2007 in review: Ten most read Web stories

The 2007 news releases from the medical school that garnered the most Web readers*


1. Music moves the brain to pay attention

Using brain images of people listening to short symphonies by an obscure 18th-century composer, researchers gained valuable insight into how the brain sorts out the chaotic world around it.

Published: Aug. 1 Views: 5,260




2. Nobel laureate Arthur Kornberg dies at 89

Arthur Kornberg winner of the 1959 Nobel Prize for his work elucidating how DNA is built, died Oct. 26 at Stanford Hospital of respiratory failure.

Published: Oct. 26 Views: 4,541




3. New therapy for chronic fatigue syndrome to be tested

A preliminary study suggests there may be hope in the offing for some sufferers of chronic fatigue syndrome with a new therapy being tested by researchers at the School of Medicine.

Published: Jan. 8 Views: 2,699




4. Silicon Valley couple pledge $27.5 million to Stanford Hospital

The gift from Marc Andreessen and Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen will enable Stanford Hospital & Clinics to build a state-of-the-art Emergency Department for the community.

Published: Nov. 9 Views: 1,820




5. Researchers clarify protein's role in multiple sclerosis

A protein found primarily in the lens of the eye could be the critical "tipping point" in the spiral of inflammation and damage that occurs in multiple sclerosis.

Published: June 13 Views: 1,622




6. Stanford pumps life into effort to build India's emergency medical system

Though it's the world's second-most-populous nation, India has never had a coordinated system for responding to medical emergencies. The School of Medicine is helping the country bring a sweeping 911-type emergency response system to life.

Published: May 9 Views: 1,571




7. Lubert Stryer wins 2006 National Medal of Science

Neurobiologist Lubert Stryer received the nation's highest scientific honor for his achievements in a wide range of fields that included the development of a DNA chip used in genetics.

Published: July 1 Views: 1,201




8. Old McDonald's has a hold on kids' taste buds

Asked to sample two identical foods from the fast-food giant McDonald's, children preferred the taste of the version branded with the restaurant's familiar "Golden Arches" to one extracted from unmarked paper packaging.

Published: Aug. 6 Views: 1,133




9. Eye disease gave great painters a different vision of their work

Ophthalmologist Michael Marmor wanted to know what it was like to see through the eyes of an artist. Literally.

Published: April 10 Views: 1,122




10. Flip of genetic switch causes cancers in mice to self-destruct

A study in mice shows that switching off a single malfunctioning gene can halt the limitless division of tumor cells and turn them back to the path of their own planned obsolescence.

Published: July 30 Views: 1,030




*As measured on the Web site http://mednews.stanford.edu