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Peter Thiel is betting on magic mushrooms to treat depression — and he’s not the only one

A company Thiel funded called Compass Pathways plans to start clinical trials of psilocybin for depression within the first 3 months of 2018. They're not alone.

There’s even more evidence that one type of exercise is the closest thing to a miracle drug that we have

A small study suggests that aerobic exercise changes the makeup of the microbes in our gut that play a role in our levels of energy and inflammation.
Former Sen. Edward Kennedy takes part in a protest against President George W. Bush's veto of the Children's Health Insurance Program in 2007.

Over 1 million children and pregnant women are on the brink of losing health insurance

If Congress doesn't reauthorize funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), at least 1.2 million children could lose their healthcare.
An FDA laboratory worker injects an influenza virus into an egg, where it will grow before being harvested.

This year’s flu shot is not as effective against one of the nastiest strains — but you should still get it

The flu vaccine will still protect against H1N1, but it could be a tough season for people who catch the rampant H3N2.

After the Sandy Hook shooting, gun sales spiked — and so did accidental gun deaths

In the aftermath of the Sandy Hook shooting, people bought lots of guns. That led rates of accidental firearm death to spike, especially among children.

Harvey Weinstein reportedly injected erectile dysfunction drugs into his penis — here’s what those are

Some people choose to treat erectile dysfunction with a shot to the penis that works in minutes.
CVS Health CEO Larry Merlo

CVS made a $69 billion bet it can become the first place you go when you’re sick

The deal could upend the way we pay for healthcare, with Aetna and CVS aiming to make pharmacies the "new front doors of healthcare."
Neuroscientist Wendy Suzuki

A neuroscientist is trying to create tailored ‘exercise prescriptions’ for aging to keep the brain sharp

Wendy Suzuki says working out will "change the trajectory of your life for the better." Her forthcoming startup might dole out exercise prescriptions.