Major search engines are providing irrelevant information that could lead to incorrect self-diagnosis, self-treatment and ultimately possible harm, research has found. Google reports that one in 20 of its 100bn searches a month was for health-related information. Some 35% of US adults go online to self-diagnose a medical condition.
Police, medical examiners and some doctors say 'excited delirium' is real and frightening, reports the Washington Post. Influenced by mental illness or the use of such stimulants, those in its grip often have extraordinary strength, are impervious to pain and act wildly or violently. Then, suddenly, some die. But others say it is merely a cover for the use of excessive force by law enforcement.
Australian blogger Belle Gibson has been exposed for fabricating a tragic cancer story that brought her fame and riches: various publishing contracts and large donations to a ‘charity’ which she plundered. But Gibson’s strange behaviour is not that unusual – faking disease in return for online fame is now a recognised medical condition.
Concerns are being raised over new models of medical education in the US in which research plays a minimal role, as being likely to create a two-tiered system of education, decrease the physician-scientist pipeline and diminish the application of scientific advances to patient care.
Regular exercise is key to staving off serious disease, such as diabetes, heart disease, and dementia, write experts in an editorial in the British Medical Journal, but calorie laden diets now generate more ill health than physical inactivity, alcohol, and smoking combined.