Sabato, 20 Ottobre 2018
FLORENCE

Up to 90% of Internet information on allergies 'incorrect'

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Florence, April 12 - Up to 90% of information
available on the Internet relating to allergies is incorrect or
partial, according to data presented in Italy Friday.
Specialists were discussing the paucity of accurate Web
information at a meeting in Florence organized by the Italian
Allergenic and Immunological Clinical Association (SIAIC).
Incorrect information could lead wrong do-it-yourself
diagnoses and even grave consequences to the health of the
patient, the said.
"The highest level of attention needs to be paid to
unchecked information," said allergy expert Donatella Macchia,
who also sits on SIAIC's board.
"Many people feel they suffer from food allergies, while in
effect only 10% of the population actually does".
Macchia said no website must be used to diagnose illnesses
and to prescribe medicines, adding that an incorrect diagnosis
could lead to death.
To combat the phenomenon, the association has created a
website, www.apaitalia.it, where interested parties can register
and receive official information from experts on their
illnesses.

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