The five most-read posts on Scope this week were:
A beautiful blood clot: A colorized scanning electron micrograph of a blood clot. The image comes from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, where findings showed how fibrin behaves in blood clots.
Is barefoot running better for the body?: Stanford orthopaedic surgeon Michael Fredericson, MD, discusses 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.
Stanford biostatistician talks about saving your aging brain: Michael Walker, PhD, a consulting professor at Stanford’s Center for Biomedical Informatics Research, discusses what, if anything, can be done to maintain mental sharpness.
In commencement address, Atul Gawande calls for innovation around "entire packages of care": An excerpt from last year's commencement speech by Atul Gawande, MD.
How physical activity influences health: Clyde Franz Wilson, director of the Center for Nutrition at Stanford's Sports Medicine Institute, discusses the impact physical activity has on health and offers advice on starting, or sticking to, a fitness program.