Recent studies have shown that Bing search might improve early detection of cancer. Thanks to this method, the patients’ survival rate will increase from 3 percent to 5-7 percent.
A team of scientists from Microsoft conducted a research to establish how to use the internet search to help people who had not been diagnosed at that time. Graduate student John Paparrizos from Columbia University, Dr. Ryen White and Dr. Eric Horvitz from Microsoft, decided to find the connection between pancreatic cancer-related Bing searches and a possible diagnosis for the users.
Furthermore, they identified 5 to 15 percent of pancreatic cases during the study. Unfortunately, they were unable to contact the people because the searches were anonymous.
Researchers hope to develop a health service in the future that will allow them to monitor people’s searches to determine who needs medical assistance. Plus, based on these cancer-related searches, scientists will be able to identify the symptoms that users have and therefore, people will be granted the opportunity to be better informed and to receive the help of doctors in short notice.
Nevertheless, this field is a new perspective for the medical profession. Further research is needed to develop such an extensive health digital service that will increase the chances of preventing cancer spread throughout the world.
Unfortunately, the data from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration showed that anti-diarrhea drugs are widely the cause of overdoses which usually lead to severe consequences such as heart problems and other health conditions.
Worse, the excess of loperamide use resulted in a 71 percent increase among victims of the overdoses from 2011 to 2014. Loperamide is the primary ingredient which can be found in Imodium related drugs which are widely spread in the United States.
Even if the recommended dose of Imodium is from 8 to 16 milligrams per day, there were some reports about people taking overdoses of 300 milligrams. This excess is beyond dealing with diarrhea. It is truly drug addiction.
Furthermore, these overdoses led to 10 deaths over the last 39 years and 31 hospitalized people because of heart conditions. However, the number of unreported cases is much higher, meaning active measures need to be taken immediately, such as the development of a health service based on Bing search that will improve early cancer detection.