Body + Brain

07
Mar

Unreported Side Effects of Drugs Are Found Using Internet Search Data

John Markoff, reporting for the New York Times:

Using automated software tools to examine queries by six million Internet users taken from Web search logs in 2010, the researchers looked for searches relating to an antidepressant, paroxetine, and a cholesterol lowering drug, pravastatin. They were able to find evidence that the combination of the two drugs caused high blood sugar.