The approved prescription psychedelics are as follows: Australia has become the first country to prescribe psychedelic drugs for people with depression or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Australian doctors can now administer MDMA, commonly known as ecstasy, to patients with post-traumatic stress disorder and psilocybin, the psychoactive ingredient in psychedelic mushrooms, to patients suffering from acute depression. However, treatment costs about $6,600 per patient. In the United States, the Food and Drug Administration designated psilocybin a “breakthrough therapy” in 2018, but has yet to make a final decision on its medicinal value.
Walgreens US and UK stores closed: Walgreens plans to close 150 U.S. stores as part of cost-saving measures.The company has 9,000 locations across the U.S. – according to a 2019 report TheHill.com, about 1,100 of which are currently operating with reduced hours. The company also plans to close 300 UK stores operating under the Boots name. Chief executive Roz Brewer acknowledged that the company’s results in the fiscal third quarter “were below our overall expectations – we’re seeing changing market trends where consumers are prioritizing value, In response to a more uncertain and challenging economic environment.” The location and timing of the store closures have not been announced.
Mass shooting at Baltimore block party: Two people were killed and 28 injured during a block party in Baltimore. The shooting occurred around 12:35 a.m. Sunday in the Brooklyn borough of the city. The fatalities were an 18-year-old female who was pronounced dead at the scene and a 20-year-old male who died after being taken to hospital. Police are still trying to identify a suspect in the shooting and are reviewing video of the crime.
Protests continue in France over police shootings: Tensions remain high in France, which is grappling with violent demonstrations after an Arab teenager was shot dead by police in a Paris suburb on June 27. Rioting, looting and clashes between protesters and police across the country have forced President Emmanuel Macron to postpone a state visit to Germany and meet with government officials to ease the crisis. The family of the slain teen has called on protesters not to resort to violence, and a GoFundMe campaign has raised more than $760,000 for the legal defense of the police officers charged in the shooting.
Indiana Jones is impressive: The Walt Disney Company found itself in an odd position this weekend, with its new “Raiders of the Lost Ark: Wheel of Fortune” topping the domestic box office, even though the $60 million gross was well below the studio’s debut of the film. expected. . The film cost $295 million before marketing, making it the most expensive film ever made, but its opening return was well below the $100 million of its predecessor, 2008’s “Raiders of the Lost Ark: Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.” type Expected when Tom Cruise’s epic “Mission: Impossible: Dead Reckoning Part 1” and Christopher Nolan’s atomic bomb creation drama “Oppenheimer” hit theaters on July 12 and July 21, respectively At that point, the movie will lose momentum in the coming weeks.
Meteorologist Frank Field dies: Longtime New York City television anchor Dr. Frank Field, a meteorologist, died Saturday at the age of 100. Field’s medical degree is in optometry, and he was the first television weatherman to receive a certificate of approval from the U.S. Weather Service. American Meteorological Society. A member of WNBC-TV from 1958 to 1984, Field also contributed to health and science special reports, including one of the first televised demonstrations of Heimlich’s first aid method. He appeared on WCBS-TV from 1984 to 1995, and later on WNYW and WWOR before retiring in 2004.
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