Better Regulation for On-line Health Information and Services

Better Regulation for On-line Health Information and Services

A new report says that it is essential that the Government should increase its efforts to help people in finding reliable health websites and also help them to use safely and effectively various on-line health services.

The study was carried out by the Nuffield Council on Bioethics, which says that it is easy and convenient to use on-line health information and services.

The Council at the same time warned people that these information can sometimes be misleading and generate unnecessary anxiety for the users.

Professor Christopher Hood, Chair of the working party that produced the report, said that people are nowadays using Internet to find out more information regarding their health.

But they should be extremely careful about the accuracy of the on-line health information.

Experts say that tests like computed tomography (CT) or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans are usually encouraged online as health check-ups and ‘the reliability of these tests is questionable’.

Online genetic tests are often promoted online to find out the risks factors of several serious diseases like diabetes, heart diseases, Parkinson's disease or cancer.

People who purchase these tests online have to provide their DNA sample, generally saliva, for the analysis.

Prof. Hood said, “Better regulation is needed to ensure people are fully aware of the limitations of these services”.



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