Child advice chatbots fail to spot sexual abuse

Image copyright Woebot Labs/Touchkin Image caption Woebot and Wysa are part of a new wave of mental health chatbots Two mental health chatbot apps have required updates after struggling to handle reports of child sexual abuse. In tests, neither Wysa nor Woebot told an apparent victim to seek emergency help. The BBC also found the […]

‘Weigh-ins help prevent piling on pounds at Christmas’

Image copyright andriano_cz Image caption People who stood on the scales at least twice a week lost weight Regular weigh-ins at home, plus simple weight-loss tips, could prevent people from piling on the pounds at Christmas, according to a new study. The Universities of Birmingham and Loughborough divided 272 volunteers into two groups. The “intervention” […]

‘I was aged 24, and dead for five minutes’

Image caption Lora says doctors told her she was dead for five minutes More than 80,000 young people in the UK could be living with undiagnosed heart conditions, the British Heart Foundation has warned. If undetected, the consequences can be fatal. “My lips had started going blue, I’d stopped breathing, my heart had stopped,” Lora […]

2018: The Year in Dissonance

Wow! Take a screenshot! By now you’ve revisited some of the many acts of violence that plagued this year. Let’s pause to reflect. An Award for Revisiting Three Politics Stories! An Award for Seeing Three Cool Stories About Politics! The Super-Informed Reader of Politics Award An Honorary Ph.D. in Politics (A Very Cheap Award) Oh […]

Puzzle solving ‘won’t stop mental decline’

Image copyright Getty Images Doing crossword puzzles and Sudoku does not protect against mental decline, according to a new study. The idea of “use it or lose it” when it comes to our brains in later life has previously been widely accepted. But a new Scottish study suggests it has no effect on mental decline. […]

Dunkeld chippy offers deep-fried Christmas dinner

Image copyright Jane Barlow/PA Image caption Fish bar owner Scott Davie shows off his deep-friend festive menu A Scottish chip shop is offering customers an entire deep-fried Christmas dinner. Dunkeld Fish Bar in Perthshire claims its turkey goujons, battered Brussels sprouts and carrots and parsnip fritters are already proving popular. They are served with a […]

Muckamore Abbey seclusion room was ‘dark dungeon’

Image caption Thirteen members of staff were suspended following allegations of ill-treatment The mother of a severely-disabled man who is a patient at Muckamore Abbey Hospital described a seclusion room her son was placed in as “a dark dungeon”. The woman said she was horrified that in 2017 the room was being used for people […]

Transplanted organs gave patients cancer

Image caption Tom Tyreman died in February from cancer The family of a man who died after receiving a liver transplant from a donor with undetected cancer has called for more thorough tests. Tom Tyreman, 63, from Stockton, initially recovered after the operation at Newcastle’s Freeman Hospital a year ago, but died of cancer in […]