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That tingling feeling in your arm? Heart attack! A throbbing headache, you say? Probably a tumour! Despite the occasional scaremongering, however, going to the internet with a list of symptoms can actually make us better at self-diagnosing our health. It found that three-quarters of participants researching symptoms online were able to identify the severity of a situation and choose appropriate care. How much cyberchondria is the internet creating?.

Participants were asked to provide a diagnosis based on the given information then look up their case symptoms online and diagnose again. As well as diagnosing the imaginary patient, participants also had to decide what should be done next, on a sliding scale from letting the issue resolve itself to calling They also recorded their own anxiety levels. There was no change in their recommendations for treatment or the anxiety they felt. In the past, doctors have warned that so-called cyberchondria can lead to a range of problems for patients and doctors alike, from dodgy diagnoses and overcrowded waiting rooms to severe and understandable health anxiety in those presented with scary information.

The illnesses described were common and ranged in severity from everyday viruses to heart attacks and strokes. A former deputy editor at Science Focus, Ian once undertook a scientific ranking of the UK's best rollercoasters on behalf of the magazine. He is now a freelance writer, which is frankly a lot less fun. Ian Taylor.

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