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Grand Roundup: Top posts for the week of Aug. 26

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

A Stanford nurse shares her experience in talking to her aging mother about end-of-life decisions: In this touching video, Stanford ICU nurse Laura Heldebrant talks about how palliative care specialists helped her in facilitating a conversation with her ailing mother about her end-of-life wishes.

What I did this summer: Stanford medical student works to improve emergency care in Cambodia: A Q&A with Stanford medical student Lily Du Yan about her work evaluating emergency care in Cambodia and her experience while working in the country. Yan is among a group of medical students who contributed to projects in communities around the globe this summer as part of the Medical Scholars Research Program.

Ask Stanford Med: Answers to your questions on the psychological effects of Internet use: Stanford psychiatrist Elias Aboujaoude, MD, responds the questions about the potential link between mental health disorders and Internet addiction.

What I did this summer: Stanford medical student helps India nonprofit create community-health maps: A Q&A with Stanford medical student Shahed Alam, who traveled to Kolkata, India this summer to assist local nonprofit Prayasam in using mobile technology to develop community-health maps. Alam is among a group of medical students who contributed to projects in communities around the globe this summer as part of the Medical Scholars Research Program.

Study suggests specific gene may influence happiness among women: Findings recently published in Progress in Neuro-Psychopharmacology & Biological Psychiatry suggest the gene monoamine oxidase A (MAOA) is associated with higher self-reported happiness in women.

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