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Health Watch: Hallucinogenic Drugs For Mental Illness; Enterovirus D68; Obesity

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There's a slow-growing movement among doctors to use known hallucinogenic drugs, like the psilocybin in mushrooms, to treat a variety of mental health conditions. Doctors said that the drugs can help people with everything from depression and anxiety to O.C.D. and even addiction.

In layman's terms, doctors say the drugs work because of the mind-bending escapism that the drugs offer--they can actually help people get away from their own damaging thoughts.


Canadian health officials have confirmed that three cases of Enterovirus D-68 have popped up in British Columbia, and a fourth case from a patient with a severe respiratory illness is still being investigated.

So far this summer, there's been 100 confirmed infections so far in 12 U.S. states.


A new C.D.C. study showed that American waistlines are still growing at an alarming rate.

The study looked at one of the most dangerous body types--the big-bellied, or pear-shaped figure that's associated with so many cardiac and diabetic problems--and found that 54 percent of U.S. adults have that kind of abdominal obesity, up from 46 percent in 2000.

The average waistline for men jumped from 39 to 40 inches in that time, and for women, it went from 36 to 38 inches.


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