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Grand Roundup: Top posts for the week of April 20

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

Knitting as ritual – with potential health benefits?: A piece on The Checkup covers recent research on how activities such as knitting and crocheting may have therapeutic effects in certain populations, including a study in women hospitalized for anorexia.

Stanford bioengineer develops a 50-cent paper microscopeManu Prakash, PhD, assistant professor of bioengineering, has developed an ultra-low-cost paper microscope to aid disease diagnosis in developing regions. The device is further described in a technical paper.

New Stanford center aims to promote research excellence: The new Meta-Research Innovation Center at Stanford aims to improve the reproducibility, efficiency and quality of scientific investigations. METRICS co-founders Steven Goodman, MD, MHS, PhD, and John Ioannidis, MD, DSc, discuss the center in two videos and a 1:2:1 podcast.

Thoughts light up with new Stanford-designed tool for studying the brain: Bioengineer Michael Lin, MD, PhD, and biologist and applied physicist Mark Schnitzer, PhD, have developed a tool used to watch nerves fire in real time. A Stanford News piece notes that the technique could help in developing therapies for brain diseases.

The state of Alzheimer’s research: A conversation with Stanford neurologist Michael Greicius: In a 1:2:1 podcast, Michael Greicius, MD, discussed the state of Alzheimer’s research and his recent study on how the ApoE4 variant doubles the risk of Alzheimer’s for women.

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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