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The reading room includes articles and videos 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.

Elon Musk’s girlfriend got eye surgery for depression.

MedPage Today
August 1, 2019
Claire Elise Boucher, 31, known professionally as Grimes, is a Canadian singer, songwriter, record producer, and visual artist. Her music incorporates elements of varied styles, including dream pop, R&B, electronic music, and hip hop. Since 2018, Boucher has been in a relationship with technology entrepreneur Elon Musk.

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Americans stepping up to share their health data with All of Us: Research program marks first anniversary

The Nation’s Health
July Edition
Ana Pavon could not figure out why her 5-year-old son was acting strangely. In 2011, he developed jerking motions, facial tics and sometimes shouted uncontrollably. After seeing many doctors over weeks, he was diagnosed with Tourette syndrome. Her son’s trial-and-error medical experience motivated Pavon to join the All of Us Research Program, one of the largest and most diverse research cohorts in the nation. The Leesville, California, resident, who is Hispanic, hopes the nationwide program might one day improve health care for Hispanics and other U.S. populations underrepresented in medical research, including people with Tourette syndrome.

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How do you make a mental health app people actually want to use?

July 15, 2019
Making medicines isn’t about aesthetics. Your pill doesn’t need to be pretty to work. But with mental health apps, good design is half the battle. App makers have to be able to translate traditional therapy techniques into easy exercises that people can flip through on their phones.

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A family’s medical mystery sheds light on the surprising ways disease-causing genes can be inherited

July 8, 2019
To her family, Tatiana Legkiy looked completely healthy when she was born. But a pediatrician who listened to her heart heard something off. So within a few days of being born, she saw a specialist who did an echocardiogram and who, alarmed by the results, called an ambulance to take her to the hospital in Modesto, Calif.

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Health tech companies often flop. But this researcher’s track record suggests there’s a strategy for success

July 3, 2019
A series of glass cabinets lines the back wall of this Stanford building, the shelves crowded with health technologies dreamed up here. There’s a bottle of thick blue gel that helps drugs stick inside the colon, a heartbeat-tracking patch, an under-the-sheets sensor that buzzes to prevent night terrors, and a baby doll with a dozen redesigned versions of an umbilical catheter lying next to its blanket.

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Why You Should Take A Peek At Your Doctor’s Notes On Your Health

Kaiser Health News
June 19, 2019
Liz Salmi’s long battle with brain cancer has included surgery, chemotherapy and many doctors’ visits along the way. When she requested her medical records and read her doctor’s notes, she says, they were like a time capsule of the care she has received. Salmi now works for the Boston-based research project OpenNotes, which encourages health providers to share notes about the visits with patients.

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