June 22, 2016

A New Update From Google Helps You Figure Out Medical Symptoms By Giving Direct Answers

Imagine a situation that you are suffering from the headache. At that time, you may be in a confusion whether to worry about it or not. Most of the times you may think it as a normal headache. But sometimes you may get a doubt that it is not a  normal headache and it belongs to migraine category. As the problem got complicated, immediately to obtain a better solution you will open Google and search for your disease. The answers given by the Google are very difficult to understand. This makes the problem more complicated. You are not the only person who search for medical symptoms. There are millions of people who search for medical symptoms. But coming to the fact, health content on the web is difficult to navigate. This tends to lead people from mild symptoms to scary and unlikely conditions, which can cause unnecessary anxiety and stress.


So for a better solution, Google came with a new update. It is mentioned in a Google official blog. The main aim of Google is to help a user to navigate and explore health conditions related to his symptoms and quickly get to the point where one can do more in-depth research on the web or talk to a health professional.

Google says, “when you ask Google about symptoms like “headache on one side,” we’ll show you a list of related conditions (headache, migraine, tension headache, cluster headache, sinusitis, and common cold). For individual symptoms like “headache,” we’ll also give you an overview description along with information on self-treatment options and what might warrant a doctor’s visit.”

“We create the list of symptoms by looking for health conditions mentioned in web results, and then checking them against high-quality medical information we’ve collected from doctors for our Knowledge Graph. We worked with a team of medical doctors to carefully review the individual symptom information, 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.”, google added.

Symptoms Search

Google also says,” Symptom search (like all medical information on Google) is intended for informational purposes only, and you should always consult a doctor for medical advice. We rely on search results, and we reflect what’s on the web. Because of this, your feedback is especially important to us; we’ll use it to keep improving the results we show. You’ll notice in the weeks following launch that when we show symptom search we’ll automatically ask you if the results are helpful.”

Google confirmed that this update will be available in next few days for mobile users. Google also wants to extend this to other languages and internationally. So the next time you’re worried about your “child with knee pain” (even though it’s probably just growing pains), or have some symptoms you’re too embarrassed to run by your roommate, a Google app will be a helpful place to start.

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Imran Uddin

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