More Medical YouTube

Check out this New Scientist article, Is YouTube just what the doctor ordered?, on medical advice being shared via YouTube by both laypeople and by medical professionals.

There are a number of interesting examples linked to in the article, but the bottom line is that medical videos created by laypeople have to be viewed with the same skepticism as medical web pages created by laypeople.

Wendy Raskind, an autism researcher at the University of Washington in the US, says that she views lay sites for medical information with scepticism. “They can be very helpful in providing support, but can be very misleading in the information they give about new therapies,” she says. “Much of what has been touted in the past for autism was very biased, unscientific and, despite the good intentions of the people trying to come up with treatments, they led the parents down a garden path of false hope.”

In short, medical information on YouTube is of all kinds- good, bad, and ugly.

GOOD:

Nurses in Wales demonstrate how to use an inhaler

BAD:

An example of inaccurate medical information on YouTube. (Embedded below)

UGLY (and funny…though perhaps NSFW):
Music video parody from sketch comedy group Boom Chicago on self-exams for Breast Cancer. (Embedded below)

Tangent: My wife and I went to a Boom Chicago show in Amsterdam a couple years ago. It was loads of fun. 🙂

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