The five most-read stories on Scope this week were:
No bribery necessary: Children eat more vegetables when they understand how food affects their bodies: Stanford psychologists Sarah Gripshover and Ellen Markman, PhD, found that children are more likely to voluntarily consume vegetables when they understand how food affects their bodies. Their findings, published in the journal Psychological Science, highlight the importance of educating children early and often about healthy eating habits.
Mammals can “choose” the sex of their offspring, Stanford study finds: Stanford scientists discovered that mammals may increase their number of grandchildren by (essentially) selecting the sex of their offspring. Stanford's Joseph Garner, PhD, and his team counted the kin of a sample of San Diego Zoo mammals that represents nearly 200 different mammal species. Their findings were published online this week in the journal PLOS ONE.
Speaking up about being a cancer survivor: Inspire contributor and thyroid cancer survivor, Aleka Leighton explains how a member of her cancer support group prompted her to reflect on her life before and after cancer. In her story, she explains how "speaking up" can help cancer survivors educate their friends and families about the disease, while providing emotional support for patients and survivors.
Ovarian cancer biomarkers may enable personalized treatment, say Stanford scientists: A Stanford led study may help doctors provide treatments specifically tailored for five different types ovarian cancer. Weiva Sieh, MD, PhD, of Stanford University, and an international team of researchers characterized progesterone and estrogen receptor patterns on the surface of five main types of ovarian cancer. The team's findings were published this week in the online version of The Lancet Oncology.
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.