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Medical experts 'sound the alarm' on medical misinformation

from Medical Xpress

The editors of more than two dozen cardiology-related scientific journals around the world published an editorial recently to "sound the alarm that human lives are at stake" because of medical misinformation. These physicians describe regularly encountering patients hesitant to take potentially lifesaving medications or adhere to other prescribed treatments because of something they read online, heard from friends or saw on television. "There is a flood of bad information on the internet and social media that is hurting human beings," said Dr. Joseph Hill, the architect of the essay and editor-in-chief of the American Heart Association journal Circulation. "It's not just an annoyance, this actually puts people in harm's way." more

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