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Googling Your Symptoms May Be a Good Thing

Dr. Adam Weisbruch believes that patients looking up symptoms on Google is a good thing. Gary Rivers was scheduled to talk with him, but he had to bow out for personal reasons and his business partner, Dusty Hall joined the show in his place.

Almost as long as the internet has existed, people have used it to diagnose themselves with life-threatening diseases. They’re often mocked as “cyberchondriacs” by their peers.

But those who consult “Dr. Google” are better off than those who don’t.

Four in five American internet users have searched for health-related topics, according to a Pew study.

Contrary to popular belief, consumers can typically trust what they find online. The three fastest-growing online sources of medical information contain content written or curated by physicians. In addition, reputable government sites like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institutes of Health are among the most visited on the internet.

Hear the Interview with Dusty

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