Research from the University of Florida found stark differences in the quality of Web-based health information provided by search engines for different health issues.

The researchers discovered that searches related to the diagnosis and treatment of physical disease or injuries tend to yield higher-quality information than online searches for preventive health and social health information. The findings, based on queries of Google’s general search engine using more than 2,000 different health-related terms, appeared in the January 2014 issue of the journal Decision Support Systems.

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