A well-designed article – optimized for search – about drinking alligator tears to cure Strep always has the potential to creep to the top of a Google results page on “Sore Throat.” Such are the perils of the Internet.
With help from physicians at the Mayo Clinic, Google announced Tuesday that it has weeded out dubious medical advice from the top results on more than 400 common illness search terms.
From a blog post released by Google:
“Starting in the next few days, when you ask Google about common health conditions, you’ll start getting relevant medical facts right up front from the Knowledge Graph. 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.”
Even with the additional validation Google has implemented, for you cyber medics out there the best search term during any kind of serious illness will always be “nearest doctor.”