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Last Updated: Thursday February 24 2005 17:22 GMT

Health advice is just a text away

Someone using their mobile phone to send a text
Getting advice on how to deal with health problems like spots can be embarrassing, but a new service may take away some of those worries.

Charity WellChild will soon be taking texts from kids and will then get back to them with info that should help.

And soon people will be able to get general information on things like asthma just by texting the word.

The charity thinks children may be more likely to ask for help if they can do it from their mobile phone.

The charity already runs a website and helpline but thinks texting could help many more kids.

They reckon kids will feel less embarrassed if they're using their mobile than if they had to use their parents' computer to send an e-mail.

WellChild is the only charity in the UK that is dedicated to trying to promote children's health and fighting childhood illnesses.



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