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Chinese search engine Baidu is under investigation after a case of dodgy medical advertising hit the headlines. Healthcare advertising is a lucrative line for the company, with a Tencent Technology report last year putting its income from the sector in the vicinity of US$1.5 billion in 2014. Chinese government news agency …

  1. PaulAb

    Dodgy adverts!

    On the Internet! how did that happen, I'm halfway through a course of drugs to make myself look 40 years younger and now I'm informed this may not be completely honest, along with the opportunity to earn $10,000 a month from home, I don't know who to trust anymore.

    1. Nevermind

      Re: Dodgy adverts!

      Aha! You haven't tried DevOps need it, El Reg says you need it...or will do before the weeks out.

    2. Phil O'Sophical Silver badge

      Re: Dodgy adverts!

      Don't worry, just put everything in the cloud and you can't lose.

  2. JeffyPoooh

    Dodgy 'Doctors'

    You don't have to go as far as China to find 'Quacks', many of whom are actually formally-qualified medical practitioners.

    Thing is, there are bigger issues with legitimate medical science. The best we can say about medical research is that they're not done yet (the understatement of all time).

    But it's worse than just that, see 'Trouble at the Lab'.

    1. allthecoolshortnamesweretaken

      Re: Dodgy 'Doctors'

      "Trouble at t' lab!"

      "What sort of trouble?"

      "One of t' cross beams has gone out of skew at t' centrifuge!"

      1. JeffyPoooh

        Re: Dodgy 'Doctors'

        atscnwt: "What sort of trouble [at the Lab]?"

        Just issues like *most* (<- accurate) medical research (within some categories) being irreproducible.

        The issues raised are why so many medical conclusions oscillate over the decades.

        Wine: Bad, No, Good. Oops, now Bad.

        Saturated fats: Good. No, Bad. Oops, we meant Good. No Bad.


        Science is self-correcting. Especially medical-research science.

        Well worth the read. 'Trouble at the Lab', on The Economist.

  3. Palpy

    Search engine company under investigation --

    -- for dodgy advertising! In China!

    Can we do that here? Or is holding the advertising scam industry accountable only possible for Red Commie Barstids who care nothing for freedom, liberty, and all that tat?

  4. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Yahoo! China

    The folks at Yahoo! China are reading this story as gallows humour?

  5. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Try this one weird trick:

    Dont be a gullable fool.

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