Medical Minute Edema in pregnancy

On Saturday, pregnant socialite Kim Kardashian Instagram’ed a photo of her swollen feet caused by mild edema.

Edema in pregnant women is a build up of fluids in the extremities (hands, arms, feet, legs and face). Pregnant women retain more water, especially in the late 2nd or early 3rd trimester.

Swelling in the feet can be caused by wearing constricting shoes and clothing; standing for long periods of time; consuming a diet high in salt (sodium) and caffeine. Eating a diet low in potassium.

Prevention of edema in pregnancy includes avoid standing for long periods of time; wear comfortable and loose-fitting clothing (maternity clothes); wear support hose to reduce swelling in feet; eat a healthy diet and drink lots of water (at least 8-10 glasses a day).

Notify your physician/OB/GYN if swelling in your arms, legs or face persist for more than 24 hours and doesn’t improve with rest or elevating the affected part.

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Lauryn Hill pays her taxes to avoid prison

Troubled singer Lauryn Hill paid her overdue tax bill today, but that didn’t save her from doing a time in the federal pen.

USA Today reports that Hill was sentenced to 3 months in prison for failing to pay $1 million in overdue taxes.

Prior to the hearing, Hill’s attorney, Nathan Hochman, said in an email to TIME magazine Monday that Hill paid $970,000 to satisfy state and federal back taxes. Hill, but apparently that wasn’t enough for the judge.

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Rihanna and Chris Brown split

I know this is getting tiresome, but troubled singer Chris Brown has confirmed his break up with singer Rihanna, 25.

In an interview with Australia’s 2Day radio show “The Kyle and Jackie Show,” Brown was asked if he planned to celebrate his 24th birthday on Sunday alone.

“Yeah, Imma do it solo,” Brown said. “I mean, at the end of the day, shawty doing her thang, she on the road … It’s always gonna be love. I’m just gonna do me. I’m a grown man. Just gotta fast forward.”

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Serena Williams

Tennis superstar Serena Williams was spotted practicing for the Mutua Madrid Open in Madrid, Spain on Monday. She wore a red bodysuit that clung to her powerfully ripped muscles. Williams, 31, is currently the world’s no. 1 in player women’s singles tennis.
Photo: INFphoto.com

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TI and Tiny in Bel Air

Rap mogul T.I. and his wife Tameka Tiny Harris, stars of popular hit reality TV show “The Family Hustle”, were spotted out and about in Bel Air, California on Sunday. T.I. and Tameka were on the west coast on business. So they missed seeing their daughter Zonnique Pullins, 17, going to her first prom with music producer Rocko Da Don’s oldest son, Ramone Malik Hill, 17.

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Oprah interviews Jason Collins

A week after NBA free agent Jason Collins announced his homosexuality in a much-ballyhooed Sports Illustrated cover story, another famed homosexual renounced his lifestyle. But the real story is how the 2 diverging announcements are being handled by the mainstream media.

While the national news media gave Collins a hero’s welcome, Antoine Dodson’s renouncement of his homosexuality has barely registered a blip on the mainstream news radar.

Dodson gained Internet fame after his colorful description of a home invader to a news reporter went viral on YouTube.com.

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Mister Cee

Early Saturday, the Internet buzzed with news of Hot 97 DJ Mister Cee’s latest arrest for soliciting a male prostitute.

The incident occurred just before midnight on Thursday (May 2) when Cee, 46, solicited a male undercover cop at the corner of Madison Street and Broadway in the Bushwick area of Brooklyn, NY. He was arrested and released on bond Friday.

In an exclusive interview with the Hot 97 Morning Show on Monday, Cee, whose real name is Calvin LeBrun, said he was approached by a female undercover cop. But according to published reports, Cee approached a male undercover cop and solicited him for “special favors.”

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Justin Bieber Attacked In Dubai

Pop idol Justin Beiber, 19, was attacked by a frenzied fan while performing a concert in Dubai on Sunday — and the whole thing was caught on video.

