Wikipedia’s Pages On Health Care Have Medical Professionals Reaching For Edit Button
There's a treasure trove of health care information to be found on Wikipedia, but experts say the accuracy is questionable.
Should You Use Wikipedia For Medical Information?
Reworking Wikipedia health entries is not a trivial task. A 2014 study found about 25,000 pages of English-language health-related articles. That number is now up to 32,000, Heilman says. The health pages worldwide attracted almost 4.9 billion pageviews in 2013. A 2012 survey of several hundred medical students found 94 percent use the site for health information. But despite its popularity, the reliability of Wikipedia’s medical content has often been questioned. (McClurg and Brooks, 11/3)
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Los Angeles Times:
Fitbit Stock Plunges Nearly 33% As Sales May Be Hitting A Wall
Shares of Fitbit Inc. plunged more than 30% Thursday as the fitness tracker manufacturer lowered its financial forecast for the current fiscal year because of weak demand and expansion difficulties. Fitbit’s stock closed at 8.51, down $4.30, or 33.57%. (Masunaga, 11/3)