Worried sick on the Web

From the Toronto Star:

Patients surfing obsessively for answers can fall prey to `cyberchondria’ — health anxiety made worse by a deluge of information

When 37-year-old Toronto comedian Gerry Dee had a series of headaches, he decided to consult his family doctor. Some blood tests were ordered, and Dee didn’t think much about it until he returned home on a Friday to discover a voicemail from the doctor’s office, asking him to call back “as soon as possible.”By the time he got the message the office had closed for the weekend, so Dee had two days on his hands to wonder and worry and surf the Internet.

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