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03/11/2014 Obesity in Michigan: What Can We Do?
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Many people search websites for information about their health concerns. But, there are many health oriented websites to choose from and consumers don’t always have good ways to sort out the information they are reading. For example, the New York Times magazine ran a small but significant story on the difference between WebMD and the MayoClinic websites. The Times reported on the hearings on WebMD held by Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa. In those hearings, the connection between WebMD and pharmaceutical manufacturers was documented in some detail. And, the advice given on that website seems shaped by that connection – directly promoting pharmaceutical treatments to those searching for insights into their medical conditions.