Cell Phones

Publication Title: 
The International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis

This study systematically reviews the hypnosis apps available via iTunes that were compatible with iPhone or iPad. Of 1455 apps identified on iTunes, 407 met inclusion criteria and were further reviewed. Most common hypnosis app targets were weight loss (23%), boosting self-esteem (20%), and relaxation/stress reduction (19%); 83% of apps delivered hypnosis via audio track, and 37% allowed tailoring. Less than 14% of apps reported disclaimers. None of the apps reported having been tested for efficacy, and none reported being evidence based.

Author(s): 
Sucala, Madalina
Schnur, Julie B.
Glazier, Kimberly
Miller, Sarah J.
Green, Joseph P.
Montgomery, Guy H.
Publication Title: 
Journal of Sex Research

Communication technology is a central feature of young people's lives, but its role in romantic and sexual relationships has not been thoroughly examined. This article describes how young adults use communication technology for partnering across relationship stages (formation, maintenance, and dissolution) and types (serious/casual), and proposes implications of usage in relationships.

Author(s): 
Bergdall, Anna R.
Kraft, Joan Marie
Andes, Karen
Carter, Marion
Hatfield-Timajchy, Kendra
Hock-Long, Linda
Publication Title: 
Psychological Reports

Cell phones have become important communication media for individuals in romantic relationships. The frequency of and methods used for communication may vary by adults' style of romantic attachment. Female university students (N = 31) currently in romantic relationships responded to a questionnaire. They estimated the frequency of calls and text messages received from and made to their romantic partners and completed the Experiences in Close Relationships-Revised instrument, a measure of attachment anxiety and avoidance.

Author(s): 
Weisskirch, Robert S.
Publication Title: 
BMC research notes

BACKGROUND: Using two-way mobile phone text messages to improve adherence to antiretroviral medication enhances communication between patients and health workers. We describe the implications of participants' responses to text messages in the Cameroon Mobile Phone SMS (CAMPS) trial. FINDINGS: This is a cross-sectional analysis of data from the intervention arm of the CAMPS trial.

Author(s): 
Mbuagbaw, Lawrence
Thabane, Lehana
Ongolo-Zogo, Pierre
Publication Title: 
Twin Research and Human Genetics: The Official Journal of the International Society for Twin Studies

There has been almost no overlap between behavior genetics and consumer behavior research, despite each field's importance in understanding society. In particular, both have neglected to study genetic influences on consumer adoption and usage of new technologies -- even technologies as important as the mobile phone, now used by 5.8 out of 7.0 billion people on earth. To start filling this gap, we analyzed self-reported mobile phone use, intelligence, and personality traits in two samples of Australian teenaged twins (mean ages 14.2 and 15.6 years), totaling 1,036 individuals.

Author(s): 
Miller, Geoffrey
Zhu, Gu
Wright, Margaret J.
Hansell, Narelle K.
Martin, Nicholas G.
Publication Title: 
The International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis

This study systematically reviews the hypnosis apps available via iTunes that were compatible with iPhone or iPad. Of 1455 apps identified on iTunes, 407 met inclusion criteria and were further reviewed. Most common hypnosis app targets were weight loss (23%), boosting self-esteem (20%), and relaxation/stress reduction (19%); 83% of apps delivered hypnosis via audio track, and 37% allowed tailoring. Less than 14% of apps reported disclaimers. None of the apps reported having been tested for efficacy, and none reported being evidence based.

Author(s): 
Sucala, Madalina
Schnur, Julie B.
Glazier, Kimberly
Miller, Sarah J.
Green, Joseph P.
Montgomery, Guy H.
Publication Title: 
Lancet (London, England)

BACKGROUND: Health workers' malaria case-management practices often differ from national guidelines. We assessed whether text-message reminders sent to health workers' mobile phones could improve and maintain their adherence to treatment guidelines for outpatient paediatric malaria in Kenya. METHODS: From March 6, 2009, to May 31, 2010, we did a cluster-randomised controlled trial at 107 rural health facilities in 11 districts in coastal and western Kenya.

Author(s): 
Zurovac, Dejan
Sudoi, Raymond K.
Akhwale, Willis S.
Ndiritu, Moses
Hamer, Davidson H.
Rowe, Alexander K.
Snow, Robert W.
Publication Title: 
PloS One

BACKGROUND: Health facility stock-outs of life saving malaria medicines are common across Africa. Innovative ways of addressing this problem are urgently required. We evaluated whether SMS based reporting of stocks of artemether-lumefantrine (AL) and rapid diagnostic tests (RDT) can result in reduction of stock-outs at peripheral facilities in Kenya. METHODS/FINDINGS: All 87 public health facilities in five Kenyan districts were included in a 26 week project.

Author(s): 
Githinji, Sophie
Kigen, Samwel
Memusi, Dorothy
Nyandigisi, Andrew
Mbithi, Agneta M.
Wamari, Andrew
Muturi, Alex N.
Jagoe, George
Barrington, Jim
Snow, Robert W.
Zurovac, Dejan
Publication Title: 
Trials

BACKGROUND: The need for cost-effective interventions for people suffering from major depressive disorders is essential. Behavioral activation is an intervention that can largely benefit from the use of new mobile technologies (for example smartphones). Therefore, developing smartphone-based behavioral activation interventions might be a way to develop cost-effective treatments for people suffering from major depressive disorders. The aim of this study will be to test the effects of a smartphone-delivered behavioral activation treatment.

Author(s): 
Ly, Kien Hoa
Carlbring, Per
Andersson, Gerhard
Publication Title: 
BMC musculoskeletal disorders

BACKGROUND: Several researchers have searched for subgroups in the heterogeneous population of patients with non-specific low back pain (LBP). To date, subgroups have been identified based on psychological profiles and the variation of pain. METHODS: This multicentre prospective observational study explored the 6- month clinical course with measurements of bothersomeness that were collected from weekly text messages that were sent by 176 patients with LBP. A hierarchical cluster analysis, Ward's method, was used to cluster patients according to the development of their pain.

Author(s): 
Axén, Iben
Bodin, Lennart
Bergström, Gunnar
Halasz, Laszlo
Lange, Fredrik
Lövgren, Peter W.
Rosenbaum, Annika
Leboeuf-Yde, Charlotte
Jensen, Irene

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