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FDA panel evaluates MDMA therapy for post-traumatic stress disorder
Health

FDA panel evaluates MDMA therapy for post-traumatic stress disorder

What is the framework for approval? In 2017, the FDA granted “breakthrough” status to MDMA-assisted therapy. Status, the recognition of a drug's therapeutic promise, aims to shorten regulatory times. The original application was sponsored by the nonprofit Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies, which earlier this year created a for-profit entity, Lykos Therapeutics, to commercialize MDMA if it gained approval. FDA approval. The request presents an unusual challenge for the FDA, which typically does not regulate drug treatments associated with talk therapy, an essential part of Lykos' regimen for treating post-traumatic stress disorder. On June 4, an expert advisory panel will review Lykos' clinical data, along with public comments and staff analyses, to make recommendatio...
The miniature secrets of championship rings
Sports

The miniature secrets of championship rings

While sports fans enjoy the defining moments of this month's NBA Finals and Stanley Cup, Jason Arasheben studies like a college student before exams. Arasheben, a famous jeweler whose clients include rappers Drake and ASAP Rocky, is investigating the contending teams' history, connections to their hometowns and any other interesting facts that might go into an extravagantly bejeweled ring. He is also examining his personal contacts to find someone who can facilitate a meeting with the wealthy owners of the winning franchises. “You just have to start connecting the dots,” said Arasheben, CEO of the Jason jewelry house in Beverly Hills, near Los Angeles. “Billionaires talk to other billionaires.” In recent years, Arasheben has established itself as the go-to jeweler for title-winning team...
Google restores AI search functionality after errors and flaws
Technology

Google restores AI search functionality after errors and flaws

Liz Reid, Google's recently promoted head of search, wrote in a blog post Thursday that the company has pared back its AI overviews in certain ways, implementing "additional opt-in refinements" to provide more health-conscious responses, disabling misleading advice and limiting the inclusion of satire and user responses from forums like Reddit. “We will continue to improve when and how we show AI insights and strengthen our protections,” he wrote, adding that Google is working on updates to improve broad sets of search results. Ashley Thompson, a spokeswoman for Google, said in a statement Friday that the company has made more than a dozen technical updates to its systems. “AI overviews help people answer large numbers of search queries today, serving as a starting point for content on th...
Christophe Deloire, who fought for threatened journalists, has died at the age of 53
World

Christophe Deloire, who fought for threatened journalists, has died at the age of 53

Christophe Deloire, whose nonpartisan organization to protect journalists saved dissidents from prison and championed a diversity of viewpoints in the profession around the world, died Saturday in Paris. He was 53 years old. The cause would be complications due to brain cancer, according to Reporters Without Borders, the media group of which he has been general secretary for 12 years. Deloire, who was himself a journalist and author, lobbied publicly and worked behind the scenes to promote a free press in countries that muzzled journalists. He helped negotiate freedom for those who had been threatened with arrest, imprisoned or held hostage. In 2023, Reporters Without Borders, known by its French initials RSF, coordinated the clandestine escape of Marina Ovsyannikova, a former Rus...
How the Humane AI Pin Failed
Economy

How the Humane AI Pin Failed

Ms Bongiorno and Mr Chaudhri said Humane was working on problems with the device. The startup has added more voice navigation options to the device, as well as sound effects, to make it easier to use. The updates include the integration of OpenAI's latest chatbot system, GPT-4o, designed to improve battery life by 25% and reduce the device's response time to two seconds. Those updates responded to questions raised by auditors, the founders said. Ms. Bongiorno defined the reviews and feedback as “a gift given to us”. Companies are interested in the device, he added. Within 48 hours of its launch, more than 1,000 companies – including the retail, medical and education sectors – reached out to discuss a possible collaboration or creation of pin software, Bongiorno said. Humane has also s...
Crisis in the Middle East: Israel launches offensive in central Gaza after deadly attack on a shelter
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Crisis in the Middle East: Israel launches offensive in central Gaza after deadly attack on a shelter

As dawn broke on Thursday, Haitham Abu Ammar combed through the rubble of the school that had become a refuge for him and thousands of other displaced Gazans. For hours he helped people piece together the limbs of those they loved.“The most painful thing I ever felt was picking up those pieces of meat with my hands,” said Abu Ammar, a 27-year-old construction worker. “I never thought I would have to do something like this.” Early Thursday morning, Israeli airstrikes hit the school compound, killing dozens of people - including at least nine militants, the Israeli army said. Throughout the day, corpses and mutilated limbs recovered from the rubble were wrapped in blankets, piled on truck beds and taken to Al Aqsa Martyrs' Hospital, the last major medical facility still operating in centra...