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Grand Roundup: Top posts for the week of March 10

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

My parents don’t think I’m smart enough for family medicine: One medical student’s story: A guest post by Raymond Tsai, a fourth-year Stanford medical student, about his decision to pursue a career in family medicine despite his parents' objections.

Ask Stanford Med: Pediatric immunologist taking questions on children’s food allergy research: This week, Kari Nadeau, MD, PhD, a pediatric immunologist at Stanford and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, took questions about the latest research on children’s food allergies and her ongoing projects at the Stanford Alliance for Food Allergy Research. Nadeau has demonstrated that it’s possible to desensitize children to a single food allergen and is now working to identify treatments to safely address multiple food allergies at the same time.

New research shows aspirin may cut melanoma risk: Researchers at Stanford have conducted the largest study ever examining new methods for preventing melanoma and found that women who took aspirin on a regular basis decreased their risk of developing the dangerous form of skin cancer. Their findings were published online this week in the journal Cancer.

New findings on aspirin and melanoma: Another outcome of the Women’s Health Initiative: Aspirin has been shown to have protective effects on cardiovascular disease and colorectal cancer in women and now a new study from Stanford shows that we can add melanoma to that list. In a 1:2:1 podcast, Tang talked about her work and described the importance of the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI), from which she and her co-investigators pulled their data.

The mystery surrounding lung-transplant survival rates: An October article in the San Francisco Chronicle offered a look at the challenges facing lung transplant patients and explored why a significant number don’t live beyond the five-year mark, despite improvements in survival rates.

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