Google App’s New Feature Is Perfect For Hypochondriacs

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If you’re someone who’s all too anxious about their health, often find themselves Google-ing their symptoms or simply reviewing for a medical exam, you’re going to love Google App’s new feature.

The number 1 most popular search service is updating its apps to make it easier to find information about health conditions simply by searching for specific symptoms.

During a search, cards will surface at the top showing related health conditions. For instance, if you search for “excessive burping,” the app will show information about hyperacidity and other relevant conditions. This ultimately removes the need to click through multiple pages of websites. At the same time, search results will also tell you how common a particular health condition is, how to treat it yourself and when you need to go see a doctor.

“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,” Google product manager Veronica Pinchin wrote in a blog post. “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.”

The feature will be available to US users of Google’s iOs and Android app this week and will improve the more people use it.

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