The five most-read posts on Scope this week were:
Social website shown to boost teen girls' body image: Researchers at Boston's Northeastern University recently launched an interactive website, BodiMojo, designed to promote health and fitness and help teenagers address body image issues. The site was created by health experts and teens, with a goal of building "a community of teenagers that allows youth to connect, motivate, and inspire one another in healthy decision making."
Goodbye, pyramid: USDA unveils MyPlate: This week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture unveiled MyPlate, in an effort to encourage people to make healthier food choices. Lynn Dennie, MS, RD, director of clinical nutrition at Stanford Hospital & Clinics, offers her thoughts on the new dietary guideline.
Documentary film captures story of Korean War veteran turned health-care advocate: Over the Memorial Day weekend, the School of Medicine in partnership with the VA Palo Alto Health Care System released this thought-provoking and touching documentary about Korean War veteran-turned palliative care advocate Jim Cooper. In this Q&A, VJ Periyakoil, MD, director of palliative care education and training at Stanford, discusses the circumstances that led Cooper to become a health-care advocate and how the film will be used to further educate the public about palliative care services.
Unexpected drug interactions identified by Stanford data mining: Stanford bioengineer Russ Altman, MD, PhD, and his colleagues are devising ways to use existing medical databases to suss out some of the more unexpected, and dangerous, interactions. Researchers were recently surprised when study results showed a widely used combination of two common medications may cause unexpected increases in blood glucose levels.
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.