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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.

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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The Case for Walking

June 14, 2019
Some people get a little fanatical about their exercise. Take I-Min Lee. She walks routinely instead of driving, and she runs regularly. Lee wears a step counter and is “a little obsessed” with keeping track. “This makes me understand how the little things we do during the day can add up to quite a large total number of steps,” the 59-year-old says. Lee admits she has more motivation than the average person. “After all,” she says, “would you listen to a researcher who does not practice what she studies?”

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The Worst Patients in the World

The Atlantic
July 2019 Issue
Americans are hypochondriacs, yet we skip our checkups. We demand drugs we don’t need, and fail to take the ones we do. No wonder the U.S. leads the world in health spending.

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How Much Does Your Education Level Affect Your Health?

The New York Times
June 3, 2019
Education is associated with better health outcomes, but trying to figure out whether it actually causes better health is tricky. People with at least some college education have mortality rates (deaths per 1,000 individuals per year) less than half of those without any college education, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Updated Apple Watch will track your menstrual period and aim to protect your hearing

June 3, 2019
Apple CEO Tim Cook earlier this year vowed that the tech giant’s greatest contribution to humanity would ultimately be in the realm of health. You might not have guessed it from the company’s keynote presentation at its big annual developers conference on Monday, where new health and fitness tools took a bit of a backseat to Apple’s more traditional tech-focused product updates.

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