The five most-read stories on Scope this week were:
It’s true: Grandma knows better than a molecular cancer epidemiologist: Ann Hsing, PhD, MPH, director of research for the Cancer Prevention Institute of California, explores how a growing body of research reveals that her 99-year-old grandmother’s simple advice to “eat well, sleep well, don’t work too hard” could reduce cancer risk.
Stanford neurosurgeon launches new open-source medical journal built on a crowdsourcing model: Stanford neurosurgeon John Adler, MD, recently launched Curēus (pronounced “curious”), an open-source medical journal that leverages crowdsourcing to make scientific research more readily available to the public.
New blood test could bring lymphedema detection (and treatment) into the 21st century: Stanford scientists have identified a set of proteins circulating in blood whose levels accurately flag the presence of lymphedema. In describing the work’s significance, the study senior author explained that “a standardized, accurate bioassay for lymphedema could help to pave the road for future human clinical trials of drugs to treat it.”
Rethinking diabetes management and care: A Q&A with DiabetesMine founder and patient advocate Amy Tenderich about the recent DiabetesMine Innovation Summit at Stanford and her efforts to “break the ‘gridlock’ in the diabetes industry.”
A conversation about smart-device use among resident physicians: A recent Stanford study examined how mobile phones and computer tablets are used by resident physicians from across seven different specialties. Here, Olufisayo Ositelu, an MD/MBA joint-degree candidate, talks about the research and the significance of the findings.