July 26th, 2011
11:26 AM ET
Actress Rosario Dawson has some pointed words about expectations on women and their bodies.
"It's a form of violence in the way that we look at women and the way we expect them to look and be for what sake? Not for health, survival, not for enjoyment of life, but just so you could look pretty," Dawson told Shape Magazine.
Dawson who appears on the August cover discussed industry-wide pressures to maintain an ideal body type. After losing weight to play a drug addict dying of HIV/AIDS in the 2005 film "Rent," she was stunned to hear compliments about her figure. FULL POST
July 21st, 2011
12:07 PM ET
Editor's note: Dr. Drew Pinsky, a board-certified internist, regularly interviews people in the spotlight to learn more about their emotional lives. Bristol Palin will be Dr. Drew’s guest on a special edition of "Dr. Drew" on HLN Thursday at 9 p.m. ET.
One thing jumped out at me over and over again when I interviewed Bristol Palin: She had difficulty identifying and expressing feelings.
Even when pressed, she was unable to dig deep and readily find an emotional response.
Based on how Bristol described her family, the Palins seem to exhibit what in my line of work is called an “enmeshed” family. It’s more than being close. It’s being too close.
April 14th, 2011
04:56 PM ET
You probably saw the headlines Thursday about 94-year-old actress Zsa Zsa Gabor becoming a mother. Sounds like a miracle of modern science, right?
Wrong. There are a bunch of significant problems with the whole scenario that make it, in the end, just another sensational Hollywood tale that won't actually happen.
March 23rd, 2011
12:26 PM ET
Taylor, 79, died Wednesday at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles after six weeks of hospitalization, her publicist said.
Congestive heart failure occurs when the heart can no longer keep pace with circulation needs. The blood backs up in veins and other parts of the body such as the liver, lungs and lower extremities. The condition also affects the kidneys' filtering ability. Patients commonly see swelling in their legs and ankles. They can also have trouble exerting themselves, easily experiencing shortness of breath and fatigue, according to the American Heart Association. FULL POST
February 11th, 2011
12:30 PM ET
Hollywood stars, they’re just like us – in that they're vulnerable to common ailments that plague the rest of Americans.
Researchers at the UCLA Stroke Center analyzed the frequency and impact of stroke among Best Actor and Best Actress Oscar nominees from 1927 through 2009.
Of the 409 actors and actresses, 7.3% suffered strokes and 9.5% had heart attacks. To little surprise, the health events affected the thespians’ appearances on TVs and movies for about a three-year period after the stroke. FULL POST
January 26th, 2011
09:38 AM ET
In the Human Factor, Dr. Sanjay Gupta introduces you to survivors who have overcome tthe odds. Confronting a life obstacle – injury, illness or other hardship – they tapped their inner strength and found resilience they didn’t know they possessed. Here is the pop star and one-third of the Jonas Brothers, Nick Jonas, on how his journey with diabetes has affected his life and music.
December 22nd, 2010
10:29 AM ET
A profile on "Big Love" actress Ginnifer Goodwin (above) from our partner Health magazine brought some interesting perspective from readers. The post from CNN's Marquee blog was one of the most popular stories Tuesday.
Goodwin told the magazine she started on Weight Watchers at age 9.
“I really did go through a period when I was very little when I remember realizing that vegetables did not come out of the ground deep-fried,” she recalled. “I changed my eating habits in fourth grade because I was a heavy little girl, and I was unhappy. And I remember my mom making dinner for me the first night that I was on this new program, and I burst out crying because the vegetables were green, and I thought she was trying to starve me to death.”
December 13th, 2010
02:02 PM ET
Not to be confused with saliva, it’s called salvia.
According to various reports, the former Disney starlet was smoking the hallucinogen and the video has gone viral. People.com has more on Miley Cyrus’ 18th birthday celebration that showed her cackling and rambling incoherently after taking a hit of the herb.
Now, there are reports that Web sales of salvia have spiked after getting the Miley bump.
October 29th, 2010
02:54 PM ET
SAN DIEGO, California - If Ozzy Osbourne had a genetic predisposition to an incurable illness, he wouldn't want to know, he told the TEDMED 2010 conference Friday.
But his wife, Sharon, whose idea it was to get both of their genomes sequenced, is very interested in what her own genes might say about incurable diseases, and wants to prepare herself.
September 1st, 2010
06:23 PM ET
Actor Michael Douglas revealed he is suffering from stage 4 throat cancer in an appearance on "The Late Show with David Letterman" Tuesday night.
Douglas, who has not released any details of his cancer since the initial announcement last month - said he has a tumor at the base of his tongue, and has just completed his first week of radiation and chemotherapy treatments. He also told Letterman that while the cancer has spread to his lymph nodes, it has not spread below his neck.
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