Google to play doctor by identifying symptoms

AN update to Google's mobile app and website will let users search for symptoms and receive a list of possible conditions.

The tech giant says approximately 1% of all searches - that is, millions upon millions - are symptom-related, but acknowledges that health content on the web is nebulous and often leads down scary paths, causing unnecessary stress.

With the new update, users will be able to search for a symptom, such as "my stomach hurts", and receive an overview of potential conditions, possible treatments,