9 out of 10 Wikipedia Health Articles Inaccurate

135px-Wikipedia-logo-v2-en.svgRecent research conducted at Campbell University in North Carolina discovered that 9 out of 10 health care entries on Wikipedia contain inaccuracies – some of them dangerous if taken as fact. The study was done using a sample that included the top 10 costliest health problems, which include heart disease, cancer, and diabetes. The results are proof of how it is becoming increasingly difficult to sort between valid and misleading information on the Internet. The distinction is especially important in health care where more is at stake if someone acts on wrong information. While there are better and more reliable sources of health information than Wikipedia (for example WebMD) they are no substitute for seeing an actual doctor.

Read the full article here: Journal of the American Osteopathic Association

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