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Grand Roundup

Grand Roundup: Top posts for the week of March 2

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

A closer look at the autoimmune disease vasculitis: In this entry, Cornelia Weyand, MD, PhD, professor and chief of immunology and rheumatology, answers questions about vasculitis. The condition, which involves inflammation in the blood vessels, was in the news last week following the death of writer/actor/director Harold Ramis.

8 reasons medical school debt won’t control my life: In this week’s SMS Unplugged post, Jennifer DeCoste-Lopez outlines steps she’s using to manage debt while completing med school.

Elastic for floppy nerves: Stanford Bio-X scientists have found the secret to how nerves withstand the wear and tear of bending joints and moving tissues: an elastic-like protein matrix that keeps them resilient.

Simultaneous treatment for several food allergies passes safety hurdle, Stanford team shows: A team led by Kari Nadeau, MD, PhD, found that an experimental treatment already being widely tested for single food allergies, called oral immunotherapy, could be modified so that patients can be desensitized to multiple food allergens at the same time.

The ultramarathoner’s heart: An article in the recent issue of Stanford Medicine magazine describes visionary Silicon Valley product designer Mike Nuttall‘s experiences with hereditary heart disease and ultramarathon running.

And still going strong – the most popular post from the past:

The mystery surrounding lung-transplant survival rates: A 2012 article in the San Francisco Chronicle offered a look at the challenges facing lung transplant patients and explored why a significant number don’t live beyond the five-year mark, despite improvements in survival rates.

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