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Weekly News Digest

February 12, 2015 — In addition to this week's NewsBreaks article and the monthly NewsLink Spotlight, Information Today, Inc. (ITI) offers Weekly News Digests that feature recent product news and company announcements. Watch for additional coverage to appear in the next print issue of Information Today. For other up-to-the-minute news, check out ITI’s Twitter account: @ITINewsBreaks.

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Google Puts Medical Information Front and Center

Google announced that it is now prominently offering health information in its search results, including typical symptoms and treatments for the searched condition, whether it’s contagious, and other relevant details. Some searches also return high-quality illustrations from licensed medical illustrators.

According to the company, one in 20 Google searches are for health-related information. “[W]hen you ask Google about common health conditions, you’ll start getting relevant medical facts right up front from the Knowledge Graph,” says Prem Ramaswami, a Google product manager. Then, “you should find it easier to do more research on other sites around the web, or know what questions to ask your doctor.”

A team of medical professionals worked with Google to compile, curate, and review the information, and it was checked for accuracy by doctors at Google and the Mayo Clinic.

For more information, read the press release.

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