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Grand Roundup: Top posts for the week of June 1

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

Study shows banning soda purchases using food stamps would reduce obesity and type-2 diabetes: In a new study published in this month’s Health Affairs, Stanford researcher Sanjay Basu, MD, PhD, and colleagues created a computer model to simulate the effects of a soda ban on the health of food stamp recipients.

Buddhist teacher Jack Kornfield on practicing “sensitivity to now”: In a lecture co-sponsored by Stanford's Ho Center for Buddhist Studies and Stanford Continuing Studies, teacher and author Jack Kornfield, PhD, discussed mindfulness, loving-kindness meditation and graceful living during fast times.

Living with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome: “Sometimes I just don’t have it in me to be inspirational”: In this Inspire column, a patient shares his thoughts about living with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, a rare connective tissue disorder. "Every EDS patient knows that one of the hardest parts of our day is the moment we open our eyes and waken into the reality of our bodies," Michael Bihovsky writes.

Stanford bioengineer develops a 50-cent paper microscopeManu Prakash, PhD, assistant professor of bioengineering, has developed an ultra-low-cost paper microscope to aid disease diagnosis in developing regions. The device is further described in a technical paper.

Early findings show nutrigenomics could make weight loss more efficient: At the recent European Society of Human Genetics meeting in Milan, University of Trieste researcher Nicola Pirastu, PhD, and colleagues presented findings on nutrigenomics showing that diets shaped according to a person’s metabolism may be more effective than non-specialized calorie reduction in helping him or her lose weight.

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

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.


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