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Googling your symptoms is now the next best thing to a doctor's visit

Googling your symptoms is now the next best thing to a doctor's visit
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If you have a weird health problem, these days the first thing most people do is check the Internet. It's definitely no substitute for a healthcare professional's personal, expert advice, but Google just got way better and more convenient at giving you medical information.

Out of all the Google searches made every day, 1 in 20 is about a health-related question. Analysts realized this and quickly worked with developers to bring you a feature that narrows down your medical search and makes finding the information you're searching for much easier.

This is done within the Google app and it's called the Knowledge Graph. When you use type in your medical question into the Google app, the feature pulls up all relevant stats and information.

"We’ll show you 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. For some conditions you’ll also see high-quality illustrations from licensed medical illustrators," the Google blog page explains.

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This can save you time, money and days suffering from an illness or ailment by bring you the information you need to know the most, right to the forefront of your gadget's screen.

Knowledge Graph is being rolled out over the coming week so keep your eye out for this cool new feature.

We think it's great, but what about you? If this the next big thing or just another feature that's going to slip through the Google cracks? Tell us by leaving a note in the comments section below.

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