The five most-read stories on Scope this week were:
Plane crash creates unexpected learning environment for medical students: Mike Hoaglin, a fourth-year visiting medical student at Stanford, describes how the crash of Asiana Airlines Flight 214 transformed his shift at Stanford's emergency department into a lesson on the importance of preparedness.
Amplifying the physician-mother voice: In this Q&A, Katherine Chretien, MD, an internist in Washington, D.C., talks about the challenges and benefits of being a physician and a mother. Her blog, Mothers in Medicine, unites the community of physician-mothers like her.
Ovarian cancer biomarkers may enable personalized treatment, say Stanford scientists: A Stanford-led study may help doctors provide treatments specifically tailored for different types of ovarian cancer. Weiva Sieh, MD, PhD, and an international team of researchers characterized progesterone and estrogen receptor patterns on the surface of five main types of the cancer. The team’s findings were recently published in the online version of The Lancet Oncology.
Alcoholism: Not just a man’s problem: Stanford's Keith Humphreys, PhD, discusses how alcoholism affects men and women in different ways, and he highlights some of the reasons why alcoholism is becoming increasingly more common in women. Humphreys recently talked about these issues on KQED's Forum.
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.