A shaky cell phone video uploaded to YouTube.com shows a fan rushing the stage and throwing herself on Bieber as he simulates playing a piano. A burly bodyguard pounces on the fan and attempts to snatch her off of Bieber, but his momentum causes all 3 to tumble onto the stage, knocking over the piano in the scrum. All the while Bieber continues to sing as if he was uninterrupted.

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Lil Wayne apology

PepsiCo has dropped troubled rapper Lil Wayne just 2 days after his publicist wrote an “apology” letter to the family of 14-year-old civil rights icon Emmett Till.

PepsiCo, which distributes Mountain Dew, said in a statement late Friday that Wayne’s offensive comparison of Till to a violent sexual act on Future’s “Karate Chop” remix did “not reflect the values of our brand.”

In the “apology” letter, the publicist wrote, “Moving forward, I will not use or reference Emmett Till or the Till family in my music, especially in an inappropriate manner.” and concluded with, “…my ultimate intention is to uplift rather than degrade our community.”

But Till’s family dismissed the letter, saying it was a step short of an apology.

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Susannah Collins

After caving to intense pressure from women’s rights groups, the major sports networks began an experiment by hiring sexy women to announce major sports competitions from the sidelines. The experiment failed miserably due to two simple truths: no matter how sexy she is, a feminine voice is too distracting to men while they’re watching testosterone-filled sports. The second simple truth is horny women can’t control their desires around sports Gods like LeBron James.

Today, Comcast SportsNet Chicago announced they were firing a female sports reporter who had a Freudian slip live on the air.

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La La Anthony defends Carmelo Anthony

Once people know what buttons to push to upset someone, they will push them every time to get a reaction. That’s what happened to NY Knicks star Carmelo Anthony after the Knicks lost game 5 to the Boston Celtics at the Garden on Wednesday, May 1. Boston bench rider Jordan Crawford approached Anthony and talked smack about La La Anthony.

Crawford reportedly said to Anthony, “My man [Kevin Garnett] f***ed your wife!”

After the game, La La took to her Twitter page and tweeted: “Try again. You on the bench for a reason.”

She also posted a message on Instagram.com that read: “STRONG WOMEN only intimidate weak men.”

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Kobe Bryant and Vanessa Bryant

NBA star Kobe Bryant, 34, and his wife Vanessa Bryant attended EIF Women’s Cancer Research Fund’s 16th Annual “An Unforgettable Evening” event presented by Saks Fifth Avenue at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on Thursday, May 2, in Beverly Hills. Bryant had surgery on his left foot after tearing his Achilles’ tendon. According to a report in today’s online edition of USA Today, Bryant and his mother are feuding after she put some of his personal items up for auction.

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La La Anthony and friend

Reality TV star Lala Anthony, right, recently partied at Mister H. nightclub where she celebrated a friend’s birthday party. She was dressed in an Everest multicolor jacket by BCBG which retails for $848. Her friend was wearing a dress by Aztec Print Bodycon from ASOS Curve which retails for $41.56. I don’t think that dress is supposed to fit like that.

Aztec print Bodycon dress

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DJs Traci and Babey Drew

A loyal reader writes:

Hey Sandra,
I know you don’t watch Love & Hip Hop Atlanta, but I was watching the new episode with my girls and queens and all of our gaydars went off when this new cast member DJ Baby Drew (Chis Brown DJ) came on TV. He is effeminate and has soft mannerisms like Drake, but better looking, with what looked like to me, color contacts. He is with another Atlanta DJ name Traci Steele, they have a child together. His role on the show is a ‘player’ that sleeps with groupies and is ocassionally financially dependent on, his child’s mother, Traci Steele. I was wondering if you ever heard of him since he’s supposed to be known in Atlanta as a ‘celeb DJ’.

Click the link to see a photo of DJ Baby Drew, who joined the cast of Love and Hip Hop Atlanta.

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