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.
Ask Stanford Med: Chief of Emergency Medicine taking questions on wilderness medicine: Stanford Professor Paul Auerbach, MD, is taking questions on safety outdoors via the @SUMedicine Twitter feed. The Q&A is part of Scope’s ongoing Ask Stanford Med series.
Do opium and opioids increase mortality risk?: Overdose from prescription opioids (e.g., Oxycodone or Hydrocodone) has become one of the most common causes of accidental death in the United States. Two new articles in BMJ suggest that overdose is not the only risk about which patients, prescribers and policy makers should be concerned.
Stanford neuroscientist discusses the coming dementia epidemic: In a talk at the Stanford School of Medicine, Stanford neuroscientist Frank Longo, MD, PhD, discusses the coming dementia epidemic and why there is reason to be optimistic.
Can yoga help women suffering from rheumatoid arthritis? Research from UC Los Angeles suggests women suffering from rheumatoid arthritis may find some welcome relief in yoga. Findings show practicing a style of yoga known as Iyengar may help boost mood and ease joint pain, fatigue and other symptoms.