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    Keep Contact Lenses Current with Acuvue’s Easy Text Reminders


    If you’ve ever had contact lenses, you know that the refill process can be a pain – and if you forget your refill, you might spend a day or two walking around half-blind until you fix the problem! Contact lens manufacturer Acuvue has come up with an easy way to help people remember to get…

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    New York Presbyterian, Columbia University and Harlem Health Send Targeted Health Reminders over Text


    Adolescents and young adults are known to be unreliable when it comes to taking their medicine. They’re four times more likely than adults to forget to take their medication or to take it at the wrong time. That can be a problem with any kind of illness – but is particularly life-threatening when the young…

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    Children’s Hospital Oakland’s Mobile Health Campaign Sends Safety Tips in English and Spanish


    Children’s Hospital Oakland has been providing exceptional medical care to children in the Northern California region for almost 100 years. Over the past century, they have evolved from a converted stable in an old mansion to one of the premiere medical institutions in the nation devoted exclusively to children. In order to stay on the…

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    California Department of Public Health Lets People Text to Find the Closest Vaccination


    Challenge: How do you get vital clinic information to Californians, targeted around their location? During the H1N1 scare in 2009, the California Department of Public Health wanted to help citizens get vaccinated against the virus. They had a database of all the places where Californians could go to get the vaccine. The problem was –…

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    Text hotline answers teens’ questions about sex, drugs, and gangs


    Questions about your sexual health can be embarrassing. But with Alexandria, VA’s Teen Text Message Line, teens can ask them in a way that’s private and easy – via text message. By texting SEX to 30644, teens enter a conversation with a counselor who will answer their questions within 24 hours. Teens can ask about…

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    California Poison Control System Sends Daily Tips Over Text


    Get timely tips about preventing poison sent straight to your phone. The California Poison Control System runs an innovative campaign, in English and Spanish, to keep families informed about poison threats to their homes and lives. The “Home and Family Safety” campaign launched in National Poison Prevention week in 2010. As the press release describes it,…

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    TxTina Lets Teens use SMS to get Advice about Sexual Health


    Teens seeking the scientific facts behind difficult sexual health issues can get direct, personal responses through the channel most comfortable for them – SMS. The Iowa Department of Human Services’ TxT (Talking Sex Together) program is dedicated to providing teens the straight facts about their sexual health, and helping them make smarter choices about safe…

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    In a new TED Talk, CEO Nancy Lublin unveils a world-changing idea: a text crisis hotline for teens. Lublin is working to launch a service where teens can text in their urgent issues and receive immediate help from a counselor. “I think [a mobile phone] might be a lifeline. I think it might be…

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    Jed Alpert featured in Mashable on SMS Vaccine Reminders


    Today our CEO, Jed Alpert, was featured in a Mashable piece about the power of SMS vaccine reminders. The article highlights how effective SMS reminders can be in getting parents to vaccinate their children – potentially saving thousands of lives. “The great thing about mobile is when you send messages, they’re designed to have an…

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    Are you sure you want to eat that? Text to find out!


    If you walk into a dining hall run by Bon Appétit Management Company, you can find out exactly what you’re eating – just by sending a text. BAMCO, which runs college dining halls across the country, is giving students the power to manage their nutrition with an easy text service powered by Mobile Commons. The…

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