Clinical trial finds two doses of magic mushrooms can lift severe depression for three weeks

Magic mushrooms have lifted severe depression in a dozen volunteers in a clinical trial, raising scientists’ hopes that the psychedelic experiences beloved of the Aztecs and the hippy counter-culture of the 1970s could one day become mainstream medicine.

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Gene therapy for cystic fibrosis could be possible by 2020: researchers

Although results of first trial were ‘modest and variable’, second bigger trial aims to combine gene therapy with other treatments for longer term benefits

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Marijuana use did not increase among teens where pot has been legalized: study

Legalising the medical use of cannabis has not led to a surge in the numbers of adolescents using it in the USA, according to new research that surprised its authors and will encourage those hoping for relaxation of the law elsewhere.

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Legalizing marijuana hasn't produced surge in use among teens: researchers

Data on one million teenagers shows marijuana use did not increase in US states where it was legalised, with fall among youngest children, authors of study find

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No link between MMR and autism, major study concludes

A major study published in one of the world’s leading medical journals has concluded that there is no link between the MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccination and autism in children.

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First British volunteer injected with experimental Ebola vaccine

A woman in Oxford has become the first British volunteer to be injected with an experimental Ebola vaccine, which, if it works, will be fast-tracked for use in west Africa.

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Market will create demand for 'super-ethical' clothing factories, Wall Street boss says

Big business and financial investors, not consumers, will force better conditions in the world's textile factories, according to the head of an investment firm aiming to pump $500m (£306m) into creating a more ethical garment industry.

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Ebola rages in Africa as West agonizes over ethics of vaccine and drug testing

If there are to be vaccines and drugs against Ebola, trials in outbreaks will have to be done

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Decriminalize sex work to help control AIDS pandemic, scientists demand at international conference

Prostitutes are subject to repression, violence and abuse – even at the hands of law enforcement, research shows

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Doctors urge WHO to rein in e-cigarettes market

More than 100 specialists sign letter calling for tighter controls, after 53 scientists warned that regulation would cost lives

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Researchers closer to genetic test for aggressive prostate cancer

Screening for mutations would distinguish between aggressive cancer and less harmful forms of disease say scientists

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Scientists: No need to worry about chemicals in food packaging

Concerns about synthetic chemicals in packaging and plastic bottles contaminating food and drink are largely misplaced, scientists have said in response to calls for greater monitoring of the long-term effect on human health.

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Scientists move closer to stem cell cure for Type 1 diabetes

Researchers say they have reversed equivalent of type 1 diabetes in mice using stem cell transplants

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World Health Org.: Alcohol, smoking and obesity fueling 'alarming' global cancer surge

World Health Organization experts issue timebomb warning and say key is prevention, possibly including tax on sugared drinks

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CIA forced doctors to violate ethics code to torture suspected terrorists after 9/11

Doctors were asked to torture detainees for intelligence gathering, and unethical practices continue, review concludes

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