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About one in four people regrets having tattoos. From www.shuttertock.com

Tattoo regret: Can you make it go away?

Tattoos often seem like a good idea in the moment, but tattoo regret is common. There is good reason, not the least of which is infection.
It takes time for a human to become good at diagnosing ailments, but that learning is lost when they retire. Shutterstock/Poprotskiy Alexey

Digital diagnosis: intelligent machines do a better job than humans

Humans can only do so much when it comes to diagnosing what's wrong with a patient. So why not let machines take over? They learn faster than humans and never retire.
They have cancer in their sights. StephenMitchell/Flickr

New cancer-huntingnano-robots’ to seek and destroy tumours

It sounds like a scene from a science fiction novel – an army of tiny weaponised robots travelling around a human body, hunting down malignant tumours and destroying them from within. But research in Nature…

Microchip diabetes test

US researchers have invented a microchip-based test for type 1 diabetes. The test is carried out by a handheld microchip…
While doctors still use their senses for diagnoses, they have technologies to back them up. Alex Proimos/Flickr

From the sweet taste of urine to MRI: how doctors lost their senses

“Diabetic urine”, the surgeon Herbert Mayo wrote in 1832, “is almost always of a pale straw or greenish colour. Its smell is commonly faint and peculiar, sometimes resembling sweet whey or milk.” The use…

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