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Grand Roundup: Top 5 posts for 2013

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

What are the consequences of sleep deprivation?: Brandon Peters, MD, an adjunct clinical faculty member at the Stanford Center for Sleep Sciences and Medicine, explains how lack of sleep can negatively affect a person’s well-being in this Huffington Post piece.

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

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 were published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

The secret life of hair follicles, revealed by Stanford researchers: Stanford researchers delve into the cells surrounding our hair follicles to better understand what makes them grow and maintain hair. In the process, research associate Yiqin Xiong, PhD, and associate professor of medicine Ching-Pin Chang, MD, PhD, have identified a signaling circuit that controls the activity of stem cells, called “bulge cells,” within the follicle.

The day my doctor thanked me: In this first-person piece, Inspire contributor Shani Weber shares how her experience with the rare genetic disorder Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS) has helped her educate doctors and others about it.

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

Researchers explain how “cooling glove” can improve exercise recovery and performance: The “cooling glove,” a device that helps people cool themselves quickly by using their hand to dissipate heat, was created more than a decade ago by Stanford biologists Dennis Grahn and Craig Heller, PhD. This video demonstrates the device and explains how it can be used to dramatically improve exercise recovery and performance.

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