The five most-read stories on Scope this week were:
Best thing since sliced bread? A (potential) new diagnostic for celiac disease: A new diagnostic test, developed by Stanford immunologist Mark Davis, PhD, and his team, may provide a faster, more accurate and less invasive way to test patients for celiac disease. Their findings of their study are published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Study: Higher caloric diets are safe and reduce length of stay in hospitalized teens with anorexia: A new study led by Neville Golden, MD, chief of adolescent medicine and a Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital pediatrician, challenges the recommended international guidelines for treating teens hospitalized with anorexia nervosa.
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.
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.
Study highlights social media’s potential as a public-health tool: Yet another study highlights the many ways social media can enhance public health. In this study, led by Andrew Cameron, MD, PhD, of Johns Hopkins University, organ donor registrations increased 21.2-fold in a single day when Facebook made it easy for users to register as an organ donor via Facebook links and share their organ donor status.