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Why You Should Trust Your Doctor, Not Wikipedia

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Why You Should Trust Your Doctor, Not Wikipedia

Don’t trust everything you read on Wikipedia, especially when it comes to health. Researchers compared 10 of the website’s articles about medical conditions—including asthma, osteoarthritis, diabetes, and heart disease—with peer-reviewed research papers. They found that nine of the 10 entries had errors, BBC reports. Their study, published this month in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, suggests that patients should speak with their own doctors before taking Wikipedia’s word for it.

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