Yoda: Wikipedia Generally Wrong on Medical Issues – 9 out of 10 Health Entries in Error

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Using Wikipedia To Look Up Your Illness Is A Bad Idea, Scientists Confirm

Researching symptoms and health concerns on Wikipedia will lead you to false information most of the time, scientists in the U.S. say.

Scientists compared health information from the online encyclopedia with peer-reviewed medical research. They concluded that 90 percent of the site’s health entries they studied contained false information on diseases including diabetes, lung cancer, heart disease and depression, the BBC reported.

Researchers said their findings, recently published in the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, should encourage people to seek professional medical help instead of relying on the Internet.

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