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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.

Black women more likely to die of breast cancer – especially in the South

Pew Trusts
May 22, 2019
When Felicia Mahone was 27, she felt her breast and found a mass. Breast cancer had killed nearly all the women in her family — her mother, two aunts and two cousins. Her doctor, though, downplayed the lump, assuring her everything would be all right. For months, Mahone resumed her busy life. But she couldn’t shake the feeling the lump might be a tumor. So she saw another doctor at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta. There was more testing, and more nervous waiting…

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Why so many primary-care doctors across America are closing their doors

May 18, 2019
Has your primary-care physician closed up shop? It’s happening all over the country. Walgreens announced last month that it will start operating primary-care physician services at some of its stores. They will operate differently from traditional walk-in care facilities at pharmacies where people typically go when they have an immediate health problem.

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Ask your doctor if nature is right for you

May 2, 2019
“How often do you all get outside?” primary-care physician Ryan Buchholz asks. It’s a Thursday afternoon in October, a warm one for Washington, D.C., where Buchholz practices. His patient, a young boy named Ariel, doesn’t answer. Maybe his mind is on the flu vaccine he just heard administered to a child in the room next door. Maybe he doesn’t understand the question—he’s only two years old, after all. Ariel clutches a blue teddy bear as his father, Fernando, answers. No a menudo. Not often.

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