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Sunday December 27th, 2020 night edition

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Combining the psychedelic drug psilocybin with supportive psychotherapy results in substantial rapid and enduring antidepressant effects among patients with major depressive disorder, according to a new randomized clinical trial.

“Prior studies in cancer patients and in an uncontrolled clinical trial in depressed patients using psilocybin-assisted therapy showed promising results.

During two of these sessions, psilocybin doses were administered by two clinical monitors who provided guidance and reassurance.

This represents a large effect of this treatment among people with major depressive disorder, approximately 4 times larger effect compared to studies of antidepressant drugs.”.

Current studies are testing psilocybin therapy against placebo in a large multi-site trial in the U.S. and Europe,” Davis said.

It is likely the combination of psychotherapy and psilocybin that makes this treatment efficacious.

This treatment will always have a psychotherapy component and will not be approved by the FDA as a stand-alone medication,” Davis explained. »

Mass die-off of birds in south-western US 'caused by starvation'

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Nearly 10,000 dead birds were reported to the wildlife mortality database by citizens, and previous estimates suggest hundreds of thousands may have died.

Birds 'falling out of the sky' in mass die-off in south-western US Read more.

Desmond’s team is hoping to get funding to support more research into mass die-offs in birds so they can better monitor what is happening. »

Japan to eliminate gas-powered cars as part of "green growth plan"

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The "green growth strategy" urges utilities to bolster renewables and hydrogen while calling for auto industries to go carbon-free by the mid-2030s.

Japan, a nation that is a series of islands, is particularly vulnerable to the challenges that sea-level rise would bring.

As the world faces an environmental challenge, green investment is an opportunity for growth, not a burden, he said. »

Operation Santa Is a Horror Story About American Poverty

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My little brother would like you to bring him a wagon which I know you cannot afford.

Postmaster Frank Hitchcock would integrate the program in 1912 to include the entirety of the Post Office, making “Operation Santa” an official government program.

But what these letters demonstrate, far better than any PSA or statistical model, is how violent American poverty truly is. »