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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.

100 million Americans have chronic pain. Very few use one of the best tools to treat it.

VOX
May 17, 2018
When pain settled into Blair Golson’s hands, it didn’t let go. What started off as light throbbing in one wrist 10 years ago quickly engulfed the other. The discomfort then spread, producing a pain much “like slapping your hands against a concrete wall,” he says. He was constantly stretching them, constantly shaking them, while looking for hot or cold surfaces to lay them on for relief.

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Fermented foods for better gut health

Harvard Health Publishing
May 16, 2018
Naturally fermented foods are getting a lot of attention from health experts these days because they may help strengthen your gut microbiome—the 100 trillion or so bacteria and microorganisms that live in your digestive tract. Researchers are beginning to link these tiny creatures to all sorts of health conditions from obesity to neurodegenerative diseases.

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Preventing PTSD: calling Dr. Tetris?

STATNews
May 14, 2018
Preventive psychiatry, a forgotten chapter in the history of mental health, is trying to make a comeback. One area in which it is being explored is post-traumatic stress disorder. This condition represents an excellent opportunity for prevention because of the so-called golden hours: the period between experiencing a traumatic event and the onset of PTSD.

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For Every Woman Who Dies In Childbirth In The U.S., 70 More Come Close

NPR
May 10, 2018
Samantha Blackwell was working her way through a master’s degree at Cleveland State University when she found out she was pregnant. “I was 25, in really good health. I had been an athlete all my life. I threw shot put for my college, so I was in my prime,” she says with a laugh. Though it wasn’t planned, Blackwell’s pregnancy was embraced by her large and loving family and her boyfriend, who would soon become her husband. Her labor was quick, and she gave birth to a healthy baby boy.

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Can precision medicine do for depression what it’s done for cancer? It won’t be easy

STATNews
May 9, 2018
At a growing number of research centers across the country, scientists are scanning brains of patients with depression, drawing their blood, asking about their symptoms, and then scouring that data for patterns. The goal: pinpoint subtypes of depression, then figure out which treatments have the best chance of success for each particular variant of the disease.

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Specialty practices increasingly rely on nurse practitioners, physician assistants

Fierce Healthcare
May 1, 2018
It’s not just primary care practices that are increasingly relying on advanced practice clinicians to help care for patients. A new study found that 28% of all specialty practices are employing nurse practitioners and physician assistants. The number of NPs and PAs in specialty practices increased by 22% from 2008 to 2016, according to a research letter published in JAMA Internal Medicine.

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