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Grand Roundup: Top posts for week of January 19

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

You are what you read: The academic diet of the 21st-century medical student: Here, third-year medical student Mihir Gupta discusses the recent explosion of printed and digital medical resources that offer students alternatives to the classic texts that previous generations swore by. Gupta's piece is the third installment in Scope's weekly SMS Unplugged series.

We just had the best two months in the history of U.S. mental-health policy: Thanks to three critical pieces of federal legislation, which are outlined here by Stanford addiction expert Keith Humphreys, PhD, the past two months have brought the "most expansive support for mental-health services in U.S. history."

Another piece of the pulmonary-hypertension puzzle gets plugged into place: This entry discusses a new Journal of Experimental Medicine study led by Marlene Rabinovitch, MD, that sheds light on pulmonary hypertension, a mysterious disease marked by a dangerous increase in the pressure of blood vessels in the lung.

Helping older adults live independently using mobile-health technology: A Washington Post article from earlier this week discussed home-use medical devices that track behavior and vital signs in older adults to share with their doctors. Keeping tabs remotely could let an aging population stay in their homes longer.

A rare-disease patient turns to the Internet for comfort, confidence in managing her condition: In a recent Atlantic piece, writer Simona Supekar explained how her diagnosis of a rare disease prompted her to turn to the Internet to cope with the condition.

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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