House Call: Searching the Internet for illness symptoms

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BRYAN, Tex. (KBTX) - When people get sick, one of the first things people tend to do in the Internet age is to Google for the symptoms they're feeling.

Dr. Seth Sullivan with Baylor, Scott and White joined us on First News at Four to talk about a new study that sheds some insight about how people are feeling in certain areas of the country, at certain times of the day.

In the study it states, "Internet searches were correlated with the regions with the highest rates of coronary heart disease. Moreover, there was a threefold increase in searches in all three countries during winter months compared with summer months and a 100% increase during peak searching hours, which were between 6 AM and 8 AM local time.

On the one side, this can be good and an opportunity for them to learn more; but on the other side, it can potentially delay the time in which they actually seek medical care, so the medical community should try to collaborate with search engines to direct people toward getting help."

To watch the interview in its entirety, check out the video player above.