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Grand Roundup: Top posts for week of January 12

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

Basement floods, ski lifts, and Christmas cookies: Life lessons from winter break: In the second installment of Scope's weekly SMS Unplugged series, Natalia Birgisson reflects on her first winter break as a medical student.

Saying thank you with art: Stanford undergrad pens one-woman play on cancer: Stanford senior Camille Brown has written a one-woman play called "Seeing the Spectrum." The show is a series of intimate monologues telling the story of Camp Kesem at Stanford – a summer camp for the children of cancer patients – from the campers’ perspective.

Managing primary care patients’ risky drinking: Centers for Disease Control Director Thomas Frieden, MD, has called for more physicians to screen patients for risky alcohol consumption. In this entry, Keith Humphreys, PhD, outlines three barriers that have stood in the way of the screening and offers possible solutions.

Measuring the physical effects of yoga for seniors: The physical demands, efficacy, and safety of yoga for older adults have not been well studied. So investigators from the University of Southern California and University of California, Los Angeles conducted NIH-funded research to quantify the physical effects of seven yoga poses in 20 ambulatory older adults.

New preeclampsia toolkit will help prevent maternal deaths: The California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative has released a preeclampsia toolkit, including guidelines and education materials, to help prevent maternal deaths. Stanford's Maurize Druzin, MD, co-led a task force that reviewed scientific literature on the disease. 

And still going strong – the most popular post from the past:

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.


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