The five most-read stories this week on Scope were:
“Stop skipping dessert:” A Stanford neurosurgeon and cancer patient discusses facing terminal illness: Paul Kalanithi, MD, a chief resident in neurological surgery at Stanford, was diagnosed at age 36 with stage IV lung cancer. In this Q&A, he talks about his experiences and about the importance of end-of-life decisions.
Why “looking dumb” in medical school isn’t such a bad thing: In the latest installment of SMS Unplugged, first-year medical student Nathaniel Fleming describes how asking questions is an important part of early medical training.
“Every life is touched by suicide:” Stanford psychiatrist on the importance of prevention: Laura Roberts, MD, chair of Stanford's Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, had the opportunity as editor-in-chief of the journal Academic Psychiatry to focus attention on suicide prevention. She talks about the special issue and about suicide prevention in this Q&A.
Unbroken: A chronic fatigue patient’s long road to recovery: A video and Stanford Medicine magazine story talk about research being done at Stanford on chronic fatigue syndrome and tell the story of CFS patient "Erin."
Screening could slash number of breast cancer cases: Research published this week in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention by Stanford researchers offers intriguing evidence that genetic screening at birth could help prevent breast cancer.
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.