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Grand Roundup: Top posts for the week of July 17

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

A beautiful blood clot: A colorized scanning electron micrograph of a blood clot. The image comes from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, where findings showed how fibrin behaves in blood clots.

Regular registration for Medicine 2.0 closes Aug. 1: Regular registration for Medicine 2.0, an international conference on the use of web applications and social media in research and health care, ends in two weeks. To register, visit the conference website.

What a teenager wishes her parents knew about eating disorders: In a post on Thriving, the blog at Children’s Hospital Boston, a teen patient provides perspective on her two-year struggle with anorexia and talks about what she wishes her parents had known about her disease.

Studies reveal that what studies reveal can be wrong: An recent article in The Guardian discusses disproven scientific studies and concludes that historically scientific literature is relatively quick to accept challenges to classic medical fact, but that a significant amount of medical fact can turn out to be false.

Breastfeeding difficulties may lead to depression in new moms: New research from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill shows moms who have problems breastfeeding in the first two weeks may be more prone to postpartum depression. Study results highlight the importance of new mothers talking to their doctors about breastfeeding difficulties and any other issues, so they may be screened for depression.

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