Business

Johnson & Johnson shares drop after asbestos report

Image copyright Getty Images Shares in Johnson & Johnson plunged more than 10% on Friday, after Reuters reported that the US pharmaceutical giant had known about asbestos tainting its talcum powder for decades. The report comes as the company faces thousands of lawsuits claiming that its talc products caused cancer. Reuters’ review of documents found […]

Business

Superdry warns worse to come as profits plunge

Image copyright Reuters Superdry, best known for its coats and hoodies, has warned of weaker than expected profits, saying shoppers have not bought extra winter layers this year. It now expects annual profits of between £55m and £70m – analysts had been expecting around £84m. Superdry’s shares plunged by as much as 30% after the […]

Health

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 […]

Politics

Why May’s plan to win round MPs might not work

Ahead of a crucial vote on her Brexit deal, the Prime Minister has said MPs could be “given a role” in deciding whether the UK should go in to a Northern Ireland “backstop”. But as our political correspondent Jonathan Blake explains, it may not be enough to persuade them to back her. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-46473098

Health

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 […]

Entertainment

Should we stop listening to these Christmas songs?

Image copyright Snap/ShutterstockImage caption Ricardo Montalban and Esther Williams sang Baby, It’s Cold Outside in the 1949 film Neptune’s Daughter Baby, It’s Cold Outside is one of those Christmas songs that’s about as traditional as mince pies. But an American radio station’s decision to pull it from playlists because it’s seen as unsuitable in the […]