Web best for medical advice?
Medical search results often misleading
- Duration 3:19
- Date Aug 4, 2012
Medical search results often misleading
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Does that well a new study says you may be playing roulette with your health for example searching the web for infant sleep safety.
Brings more than a thousand results and out of that thousand more than half are inaccurate or completely irrelevant.
So what are you need to know before you do a search -- development Cheatham is here she's from Columbia University Medical Center.
If she knows a thing or two about this doctor nice to see this morning for having me -- 72%.
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Of the US population jump online to do an Internet search to find out what ails them is that.
Problem well I'm surprised actually that it's not higher than that because -- many patients coming to the offense.
They say that that relates checking things on Google and -- -- it age now where we just -- everything -- I think not -- is just going to get higher as time goes fine.
No we hear this with real estate agents -- the real estate agents say that most of my clients now come to me they've got a few ideas that they've Gould's first before they come to me to buy a house of people are doing that with -- own organs now.
Well they -- analysts say the -- that's very accessible people have access to the in town that night all things that on the Internet at lack.
And there is safe easy to Google just puts innocent -- signed a condition of hundreds of different web sites come up.
So you've provided us with some online health info do's and -- take us through some of them must start with that do not self diagnose I think that's probably one of the most important things in -- can be very very useful but it can say falsely being shall.
It could no say -- is a lot of anxiety -- -- if you have let's in the year and you may have a urinary tract infection don't you may have -- -- -- -- confronts an -- to people.
I -- say they may read something that they all of us say okay this is not propping them.
I don't -- -- the talked to said the Internet is helpful but it should not be a substitute for going to adults.
Which is important so that's number two your second -- -- make sure you go to the doctor so they can then take the blood samples do those things you also say.
Do take printed info.
To your doctor -- -- if you read something on the -- that we think this is helpful.
I'll ask you don't to what he thinks to think this is a good idea but no -- many people hate being diabetic condition and they can see that -- attack.
If you want more information -- adults at what they would recommend is a good sign to if you want to learn more about your medical condition.
You also say there are some recommended and reliable sites out there they can't all be bad it's always -- -- of an infant sleep study.
Some of them were bad but you say there are some great ones out there tell us what you recommend people look.
But I would recommend that people trying stay away from the patient blocks because Biloxi using salt.
Put together by medical costs now they can be sometimes but the back to web sites web and he's actually very useful.
I -- terrorist -- conditions in -- and specialty there's Fannie accurate so I think WebMD is -- useful resells the Mayo Clinic is -- excellence Wikipedia I was that surprising but that's a lot of it's very -- activate and the information on that I was surprisingly accurate.
We'll say -- that's.
Web sites that being put together by the government and day and don't hold don't -- don't golf.
There's -- they have much more reliable.
Like the national institute of health that grass on your list the RIH dot gov are great information this morning because I think that's what we tend to do we feel.
Some estimates given me a problem when I go to the Internet first before seen a doctor doctor -- but she'd and we appreciate you joining us thanking our.