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Atheist ‘Street Pirates’ are removing religious signage in Los Angeles 

Reading Time: 2 minutes The Atheist Street Pirates are dedicated to removing religious signage that is posted on dumpsters, highway overpasses, and throughout other public spaces in Los Angeles. The group was created by Evan Clark, who as Executive Director Atheists United Los Angeles, wanted to find a way to remove religious signage from public spaces when local governments […]

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‘Chaos’: JWST spots mangled, post-collision galaxy

Reading Time: < 1 minute The Cartwheel Galaxy is not having a good eon. A new infrared image from the James Webb Space Telescope shows the aptly-named galaxy distorted by a “high-speed collision” with another, smaller galaxy in the Sculptor constellation, 500 million light-years away. The resulting distention of the structure of the Cartwheel galaxy has been characterized by NASA […]

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Labs refusing to draw blood on some monkeypox patients recalls AIDS hysteria

Reading Time: < 1 minute Phlebotomists at two of the country’s largest labs, Labcorp and Quest Diagnostics, are refusing to draw blood on patients with potential monkeypox infections. Such actions potentially constitute cases of prejudice, reminiscent of the early days of the AIDS crisis in the 1980s when discrimination ran rampant. It is unclear whether the behavior is a result […]

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Is it too late to control the monkeypox virus?

Reading Time: < 1 minute On Monday, Los Angeles became the third city in the US to declare monkeypox a public health emergency, alongside New York City and San Francisco. New York, Illinois, and California, three states containing the nation’s most populous cities, had already declared themselves in a public health emergency vis-a-vis monkeypox. And the WHO declared it a […]

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Experts claim stigma and discrimination harmful in addiction recovery

Reading Time: 2 minutes In an editorial on July 6th for the Journal of the American Medical Association’s JAMA Psychiatry, authors McLellan, Koob and Volkow argue in favor of adopting the term ‘preaddiction’ in order to assist addiction professionals in identifying people who are likely to be in the very early stages of failing to successfully manage their maladaptive […]

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Magic mushroom therapy could be saving lives, but taboo stands in the way

Reading Time: 3 minutes An abundance of ongoing research regarding psychedelics, including psilocybin or ‘magic mushrooms,’ supports their strong potential to assist in altering maladaptive behaviors from cigarette smoking and substance disorders to depression and stress-related disorders such as PTSD. Especially interesting is its potential regarding alcohol and substance abuse. Since mental health treatment for these taboo behaviors has […]

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