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The viral strain causes a longer period of infection, which could explain its increased transmissibility

“For this science-writing basketball fan, one of the few good things to come out of the pandemic has been the collaboration between the NBA and epidemiologists. Last summer, the league…


The invasive procedure has long been feared and reviled—but a new alternative changes everything

As Chadwick Boseman’s tragic death made all too clear, colon cancer remains a pressing threat for Black men even before they enter middle age. Rates among younger males are on the rise. Early detection remains key to beating the disease—but it also necessitates a screening procedure that’s a literal pain in the ass. The preparation is unpleasant, the screening itself is uncomfortable, and the effects … well, we’ll just say things might not snap back immediately. So while you should be getting an annual colonoscopy once you turn 45, there’s also a good chance you avoided it. All the more…


After Oregon legalizes psilocybin, a new study adds to a growing body of literature that psychedelics can be useful for psychiatry

As mental health care continues to be destigmatized, new treatments, including hallucinogenic mushrooms, provide therapeutic effects.

A new study offers more data showing that psychedelics can be useful for those experiencing depressive episodes. Smith notes:

“Researchers found that two separate doses of the psychedelic compound, combined with a total of 11 hours of therapy in the weeks before and after taking the drug, significantly reduced depression symptoms in 71% of people. More than half of the clinical trial participants (54%) were considered to be in remission for their depression four weeks after the treatment.”

Read Smith’s entire story below.


After Oregon legalizes psilocybin, a new study adds to a growing body of literature that psychedelics can be useful for psychiatry

As mental healthcare continues to be destigmatized, new treatments, including hallucinogenic mushrooms, provide therapeutic effects.

A new study offers more data showing that psychedelics can be useful for those experiencing depressive episodes. Smith notes:

“Researchers found that two separate doses of the psychedelic compound, combined with a total of 11 hours of therapy in the weeks before and after taking the drug, significantly reduced depression symptoms in 71% of people. More than half of the clinical trial participants (54%) were considered to be in remission for their depression four weeks after the treatment.”

Read Smith’s entire story below.


There’s no debate here. When ideology trumps science, everybody loses.

Photo: Armando Diaz/POCStock

If things continue as is, by November 1, Covid-19 will have killed more than 224,000 Americans. The adjusted forecast, released last week by the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME), is largely attributable to the surge in infections and hospitalizations in states like Texas, California, Arizona, and Florida. No place on Earth is immune from the pain and suffering this global medical crisis has wrought, but the United States of America has behaved as if it’s determined to lead in deaths.

The latest IHME projections went up by 16,000 — a nearly 8% rise — but…

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