The five most-read stories on Scope this week were:
Can yoga help women suffering from fibromyalgia?: A study 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.
Thousands of previously unknown drug side effects and interactions identified by Stanford study: Stanford bioengineer and geneticist Russ Altman, MD, PhD, and graduate student Nicholas Tatonetti have devised a way to sift through the mountains of data collected by the Food and Drug Administration after a drug is approved to identify never-before-suspected side-effects and drug interactions.
Ask Stanford Med: Rafael Pelayo answers questions on sleep research and offers tips for 'springing forward': As part of our ongoing Ask Stanford Med series, Stanford’s Rafael Pelayo, MD, responds to questions on sleep research and offers techniques for making sure disruptions like daylight saving time don’t cut into your sleep.
A study of people’s ability to love: To celebrate Valentine’s Day, quarterly DVD magazine Wholphin released a short film documenting an experiment by Stanford neuroscientists to determine if it’s possible for one person to love more than another person can.
'Omics' profiling coming soon to a doctor's office near you?: Stanford geneticist Michael Snyder, PhD, is conducting an ongoing, dynamic look at the thousands upon thousands of biological processes that make us all tick. Over time, the analysis generates billions of bits of data that together paint a picture of our health status.