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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.

A ‘hidden safety net’: How health authorities rapidly respond to outbreak scares on airliners

September 7, 2018
In the confusing first hour or two after an Emirates Airline jet was quarantined at New York’s JFK Airport on Wednesday, there was little certainty over how many people were sick or what was ailing them. But one thing was clear: A system years in the making to spot and halt importation of dangerous illnesses to the United States was set into motion.

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Insulin’s high cost leads to lethal rationing

September 1, 2018
Diabetic ketoacidosis is a terrible way to die. It’s what happens when you don’t have enough insulin. Your blood sugar gets so high that your blood becomes highly acidic, your cells dehydrate, and your body stops functioning. Diabetic ketoacidosis is how Nicole Smith-Holt lost her son. Three days before his payday. Because he couldn’t afford his insulin.

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Tick-borne meat allergy has risen in North Carolina

North Carolina Health News
August 24, 2018
On an average midsummer afternoon of 2017, Susan Davis noticed that a large tick had latched onto her waist. She had been walking her dog, Onyx, in the woods surrounding her Chapel Hill home earlier that day. Davis, an audio journalism consultant, plucked the tick off quickly. Though a “very itchy red mark” remained where she had been bitten, she wasn’t worried. Growing up in the Midwest, she’d had plenty of experience with ticks.

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How scientists are learning to predict your future with your genes

August 23, 2018
When the Human Genome Project — the massive endeavor to map all the genes that make humans human — was completed in 2003, scientists were elated. Finally, they thought, it would be possible to find genes that cause or contribute to devastating diseases like diabetes. And, they thought, it would be relatively simple.

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Foster parents often struggle to find doctors to treat the kids in their care

August 22, 2018
Sherri and Thomas Croom have been foster parents to 27 children — from newborns to teenagers — during the past decade. That has meant visits to dozens of doctors and dentists for issues ranging from a tonsillectomy to depression. While foster parenting has innumerable challenges, health care coverage for the children isn’t one of them. Yet Croom and other foster parents say that even with the coverage, they struggle to meet the extraordinary health needs of their children.

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4 things TV medical dramas get wrong about residency

AMA Wire
August 15, 2018
Medical residents are just like anyone else. They do laundry, they get married, they have dogs and—to judge by the ratings—quite a few likely sit down to watch “Grey’s Anatomy” on TV. On the surface, the life of a medical resident is not all that glamorous. Still, when the life of a resident is portrayed on TV—as it has on “Grey’s Anatomy” and a number of other dramas across just about every network over the past few decades—the narrative seldom matches the reality. TV is not the place to go to find out what residency is like.

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