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Old 26 November 2008, 12:49 AM
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Icon22 Microsoft Examines Causes of ‘Cyberchondria’

If that headache plaguing you this morning led you first to a Web search and then to the conclusion that you must have a brain tumor, you may instead be suffering from cyberchondria.

Microsoft researchers have published the results of a study of health-related Web searches on popular search engines as well as a survey of the company’s employees.

The study suggests that self-diagnosis by search engine frequently leads Web searchers to conclude the worst about what ails them.

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/25/te...5symptoms.html
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Old 26 November 2008, 01:08 AM
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I don't think this is a new thing. Someone I used to live with long before most of us had access to the web had a large home medical encyclopedia. She would regularly flick through it when she felt poorly, and sieze upon the most serious and unlikely cause of what ailed her. I guess it's a bit easier with the web though.

I can't remember how this came into it (I think I quipped about people doing self diagnoses and how I would leave it to her), but in an extended doctor's visit, my doc bemoaned the people who walked through the door and just outright said "I've looked it up on the internet, I have condition X and I need you to give my drug A." Her look led me to believe she had seen it far too often.
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