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Default Are You A Cyberchondriac?

Hypochondriacs were once amongst the most annoying people to be around. Well guess what, they've been topped. Meet the "cyberchondriac" - that person you know who is fine until they check the symptoms of their headache on WebMD and conclude that they have a tumor. Microsoft published results of a study on Monday that found that self-diagnosis by search engine often leads people to believe the worst. This is the first study to look at the anxieties of people doing research related to health care on the Internet. "People tend to look at just the first couple results. If they find Ďbrain tumorí or ĎA.L.S.,í thatís their launching point," said artificial intelligence researcher at Microsoft, Eric Horvitz. Not surprisingly, it causes high anxiety in people. There's a simple solution to this, people: see a doctor. Chances are, that headache is more likely from caffeine withdrawl than a tumor.

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