If you’ve ever waited until no one was nearby, then furtively typed medical symptoms into your browser’s search box, you’re not alone. Looking for health information was the third most popular online activity in a 2011 Pew report. But how well does it work? If you’re Googling your symptoms, not that well.
“Current search engines are doing a good job in answering clearly formulated medical queries,” says Guido Zuccon, who studies information retrieval at the Queensland University of Techno