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The Northern Territory news Wed 1 Feb 2017



The Northern Territory news Wed 1 Feb 2017

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12 NEWS WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 1 2017 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 WARY of users diagnosing themselves, or searching for symptoms online, Google will today launch verified medical information in Australian search results, detailing common health complaints such as coughs, infections, rashes, and snake bites. But Australian doctors have warned while the information might be a conversation starter, it could lead to misdiagnoses and should never replace seeing a specialist. The internet giant revealed Online doctors click up Dr Google ready to see you now, thanks to new info plans to launch Health Cards as part of Google search results in Australia today after working on the project with doctors and medical agencies such as the Mayo Clinic. The cards cover details of more than 900 health conditions and diseases, and indicate how concerned users should be about each ailment. Google Health Cards program manager Isobel Solaqua said the project was created to address the growing number of medical questions fired at its search engine. In fact, one in 20 Google searches (is) for health-related information, she said. We developed this feature to help people find the health information they need more quickly and easily. Illnesses and issues featured in Googles Health Cards will include tonsillitis, coeliac disease, and eye infections, and each digital card will list symptoms, causes, and the next steps recommended for sufferers. Some cards will also feature animated gift to demonstrate the illness. But Australian Medical Association federal vice-president Tony Bartone said users should be careful not to substitute health information for a qualified medical opinion. Dr Bartone said Googles Health Cards could help patients refine questions for their doctor but medical profes sionals did not want to end up with 50 reams of Google pages brought into consultations. The time-honoured craft of placing hands upon a patient is more than just symbolic. There are things your technology will never diagnose, he said. You can use tools like this to improve your questions but, at the end of the day, if youve got a condition which is not improving and is causing you distress, you should always follow up with your doctor, especially one youve already got a relationship with as he or she will be able to get to the core of the issue quicker. Dr Bartone said Googles Health Cards may help to improve health literacy, however, and could prove useful to patients following a GP consultation. Google did not intend the cards to provide medical advice, Ms Solaqua said, but more qualified information than they might otherwise find online. JENNIFER DUDLEY-NICHOLSON ROAD users are encouraged to share the Territorys pathways this month, as part of a new educational initiative from Darwin Council. Mayor Katrina Fong Lim said the Share the Roads campaign was launched to Nightcliff Primary students Esther Matthiesson, Scarlett Young and Khloe Chirizzi support road safety Picture: KATRINA BRIDGEFORD On your bike for new campaign coincide with students returning to school and workers heading back to the office after holidays. Its timely that we do it at the moment ... everyones back to school and back to work and the roads are a little bit busier, she said. Ms Fong Lim said the campaign was aimed at both motorists and cyclists. She said cyclists needed to remember to follow road rules and Darwin drivers needed to take extra care around cyclists. Nightcliff Primary School student Esther Matthiesson, 7, said she enjoyed riding her bike. Esther encouraged fellow cyclists to walk their bikes across busy roads. Nightcliff Primary School student Scarlett Young, 10, said it was important to stop before crossing the roads. Youve got to watch the cars, she said. The campaign will run until the end of February. Happiness and food a real link FOOD affects mood and Australian researchers say the widely lauded Mediterranean diet is proving to be a powerful treatment for major depression. A Mediterranean-style diet can reduce depressive symptoms in patients to the point of remission, the study showed. Director of Deakins Food and Mood Centre Professor Felice Jacka said the results, published in international journal BMC Medicine, offered a potential new treatment approach to one of worlds leading cause of disability. Search on for top business ENTRIES are now open for the 25th annual Telstra Business Awards. Helping People Achieve chief executive Tony Burns urged Territorian businesses to enter the 2017 contest. HPA won the 2016 Telstra NT Business of the Year award, and Mr Burns said the accolade brought positive change to their organisation. The recognition garnered from the Award has given my team a renewed fire to continue our passion towards Helping People Achieve, he said. Funds for flood ravaged region PEOPLE affected by Central Australias recent flash floods are being offered joint federal and state government grants to help them get back on their feet. A range of grants are open to families and individuals in the Kintore township through the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements, the federal and Northern Territory governments say. NT Attorney-General Natasha Fyles said both housing and public infrastructure was damaged across Central Australia in the flooding. Smoking costs world health SMOKING cost the world economy more than $1.4 trillion in 2012, and sucked up a twentieth of health care spending, a study said yesterday. The killer habit consumed the equivalent of nearly two per cent of global economic output or GDP, according to experts from the World Health Organisation and the American Cancer Society, with almost 40 per cent of the burden falling on developing countries. These included a $422 billion price tag for treatment and hospitalisation. LAUREN ROBERTS WE CAN HELP YOUR BUSINESS FIND MORE CUSTOMERS ONLINE LET NEWS XTEND SHOW YOU HOW LETS GET SOCIAL Work hand in hand with Australias leading provider of digital marketing solutions and build a customised campaign to achieve your business goals. Specialists in display, search, social, video, email and landing page development. 1300 935 848 | info@newsxtend.com.au | www.newsxtend.com.au WE CAN HELP YOUR BUSINESS FIND MORE CUSTOMERS ONLINE LET NEWS XTEND SHOW YOU HOW LETS GET SOCIAL Work hand in hand with Australias leading provider of digital marketing solutions and build a customised campaign to achieve your business goals. 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