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Grand Roundup: Top posts for the week of December 1

The five most-read stories this week on Scope were:

What are the consequences of sleep deprivation?: Brandon Peters, MD, an adjunct clinical faculty member at the Stanford Center for Sleep Sciences and Medicine, explains how lack of sleep can negatively affect a person’s well-being in this Huffington Post piece.

Researchers explain how “cooling glove” can improve exercise recovery and performance: The “cooling glove,” a device that helps people cool themselves quickly by using their hand to dissipate heat, was created more than a decade ago by Stanford biologists Dennis Grahn and Craig Heller, PhD. This video demonstrates the device and explains how it can be used to dramatically improve exercise recovery and performance.

The mystery surrounding lung-transplant survival rates: A 2012 article in the San Francisco Chronicle offered a look at the challenges facing lung transplant patients and explored why a significant number don’t live beyond the five-year mark, despite improvements in survival rates.

The science of willpower: The popular Stanford Continuing Studies course “The Science of Willpower" served as inspiration for a 2011 book from Stanford health psychologist Kelly McGonigal, PhD. In this entry, she offers a scientific framework for understanding willpower and explains how stress, sleep deprivation and nutrition can lessen our ability to resist temptations.

Using the “flipped classroom” model to re-imagine medical education: In the video featured here, Charles Prober, MD, senior associate dean for medical education at the School of Medicine, medical school colleagues, and Silicon Valley-based online learning pioneer Salman “Sal” Khan talk about their vision for a new medical curriculum.


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