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Grand Roundup: Top posts for the week of Sept. 20

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

Do you have the chocolate gene? Study hints consumer preferences may be inherited: A study by Stanford marketing professor Itamar Simonson, PhD, and University of Florida researcher Aner Sela, PhD, suggests that some consumer choices may be hard-wired.

Study shows new treatment for heart disease can save lives: In another advancement in the field of minimally invasive therapeutic treatments, a study published this week in the New England Journal of Medicine shows that implanting a prosthetic heart valve percutaneously through an artery in the groin directly into the beating heart can save lives.

"Natural" or not, chicken nuggets are high in fat, sodium: A discussion on the nutritional value of chicken nuggets, which a Consumer Reports Health investigation found to be high in fat and sodium.

PhD research explained through interpretive dance: A video of Maureen McKeague, a PhD candidate in Chemistry at Carleton University, explaining her research project ("Selection of a DNA aptamer for homocysteine using SELEX") through interpretive dance.

Exploring the "fading art" of the physical exam: In a Morning Edition segment on Monday, NPR reporter Richard Knox explored how many physicians are abbreviating or skipping the time-honored physical exam. Some are bucking that trend, though, including Stanford's Abraham Verghese, MD.

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