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Friday, 02 September 2016 11:40

DR GOOGLE WILL SEE YOU NOW Symptom checker ‘diagnoses’ what’s wrong, gives treatment advice – and tells you when it’s serious enough to see a doctor

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The search function was designed with experts from Harvard and the Mayo Clinic.

An agonising headache that just won’t go away – but at what point should the feeling sorry for yourself give way to genuine concern?

In the past, that would’ve been a question exclusively directed at your GP.

But, increasingly people are turning to the internet in their quest for an answer to their health fears.

Google’s symptom search function allows people to ask about symptoms, and collates a list of related conditions, possible information and suggests when it is important to visit a doctor

Indeed, search engine giant, Google estimates one per cent of the millions of searches performed each day, are symptom related.

And whereas once upon a Google search, you would’ve been inundated with a deluge of links to health forums, blogs, NHS Choices pages and other potentially alarming information, the new reality is changing the face of the internet diagnosis.

Now the new Google symptom checker, designed in conjunction with experts from the prestigious Harvard Medical School and Mayo Clinic, aims to make navigating health content online a less daunting ordeal.

The tool allows people to ask about symptoms, such as a “headache on one side”.

And the result is a list of related conditions, for example headache, migraine, tension headache, cluster headache, sinusitis and the common cold.

Source : https://www.thesun.co.uk/living/1677380/symptom-checker-diagnoses-whats-wrong-gives-treatment-advice-and-tells-you-when-its-serious-enough-to-see-a-doctor/

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