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Texting better than apps for helping mental health patients

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Posted on January 30, 2015 by Laura Varley

Mental health patients may benefit more from texting their doctors rather than using apps, a new study led by researchers from Clemson University in South Carolina reveals. For the study, researchers surveyed 325 patients currently receiving treatment for mental illness to find out their mobile phone usage. They found that although mental health patients are…

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Young people spend as much time texting as watching TV

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Posted on January 30, 2015 by Laura Varley

Young people still spend a significant amount of time on their mobile phones texting, Ofcom’s Digital Day research, conducted by Kantar, has found. Brits aged between 16 and 24 years old spend just as much time texting as they do watching TV programmes or films. Young people use their mobile phones at all times of…

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Texts improve literacy in children from low-income households

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Posted on January 29, 2015 by Charlotte Harrison

One text message a week to parents of kids living in low-income households could help improve child literacy, new research suggests. A US study by researchers at Stanford University discovered that by age four, children living in low-income households will have heard 30 million fewer words than children living in more affluent environments, pbs.org reports….

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SMS creates extra appointments for London GPs

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Posted on January 29, 2015 by Charlotte Harrison

Staff at a London doctors’ surgery have highlighted the benefits of SMS after the technology helped them save time and free up appointments for patients. Dr Nazmul Akunjee and Dr Muhammed Akunjee, from West Green Surgery in Haringey, have been trialling text messaging as a way to give people test results. The doctors have since…

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Text message service helps police locate missing people

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Posted on January 28, 2015 by Charlotte Harrison

Police in Northumbria have voiced their support for the use of text messages to help locate missing people. Independent charity Missing People has unveiled a new SMS operation dubbed ‘TextSafe’. By requesting a TextSafe, vulnerable missing children or adults can be sent a text direct from Missing People as opposed to the police, explaining how…

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Majority of businesses to increase mobile investment

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Posted on January 16, 2015 by Laura Varley

Almost nine in ten businesses (87 per cent) will boost the amount they invest in mobile marketing this year, a new survey from RetailMeNot reveals. The majority of firms (71 per cent) aim to increase the number of ecommerce sales made via mobile devices, but 63 per cent also noted they were aware that final…

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Prime minister wants to ban encrypted messaging apps

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Posted on January 15, 2015 by Charlotte Harrison

David Cameron has threatened to block WhatsApp and Snapchat under new surveillance plans. The instant messaging apps are encrypted to protect their users’ information from being read, but could be banned if the PM ramps up terrorist surveillance following last week’s Paris attacks. These new rules would be expected to come into force if David…

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SMS reminders drive up flu appointments

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Posted on January 12, 2015 by Charlotte Harrison

Doctors in the UK may want to take some inspiration from their counterparts stateside, after a report highlighted the effectiveness of using SMS for appointment reminders. The study, published in The Official Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, saw medical staff at three New York clinics send text messages to parents, reminding them of…

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New charger powers up phones in 30 seconds

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Posted on January 09, 2015 by Charlotte Harrison

A new charger has been revealed which can fully charge a phone in the time it takes to boil a kettle. Demonstrated to visitors at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2015) in Las Vegas, the charger from Israeli start-up StoreDot could transform the mobile phone industry. Previously making the news in November for a…

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Text messages used in drink drive campaign

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Posted on January 09, 2015 by Charlotte Harrison

A scheme allowing members of the public to text police if they know of someone drink driving has been dubbed a huge success. Taking place in Sussex and Surrey, the joint campaign saw over a hundred arrests made during the winter crackdown, reports courier.co.uk. Aimed at catching those putting other drivers at risk by drink…

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