Health & Medicine

Marital tension between mom and dad can harm each parent’s bond with child, study finds

Children suffer consequences, too, when mom and dad argue or have tension in their relationship, experts warn.

Dads, in particular, let the negative emotions and tension from their marriage spill over and harm the bond they have with their child, says a new study’s lead author, psychologist Chrystyna D. Kouros, Southern Methodist University, Dallas. Continue reading

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LiveScience: Should You Trust Health Apps on Your Phone?

Cortez, SMU, Dedman, mHealth appsLiveScience covered the research of SMU health law expert Nathan Cortez, an associate professor of law at Southern Methodist University’s Dedman School of Law.

In a report published in The New England Journal of Medicine, Cortez and his co-authors note that smart phones and mobile devices are on the cusp of revolutionizing health care, armed with mobile health apps capable of providing everything from cardiac measurements to sonograms. Continue reading

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Booming mobile-health app market needs robust FDA oversight to ensure consumer safety, confidence

Cortez, mHealth, SMU, DedmanSmart phones and mobile devices are on the cusp of revolutionizing health care, armed with mobile health apps capable of providing everything from cardiac measurements to sonograms.

While tremendous potential exists to broaden access to medical treatment and control costs with mHealth apps, as they’re called, several health law experts say in a just-published report in The New England Journal of Medicine that more oversight is needed by the FDA to ensure consumer confidence and safety. Continue reading

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Department of Defense awards $2.6 million to SMU STEM program for minority students

SMU STEMPREP, Simmons, minority students,The U.S. Department of Defense recently awarded the STEMPREP Program at SMU a $2.6 million grant to support its goal of increasing the number of minorities in STEM fields.

STEMPREP recruits bright, science-minded minority middle school students for the two-summer classroom phase of STEMPREP, then provides high school students with summer opportunities at research labs. Continue reading

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Scientific American: How your smartphone messes with your brain — and your sleep

SMU, sleep, smart phones, Zoltowski, chemistryScientific American science blogger Josh Fischman drew on the sleep expertise of SMU Assistant Professor of Chemistry Brian D. Zoltowski to explain how artificial light from our smartphones and other digital devices causes sleep deprivation. His blog article, “How your smartphone messes with your brain — and your sleep,” published May 20 and has been heavily shared through social media.
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The Washington Post: Parents still spank their kids for trivial reasons even when researchers are listening in

Washington Post, Abby Phillip, spanking, SMU, George Holden,Journalist Abby Phillip with The Washington Post covered the research of SMU psychologist George W. Holden about the controversial practice of corporal punishment. Her story, “Parents still spank their kids for trivial reasons even when researchers are listening in,” published April 22.

Holden, an expert in families and child development, is a founding member of the U.S. Alliance to End the Hitting of Children, endhittingusa.org.
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WFAA ABC News 8: Study — Parents spank kids more often than they admit

TV journalist David Schechter with WFAA ABC News 8 covered the research of SMU psychologist George W. Holden about the controversial practice of corporal punishment. His story, “Study: Parents spank kids more often than they admit,” aired April 22.

Holden, an expert in families and child development, is a founding member of the U.S. Alliance to End the Hitting of Children, endhittingusa.org. Continue reading

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WFAA ABC News 8: SMU study — Spanking doesn’t work

SMU George Holden Shelly Slater, WFAA, corporal punishment spankingTV journalist Shelly Slater with WFAA ABC News 8 covered the research of SMU psychologist George W. Holden about the controversial practice of corporal punishment. Her interview, “SMU study: Spanking doesn’t work,” aired April 22.

Holden, an expert in families and child development, is a founding member of the U.S. Alliance to End the Hitting of Children, endhittingusa.org. Continue reading

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Minnesota Post: Parents often spank out of anger and for trivial reasons, real-time study finds

Minnesota Post, Holden, spanking, corporal punishment, Susan Perry, SMUJournalist Susan Perry with the Minnesota Post covered the research of SMU psychologist George W. Holden about the controversial practice of corporal punishment. The article, “Parents often spank out of anger and for trivial reasons, real-time study finds,” published April 18.

Holden, an expert in families and child development, is a founding member of the U.S. Alliance to End the Hitting of Children, endhittingusa.org. Continue reading

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