March 21, 2012 - Health professionals have found a potentially life saving use for cell phones. They say text messages can be used to remind millions of HIV patients to take their medicine. Many HIV patients don't regularly take their meds because of their strong side effects which can lower their effectiveness and sometimes lead to death. Researchers reviewed data from two Kenyan trials involving a total of 966 adult patients with HIV and found patients who received weekly text messages were better at adhering to their medication than those in control groups.
Also, there's new evidence that parenting classes can help disruptive children and their parents. Scientists in London found that parents speaking to fellow parents in small groups were able to improve relationships and interactions with their children. Many parents reported less stress and better behaved children. Authors of the study suggest that there are well established links between parenting styles and children's behavioral problems, but many families fail to receive effective help due to stigma and difficulties getting to services. Parenting interventions have been shown to reduce disruptive behaviors in children and are recommended by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence.