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Blood from human umbilical cords can rejuvenate old mouse brains. Leigh Turner, associate professor, Center for Bioethics, is quoted. The Atlantic.
Trump is now in charge of making Obamacare work. What could go wrong? Sarah Gollust, PhD and Pinar Karaca-Mandic, PhD, School of Public Health. Vox.
Is the fight to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act dead? Sarah Gollust, PhD, School of Public Health. PolitiFact.Read more...
The Center for Bioethics is pleased to announce that the University of Costa Rica is translating "Doctors who Torture: The Pursuit of Justice" into Spanish. The book is authored by Professor and Maas Family Endowed Chair in Bioethics, Steven Miles, MD.
Safety Implications of Regulatory Rollback at the FDA. Susan Craddock, PhD, Acting Director; Professor, Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies and Institute for Global Studies, UMN. The Gender Policy Report.Read more...
The Digital Mental Health Industry: New Problems, New Solutions, New Practices
Presented by: Emma Bedor Hiland, PhD Candidate
Department of Communication Studies, University of Minnesota
As our day-to-day lives are increasingly reliant upon (and enmeshed with) digital platforms, it is not surprising that the ways we address and manage our health generally, and mental health in particular, are increasingly digitized as well. Our culture’s generally favorable attitude toward digital solutions for everyday problems has led to the emergence of a digital mental health industry, which includes smartphone applications (“apps”) and telemental health services.
New and largely unregulated, the digital mental health industry presents its toolsets as affordable and a cost and time-effective alternative to many of the problems and barriers associated with the treatment of mental illness: clinician and specialist scarcity, treatment unaffordability, and the geographic remoteness of rural patients. Through a combination of fieldwork and interview analysis, this research addresses these claims and the future of the industry, with findings that are relevant to medical practitioners, technologists, researchers, mental health advocates and activists, and others whose work explores the connections between technology and medicine.