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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.

Why are physicians holding off on retirement?

Medical Economics
September 25, 2017
There was a time when doctors looked forward to retiring after a successful career, looking to vacation, play golf and spend more time with their families. But these days, it seems more physicians are halting retirement plans.

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The Irrationality of Alcoholics Anonymous

The Atlantic
Published April of 2015
J.G. is a lawyer in his early 30s. He’s a fast talker and has the lean, sinewy build of a distance runner. His choice of profession seems preordained, as he speaks in fully formed paragraphs, his thoughts organized by topic sentences. He’s also a worrier—a big one—who for years used alcohol to soothe his anxiety.

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Brain stimulation partly awakens patient after 15 years in vegetative state

STAT News
September 25, 2017
Patients who lose consciousness for more than a year are considered extremely unlikely to regain it, but a 35-year-old Frenchman who had been in a vegetative state for 15 years has shown hints of awareness after having key brain regions electrically stimulated, scientists reported.

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Osteopathic medicine celebrates 125 years

The DO
September 22, 2017
Osteopathic medical education is 125 years old this year. From its humble beginnings in Missouri, the osteopathic medical profession has grown to include over 102,000 U.S. DOs in 2017. Today, one in four U.S. medical students are enrolled in a college of osteopathic medicine.

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A $200 million gift promotes alternative therapies at a California medical school — and critics reco

STAT News
September 20, 2017
When billionaires Susan and Henry Samueli this week announced a $200 million donation to the University of California, Irvine to launch a new health program dedicated to integrative medicine, they drew a standing ovation and glowing coverage. But for those who have been watching the steady creep of unproven therapies into mainstream medicine, the announcement didn’t go over quite as well.

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The Cost of the Opioid Crisis

The New Yorker
September 18, 2017
In September, 2016, Donald Trump delivered a speech at the Economic Club of New York. “Today, I’m going to outline a plan for American economic revival,” he said. “It is a bold, ambitious, forward-looking plan to massively increase jobs, wages, incomes, and opportunities for the people of our country.” He went on to talk about lowering taxes and removing regulations, renegotiating trade deals and building a border wall. But he overlooked one of the most pressing issues facing the American economy today: the opioid crisis.

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