The five most-read stories on Scope this week were:
Researchers explain how “cooling glove” can improve exercise recovery and performance: The “cooling glove,” a device that helps people cool themselves quickly by using their hand to dissipate heat, was created more than a decade ago by Stanford biologists Dennis Grahn and Craig Heller, PhD. This video demonstrates the device and explains how it can be used to dramatically improve exercise recovery and performance.
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.
After the cancer is gone, the real work starts: Inspire contributor Britta Aragon shares her experience being diagnosed with cancer at the age of 16 and discusses how her illness influenced the way she dealt with her father’s colon cancer years later. Her story highlights the need for programs that help cancer survivors cope and create life after cancer.
Newly identified protein helps explain how exercise boosts brain health: Scientists know that exercise is a healthy, drug-free way to bolster your brain’s health. But until recently, little was known about the mechanisms in the body that enable exercise to act on the brain. Now researchers from the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute at Harvard have identified the pathway that translates exercise into proteins that boost brain development and help aid cognition.
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.