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Considering how to reduce the impact of conflicts of interest on psychedelic studies is essential to avoid public health risks. (Shutterstock)

How corporate involvement in psychedelic research could threaten public safety

Substantial economic growth in the psychedelic drugs market has drawn interest from corporations and start-ups. While this may accelerate research, it also sparks concerns about conflicts of interest.
A veteran hugs his service dog during a Remembrance Day ceremony at the National War Memorial in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Service dogs play vital roles for veterans, but Canada’s lack of standards makes travel and access difficult

Organizations have very different approaches to training service dogs and matching them with veterans. Neither the industry nor Canada’s provinces and territories have come to a consensus on standards.
Coping with everyday affronts comes at a cost and requires a certain level of emotional suppression. RyanJLane/E+ via Getty Images

Racism produces subtle brain changes that lead to increased disease risk in Black populations

Racial threats and slights take a toll on health, but the continual invalidation and questioning of whether those so-called microaggressions exist has an even more insidious effect, research shows.
Subcommittee on Veterans Affairs Chair Senator David Richards and Deputy Chair Senator Pierre-Hugues Boisvenu at a news conference releasing the committee’s report on the need for psychedelic-assisted therapy for veterans on Nov. 8, 2023 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Canada owes its veterans new mental health tools: Access to psychedelic therapies is overdue

One in seven Canadian veterans is living with PTSD. Developing a psychedelics research program for veterans should be a public health priority.
People unload boxes of medicine from a truck at the Nasser Medical Complex in Khan Younis, the southern Gaza Strip, on Oct. 23, 2023. (AP Photo/Mohammed Dahman)

Aid workers in war zones like Gaza face impossible choices that can leave them traumatized

Aid workers consistently face a host of moral challenges and often have to make difficult choices. Organizations need to be aware of the mental impact on their staff and provide support.
Psychologist and professor Monnica Williams, on the left with a patient, is advocating for psychedelics in therapy to heal racial trauma. Right: Psilocybin mushrooms sit on a drying rack in the Uptown Fungus lab in Springfield, Ore. (Left: Monnica Williams | Right: AP/Craig Mitchelldyer)

The potential of psychedelics to heal our racial traumas

Clinical psychologist and professor Monnica Williams is on a mission to bring psychedelics to therapists’ offices to help people heal from their racial traumas. To do this, she’s jumping over some big hurdles.
The mass shooting in Lewiston, Maine – the worst in the state’s history – was carried out by a gunman with a known history of mental illness. AP Photo/Matt York

Mass shootings often put a spotlight on mental illness, but figuring out which conditions should keep someone from having a gun is no easy task

Red flag laws are an important step in the right direction, but much more work is needed to determine the role of mental health in the lead-up to and aftermath of mass shootings.
Ketamine is an anesthetic that must be administered carefully and by a health care professional. Jeniffer Fontan/iStock via Getty Images Plus

Ketamine can rapidly reduce symptoms of PTSD and depression, new study finds

The analysis shows that ketamine may start relieving symptoms of PTSD within one day, but it is still unclear how long the effects last and how many injections are needed to maintain benefits.

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