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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.

National Expert: Caregivers need to care for themselves too

NC Health News
November 8, 2018
Caregivers often don’t recognize how much they do for others while neglecting themselves. Caregiving expert Peter Wong recently gave Charlotteans some encouragement.

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What if the placebo effect isn’t a trick?

The New York Times
November 7, 2018
New research is zeroing in on a biochemical basis for the placebo effect — possibly opening a Pandora’s box for Western medicine.

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The Key to a Long Life Has Little to Do With ‘Good Genes’

Wired
November 6, 2018
IN 2013, GOOGLE cofounder and CEO Larry Page announced the formation of a new Alphabet entity dedicated to solving the pesky puzzle of mortality. Since then, the billion-dollar longevity lab known as Calico—short for California Life Company—has been trying to tease apart the fundamental biology of aging in the hopes of one day defeating death.

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The FDA, but with guns: How far should a little-known office go to track down counterfeit drugs?

STATNews
November 5, 2018
Sun seekers at the iconic Caribe Hilton on a secluded beach in San Juan would have had no idea what was afoot in a hotel room upstairs. A special agent posing as a venture capitalist from Texas was negotiating with two Turkish businessmen for pricey chemotherapy drugs that had been smuggled into the country.

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How fentanyl changes the opioid equation

PEW
October 17, 2018
More than a decade into the opioid epidemic, illicit fentanyl and related synthetic drugs are now driving the nation’s spiraling overdose death toll. Involved in nearly half of the roughly 200 U.S. drug overdose deaths every day, fentanyl appears to be here to stay.

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What the healthcare industry could learn from Lyft and Airbnb

Fast Company
October 9, 2018
The sharing economy is built upon service and interaction designs that engender interpersonal trust. Healthcare organizations could learn from it.

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