The five most-read posts on Scope this week were:
Anna Deavere Smith to perform at Medical Grand Rounds: Next Wednesday, Anna Deavere Smith will be featured at Stanford's Department of Medicine's Grand Rounds, where she'll perform excerpts from her latest play, Let Me Down Easy, in which her characters confront some profound issues of life and death.
Popular vuvuzela poses health risk to World Cup fans: The loud buzz of the horn-like vuvuzela may be a distraction for many World Cup viewers, but the greater, more serious issue is the hearing-loss risk facing those actually at the games.
Surprise! Warrior immune proteins also help heal injured nerves: In a paper published this week in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Stanford neurobiologist Ben Barres, MD, PhD, and his crew have shown in animal models that antibodies can flag degenerating myelin, hastening repair.
"Pro-ana" websites reflect users' conflicted inner worlds: In the first large-scale analysis of its kind, Lucile Packard Children's Hospital pediatrician Rebecka Peebles, MD, and collaborators at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health looked at 180 pro-eating-disorder websites and rated them according to their perceived harm.
New England Journal of Medicine introduces iPhone app: This week, the New England Journal of Medicine released a new iPhone application, and for a limited time the application is free.
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