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Grand Roundup: Top posts for the week of May 11

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 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 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.

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Grand Roundup: Top posts for the week of May 4

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

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.

Step away from the DNA? Circulating *RNA* in blood gives dynamic information about pregnancy, health: Stanford bioengineer Stephen Quake, PhD, and colleagues have generated a dynamic picture of how tissues develop by monitoring changing levels of RNA in the blood, enabling them to better understand what the body is doing and why.

The rechargeable brain: Blood plasma from young mice improves old mice’s memory and learning: A recent study (subscription required) shows something in the blood of young mice has the ability to restore mental capabilities in old mice, which could spell a new paradigm for recharging aging brains. Stanford brain-degeneration expert Tony Wyss-Coray, PhD, is the paper’s senior author.

Two decades with scleroderma: How I find answers to hard-to-solve questions: Scleroderma patient Melissa Ward writes about her experience living with the disorder, from her diagnosis at age 15 to treatment with Stanford rheumatologist Lorinda Chung, MD, and surgeon James Chang, MD.

Ah…OM: Study shows prenatal yoga may relieve anxiety in pregnant women: A study from the University of Manchester and Newcastle University found that women in their late second to third trimesters who attended weekly prenatal yoga classes demonstrated less pregnancy-related anxiety than those who underwent normal prenatal treatment.

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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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Grand Roundup: Top posts for the week of April 27

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

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.

This is your brain on a computer chip: Stanford bioengineer Kwabena Boahen, PhD, and graduate student Ben Varkey Benjamin have modeled one million neurons in real time on a circuit-board called Neurogrid that contains sixteen chips called Neurocores. An accompanying video shows how the team is working with Neurogrid to drive robot movement.

Changing views on dietary fiber’s role in weight loss: As reported by Nature News, a recent study has found that dietary fiber’s role in weight loss, commonly attributed to releasing appetite-suppressing hormones in the gut, may be a matter of the mind.

Stanford’s senior associate dean of medical education talks admissions, career paths: In a video from this year’s Med School 101, Charles Prober, MD, senior associate dean of medical education at Stanford, discussed medical specialties and opportunities in research, education and patient care that someone with an MD can pursue. He also described factors the School of Medicine’s admissions team considers when selecting candidates.

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.

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Researchers explain how “cooling glove” can improve exercise recovery and performance: The “cooling glove,” a device that helps people cool themselves quickly by using their hand to dissipate heat, was created more than a decade ago by Stanford biologists Dennis Grahn and Craig Heller, PhD. This video demonstrates the device and explains how it can be used to dramatically improve exercise recovery and performance.

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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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Grand Roundup: Top posts for the week of April 13

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

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.

A wake-up call from a young e-patient: “I need to be heard”: In this piece, 15-year-old Inspire contributor Morgan Gleason writes about living with the rare autoimmune disease juvenile dermatomyositis. A video about challenges she’s faced during her hospital stays has been widely shared.

Home videos could help diagnose autism, says new Stanford study: Short home videos, such as those posted on YouTube, may become a powerful tool for diagnosing autism, according to a new study from Dennis Wall, MD, associate professor of pediatrics in systems medicine.

Having a copy of ApoE4 gene variant doubles Alzheimer’s risk for women but not for men: A study led by Mike Greicius, MD, medical director of the Stanford Center for Memory Disorders, shows that carrying a copy of a gene variant called ApoE4 confers a substantially greater risk for Alzheimer’s disease on women than it does on men.

My fifth-year comeback: In the latest installment of SMS Unplugged, medical student Moises Gallegos reflects on the lessons, encounters and unforgettable moments he experienced during his clerkships.

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

Researchers explain how “cooling glove” can improve exercise recovery and performance: The “cooling glove,” a device that helps people cool themselves quickly by using their hand to dissipate heat, was created more than a decade ago by Stanford biologists Dennis Grahn and Craig Heller, PhD. This video demonstrates the device and explains how it can be used to dramatically improve exercise recovery and performance.

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Grand Roundup: Top posts for the week of April 6

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

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.

Music box inspires a chemistry set for kids and scientists in developing countries: Manu Prakash has also developed a chemistry set that can be built with materials costing about $5. The device won a contest from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and the Society for Science & the Public to “Reimagine the chemistry set for the 21st century.”

Blood will tell: In Stanford study, tiny bits of circulating tumor DNA betray hidden cancers: A blood sample may one day be enough to diagnose many types of solid cancers, or to monitor the amount of solid cancer in a patient’s body, researchers in the labs of Stanford radiation oncologist Maximilian Diehn, MD, PhD, and hematologist and oncologist Ash Alizadeh, MD, PhD, have shown.

Art and anatomy: Decades-old collaboration brings augmented reality into the hands of Rodin: Stanford’s Cantor Arts Center launched a first-of-its-kind exhibit, “Inside Rodin’s Hands: Art, Technology, and Surgery,” which uses 21st Century technology to look inside the works of Rodin’s 19th Century sculptures.

Bad news for pill poppers? Little clear evidence for Vitamin D efficacy, says Stanford’s John Ioannidis: A large study of vitamin D led by John Ioannidis, MD, DSc, found that more well-designed studies and trials are necessary before firm conclusions can be drawn about its efficacy.

