Top Health Searches Online

Patient Online | Health Search | Patient CareCNN recently reported in the article “Your top health searches, asked and answered” that many people look to the internet for answers about their health rather than seeing their physicians.  The article explores five of the most commonly searched conditions along with online resources for each, which follow below. While the article offers some valuable information about each condition, it’s important to remember that effective health care treats the patient, not the condition.  At BioVeda Health & Wellness Centers, our practitioners offer a patient-centered approach.  They take the time to get to know you and your complete health history, and get to the root of the cause of a condition, instead of just addressing the symptomatic expression.  In this manner, you get well and stay well.  Please contact us to learn more!

CNN’s article offers links to resources for each condition that is commonly searched online, as follows:

Herpes

Herpes is No. 2 on Yahoo’s mobile list, and No. 10 on Google’s regular list.

Search results Empowered Patient found most useful:

Overview of herpes from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Herpes symptoms in women have from the National Women’s Health Information Center.

Herpes symptoms in men from Livestrong.

• Where to find a herpes testing site near you from the CDC.

First-person accounts of people who’ve had herpes from The American Social Health Association

State-by-state list of herpes social and support groups from Dating with Herpes.

• A calendar of social events for people with herpes from the National H Club.

Animation on how to use a condom to try to keep yourself from getting herpes from the American Social Health Association.

Pregnancy

Pregnancy is No. 1 on Yahoo’s mobile list. On Yahoo’s regular list, “pregnancy/symptoms” is No. 7 and “pregnancy week by week” is No 10.

Search results Empowered Patient found most useful:

• The first signs of pregnancy from the Mayo Clinic

• A quiz to find out if you’re pregnant from Drspock.com.

• A pregnancy due date calculator from the Mayo Clinic

• A pregnancy week-by-week calendar from “Parenting” magazine

Pregnancy dos and don’ts from the National Women’s Health Information Center.

Depression

Depression is No. 3 on Yahoo’s list of top searches.

Search results Empowered Patient found most useful:

Overview of depression from the National Institutes of Health.

• The symptoms of depression from the Mayo Clinic.

• A quiz to see if you need help with depression from PsychCentral.com

• The best websites for the elderly with depression from Health.com.

• A national list of support groups from the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance

Comparison of costs of antidepressants from Consumer Reports.

Heart disease

“Heart” is the second most popular search term on Google.

Search results Empowered Patient found most useful:

• An overview of heart disease from the National Institutes of Health.

• An overview of heart disease in women from the National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease.

Warning signs you’re having a heart attack from the American Academy of Family Physicians.

• A quiz to find out how much you know about heart disease from the American Heart Association.

• A video of the new guidelines for performing CPR from the American Heart Association.

Breast Cancer

Breast cancer is No. 4 on both Yahoo’s regular and mobile list.

Search results Empowered Patient found most useful:

• An overview of breast cancer from breastcancer.org

• A tool to assess your risk of breast cancer from the National Cancer Institute

• A video on how to do a breast self exam from healthcentral.com

First-person accounts from breast cancer patients and survivors from Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

What to do when you’ve just been diagnosed with breast cancer from Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

Talk to a breast cancer survivor at Breast Cancer Network of Strength

~Results may vary from patient to patient. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These statements and products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. If pregnant or nursing, ask a health professional before use. If symptoms persist or worsen, seek advice of physician.