Entries in Smartphones (4)


Heavy Use of Mobile Devices May Lead to 'Smartphone Face'

Hemera/Thinkstock(LONDON) -- According to some plastic surgeons, checking email, watching movies and doing other tasks on mobile devices is taking a toll on our faces.

Coining the affliction "smartphone face," Dr. Mervyn Patterson tells the London Evening Standard, "If you sit for hours with your head bent slightly forward, staring at your iPhone or laptop screen, you may shorten the neck muscles and increase the gravitational pull on the jowl area, leading to a drooping jawline."

Sagging jowls -- possibly caused by stooping over mobile gear -- are leading more and more people to get chin implants, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.  In 2011, "chinplants" were performed more than breast augmentation, Botox and liposuction combined, the ASPS claims.

Patterson says technology is prompting these changes in another way: more people are seeing their own sagging faces in front of them on video chat, and they're increasingly not liking what they're seeing.

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A Text a Day to Keep the Doctor Away

DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Using wireless technology to improve health outcomes was the focus for the annual mHealth summit, which took place last week at National Harbor in Washington, D.C. With more than 12,000 health-related apps in the iTunes store, it can be hard to know which ones to download, and which ones to pass on. Not to mention there are many other ways to use your phone -- smart or not -- to help you in your quest for good health.

As health management moves from files and folders, to electronic medical records and into the memories of smart phones, here are some of the (free) smart phone apps and mobile services that can help you manage your health.

  • iTriage: With more than 11,000 ratings and an average rating of four stars (4.5 on newest version), it is easy to see why iTriage is a one-stop health app. Created by two ER doctors in 2008, this app can tell you not only what’s wrong with you but where to go for treatment. The application uses a national listing of ERs and medical providers to provide the closest location, as well as ER wait times. And in the unlikely event that you don’t have your phone, you can log in to the app from your computer, too.
  • Text4baby: It may be hard to believe, but not everyone has a smart phone (even if smart phones accounted for 50 percent of all phone sales last year). That is why Text4Baby uses free text messaging to educate and inform moms to be and new moms about how to give babies the “best possible start in life.”
  • What is really cool about this service is that it times the messages to your due date or your baby’s birthday. All you need to do is to text the word “Baby” (or “Bebe” for Spanish) to the number 511411 from your cell phone.
  • Smokefree TXT: This is another app that uses free 24/7 text messages to help smokers quit the habit. Although the program was designed for teenagers (according to Pew, 72 percent  of all teens are text-messagers), anyone can use it. The service sends encouraging messages about quitting. You can also text back with keywords like “crave” or “slip” to let the app know what kind of day you are having.
  • Also, good news for the smart phone users, an app called QuitStart is currently in development and is set to launch in early January.
  • LoseIt: Losing weight and keeping tabs on your caloric intake can be not only hard but discouraging. Enter LoseIt, whose website touts that “86 percent of their users have lost weight.” LoseIt lets you track what you have had to eat each day, as well as how many calories the food counted toward your “daily calorie budget.” Not only can you track your progress from your smart phone but also your computer.
  • Rxmind Me: Ever had trouble remembering which pill to take when? With so many medications out there, all with different dosages and time intervals, it’s no wonder many people are not in compliance with their doctors advice. Well, now with apps like Rxmind Me that faulty memory is no excuse. Simply download the free app, insert your medications, dosages and other important information and Rxmind Me will alert you when it is time to pop that pill. You can even add pills you take randomly so you can check on drug interactions with your physician or pharmacist.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio


Technology Making Your Nine-to-Five Work Schedule Obsolete?

Steve Mason/Photodisc(NEW YORK) -- You may love your computer and smartphone but they might be making you work harder.

Government statistics show worker productivity has increased 400 percent since 1950, possibly because technology makes you available ‘round-the-clock, and the boss is taking advantage of that.

A new survey by Wright Management finds two-thirds of employees have gotten emails from their bosses over the weekend. One-third say the boss expects a reply.

Experts say if you need to set limits, do it in a face-to-face meeting, not a text or email.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio


Study Finds Smartphones May Damage Eyesight

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- New research shows that smartphones may be damaging people's eyesight.

The study found that smartphone-owners tend to read text messages or websites at a closer distance than they would with a newspaper. The trend could worsen the eyesight of people with glasses or contact lenses.

Over a hundred volunteers participated in the experiment, which asked patients to read from their smartphones. Scientists then measured the distance between their eyes and the screen.

Doctors advise smartphone owners to increase the font size on their devices, if they are worried about detrimental effects.

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