Search engines such as Google provide irrelevant information that could lead to incorrect self-diagnosis and treatment, and delay people suffering dangerous illnesses from visiting their doctor, according to a new study.

The researchers also suggested the internet was helping to create a new condition, “cyberchondria” – the baseless fuelling of fears and anxiety about common health symptoms.

Google says an extraordinary half a billion searches each month are for health-related information, meaning that millions of people could be putting their health at risk.

Google is a great tool, that can be used in many ways, however, it does come with it's own limitations.

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