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Grand Roundup: Top posts for the week of July 24

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

Can yoga help women suffering from fibromyalgia?: A study recently published in the Journal of Pain Research shows that practicing yoga boosts levels of the stress hormone cortisol and could help ease some symptoms of fibromyalgia such as pain, fatigue, muscle stiffness and depression.

Stanford study shows stem cell treatment improves survival of patients with metastatic breast cancer: Treating Stage IV breast cancer patients with high-dose chemotherapy followed by a rescue with their own, specially purified blood stem cells that had been purged of cancer, could significantly increase their chances of survival, according to new research from Stanford.

Stanford projects selected as 2011 Saving Lives at Birth Challenge finalists: Two Stanford-developed projects aimed at curbing preventable deaths in newborn babies have been selected as finalists in a contest hosted by Saving Lives at Birth. The contest rewards innovative and cost-effective ideas with the funding needed to realize them; the Stanford projects, which have ties to the Center for Innovation in Global Health, are two of 77 finalists chosen from the contest’s initial 600 applicants.

Stanford law professor on embryonic stem cell ruling: Stanford law professor and bioethicist Hank Greely, JD, offers his perspective on U.S. district court judge Royce Lamberth's decision to dismiss a lawsuit that threatened to ban federal funding for all human embryonic stem cell research.

New Stanford headache clinic taking an interdisciplinary approach to brain pain: This month, the new Stanford Headache Clinic opened its doors and began offering patients a multidisciplinary care program designed to integrate the latest thinking in diagnosis and therapy for this common, and often disabling, disorder.

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Microaggressions in medical training: Understanding, and addressing, the problem

As a third-year medical student, Luisa Valenzuela Riveros, MD, was eager to begin participating in hospital rounds. But, as she told the audience at a Diversity and Inclusion Forum held Friday at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford, one of her early case presentations didn’t go at all as she had hoped.