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Google tools for health reporters

Katherine Leon has a problem with SCAD, the Savannah College of Art and Design. Leon has her own SCAD – spontaneous coronary artery dissection. Leon has been fighting to create more awareness about the disease but when someone looks up SCAD on Google, the first results are almost always that other SCAD.

So on Thursday, in a panel called “Google tools for health reporters" at the Health Journalism 2012 conference, she pleaded with Sandra Heikkinen of Google: Can’t you do something about that other SCAD. Heikkinen’s response? Put a minus sign before Savannah and it eliminates results with that word in it.

That search tip and others were part of the panel on Google as Heikkinen extolled different tools for health journalists to explore the world that is Google. She used the minus sign  herself recently when she was looking up cruise options for her mother.

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