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Father Credits Facebook for Helping Discover Brain Tumor

He insisted on brain scan after reading posts describing similar symptoms

(Newser) - Welsh father of two Tom Walker considers himself "extremely lucky" that he happened to stumble upon two stories of Facebook friends with symptoms strikingly similar to his own. His doctor had chalked up his spotty vision and dizziness to vertigo, but it turns out he had a more than... More »

Google Launches New Feature to Give Better Medical Advice

It doesn't want to keep scaring users with unreliable search results

(Newser) - You know how it is: You wake up with a sore throat, then after five minutes of googling, you're convinced you have super-Ebola. Well, Google wants to do something about that. Consumerist reports the company is launching a "Symptom Search" feature this week to give better medical advice.... More »

To Diagnose Cancer, Doctors Only Need Your Search History

Microsoft study could lead to 'a Cortana for health'

(Newser) - Only 3% of people diagnosed with pancreatic cancer will survive for five years. Microsoft researchers, however, say that rate could be doubled with early detection—and the Internet may play a vital role. The researchers, together with a Columbia grad student, found searches on Microsoft's search engine Bing that... More »

Why Kids With Autism Hate Hugs

Delayed brain development linked to 'hug-avoidance'

(Newser) - New research suggests that sensitivity to touch, a common symptom of autism, might be caused by delays in brain development in the womb. The study looked at brain development in mice with Fragile X, a condition closely linked to autism. Researchers found that parts of the brain linked to touch... More »

New Gene May Predict Onset of Alzheimer's

(Newser) - A newly unveiled gene linked to Alzheimer's disease could help determine when symptoms of the brain disorder will arise, the News & Observer reports. A team of Duke University scientists announced their finding today at a Vienna conference. “As soon as people start forgetting things, they want to... More »

Warning Labels Can Be Hazardous to Your Health

Prescription labels, doctor's cues can trigger symptoms

(Newser) - Ignorance truly is bliss when it comes to prescription drugs. The side effects listed on warning labels have a self-fulfilling quality, researchers tell the Wall Street Journal. People sensitive to this "nocebo effect" should think twice before reading that their pills can cause nausea, vomiting, irritability, or difficulty concentrating.... More »

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