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Magic mushrooms offered at Harley St clinic

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Dried magic mushrooms

A Harley Street clinic is to offer “welcoming setting” for adults to listen to music while taking drugs such as magic mushrooms, LSD, ketamine and MDMA, according to The Times. The centre will provide Europe’s first commercial setting for clinical trials of psychedelic drugs when it opens this summer. A study by Imperial College London found that psilocybin, the active ingredient in magic mushrooms, is more effective than antidepressants when offered with therapy.

Dead man wins Texan election

Residents of a city in Texas have voted to keep their mayor in power despite him having recently died. Ramiro Rodriguez Jr. beat Israel Silva in Palmhurst on Saturday after he received 329 votes to his rival’s 234. Rodriguez Jr. had held the position from 1999 until his death on April 5, but his name remained on the ballot. A fresh election will now need to be held to elect a new mayor.

‘Senior fitizens’ on the rise in UK

The UK is experiencing the rise of the “senior fitizen”, said The Telegraph. A new Global State of Mind report by fitness brand Asics found that the biggest growth area for exercise is among people between the ages of 57 and 70. Meanwhile, Sport England’s recent Active Lives Survey found that fitness activity among those aged 55 to 74 and 75 plus is now returning to near pre-pandemic numbers. PureGym has also reported a 14% increase in the number of over-60s in its membership base compared with before the pandemic.

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