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Google and WebMD Partner to be Your Virtual Doctor

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Watch out: Heeding this advice could be like throwing a hand grenade at your health. With its silent ties to one of the worst health nightmares on earth, it can send you tumbling into an info-jungle fraught with frightening rare conditions. And can trigger unnecessary panic and treatment.



Story at-a-glance

  • Last year, Internet Brands, a company under the global investment firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (KKR) umbrella, announced its acquisition of WebMD Holdings
  • KKR also owns a number of other health-related internet brands, including,,, and
  • KKR used to own tobacco conglomerate RJR Nabisco, but after “engineering a stock swap” with Borden in 1995, it no longer has direct ownership of Nabisco

After KKR bought the Weekly Reader, research showed its tobacco ties led to more tobacco-related articles appearing in the student newspaper, and while the stories superficially discouraged children from smoking, word choices and phrasing sent a subconscious message to the contrary

WebMD has partnered with Google Home to allow users to ask medical questions via the Google Home smart speaker






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