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Patients spend more time reading health info online than with doctor

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FARGO -- When Joel Haugen started practicing medicine in 1982, patients would turn to books or ask for advice from neighbors to learn more about their woes.

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They still do that research today, said the Essentia Health family medicine physician at the West Acres mall walk-in clinic -- but they're letting the medical encyclopedias gather dust and using WebMD instead.

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