Monday, May 15, 2006

Google Health - Check it Out!

Rumors have been flying for weeks now that Google would launch a health search site, akin to their Google Finance model. USA Today, TechCrunch, UK site "The Register" have all been speculating.

Now you can give it a try at:

While the banner doesn't hint at anything special, go ahead and search for anything health related, and see how the search results are categorized.

For example, when I searched for "Sore Throat", the listing at the top of the search results page said
Refine results for sore throat:
For patients
From medical authorities
Causes/risk factors
For health professionals
Alternative medicine

Sore Throats
Sore throat
is a symptom of many medical disorders. Infections cause the majority of sore throats and are contagious. - 41k - Cached - Similar pages

And, of course, the sponsored links were just what you'd expect:

Wild Cherry Coffaway
Natural Cough Syrup Formula
by 7th Generation Cherokee
Get rid of Sore Throat
Complete treatment for common cold,
flu & fever. Homeopathic Medicine.
"This Magic Tea Cures"
Research shows this rare Okinawan
tea has magical curing properties.

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