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A new software to remind people to take medication

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If you've ever gotten mad at yourself for forgetting to take medicine at a certain time, you'll appreciate a new idea from the University of Iowa. That's where a transplant surgeon came up with an idea that would appeal to young people since he was worried his young patients may not be taking the many pills they needed at the right time every day.

Dr. Patrick Brophy came up with the idea for new software called the Iowa Med-Minder. The kids download it on Facebook to map out the pills they need, and when they need each one every day. Then, the kids check off each pill on Facebook when they take it.  It's something that is sent to a secure site for doctors to monitor.

Dr. Brophy said, "If they don't take it, hopefully we'll be able to set up a notification system to either text them through their phones or email them."

Right now, the software is just available at the University of Iowa, but Dr. Brophy says he's been contacted by health care providers from the United States and Canada, who are interested in his idea.

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