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Grand Roundup: Top posts for the week of Oct. 10

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

Stanford to live webcast Dalai Lama events Oct. 14 & 15: The Dalai Lama delivered a public talk at Stanford on Thursday titled "The Centrality of Compassion in Human Life and Society." The following day, he participated in a day-long conference sponsored by the School of Medicine's Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education titled "Scientific Explorations of Compassion and Altruism." The events were streamed live over the Internet and will be available as an archived video in a few days.

Love blocks pain, Stanford study shows: Intense, passionate feelings of love can block pain in ways similar to painkillers or illicit drugs like cocaine, according to a Stanford study published online Wednesday in PLoS One.

Study: Too much TV, computer could hurt kids' mental health: New research hints that too much time in front of a television or computer could be bad for a child's mental health. Stanford pediatrician Thomas Robinson, MD, shares his thoughts on the findings.

Abraham Verghese at Work: A New York Times profile: Stanford's Abraham Verghese, MD, was featured as a "Scientist at Work" in the New York Times this week. In the profile, writer Denise Grady discusses Verghese's dual career as author and physician.

Is sponsorship of health content on the web unethical? Journalism professionals weigh in: Stanford communications professor Ted Glasser, PhD, Barbara Strauch, deputy science editor at the New York Times and R.B. Brenner, a Stanford visiting lecturer and former editor at the Washington Post discuss the infiltration of advertising into health content on the web.

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