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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.

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

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.

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

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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Americans stepping up to share their health data with All of Us: Research program marks first anniversary

The Nation’s Health
July Edition
Ana Pavon could not figure out why her 5-year-old son was acting strangely. In 2011, he developed jerking motions, facial tics and sometimes shouted uncontrollably. After seeing many doctors over weeks, he was diagnosed with Tourette syndrome. Her son’s trial-and-error medical experience motivated Pavon to join the All of Us Research Program, one of the largest and most diverse research cohorts in the nation. The Leesville, California, resident, who is Hispanic, hopes the nationwide program might one day improve health care for Hispanics and other U.S. populations underrepresented in medical research, including people with Tourette syndrome.

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How do you make a mental health app people actually want to use?

July 15, 2019
Making medicines isn’t about aesthetics. Your pill doesn’t need to be pretty to work. But with mental health apps, good design is half the battle. App makers have to be able to translate traditional therapy techniques into easy exercises that people can flip through on their phones.

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