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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.

The cancer stories no one wants to hear

STAT News
October 6, 2017
While our larger cultural conversation around cancer focuses on survivors and miracles, we don’t hear the stories of dying cancer patients — they are often too sick or too busy to tell them.

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New Sesame Street Tools Help Build Resiliency

Robert Wood Foundation: Culture of Health Blog
October 6, 2017
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Sesame Street are partnering to help families cope with traumatic experiences and foster nurturing connections between children and the caring adults in their lives.

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Harnessing the Power of Electronic Health Records to Improve Health Care

AAMC News
October 03, 2017
The use of electronic health records (EHRs) has skyrocketed—in less than a decade, the number of hospitals adopting the technology surged from fewer than 10% in 2008 to nearly 84%, in 2015 according to federal data. But adoption is only the first step health care providers must take to harness the full power of EHRs to improve people’s health.

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Pick a day, maybe today, to talk with loved ones about end-of-life care

STAT News
September 29, 2017
Western culture and medicine are rooted in the belief that life is to be preserved and protected at all costs. From day one in medical school, physicians-to-be are taught that if a patient dies, it’s usually because they made a mistake or that something beyond their control went wrong.

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Top hospital’s struggle to cut costs

STAT News
September 28, 2017
In only 18 months on the job, the chief operating officer of Brigham and Women’s Hospital had weathered relentless and unforeseen events that battered the elite Harvard-affiliated medical center.

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FDA approves first blood sugar monitor without finger pricks

Associated Press
September 28, 2017
The FDA has approved a device from Abbott that continuously monitors diabetics’ blood sugar levels without requiring backup finger prick tests.

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