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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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Lawtalk research looks at popular legal expressions, identifies their historical origins

Elizabeth Thornburg never imagined that she would be turning to Dr. Seuss, Shakespeare and vaudeville for legal research.

But those sources proved invaluable when she joined forces with another law professor, a law librarian and a legal lexicographer for the book “Lawtalk: The Unknown Stories Behind Familiar Legal Expressions.” Continue reading

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KERA: The Unknown Stories Behind Familiar Legal Expressions

Krys Boyd, host and managing editor of KERA-FM’s flagship midday talk show “Think,” interviewed SMU law professor Elizabeth Thornburg about her research into the origins of popular legal expressions.

In the “Think” segment “The Unknown Stories Behind Familiar Legal Expressions,” Thornburg discusses some of her favorite expressions in the book, “Lawtalk: The Unknown Stories Behind Familiar Legal Expressions” (Yale University Press, 2011). Continue reading

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Medical Tourism: Risky business to seek cheaper health care

nathan-cortez-sm.jpgMore and more Americans are choosing to receive medical treatment — even complicated surgeries — in foreign countries to save big money. The practice is called “medical tourism,” but do the risks to consumers outweigh the savings?

That’s an important question, says Nathan Cortez, SMU Dedman School of Law assistant professor, who is focusing his research in health law on this emerging medical market.

“Patients take a calculated risk by seeking medical care overseas in regulatory systems that may not offer the rights or protections they expect,” Cortez says.
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