The five most-read posts on Scope this week were:
Stanford Diabetes Coaches Class selected as 2011 Healthy Living Innovation Awards finalist: A Stanford-developed program aimed at empowering teens to help curb the growing problem of diabetes in the United States is selected as a finalist for the 2011 Healthy Living Innovation Awards.
Disease-fighting psychology: Scientists have begun to define some disease-wary actions as examples of what could be called a psychological immune system. A recent Current Directions in Psychological Science paper by psychologist Mark Schaller, PhD, of the University of British Columbia, provides a brief introduction to the fairly new concept.
The CDC wants to help you prepare for the zombie apocalypse: In an extremely clever move to get people to read a disaster preparedness plan, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently posted a blog entry outlining how they can prepare for a zombie apocalypse.
Promoting health in developing nations with social media: An opinion piece on KevinMD looks at how social media can be used to promote global health.
Mental illness becoming more common in the elderly, warn researchers: Researchers at the annual meeting of the American Psychiatric Association reported that the prevalence of Alzheimer's and other types of mental illnesses will increase with our country's rapidly aging population.