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Dr Google will see you now: New health symptom checker takes on GPs


If you wake up feeling a bit ill, the first place you’re going to turn to isn’t your local GP clinic – it’s probably Google.

You’re not alone: roughly 1pc of all Google searches – that’s millions of them every day – are related to medical symptoms. Usually, the range of results is enough to turn the most rational human into a raging hypochondriac, but Google has announced a new health symptom checker that claims it gives you medically accurate information.

For instance, if you search Google for “headache on one side,” it shows you a list of possible conditions such as “migraine,” “tension headache,” “sinusitis,” and “common cold”. It will also give you some home treatment options and tell you if you should see a doctor.

The results will show up as a summary at the top of Google so you don’t have to crawl through multiple blogs and sites and piece it together, and will use “high-quality medical information we’ve collected from doctors,” said Veronica Pinchin, a product manager at Google.

“We worked with a team of medical doctors… and experts at Harvard Medical School and Mayo Clinic evaluated related conditions for a representative sample of searches to help improve the lists we show.”

For more details, Sources:http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/2016/06/21/dr-google-will-see-you-now-new-health-symptom-checker-takes-on-g/

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