Health Care Web Sites Can Be Helpful If They're Reputable
Byline: Jane Oppermann
The Internet has quickly become the most frequently used research tool for health tips and medical resources. And while medical experts once thought older adults were immune from Web- surfing fever, it looks like they've also caught the bug.
An estimated 73 million adults in the United States go online to make critical health decisions - an increase of 21 million in just two years, according to the Pew Research Center.
About 6 million Americans - twice the population of the city of Chicago - go online for medical advice every day. That's more people than visit health care professionals, reports the American Medical Association.
This month a study in CHEST, a publication of the American College of Chest Physicians, reported that older patients with lung cancer turn to the Internet as a major source of information about their disease.
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Publication information: Article title: Health Care Web Sites Can Be Helpful If They're Reputable. Contributors: Not available. Newspaper title: Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL). Publication date: February 24, 2003. Page number: 4. © 2009 Paddock Publications. COPYRIGHT 2003 Gale Group.
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