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Grand Roundup: Top posts for the week of Jan. 25

Between the deafening buzz surrounding Apple's announcement of the iPad and pundits' constant analysis of President Obama's State of the Union speech, it would be easy to fall behind on the latest news in biomedicine. To help you catch up, here are the five most-read posts on Scope this week:

The cruelty of fraudulent stem cell therapy: The story of one patient's fatal decision to seek treatment from an unscrupulous "stem cell clinic."

Stem cell breakthrough: Science over classical music: A Stanford researcher with training in classical music succeeds in transforming mouse skin cells into functional nerve cells.

Reports from Stanford medical team in Haiti: Two Stanford physicians and one nurse describe the widespread destruction, constant flow of patients and their frustration at not being able to do more.

Study shows menu labeling prompts parents to make more nutritious choices for kids
: Researchers show providing nutritional information on restaurant menus may help persuade parents to limit how much fast food their children eat.

A call for depression screening for pregnant women, moms: The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists calls for routine screening of depression for women during and after pregnancy.

The Grand Roundup will return each Saturday to recap Scope's most popular stories.

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Genetics
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The scenario many of us learned in school is that two X chromosomes make someone female, and an X and a Y chromosome make someone male. These are simplistic ways of thinking about what is scientifically very complex.
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Nutrition
Intermittent fasting: Fad or science-based diet?

Are the health-benefit claims from intermittent fasting backed up by scientific evidence? John Trepanowski, postdoctoral research fellow at the Stanford Prevention Research Center,weighs in.