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Medical Details Added to Google Search Results

February 16, 2015

By Gilbert Falso :: 11:25 PM

If you’ve searched for a medial or health-related topic on Google over the past few days, you may have noticed some new content popping up along the right-hand side of your search results.

Example of Google result that includes health related information.Google is rolling out a new feature on its search site that returns relevant medical details outside of the normal 10-results-per-page listings. These details may include symptoms, treatments, age factor and how contagious the ailment could be.

The search giant worked with medical professionals, including doctors, to identify sources of content for the medical details. Google’s medical team, as well as healthcare professionals at the world-renowned Mayo Clinic have reviewed the details for accuracy.

Google, or more likely, Google’s lawyers, caution that the details returned on health searches should not be considered medical advice.

It isn’t surprising that Google has called this information out in a special fashion – nearly 5% of all Google searches are for medical or health reasons.