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Grand Roundup: Top posts for the week of Nov. 25

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

The stress of having too many Facebook friends: Stanford psychiatrist Elias Aboujaoude, MD, discusses new findings suggesting that the more Facebook friends a person has, the more stressed out he or she may be.

Flu-vaccine study participant shares his experience: Stanford researchers are recruiting participants for a clinical trial to study the immune response to an experimental, seasonal DNA flu vaccine and boosted by one of two licensed seasonal flu vaccines. In this Q&A, study participant Johan Andreasson discusses his experience with the trial.

AAMC highlights impact of medical schools and teaching hospitals: An infographic (.pdf) recently released by the Association of American Medical Colleges illustrates the vital role that the nation’s medical schools and teaching hospitals play in the health-care system.

Stanford neurologist comments on the health risks of mobile phones: Stanford neurologist Paul Fisher, MD, comments on the latest research on the potential negative health effects of cell phone use.

The science of willpower: Earlier last year, Stanford health psychologist Kelly McGonigal, PhD, published a book based on her popular Stanford Continuing Studies course “The Science of Willpower.” In this Q&A, she discusses the latest research on the topic and describes how stress, sleep deprivation and nutrition can lessen our ability to resist temptations.

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