Tag: Symptoms

Searching the Internet for illness symptoms

Searching the Internet for illness symptoms

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BRYAN, Tex. (KBTX) - When people get sick, one of the first things people tend to do in the Internet age is to Google for the symptoms they're feeling. Dr. Seth Sullivan with Baylor, Scott and White joined us on First News at Four to talk about a new study that sheds some insight about how people are feeling in certain areas of the country, at certain times of the day. In the study it states, "Internet searches were correlated with the regions with the highest rates of coronary heart disease. Moreover, there was a threefold increase in searches in all three countries during winter months compared with summer months and a 100% increase during peak searching hours, which were between 6 A...
Sick of googling symptoms and getting bad information? Here…

Sick of googling symptoms and getting bad information? Here…

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If you’re an American with Internet access, you’ve probably done it. You get a headache, a sniffle or a mystery bruise, and instead of seeing your doctor, you consult “Dr. Google.” According to some studies, more than 80 percent of Americans have used the Internet to “self-diagnose” health issues. UC Merced public health communication professor Susana Ramirez’s new partnership with an eHealth startup aims to help people get quality information and find out what they do with it once they have it. “Sometimes the answers people get from websites are like newspaper horoscopes,” Ramirez said. “You can’t really say that there’s anything wrong with the answer, but it’s so generic as to be useless for any individua