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Grand Roundup: Top posts for the week of Sept. 28

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

Stanford experts offer more information about enterovirus-D68: In this Q&A, Yvonne Maldonado, MD, service chief of pediatric infectious disease at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford, and Keith Van Haren, MD, a pediatric neurologist, discuss the enterovirus-D68 respiratory illness and neurologic symptoms that might be associated with it.

Study: Pregnancy causes surprising changes in how the immune system responds to the flu: New Stanford research shows that immune cells from pregnant women are strongly activated by influenza, which may explain the increased risk of flu complications in pregnancy.

The importance of human connection as part of the patient experience: In a new video, Tim Engberg, vice president of ambulatory care at Stanford Health Care, talks about his experience as a patient at Stanford.

Stanford physicians and engineers showcase innovative health-care solutions: More than 40 inventions and clinical solutions were recently presented at the first annual Spectrum Innovation Research Symposium. The event demonstrated the power of bringing together teams of physicians, bioinformaticists and engineers to apply new technologies and ideas to challenging medical problems.

Examining the potential of big data to transform health care: A KQED segment from earlier this week focused on big data and highlighted a case in which Stanford clinicians used aggregate patient data from electronic medical records to make a difficult and quick decision in the care of a 13-year-old girl with a rare disease.

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.

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