Tuesday, May 06, 2008

The Enquirer - Text messages help teens with asthma

The Enquirer - Text messages help teens with asthma: " Tylor Thomas, 16, has never counted how many text messages he gets in a day, but it’s a lot.

Tucked in among all those shout-outs from friends, one potentially lifesaving message arrives every morning around 9 for the Winton Hills teen.

“They just text me and tell me, ‘Hi. Don’t forget to take your asthma meds,’” Tylor said.

He’s one of a handful of teens participating in a Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center pilot project to determine how well text-message reminders work to help teens manage their asthma.

If text messages are an effective solution for asthma management, there’s no reason they won’t work for patients with diabetes or other chronic illnesses, said Maria Britto, an adolescent medicine specialist at Children’s."

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