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A small, but growing number of specialty pharmacies dispense healthy foods instead of drugs for a variety of diet-related medical conditions. (Mother Jones)
Obamacare enrollment for 2018 now stands at 8.7 million, a slight dip from the 9.2 million who signed up last year. (Reuters)
Social activist Erica Garner, whose father died while in police custody in 2013, remains on life support following a heart attack.
An Osaka, Japan, couple were arrested following the death of their mentally ill daughter, who police allege was kept locked in a windowless, unheated room for at least 15 years. (CNN)
Yesterday a diphtheria outbreak was reported among Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh; today the illness is reportedly battering war-torn Yemen. (Reuters)
A 16-year-old Mississippi boy with a history of mental problems spent 4 years in jail without going to trial or receiving treatment after an arrest for allegedly stabbing his father’s girlfriend. (CBS News)
North Carolina lawmakers hope to curb the state’s opioid abuse and overdose problems by limiting the number of pills a clinician can prescribe during a patient’s initial visit. (WCNC.com)
Can eating too much sugar cause a headache? (Medical News Today)
A World Series-winning coach has a “miraculous” recovery from emergency surgery for a cerebral hematoma. (ABC News)
Thinking about a “juice cleanse” to begin the new year? You might want to think twice. (BuzzFeed)
If your New Year’s resolutions include weight loss, consider standing up, for starters. (Forbes)
Or how about slapping on a skin patch to lose weight? (Irish Times)
And what would the last Morning Break of the year be without one final listicle? The Top Cannabidiol Studies of 2017. (Leafly)
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