Google receives more than 1 billion health questions every day

An estimated 7 percent of Google's daily searches are health-related, according to Google Health Vice President David Feinberg, MD, The Telegraph reports.

Google's total daily health-related searches amount to 70,000 each minute, according to the report.  

"People are asking us about conditions, medication, symptoms and insurance questions," Dr. Feinberg said during a conference in Austin, Texas, The Telegraph reports. "In this case we are organizing the world's health information and making it accessible to everyone."

Health-related Google searches also appear to increase among emergency room patients weeks before visiting the hospital, according to a Penn Medicine study. More than half of patients searched for clinical information related to the medical issue they ended up going to the hospital for, including symptoms or a potential illness.

The search-engine giant has faced criticism for its role in spreading misinformation about vaccines on its video-sharing website YouTube. In January, YouTube updated its method of promoting videos by training algorithms to cut down on recommending videos that promote misinformation. Google also created "knowledge panels," which provide authoritative information when medical conditions are searched.

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