BEWARE MEDICAL ADVICE FROM THE WEB

If you go to the web for medical advice, Fast Company says there's a good chance the information is false or misleading.They examined the 100 most popular health articles of 2018 and found lots of errors.Sites include those for popular off-site media including Huffington Post, CNN, Time and even New Scientist . The study says they all post health-related articles that have been found to have misleading information. Fast Company, in fact,found this to be true in over half of the 100 most popular health articles of 20-18.

Dr. Al Johnson of Johnson Medical Associates says, “I have always had a problem with articles that say, ‘There’s an increase in the risk of heart disease.’ Is that a 50% increase or a 0.5% increase?”Consider a Guardian story titled “Is everything you think you know about depression wrong?” which was found to be “not credible and potentially harmful.” It had been shared 469,000 times!

Dr. Johnson points out that there are good health sites out there.

“The CDC typically has good information on their web sites. The Mayo Clinic, the Cleveland Clinic have good sources as well.”

Dr. Johnson DOES say there is one good thing for fake health news online readers: “I think it probably stimulates their interest and hopefully they pay more attention to their health.”

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