Magic mushroom ingredient may ease severe depression, study suggests

Courtesy The News International LONDON: Psilocybin, the psychedelic compound in magic mushrooms, may one day be an effective treatment for patients with severe depression who fail to recover using other therapies, scientists said on Tuesday. A small-scale pilot study of psilocybin’s use in cases of treatment-resistant depression showed it was safe and effective, the British…

Beijing blasts Pentagon report on Chinese military as damaging trust

Courtesy The News International BEIJING: China condemned the U.S. Defense Department’s annual report on the Chinese military on Sunday, calling it deliberate distortion that has “severely damaged” mutual trust. In its annual report to Congress on Chinese military activities, the U.S. Defense Department said on Friday that China is expected to add substantial military infrastructure,…

Museum shines rare spotlight on China’s Cultural Revolution

Courtesy The News International CHENGDU, China: Tucked away in southwestern China’s Sichuan province, a private collector stands virtually alone in exhibiting relics from the 1966-1976 Cultural Revolution. Monday marks the 50th anniversary of the start of the political movement, with no official commemorations planned. Official records whitewash the details of both periods, but admit that…