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In Septem­ber, Google an­nounced it was rolling out easy-to-use health in­for­ma­tion on more than 900 com­monly searched con­di­tions, rang­ing from ten­nis el­bow and ton­sil­li­tis to measles.

“The in­for­ma­tion shows typ­i­cal symp­toms and treat­ments, as well as de­tails on how com­mon the con­di­tion is, whether it’s crit­i­cal, if it’s con­ta­gious, what ages it af­fects and more,” Google prod­uct man­ager Prem Ra­maswami says.

The key point is that this in­for­ma­tion, which has been checked and ver­i­fied by a team of doc­tors at Google and the Mayo Clinic in the US, comes up at the very top of the symp­tom’s search.

At the mo­ment the fea­ture is only avail­able in the US, but Google is plan­ning to ex­pand it into other coun­tries.

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