The most popular health-related internet searches have been revealed by Google Trends.
Last week, Google spokesperson Evan Barbour Grippi provided CNN with a list of the most popular health questions based on US citizens’ Google searches between January and mid-December.
Top of the list was the question “What causes hiccups?” (the answer: various different things from guzzling soda to a sudden temperature change). This was followed by the age-old question “How to stop snoring?” (the answer: try lifestyle changes and, if that doesn’t work, over-the-counter snoring treatments) and, randomly, “What causes kidney stones?” (the answer: when urine becomes too concentrated, minerals are able to crystallize in the kidneys).
“What is lupus?” was another popular question, sneaking in at number 10. Presumably, this is because singer and actor Selena Gomez broke the news she had undergone a kidney transplant following a two year battle with lupus in September. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, up to 322,000 in the States have “definite or probable” lupus – a condition that causes the immune system to attack their organs and tissues.
Here are the 10 most Googled questions on health topics.
1. What causes hiccups?
2. How to stop snoring?
3. What causes kidney stones?
4. Why am I so tired?
5. How long does the flu last?
6. What is normal blood pressure?
7. How to lower cholesterol?
8. What causes high blood pressure?
9. What is ADHD?
10.What is lupus?