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Google's new disease database
September 15, 2015, 3:16 pm
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A new Google search feature is making it easier to find details on more than 900 different health conditions. These include everything from common conditions like pink eye to tropical diseases like dengue fever. Earlier this year, the company introduced a new search feature specifically for medical information; when people search for certain diseases or health conditions, a separate box pops up to the right of the search results, with details like symptoms and treatments.

Initially, the feature was available for 400 conditions — but now Google is more than doubling that number. Health conditions are among the most frequently searched topics in the Google database. Google worked with the Mayo Clinic and a team of doctors to make sure the most relevant — and most trustworthy — information show up in health-related searches. Along with adding 500 more diseases to this search feature, Google is also making design improvements to the information boxes.

Now if you search specifically for a disease's symptoms, the symptoms will show up in the box first. There is also an option to print out a PDF of the information so patients can bring it to a doctor. However, Google warns, that this feature should not be used to diagnose patients or prescribe medical advice; it's strictly for providing information. Rather it is meant to allow people to make more informed decisions about their health.

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