Friday, January 11, 2008


Internet Searches Go Below The Belt

NEW YORK (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – When it comes to the Internet searches, people are looking below the belt.

That’s the prescription from search engine Ask.com, which calculated the most frequently typed-in topics in its “Top Five ‘Under Wraps’ Health Searches for 2007,” and found out that hot button, embarrassing entries like herpes and Viagra made the list of looked-for items.

Other health issues that sent people searching include how long marijuana stays in your system, depression, and early symptoms of pregnancy.

Ask.com spokesperson Laura Goldberg says getting the down-low info is nothing to be ashamed about.

She says, “These aren’t issues you’d necessarily talk about at the dinner table, but people definitely feel more secure going into a doctor’s office with a little more information.”

But being informed is only the first step in the prescription process.

She says, “A search engine should never replace going to see a medical professional.”

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