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  • Don’t believe everything you read online
  • Don’t believe everything you read online
    Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design, Creative Commons (2017) ©

What’s that rash? The science of healthy Googling

Although 72% of US internet users search for health info online, just 12% can adequately evaluate what they find. Canvas8 spoke with Amy Armstrong-Heimsoth and Melissa Johnson, co-authors of research about a health literacy programme, to learn how people can improve their Googling.

Location United States

America’s healthcare policies were the subject of fierce debate in mid-2017 when the Republican Party lost the vote to replace the Affordable Care Act – otherwise known as Obamacare – with a ‘skinny repeal’ of the current healthcare plan. As uncertainty around the nation’s medical system grows, healthcare has become the most important political issue among Americans, cited by 20% of respondents to a YouGov poll, ahead of social security (14%) and the economy (13%).

With the Commonwealth Fund ranking the healthcare system in the US as the worst among 11 developed nations, it’s no ...



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