Online Articles Often Offer Poor Advice on Preventing Alzheimer’s

Online Articles Often Offer Poor Advice on Preventing Alzheimer’s
Researchers at the University of British Columbia (UBC) have found that many online resources about how to prevent Alzheimer’s disease (AD) are not accurate and can mislead readers. In a survey of online resources, UBC researchers found that a series of websites offered poor advice and one in five was promoting products for sale, which is an obvious conflict of interest. “The quality of online information about preventing Alzheimer's disease ranges,” Julie Robillard, assistant professor of neurology at the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health and the National Core for Neuroethics, at UBC, said in a press release. “The few websites offering high-quality information can be hard to distinguish from the many low-quality websites offering information that can be potentially harmful." Robillard and her undergraduate student, Tanya Feng, looked at almost 300 online articles about preventing AD. They found that the best websites with high-quality information often provided the best advice, suggesting individuals to consider lifestyle changes such as managing their diabetes and exercising on a regular basis. However, researchers also found a series of common red flags for poor-quality information, like web pages recommending products for sale alongside the content. They found this type of conflict of interest happened in every one out of five websites they analyzed. Other red flags included websites with very specific recommendations and nutritional information. "Many red flags were not specific to what they were sayi
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