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David enjoys writing about a range of subjects. He also likes travelling and listening to music.

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Posted on July 03, 2015

Drug regimes are under scrutiny as the government looks for new ways to reduce NHS spending. New research cited by theguardian.com found that between 30 and 50 per cent of patients do not take the drugs they have been prescribed in the way their doctor or nurse intended. This could be anything from not taking…

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Posted on July 03, 2015

Health secretary Jeremy Hunt has put forward the idea of charging patients for missing their appointments, in a bid to drive down no-shows. New estimates have put the cost of missed appointments at nearly £1 billion, made up of £750 million in missed hospital appointments and £162 million for DNAs (Did Not Attends) at GPs’…

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Posted on July 01, 2015

Matti Makkonen, a man described as the ‘reluctant father of SMS’, has died age 63. The first text message was sent on December 3 1992, but it was almost a decade before that the idea was first mooted by Finnish telecoms pioneer Makkonen. At a conference in 1984, he put forward the idea of a…

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Posted on September 10, 2014

Mobile communications should solve problems, instead of becoming bogged down in ‘vague terms’ like engagement, according to one blogger. Writing for essentialretail.com after a trip to Connect Mobile, tech expert Nikki Baird explained that mobile communications should be plain and simple. Whether it’s text messages, emails or app notifications, they should – above anything else…

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Posted on September 09, 2014

Consumers across the world would rather deal with brands through text messages than dedicated mobile apps. Although countless businesses are investing a great deal of time, effort and money into launching dedicated mobile apps, most consumers would rather get in touch via a simple text. This is the results of a new global study by…

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Posted on September 08, 2014

Public Health England (PHE) has announced that text messages will be used during this year’s Stoptober campaign to encourage those who are quitting smoking to keep at it. The annual campaign was set up to try and get Brits to kick the habit en massse, with the help of fellow quitters encouraging them. This year…

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Posted on September 04, 2014

A scheme that saw text messages used to drive down the number of missed dental appointments in Lochshell will soon be rolled out across the entire Scottish Highlands. Between June and December 2013, the Lochshell Dental Clinic in Wick lost some 253 hours of clinical time through patients failing to show up for their appointments….

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Posted on September 04, 2014

A US College Football stadium has unveiled new plans to permit fans to report anyone behaving suspiciously or anti-socially by sending a simple text. After adding an additional 2,600 new seats to its Horseshoe Stadium, the Ohio State College Football team decided that new measures need to be rolled out to protect respectable sports fans…

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Posted on August 11, 2014

Mobile phone owners in rural England could get money off their bills, at least if a new campaign by the Countryside Alliance is a success. The rural affairs group has claimed that it’s unfair for people in rural areas to pay the same as those in larger cities for mobile contracts, yet receive a worse…

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Posted on August 11, 2014

Dog owners could soon receive real-time information about their pet’s health and feelings via text message. A new ‘smart collar’ has been designed to monitor the health and wellbeing of any dog that wears it. Using sensors that measure heart rate, temperature, breathing and activity, the collar can map a pet’s general health and even…

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