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The ultrasound scan you can do yourself

US company Butterfly Network has produced an ultrasound scanner that plugs into an iPhone and can be bought by anyone for $2,000 (£1,555). Its inventor, Jonathan Rothberg, claims it will have as much impact on healthcare as the stethoscope did 200 years ago. This is part of the BBC’s Disruptors series. You can read the […]

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Some HRT tablets ‘linked to higher blood clot risk’

Image copyright Getty Images Women taking certain types of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) tablets could be more at risk from serious blood clots – although the overall risk is low, BMJ research suggests. It found tablets containing equine oestrogen were linked with a slightly higher risk than other tablets. And patches and gels for HRT […]

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Quadruple amputee given double hand transplant

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionCorinne says she is thrilled A woman from Renfrewshire who had been waiting for a double hand transplant for five years has successfully undergone the surgery. Quadruple amputee Corinne Hutton, from Lochwinnoch, went through a 12-hour procedure at Leeds General Infirmary. The news was announced by the […]

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Cheap common drugs may help mental illness

Image copyright Getty Images Cheap and widely used drugs for diabetes and heart health have potential for treating severe mental illness, a study hints. It showed the number of times patients needed hospital treatment fell by up to a fifth when they took the drugs. The researchers at University College London say their findings have […]

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Child advice chatbots fail to spot sexual abuse

Image copyright Woebot Labs/TouchkinImage 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 apps […]

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Biohacker: Meet the people ‘hacking’ their bodies

Image caption Liviu wants to end what he calls “generation screen” Biohackers want to make their bodies and brains function better by “hacking” their biology. The BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme meets the people who are inserting technology under their skin, adopting extreme diets and trying to change their DNA. Liviu Babitz wants to create new […]