The five most-read posts on Scope this week were:
Can yoga help women suffering from fibromyalgia?: A study recently published in the Journal of Pain Research shows that practicing yoga boosts levels of the stress hormone cortisol and could help ease some symptoms of fibromyalgia such as pain, fatigue, muscle stiffness and depression.
Racing to raise awareness of pulmonary hypertension: Mountain View, Calif. resident Nathan Diehl, who has lived with pulmonary hypertension for the past four decades, talks about his experience with the illness and running in the annual Race Against Pulmonary Hypertension at Stanford.
A conversations about the merits of stretching: Michael Fredericson, MD, head team physician with the Stanford Sports Medicine Program, discusses the role of flexibility in injury prevention and fitness performance and what the scientific evidence indicates about the effectiveness of stretching.
Can cooking classes help curb childhood obesity?: A new study published in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior shows that having cooking classes alongside subjects such as math and science may promote healthier eating habits as well as curb the childhood obesity epidemic.
Two separate girls! Packard Children’s surgeons separate conjoined twins: This update on the separation of conjoined twins Angelina and Angelica Sabuco shares that the twins were successfully separated and in different rooms for the first time in their lives.