‘Magic mushroom’ compound may work just as well as antidepressants, small study finds

Psilocybin, the hallucinogen found in “magic mushrooms,” may work just as well as a common antidepressant drug at treating symptoms of depression, a small new study suggests. The study found that people who took psilocybin twice under the supervision of psychiatrists showed similar reductions in depression symptoms — based on scores on a survey — compared with people who took […]

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Couple dies of coronavirus just minutes apart after 66-year marriage

Dr. Adalja on new COVID hot spots: ‘Important’ to behave like we’re in a pandemic Dr. Amesh Adalja says U.S. will face ‘obstacle’ as some Americans are hesitant to take COVID vaccines. Bill and Esther Ilnisky spent nearly seven decades together as Christian ministers and missionaries, working in the Caribbean and Middle East before preaching for 40 years in Florida. […]

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The FDA Just Authorized Johnson & Johnson’s Single-Shot Vaccine for Emergency Use—Here’s How it Stacks Up

As the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines continued to be given around the US (and the world at large), a third looks set to be authorized by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA). The Johnson & Johnson vaccine was developed by Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies—a Belgium-based division of the company—in collaboration with Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. It has "known benefits" […]

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The price of a drug should be based on its therapeutic benefits – not just what the market will bear

The U.S. pharmaceutical industry has innovated in response to the pandemic, providing not only vaccines but also therapies to treat people with COVID-19. But an outdated law designed to spur development of lifesaving drugs risks making new treatments—for COVID-19 as well as other diseases—unaffordable for many Americans. Many pharmaceutical companies rely on the Orphan Drug Act, which President Ronald Reagan […]

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