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Grand Roundup: Top posts for the week of July 8

The five most-read stories on Scope this week were:

Can yoga help women suffering from fibromyalgia?: A study published in the Journal of Pain Research shows that practicing yoga boosts levels of the stress hormone cortisol and could help ease some symptoms of fibromyalgia such as pain, fatigue, muscle stiffness and depression.

Stem cell-based heart-attack therapy approved for clinical trials: Marking a first for the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approves a new therapy that uses Cardiosphere Derived Cells to heal and repair the heart muscle after a heart attack.

Stanford scientists examine meditation and compassion in the brain: Researchers study MRI scans of expert meditators to better understand what compassion looks like in the brain.

Analysis: The Supreme Court upholds the health reform act (really): Stanford law professor Hank Greely, JD, provides an in-depth legal analysis of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision on the Affordable Care Act.

Stanford GSB program debuts global health innovation blog: Stanford Graduate School of Business launches a new blog focused on promoting discussion and creative solutions for improving health care in developing countries.

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Genetics
Sex biology redefined: Genes don’t indicate binary sexes

The scenario many of us learned in school is that two X chromosomes make someone female, and an X and a Y chromosome make someone male. These are simplistic ways of thinking about what is scientifically very complex.
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Nutrition
Intermittent fasting: Fad or science-based diet?

Are the health-benefit claims from intermittent fasting backed up by scientific evidence? John Trepanowski, postdoctoral research fellow at the Stanford Prevention Research Center,weighs in.