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Grand Roundup: Top posts from January

It’s time to look back at last month’s five-most read stories on Scope. They were:

The real reason why med students only talk about school: In the latest installment of Stanford Medicine Unplugged, second-year medical student Nathaniel Fleming writes about the reason that medical students talk about school so much. He notes that “being able to debrief openly and honestly couldn’t be more important in a profession like medicine.”

The importance of providing patient support in the face of a life-threatening illness: In this first-person piece, Sara Wyen, a survivor raising awareness about the devastating effects of blood clots, shares how her physician helped her heal both physically and emotionally after a scary medical diagnosis.

When Breath Becomes Air: A conversation with Lucy Kalanithi: The memoir "When Breath Becomes Air" was written by Stanford neurosurgeon Paul Kalanithi, MD, who died of lung cancer at the age of 37. In a recent 1:2:1 podcast, Paul’s wife, Stanford physician Lucy Kalanithi, MD, talks about the words that Paul left behind and what life has been like since Paul died last spring.

NBC Dateline to explore the “extraordinary situation” facing one Packard Children’s transplant family: A national news program recently caught up with the Binghams, a family with three children with cardiomyopathy, a life-threatening disease that reduces the heart's ability to pump normally. Family members have undergone three heart transplants at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford, and their youngest son is awaiting a donor heart.

New perspective: Potential multiple sclerosis drug is actually old (and safe and cheap): This post highlights a new study led by Paul Bollyky, MD, PhD, showing that blocking production of a naturally made substance in the body may be beneficial in multiple sclerosis.

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

Eating for good blood: Tips for boosting iron levels and hemoglobin: This entry from the Stanford Blood Center discusses hemoglobin levels and offers ways to boost levels prior to blood donation.

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