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Grand Roundup: Top posts for the week of Dec. 4

The five most-read stories 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.

Mouthpieces tell researchers about force and direction of football head impacts: In an NBC Nightly News segment, Dan Garza, MD, assistant professor of orthopaedic surgery, discusses how researchers are using data from high-tech mouthpieces worn by Stanford football players to advance the medical understanding of concussions in football.

Study shows rotating night shift work may raise risk of Type 2 diabetes:  New findings recently published in PLoS Medicine suggest that women who work the night shift, even if it's only once every few days or weeks, may have an increased risk for developing Type 2 diabetes.

Examining how the brain processes music: New findings (subscription required) recently published in NeuroImage offer additional insights into how music affects our neural circuits.  The researchers found that music listening recruits not only the auditory areas of the brain, but also employs large-scale neural networks.

Occupy the Future awareness event to take place at Stanford tomorrow: A series of teach-in style sessions inspired by the Occupy protests were held on the Stanford campus Friday in an effort to increase awareness about social inequality, the erosion of American democracy and the link between unrestrained growth and the current environmental crisis.  Three of the sessions focused on inequalities in health-care.

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