Search with caution—new research published in the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association found that 9 out of 10 health entries on Wikipedia contain errors.
The study pinned the Wiki entries of the 10 most costly health conditions in terms of public and private expenditure in the U.S. up against peer-reviewed medical research. From heart disease and lung cancer to depression and diabetes, the scientists found most of the articles contained errors.
The online encyclopedia can be edited by anyone, which raises cause for concern especially among those in the medical community. However, the study pointed out that regardless of this fact, as many as 70% of physicians and medical students have used it as a source.
There are measures that Wikipedia has put in place to minimize the appearance of false or unverifiable information. For now, though, it’s best to take all your medical queries straight to the experts themselves.
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