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Googling bad for your health? Docs debate online health forums
USA Today

Making doctors wait is the stuff of dreams. But fantasy has become reality for those who choose health websites over waiting rooms, discussion boards over diagnosis, and public opinion over professional opinion. For many, online health message boards have replaced doctors and therapists as their first medical contacts, providing free support and (sometimes) valuable information to more than just the 50.7 million Americans living without health insurance, the latest figure from the U.S. Census Bureau.

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