The five most-read posts on Scope this week were:
First California patient treated in Geron's human embryonic stem cell trial: On Sept. 16, Stanford and Santa Clara Valley Medical Center treated the fourth of ten patients in Geron's trial of cells derived from human embryonic stem cells. The patient is the first on the West Coast to receive the treatment, which is intended to test the safety of the procedure in paralysis patients before moving into larger trials.
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.
Medicine 2.0 slides available on SlideShare: A sampling of industry and academic presentations from this weekend's Medicine 2.0 Congress are now available via the Medicine 2.0 twitter feed. This post highlights two particularly memorable presentations.
European experts debunk six myths about flu shot: Experts from the European Scientific Working Group on Influenza address common misnomers, such as the ingredients in the flu vaccine are unsafe, and other misperceptions about the flu and flu shot.
A story of how children from Calcutta's poorest neighborhood became leaders in improving health: Last year, as part of the TEDxChange conference, filmmakers in the Program in Bioethics and Film at Stanford presented a clip of their documentary titled "The Revolutionary Optimist." The video from the presentation was posted online this week.