Study: Many docs use Google for tough cases

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Like patients, doctors also seem to take part in Googling medical symptoms to try to identify an illness, according to a study published in the British Medical Journal, the Chicago Tribune reports. Unlike patients however, doctors mainly use the search engine to get a better understanding of uncommon illnesses or situations. As it turns out, Google’s not a half-bad resource for such things. The study had physicians pick three to five terms for Google to locate information on from a selection of 26 difficult cases compiled from medical journals. Nearly 60 percent of the time the popular search engine got the diagnosis right. Still, users – patients and physicians alike – are warned that the web is full of lots of bad information so caution is urged.