Dr Shereen Habib, Well Woman Clinic
Dr Sean Petherbridge Keith Nicholl Medical Centre
If you need NHS help for common problems such as anxiety or mild depression, you won’t necessarily meet your therapist face-to-face. You could be at home or even by the pool, typing your emotional secrets into a dedicated instant messaging service. You might be following a computer program that takes you step by step through a CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy) programme, or having a digital face-to-face on Skype.
A popular medical management tool is now available on iPads and iPhones, thanks to Mission Pharmacal Company.
The San Antonio-based pharma company sponsored the development of an app that helps doctors in treating kidney stones.
For more than a decade, physicians have turned to the highly regarded "ABCs of Medical Management of Stones" booklet for a simple, step-by-step approach to the diagnosis and treatment of nephrolithiasis (kidney stones). Now the education tool is available as an easy-to-access, easy-to-use mobile application for Apple devices.
Tablet computers are so easy to use that even a 3-year-old can master them.
And that has some pediatricians and other health experts worried.
Since navigating a tablet generally doesn’t require the ability to type or read, children as young as toddlers can quickly learn how to stream movies, scroll through family photos or play simple games.
That ease-of-use makes tablets —and smartphones— popular with busy parents who use them to pacify their kids during car rides, restaurant outings or while they’re at home trying to get dinner on the table. And many feel a little less guilty about it if they think there’s educational value to the apps and games their children use.
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