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Online health information is often wildly inaccurate and not corroborated by science, and so we’re constantly urged to take medical questions to experts who are actually trained in the field rather than relying on the internet.
However, it seems those two worlds are now colliding: there’s a website is claiming to have helped hundreds of sick men and women solve medical mysteries that have left ‘real world’ health professionals stumped.
It’s called CrowdMed, and it allows patients to crowdsource diagnoses and possible treatments from a community of ‘medical detectives’ that includes health experts, academics, and even fellow patients. And, according to the website, more than half of these patients have reported positive results.
A 31-year-old wedding photographer named Hope decided to submit her case to CrowdMed after suffering from strange, debilitating symptoms that doctors continually dismissed as anxiety or migraines.