death?

STATNews
November 27, 2017
He was just 30, but Colin McEwen’s life had become a living nightmare. Debilitating spells of excruciating abdominal pain had begun landing him in the hospital a few times a month. Then came the weakness, the insomnia, the seizures, and the anxiety. The pain, McEwen said, was “unholy, like someone is squeezing your intestines. It would take your breath away.”

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