The five most-read stories this week on Scope were:
Breast cancer awareness: Beneath the pink packaging: Inspire contributor Anne Loeser of Salt Lake City discusses her journey since being diagnosed with breast cancer at age 39, and offers a look at the state of treatment options and survival statistics for patients of the disease.
Stanford bioengineer develops a 50-cent paper microscope: Manu 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 research shows how to keep diabetics safer during sleep: Stanford pediatric endocrinologist Bruce Buckingham, MD, and colleagues have found a method to predict and prevent dangerously low overnight blood sugars in adolescents and adults with type-1 diabetes.
Please stop calling doctors “newly minted”: In the latest installment of the SMS Unplugged series, medical student Jennifer DeCoste-Lopez explains why the term “newly minted” in reference to new physicians “is ironic at best, and insulting at worst.”
Research brings meditation’s health benefits into focus: A Huffington Post piece and infographic summarize research findings on some of the key health benefits associated with meditation. The article links to a previous Scope entry with comment from Stanford health psychologist Kelly McGonigal, PhD.
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.