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Grand Roundup: Top posts for the week of Aug. 7

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

Researchers gather to unravel mystery of Kleine-Levin Syndrome: Emmanuel Mignot, MD, PhD, a leading researcher in a rare, devastating disease called Kleine-Levin Syndrome (KLS), and a handful of other academic and clinical investigators are gathering at the KLS Foundation's First International Conference to discuss the disorder and latest research. In this Q&A, Mignot discusses the disease and his work.

New leukemia study making waves: Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania used gene therapy to successfully treat three patients with chronic lymphoblastic leukemia. Stanford researchers say the research showcases an exciting way to harness the power of the immune cells to fight cancers.

Eat a carrot and exercise - or your iBird dies: A Stanford research team is in the process of to designing addictively fun smartphone applications that motivate midlife and older adults to improve daily health habits. The is testing three different apps, all of which use the accelerometer in the phone and a custom program to monitor how much a smartphone wearer walks or runs during the day.

Medical journal wins award for reporting on problems with Medtronic bone product: The Spine Journal, which published a Stanford-led study on troublesome side-effects of a Medtronic bone product and other similar reports in a special issue in June, receives the 2011 "Journalism That Matters" award from the American Society of Business.

Coping with long waits at the doctor's office: A story in the New York Times discusses long waits at medical offices and reports that the average wait time to see a doctor last year was 23 minutes.

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