UW fraternities ban hard alcohol ahead of nationwide ban
KIRO 7 | March 5, 2019
A new policy from the North American Interfraternity Conference bans alcohol above 15 percent at chapter events and on chapter property. Jason Kilmer, PhD
, says the impact of this new ban needs to be evaluated to see if it actually acheives the intended results.
It's Not Elementary: Examining the Ethics of IBM's Watson
Endocrinology Advisor | March 4, 2019
David Luxton, PhD, MS
, cautions clinicians about the legality around using Watson, IBM’s computer system that has the ability to see patterns and data that can help diagnose and treat a patient.
KUOW | February 25, 2019
The opioid epidemic has been in the news for years as a crisis. But right next to it is one you might not know about: benzos. Benzo-involved overdose deaths have increased eightfold between 1999 and 2016. KUOW host Bill Radke talks with Rick Ries, M.D.
, to find out why. Scroll down to fourth story.
Yes, Your Heart Can Really Break
Right as Rain | February 14, 2019
Once in a while, a perfectly healthy heart can stop functioning properly due to a stressful event. Mark Sullivan, M.D., PhD
, talks about the psychological recovery from a traumatic event.
It Doesn’t Take Much For Soldiers To Feel Cared For
UW Medicine Newsroom | February 14, 2019
In 2018, the U.S. military experienced the highest number of suicides among active duty personnel in six years. A study led by UW Psychiatry researchers Kate Comtois, PhD
, Amanda Kerbrat, MSW
, Christopher DeCou, PhD
, David Atkins, PhD
, and Rick Ries, MD
, found that caring texts to at-risk active duty military members can have positive effects. Lead author Comtois and corresponding author Kerbrat were quoted in multiple news stories: The Oregonian
, TuniseSoir News
, Global Health News Wire
. and Deccan Chronicle
Digital Psychotherapy Has Yet to Overcome Trust Barrier
UW Medicine Newsroom | February 13, 2019
Digital psychotherapy could help improve access to mental health treatment, especially in underserved communities, but consumers still have significant concerns. Patricia Areán, PhD
, weighs in.
Got the Winter Blues?
Right as Rain | January 24, 2019
Amy Burns, M.D.
, offers practical tips for beating the January blues and keeping yourself motivated, whether that’s so you can stick to New Year’s resolutions or just find the bright side of the dreariest few months of the year.
Ways to Help Kids Cope With — And Help Combat — Climate Change
The Washington Post | January 22, 2019
As the tone surrounding climate change becomes more dire, our conversations about it with children grow more important. Laura Kastner, PhD
, explains the importance of being realistic with kids but also teaching them agency and action.
Who's Making Sure Your Mental Health App Is Safe? No one, experts say
Deseret News | January 21, 2019
Less than half of the 44 million people in the U.S. with mental health disorders receive any form of treatment. Mobile applications can help address the issue of accessibility to mental health resources. Patricia Areán, PhD
, and Dror Ben- Zeev, PhD
, chime in on the subject of regulating mental health mobile apps.
What is Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder?
ADDitude | January 2019
A child who consistently acts cranky and moody and then flies into intense rages with seemingly no provocation might have Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder. William French, M.D.
, is quoted.
To Be Blunt: The Real Risks of Marijuana Use
UW Daily | January 7, 2019
Just as the potency of marijuana is getting higher, college students’ perceived harm of the drug is plummeting. Jason Kilmer, PhD,
talks about the risks of marijuana use and some of the common misconceptions among young adults.
Could You Have a Drinking Problem Without Even Knowing?
Right as Rain | January 4, 2019
Kristen Lindgren, PhD
, talks about the importance of minimizing risks when consuming alcohol and offers some practical takeaways such as setting and keeping limits, drinking at your own pace and knowing your reasons for drinking.
What's Coming In 2019? Global Thinkers Make Big, Bold Predictions
NPR: Goats and Soda | January 4, 2019
One prediction for global health and development in 2019 is that people who need mental health help will find it on their phone, and researchers around the world are also testing a variety of apps. The work of Dror Ben-Zeev, PhD
, is cited.
'DeepSqueak' helps researchers decode rodent chatter
UW Medicine Newsroom | January 4, 2019
Russell Marx, and Kevin Coffey, PhD, researchers in the Neumaier Lab, are investigating rodent vocalizations in an effort to better understand how drugs change brain activity, and ultimately, to develop treatments for withdrawal from alcohol or opioids.