For many a trip to the doctor to ask about the niggling headache bothering them for the past week or the throbbing pain in their joints has been replaced by a quick internet search.
But to the frustration of many general practitioners, many of these searches lead to dubious sources of information that leave patients fearing they are suffering from rare or serious medical conditions.
Now Google is aiming to help people who turn to its search engine for medical advice with a new service that lets them search for their symptoms.
Google claims that around one per cent of the one trillion searches carried out using its algorithms each year are symptom related.
The technology firm has announced that when users type in symptoms from now on it will show a list of related conditions.
It will also provide information on self-treatment and whether you might need to visit a doctor… see more
source: dailymail UK