Internet Users: Regulate Health Info

June 14, 2002

NEW YORK -- A study of Internet users in four countries has determined that cyberchondriacs - those who use the Internet to research health issues - want government regulated information.

There are an estimated 100 million cyberchondriacs in the US, 48 million in Japan, 31 million in Germany and 14 million in France. Some 93 percent of the American and French participants reported health information on the Web is trustworthy. The study also found that American Web users frequent medical journal sites, pharmaceutical company sites and academic sites more often than other health sites.

Information from reuters.com

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