The five most-read posts on Scope this week were:
City of Palo Alto approves rebuilding and expansion of Stanford Hospital and Lucile Packard Children's Hospital: Earlier this week, the Palo Alto City Council approved the rebuilding and expansion of Stanford Hospital & Clinics and Lucile Packard Children's Hospital. The project will rebuild Stanford Hospital and expand Packard Children's Hospital to assure adequate capacity, meet state-mandated earthquake safety standards, and provide modern, technologically advanced hospital facilities.
A conversation about the benefits and limitations of direct-to-consumer genetic tests: A Q&A providing an overview of the legal, ethical and social implications of genetic testing, why it's important to seek advice from both physicians and genetic counselors in interpreting test results.
Will eating candy or fatty foods cause acne?: A peer-reviewed answer to the age-old question, courtesy of Clinical Correlations.
Is barefoot running better for the body?: A Q&A discussing shoeless running, things to keep in mind if you're thinking about doing it, and the importance of foot gear, or lack thereof, in injury prevention.
Some reflections on the 30th anniversary of AIDS: A medical writer remembers the early days of the epidemic, when the disease had no name and the medical and political world were turned upside down.