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In 2013, Navy Seal Marcus Capone medically retired after 13 years of service. Throughout his military career, Capone served on the Seals’ elite counter-terrorism unit, Seal Team 6, and was deployed to Afghanistan shortly after 9/11.

After over a decade of warfare, Capone struggled to ease back into everyday life.

“I was terrified that I would lose Marcus to suicide and I was determined to find anything that could help him,” says Amber Capone, Marcus Capone’s wife and partner since the age of 17. “I at one point thought we had exhausted everything and had decided this was not a life that I could continue living… and then sitting with that realization, I remembered one friend who had done psychedelic therapy outside of the U.S.”

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Just 6% of doctors and surgeons in In L.A. County identifies as Hispanic. Considering the county has the largest Latino community in the U.S., comprising roughly 49% of the population, the shortage of Spanish-speaking physicians has long been an issue. Akenta Health — a mobile health care platform geared toward Latinos that set up shop in Los Angeles this year — is hoping to change that.

“Language can help with empathy,” said founder and CEO Marco Paschina. “But if you go see a doctor that doesn’t speak your language, it’s very hard to create that empathy.”

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Courtesy of FIGS

Scrubs maker FIGS gained a win in court this week after a jury found there was no merit to the false advertising and misleading business practices claims brought by rival medical apparel maker Strategic Partners Inc. (SPI).

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