The Internet now rivals the family doctor as a primary source for health information, a new survey finds. A fourth of those surveyed believe they are healthier because of information they've garnered from the Web. But doctors warn that relying on it indiscriminately for advice can be dangerous because a lot of bad information and treatments are being offered.
The biggest concern is that people with no medical training are trying to self-diagnose or self-medicate their health problems without consulting a physician. Some 23% of people are using the Internet to self-diagnose, the survey by technology company Cisco Systems found.
When people were asked what resources they turn to for medical advice, 62% said their physician, 44% named specific medical Web sites, and 32% said they performed keyword searches through search engines like Google.
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