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Grand Roundup: Top posts for the week of December 15

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

Hope and faith are powerful medicine: In this first-person piece, Inspire contributor Buddy Ruck shares his experience with small cell lung cancer and highlights how hope and faith were key to getting him through.

Stanford study sheds light on narcolepsy, “will shape the next decade of research” into the disease: A study published this week confirms that narcolepsy is an autoimmune disease while also showing that the condition can sometimes be triggered by a similarity between a region of hypocretin and a portion of a protein from the pandemic H1N1 virus.

More reasons for doctors and researchers to take the social-media plunge: Three recent online pieces provide helpful tips on medical and science professionals’ use of social media.

Toilets of the future, and the art of squatting: Smithsonian Magazine's blog recently noted that three students from the University of the Arts London have created a squat-friendly “wellbeing toilet,” which earned them first prize at the Toilet of the Future Competition.

Study: Bulimics may have difficulty perceiving their own heartbeat: A Stanford study appearing in the December issue of Eating Behaviors shows a possible link between bulimia and the ability to detect one’s own heartbeat.

And still going strong - the most popular post from the past:

The mystery surrounding lung-transplant survival rates: A 2012 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.

Popular posts

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Genetics
Sex biology redefined: Genes don’t indicate binary sexes

The scenario many of us learned in school is that two X chromosomes make someone female, and an X and a Y chromosome make someone male. These are simplistic ways of thinking about what is scientifically very complex.
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Nutrition
Intermittent fasting: Fad or science-based diet?

Are the health-benefit claims from intermittent fasting backed up by scientific evidence? John Trepanowski, postdoctoral research fellow at the Stanford Prevention Research Center,weighs in.