The five most-read stories on Scope this week were:
From frustration to foundation: Embracing a diagnosis of celiac disease: Inspire contributor Alice Bast shares her empowering story of living with celiac disease and reveals why the day she was diagnosed with the autoimmune disorder was the best day of her life.
Ten-year-old YouTube star: Famous for her singing, not for her illness: The moving story of how 10-year-old Reagan Claire Smith c0nquered immune thrombocytopenic purpura and went on to become a YouTube singing sensation. Smith was treated at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital.
A downside of electronic health records: How 90 percent of Merced County, California patients became Albanian: Much of the data entered into electronic medical records is being mined to make important decisions about clinical care and health policy. But as this physicial-blogger cautions, erroneous data can compromise the entire system.
Stanford establishes ‘banking system’ to help faculty balance their professional and personal lives: A story published this week in the Chronicle of Higher Education highlighted a new program at Stanford that was designed to help medical school faculty achieve a better work-life balance.
Ask Stanford Med: Infectious disease specialist taking questions on seasonal influenza: In our latest installment of this monthly series, Stanford's Corry Dekker, MD, is responding to questions about flu vaccines and research. Questions can be submitted to Dekker by either sending a tweet that includes the hashtag #AskSUMed or posting your question in the comments section of the entry.