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    A heartwrenching, gut-churning story out of Ocala, Florida involves a woman who gave birth to a premature baby in a motel bathroom after binging on crack cocaine. Thirty-seven-year-old Chrystal A. Hassell, who was seven or eight months along, reportedly cut the newborn's umbilical cord with her teeth after she went into labor. She later called 911 upon seeing that her baby had turned blue.

    Hassell is now in jail, on suicide watch. Thankfully, the infant is hanging on, albeit in critical condition at UF Health Shands Hospital in Gainesville.

    What on earth are we, let alone law enforcement, to make of this? Perhaps that what happened here is as tragic as it is horrific.

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    When it comes to breast cancer, many of us understand and are willing to accept the fact that a miracle cure may not be in the cards at the moment. With that said, news of any drug that could help patients by stalling the disease so that it doesn't rapidly progress is pretty great. Imagine being able to stop time -- if only for a few months -- while docs continue to work on finding new and additional treatments to combat your disease. Kind of challenges your notion of miraculous, doesn't it?

    An experimental breast cancer drug called palbociclib is currently undergoing studies because it reportedly can nearly double the amount of time patients live with the disease without it spreading and getting worse. Here's the skinny on it.

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    Since getting out of jail and working on remaining sober, Teen Mom star Amber Portwood seems to be well on her way to recovery. But she still has days that are especially trying -- specifically, those she goes without seeing her little girl Leah.

    Although Amber doesn't have custody of her daughter (Amber's ex Gary does), she still has regular visitation with her. But the days she doesn't get to see Leah seem to really get Amber down. She admitted how tough it can be, tweeting to her fans, "Is it possible to be this bored? Not good for me...can't wait for tomorrow. Sending love to all of you." Ack. Poor Amber!

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    It’s official. According to the New York medical examiner, Philip Seymour Hoffman died from an accidental drug overdose. Actually they’re calling it “acute mixed drug intoxication,” but it’s hard to care when we’re all just so sad over this situation.

    The 46-year-old Oscar winner was found dead nearly four weeks ago in his New York apartment with a hypodermic needle in his arm. The actor had struggled with drug addiction in his 20s. After 23 years of sobriety, he reportedly fell back into it in 2012, and did a rehab stint in 2013.

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    For the parent of a child who suffers from seizures, every second of an attack feels like an eternity. There are so few options for children who have epilepsy or other disorders that cause seizures. Naturally, if one comes along and it has proven to work for other children, parents are going to seize upon it. In Colorado, an oil infused with a special pot strain is causing joy and controversy after it has reportedly helped several children who experience seizures. The pot is called Charlotte's Web because it is named after a child who had as many as 300 grand mal seizures a week, used a wheelchair, and went into cardiac arrest several times as the result of a rare genetic disorder called Dravet's Syndrome. After ingesting the oil, which doesn't provide a high like regular marijuana, Charlotte's parents say she can walk, talk, and has been largely free of seizures.

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    Sex sells. It's one of the things people are most interested in and most insecure about, so they're willing to shell out to have the kind of sex life they think they should be having. Sad. But that doesn't mean businesses aren't above trying to turn a quick buck by playing on our insecurities. Take all the folks out there trying to be the first to market a successful "female Viagra." The way they keep taking stabs at it, and there's a new pill getting press every few months, I'm convinced they believe it's the Holy Grail of drugs. Too bad it's an altogether flawed concept.

    But okay, let's give the latest shillers a listen.

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    We make the assumption that most of Hollywood has a drug problem or at least experimented more than the average person. Money. Fame. Availability. Excess. Indulgence. You can't watch an E! True Hollywood Story or Behind the Music without some sort of drug situation coming along and creating a life-changing situation. Take someone like Leonardo DiCaprio and I think we all assume the guy's tried plenty of drugs. He starred in The Basketball Diaries after all! And The Wolf of Wall Street is probably a danger for any recovering addict to watch. 

    Leo, however, made a shocking revelation about his drug use

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    Young love often goes sour, but as Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber's romance falls to shambles (again), it's happening right before our eyes. And things just got real ugly. In light of Selena's stint in rehab and accusations flying that she landed there as a result of her ex being a "bad influence," Biebs is fighting back with a rather ridiculous response.

    Sources "with daily Bieber contact" tell TMZ that Justin and his friends are "laughing at" Selena's claims that he's to blame for her troubles. (Are they sure they aren't just laughing because they're really high?) They say she is always the drunk at the party, and "whenever he had parties Selena was downright competitive ... smoking as much weed as the guys and sometimes outdoing them. They say she was also HEAVY into booze." Okaaay.

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    I am an alcoholic. For years, alcohol was the first thing I thought about when I woke up in the morning. All day long, I obsessed over drinking: when could I start, did I have enough, how could I hide it. Every hour until that first drink was steeped in unease and self-hatred. Every hour past that first drink was focused on the drink after that. I lived completely in the past or the future, in regrets and anxiety. The present was increasingly intolerable and so I sought escape. It was a vicious cycle that went on and on and on.

    You have probably had your fill of people using Philip Seymour Hoffman's tragic overdose as an excuse to talk about addiction. Forgive me for adding to the noise, but it's been hard for me to think of anything else lately. It's been hard to see the number of people condemning Hoffman for the "stupid, selfish" act that took his life and not feel painted with those same hurtful broad strokes.

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    Throughout history, a handful of presidents have admitted to smoking a little bit of recreational pot here and there. But few have openly discussed their views on the drug -- particularly if their ideas about it fall more in line with what a college student might think than that of your average conservative politician. Barack Obama kind of just went for it when he revealed in an interview with the New Yorker that he considers marijuana less dangerous than alcohol. Depending on how you feel about the drug, this is either one of the most dangerous statements a president has made in a long while, or the most obvious one ever. 

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