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Grand Roundup: Top posts of 2015

Time now to look back at our most popular stories of the year. The most-read posts published in 2015 were:

Eating for good blood: Tips for boosting iron levels and hemoglobin: This entry from the Stanford Blood Center discusses hemoglobin levels and offers ways to boost levels prior to blood donation.

Stanford neurosurgeon/cancer patient Paul Kalanithi: “I can’t go on. I will go on.”: Paul Kalanithi, MD, who wrote eloquently and movingly about being diagnosed with lung cancer, died of the disease in March. In a 1:2:1 podcast recorded last November, the 37-year-old first-time father reflected on his struggle with mortality, his changing perception of time and the meaning he continued to experience despite his illness.

For this doctor couple, the Super Bowl was about way more than football: Paul Kalanithi and his wife, Lucy, won a trip to the Super Bowl by raising money for lung-cancer research and winning the Lung Cancer Survivors Super Bowl Challenge, sponsored by the Chris Draft Family Foundation.

Sticky situation: How sugar affects our health: In this post, a clinical dietician with Stanford Health Care answers questions on the health risks of consuming too much sugar and offers tips on how to cut back.

ME/CFS/SEID: It goes by many aliases, but its blood-chemistry signature is a giveaway: A multi-institution team published a study in Science Advances showing another physiological basis for a diagnosis of what it now being referred to as systemic exertion intolerance disease: a characteristic pattern, or “signature,” consisting of elevated levels of various circulating immune-signaling substances in the blood.

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 2013 Huffington Post piece.

Previously: Grand Roundup: Top 5 posts of 2014
Photo of Paul Kalanithi by Gregg Segal

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