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What are the consequences of sleep deprivation?: Brandon Peters, MD, an adjunct clinical faculty member at the Stanford Center for Sleep Sciences and Medicine, explains how lack of sleep can negatively affect a person’s well-being in this Huffington Post piece.

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Grand Roundup: Top posts for week of March 30

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

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.

Free DIY microscope kits to citizen scientists with inspiring project ideas: Through the Ten Thousand Microscope Project, Manu Prakash is giving away 10,000 build-your-own paper microscope kits to citizen scientists with the most inspiring ideas for how to use his new invention, called the Foldscope.

The brain whisperer: Stanford neurologist talks about his work, shares tips with aspiring doctors: Last week at Med School 101, neurologist Josef Parvizi, MD, PhD, shared with high-school students how he collaborated with musician Chris Chafe, PhD, on a “brain stethoscope” that can translate brainwaves into music.

Bad news for pill poppers? Little clear evidence for Vitamin D efficacy, says Stanford’s John Ioannidis: A large study of vitamin D led by John Ioannidis, MD, DSc, found that more well-designed studies and trials are necessary before firm conclusions can be drawn about its efficacy.

Double vision: How the brain creates a single view of the world: Carla Shatz, PhD, Stanford Bio-X director, has shown that a protein originally known for its role in the immune system, called MHC Class I D, or D for short, is present in the nerves of the developing brain.

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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Grand Roundup: Top posts for the week of March 23

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

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.

Free DIY microscope kits to citizen scientists with inspiring project ideas: Through the Ten Thousand Microscope Project, Manu Prakash is giving away 10,000 build-your-own paper microscope kits to citizen scientists with the most inspiring ideas for how to use his new invention, called the Foldscope.

At Match Day 2014, Stanford med students take first steps as residents: During Match Day 2014, medical students around the country learned where they would be paired to begin residency. Tracie White reports on this year’s event from the Li Ka Shing Center for Learning and Knowledge, where Stanford students opened envelopes containing the news.

Stanford microscope inventor featured on TED Talk: In a TED Talk video, Manu Prakash builds and demonstrates his 50-cent paper microscope.

What the experience of Swedish snuff can teach us about e-cigarettes: Addiction expert Keith Humphreys, PhD, uses the example of Swedish snuff (known as “snus”) to examine the fundamental question at play in the current e-cigarette debate: Would it be a net harm or a net benefit to public health?

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

What are the consequences of sleep deprivation?: Brandon Peters, MD, an adjunct clinical faculty member at the Stanford Center for Sleep Sciences and Medicine, explains how lack of sleep can negatively affect a person’s well-being in this Huffington Post piece.

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Grand Roundup: Top posts for the week of March 16

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

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.

Match Day 2014: Good luck, medical students!: Medical students at Stanford, and thousands more around the United States, gathered for the annual Match Day celebration. Surrounded by family, friends and faculty members, students opened envelopes to learn where they would be “matched” for their residencies.

Free DIY microscope kits to citizen scientists with inspiring project ideas: Through the Ten Thousand Microscope Project, Manu Prakash is giving away 10,000 build-your-own paper microscope kits to citizen scientists with the most inspiring ideas for how to use his new invention, called the Foldscope.

Life-saving dollar-a-dose rotavirus vaccine attains clinical success in advanced India trial: A new rotavirus vaccine has leaped the safety and efficacy thresholds of a late-stage clinical trial, in which more than 6,500 Indian infants were inoculated, and will likely become available in that country for less than a dollar a dose. Stanford’s Harry Greenberg, MD, is co-author of both a study and an accompanying perspective piece published in The Lancet.

Restless legs syndrome, most common in old age, appears to be programmed in the womb: A group led by Juliane Winkelmann, MD, professor of neurology, has pinpointed for the first time the anatomical region in the brain where the programming for restless leg syndrome takes place.

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

What are the consequences of sleep deprivation?: Brandon Peters, MD, an adjunct clinical faculty member at the Stanford Center for Sleep Sciences and Medicine, explains how lack of sleep can negatively affect a person’s well-being in this Huffington Post piece.

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Grand Roundup: Top posts for the week of March 9

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

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.

Free DIY microscope kits to citizen scientists with inspiring project ideas: Through the Ten Thousand Microscope Project, Manu Prakash is giving away 10,000 build-your-own paper microscope kits to citizen scientists with the most inspiring ideas for how to use his new invention, called the Foldscope.

Stanford microscope inventor featured on TED Talk: In a TED Talk video, Manu Prakash builds and demonstrates his 50-cent paper microscope.

Study: Baby sound machines may be too loud for little ears: A recent study published in Pediatrics finds that sound machines meant to soothe babies may actually do more harm than good. Nanci Yuan, MD, pulmonologist and sleep medicine specialist at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford, comments on the research.

E-Cigarettes: The explosion of vaping is about to be regulated: In a 1:2:1 podcast, Robert Jackler, MD, chief of otolaryngology at Stanford, talks with med school communications chief Paul Costello about the health hazards of e-cigarettes and recent efforts to regulate their sale.

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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