Allen Mask, WRAL NEWS in NC

Allen Mask


Raleigh, NC, United States

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Past articles by Allen:

Trying to lose weight? Doctors say skip the artificial sweeteners

When many people start a diet, they often begin by replacing sugar with artificial sweeteners. → Read More

Duke stem cell patients celebrate 20 years of reunions

Duke Hospital is known worldwide for its innovation in treating blood cancers. Since 1984, doctors at Duke have performed more than 4,500 bone marrow and stem cell transplants. → Read More

Response to Las Vegas shooting offers lesson to local trauma centers

Local hospitals are watching the tragedy in Las Vegas with special concern. → Read More

Parents told son would have no personality, imagination after perinatal stroke

Stroke is typically something associated with older adults, but children are considered to be at higher risk just before birth and until their first birthday. → Read More

How to prevent back-to-school asthma attacks

Parents of children with asthma know that the first day back to school may go well, but it's the weeks following that are often a prime time for an asthma flare-up. According to WRAL's Dr Allen Mask, those problems can be avoided. → Read More

Knowing father's medical past can help detect prostate cancer, docs say

Family history plays a powerful role in a man's risk for prostate cancer, but many men aren't aware if another family member had the condition. → Read More

Doctor: Daily habit changes can help repair aging skin

As people age, so does their skin, but there are things people can do to help slow, or in some cases, reverse, skin damage by changing daily habits. → Read More

Despite technology advances, glasses remain most popular vision-correction option

There are a number of options for better eyesight or vision correction, like laser surgery or a even contact lenses, but since they were invented back in the 1300s, glasses still remain the most popular option. → Read More

Mindless eating: The real reason for failed diets

Diets come in many forms and many names but usually with the same results: the weight comes back. But doctors say "mindful eating" is not a diet. → Read More

In pain? For some, gene studies could provide a quick cure

Many people spend years searching for a diagnosis of a debilitating medical problem, paying for treatments or surgery that don't help. Now, researchers at UNC say that, for some, recent advances in genetic testing could fix their problems once and for all. → Read More

Burn, blindness a risk without proper eclipse glasses

Staring at the sun for even a brief moment is not recommended. On the day of the solar eclipse, wear certified glasses or find another way to experience it safely. → Read More

Athletes: Try this to prevent ACL tears and knee injuries

Duke researchers are developing a new approach to prevent ACL tears and reduce the risk of osteoarthritis later in life. → Read More

UNC docs' Ebola study yields suggestions to slow its spread

Two University of North Carolina physicians who treated patients during the West African outbreak of the Ebola virus that began in 2013 and spanned three years say the fallout from those deadly days continues. → Read More

Duke doctor: New Netflix film's portrayal of anorexia has positive, negative effects

Eating disorders can begin unnoticed but develop into a life threatening problem. One expert says the new film has positive and negative effects. → Read More

Psychologist: Parents' negative body images are harming their kids

When grownups -- especially parents -- complain about their physical appearance during swim season, they need to be reminded that little ears often hear what they say. → Read More

Duke neurosurgeon: Many factors in McCain's favor as he undergoes cancer treatment

Early reports of McCain's illness were attributed to a blood clot above the eye, but exams led to a diagnosis of a brain tumor called glioblastoma. → Read More

Hormone caused by stress could lead to weight gain, study says

Recent research from the English Longitudinal Study of Aging shows it's possible that constant stress can add to your waist line. → Read More

Encourage kids' physical activity to promote healthy summers

With many children out of school for summer break, it's a great time for them to get physically active, which is especially important in the fight against overweight problems in childhood. → Read More

After double lung transplant, stroke, Charlotte dad recovers to walk daughter down aisle

Most young brides dream of their father walking them down the aisle at their wedding. A Charlotte pastor recovering from a double lung transplant wasn't sure he would get that chance. → Read More

Expert opinion on prostate cancer screening shifts to more testing

Expert opinions on prostate cancer screening have recently shifted. Five years ago, the U.S. Preventive Service Task Force recommended against using the PSA blood test. → Read More