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Grand Roundup: Top posts for the week of Jul. 26

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

Researcher offers a look at HIV in India: Suniti Solomon, MD, director of the Y.R. Gaitonde Center for AIDS Research and Education in India, talks about the growing number of women contracting HIV in her country.

Stem cell scientists warn against fraudulent treatments: A segment on NPR's "Morning Edition" discusses researchers' concerns about the proliferation of clinics that offer fraudulent stem cell "therapies" to desperate patients.

Why are women more likely to need mental-health help? A UCLA study found women were 1.5 times more likely as men to say they needed help for a mental or emotional health problem, such as feeling sad, anxious or nervous. Stanford psychiatrists discuss whether women are actually unhappier or if they feel more comfortable asking for help.

Stanford study identifies molecular mechanism that triggers Parkinson's: Bingwei Lu, PhD, and his colleagues have unraveled a molecular pathway though which a frequently occurring mutation may be causing Parkinson's disease.

Image of the week: Cryptococcosis: The Pacific Northwest made a strong appearance in the news recently after the CDC released a reports on the emergence of a deadly fungus in the region called Cryptococcus gattii. In the entry, a micrograph shows changes in the lung associated with cryptococcosis.

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