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Senior citizens rarely consult Dr. Google for medical advice, study says

Senior citizens need more medical care than anyone else in the United States. And the Internet is chock full of health information. Yet seniors are far less likely than other adults to tap into it, new research shows.  A report published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Assn. found...

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Jun 23, 2016

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Emily S

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Google aims to stop terrifying you with its responses when you search medical symptoms

Even if you’re not a hypochondriac by nature, jumping on Google to do some research when you have a mysterious headache or cough has been enough to make you one. For years, both patients and doctors have complained about how hard it is to distinguish between real advice and the random ramblings of...

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Jun 9, 2016

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Emily S

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Microsoft Finds Cancer Clues in Search Queries

Microsoft scientists have demonstrated that by analyzing large samples of search engine queries they may in some cases be able to identify internet users who are suffering from pancreatic cancer, even before they have received a diagnosis of the disease.

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Jun 3, 2016

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Emily S

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Google voice search records and keeps conversations people have around their phones – but you can delete the files

Google could have a record of everything you have said around it for years, and you can listen to it yourself.  The company quietly records many of the conversations that people have around its products.  The feature works as a way of letting people search with their voice, and storing those...

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Drug Tests Take Cue From Travel Site to Fix Industry Headache

Pablo Graiver aims to make signing up for a drug study as easy as booking a flight on the Web.  The 47-year-old Argentinian entrepreneur, a former executive at the airfare search engine kayak.com, has designed a new tool that draws from the travel industry to match scientists looking to test...

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Dec 11, 2015

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Emily S

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Where Are STDs Rampant? Google Wants To Help Researchers Find Out

With sexually transmitted diseases on the rise, researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago think they might have a powerful new weapon to fight their spread: Google searches.  The nation’s leading search engine has quietly begun giving researchers access to its data troves to develop...

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Jun 26, 2015

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Emily S

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Online Health Searches Aren't Always Confidential

In the privacy of a doctor's office, a patient can ask any question and have it be covered under doctor-patient confidentiality. But what happens when patients want to search possible symptoms of a disease or ailment online?

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Mar 6, 2015

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Emily S

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Hospital Rating Systems Differ on Best and Worst

Four popular national rating systems used by consumers to judge hospitals frequently come to very different conclusions about which hospitals are the best — or worst — potentially adding to the confusion over health care quality, rather than alleviating it, a new study shows.

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Feb 24, 2015

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Deirdre

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The latest privacy risk? Looking up medical and drug information online

If you have cancer, HIV, diabetes, lupus, depression, heart disease—or you simply look up health-related information online—advertisers are watching you. A new paper on what happens when users search for health information online shows that some of our most sensitive internet searches aren’t as...

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Mar 17, 2014

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Maggie

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Seeking and Sharing Health Information Online: Comparing Search Engines and Social Media

Search engines and social media are two of the most commonly used online services; in this paper, we examine how users appropriate these platforms for online health activities via both large-scale log analysis and a survey of 210 people.

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