The five most-read stories on Scope this week were:
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 in a Huffington Post piece several ways inadequate sleep can negatively affect your well-being.
Researchers explain how “cooling glove” can improve exercise recovery and performance: The “cooling glove,” a rapid thermal exchange device developed more than a decade ago by Stanford biologists Dennis Grahn and Craig Heller, PhD, can dramatically improve exercise recovery and performance. A video demonstrates how the device works.
Important metabolic defect identified in immune cells of rheumatoid arthritis patients: In a study in the Journal of Experimental Medicine, Connie Weyand and Jorg Goronzy, both professors of medicine, and their colleagues have fingered a particular metabolic defect that appears to be specific to rheumatoid arthritis.
Asking the hardest questions: Talking with doctors while terminally ill: In this moving piece, Inspire contributor Jessica Rice writes about her experience seeking information from doctors about her terminal illness. Rice was diagnosed with stage 4 metastatic lung cancer in November, 2011 at age 30.
A prescription for reducing medical student stress: In an article in Academic Medicine, Charles Prober, MD, senior associate dean for medical education here, and Salman Khan, founder of Khan Academy, issue a “call to action” to bridge classroom and test content for Part I of the United States Medical Licensing Examination.