Weekend reads: The best cities for biking

Interesting stories and studies from the past week

The Daily Briefing editorial team highlights several interesting health care stories and studies that didn't quite make this week's Briefing.

Juliette Mullin's reads

The best cities for biking. The Alliance for Biking and Walking has identified the best cities for biking in the United States. The No. 1 city probably won't surprise you.

The boy with a Lego hand. Nine-year-old Aidan Robinson was born with a left arm that stopped just below his elbow, and he has worn many different types of prosthesis over the years. But prostheses with finger that articulate or do complex motions are not available in children's sizes. Aidan became so frustrated by his prosthetic options that he stopped wearing one altogether. That is, until his recent adventures at Superhero Cyborg, a workshop for kids with upper-limb loss. There, he put together a prosthetic that meets his most-important needs—using Legos.

'What leaders really do.' This article in the Harvard Business Review is from December 2001, but the magazine republished the piece on its website today. And for good reason. The piece makes a very interesting point about the differences between managers and leaders—one that is still very much relevant today. Leadership, it argues, "is different from management, but not for the reasons most people think."

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Clare Rizer's reads

Does having a sibling make you a better person? A new study found that having a quality relationship with a sibling can increase altruism in adolescents and can help children develop sympathy. In addition, the research found that boys and girls seemed to report relying on sibling affection at equal rates, which could be a useful finding for both parents and therapists.

A not so Ozsome situation for America's TV doc. Dr. Mehmet Oz posed a question to his followers on Twitter this week, asking them to tweet at him any question they wished for a virtual Q&A. However, the seemingly innocent ask elicited a flurry of responses criticizing Oz's take on everything from vaccinations to fad diets. Vox's Julia Belluz compiled some of the Twitterverse's best (and funniest) replies.

Do iPhone users make bad parents? Iphones that distract parents from properly supervising their children are to blame in new research which found that unintentional injuries among all kids under age five have dramatically increased since 2007—the first year Apple's brainchild came on the market.

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