Auntie Fee

The recent untimely deaths of Internet stars Auntie Fee (pictured above) and Q Worldstar serve as reminders that heart disease is the number 1 killer of men and women in the U.S.

For many people the first sign or symptom of heart disease is death. This is why heart disease is called the silent killer.

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Samira Wiley hands

Last night, while I was editing photos, I noticed actress Samira Wiley had a dark vertical line on one of her thumbnails.

Most people have flat or slightly raised vertical lines or ridges on our fingernails and toenails. Long vertical lines that run the length of the nail are usually not a health concern.

But dark brown or black vertical lines or bands on nails should be evaluated by a doctor.

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prostate cancer

Music industry veteran Joe Simpson, father of pop singers Jessica Simpson and Ashlee Simpson, has been diagnosed with prostate cancer. He underwent surgery to remove his prostate gland after being diagnosed two months ago.

Page Six reports the 56-year-old photographer has already returned to work.

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Election anxiety

The mental health community reported a rise in stress disorder cases long before Donald Trump was elected 45th president of these United States of America.

Doctors saw a spike in stress-related phone calls the morning after Trump was elected.

There are different levels of stress disorders ranging from mild anxiety, Acute Stress Disorder (ASD), to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Election anxiety

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Beyonce and Blue Ivy Carter

The following is a repost of my Medical Minute on raising narcissistic children, originally published on April 21, 2013.

The values we instill in our children while they're young will shape the adults he or she will become.

Photos in this post are shown for illustrative purposes only.

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Viola Davis hot flashes

If you are over 45 years old, you may be experiencing hot flashes caused by premenopause or menopause.

Premenoupause is early onset menopause, or premature ovarian failure, usually beginning before age 45.

Viola Davis, 51, recently discussed her experience with hot flashes.

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Serena Williams dry skin

Your breath, skin, and muscles may be telling you that your body is dehydrated.

Many people who are dehydrated have no idea until their bodies begin to show signs and symptoms of dehydration.

This is probably the case with tennis superstar Serena Williams, pictured above in Milan, Italy, this week.

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Hillary Clinton coughing

Hillary Clinton is back in the news after suffering the worst coughing fit of her campaign.

Some observers believe Clinton is suffering from a severe form of Dysphagia (loss of swallowing sensation).

In Clinton's case, her dysphagia causes her to cough violently because her saliva travels down the wrong pipe into her lungs.

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Beyonce Knowles

American singer Beyonce Knowles-Carter, 35, was spotted leaping off the third deck of a yacht into the ocean off the coast of Italy.

This image of Beyonce carelessly leaping into warm water without holding her nose demonstrates how easily a deadly brain-eating parasite can enter the body.

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John Hinckley Ashanti

Erotomania is defined as a delusional disorder that leads the sufferer to believe a person of higher status (usually a famous person or celebrity) is in love with him or her.

Unlike fleeting infatuation or a "crush", erotomania is a delusional disorder with longterm consequences for the sufferer and the victim.

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Lil Kim Royal Reign

An Instagram.com user mistook Li'l Kim's 2-year-old daughter, Royal Reign, for a boy due to the child's closely cropped hairstyle.

Reality TV star Cardi B. rushed to the child's defense and rudely got the IG user together.

I see why some of you avoid the 'Gram. The people over there are far too ignorant and uncouth.

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Cushing Syndrome

Moon face is a medical abnormality caused by large fat deposits in the face, back or abdomen. It is a sign usually associated with Cushing's or Cushing syndrome.

Cushing's Syndrome is a group of related signs and symptoms caused by prolonged exposure to medications (glucocorticoids) such as Prednisone and Hydrocortisone (Cortisol) or a tumor such as tumors of the pituitary or adrenal glands.

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prince hiv aids

The world continues to mourn megastar Prince Rogers Nelson who died at age 57 in an elevator at his 66,000 sq ft Paisley Park residence near Minneapolis last Thursday.

Insiders confirm the pop icon was diagnosed with "full blown AIDS" in the months before he died.

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Porsha Williams has lunch with friends

Real Housewives of Atlanta star Porsha Williams recently experienced a mid-air emergency on a flight from Atlanta to Miami.

Williams, 34, suffered a hypoglycemic attack, which means low blood sugar. Williams' sister, Lauren, told gossip tabloid TMZ.com that her sister often suffers from attacks of low blood sugar.

Low blood sugar is defined as blood glucose that is lower than 70 mg/dl on a glucose monitor. Normal blood sugar is 80-100.

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Nancy Reagan

Actress and former First Lady Nancy Reagan died Sunday of Congestive heart failure. She was 94.

Mrs. Reagan had been in poor health for years. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1987, while her husband, Ronald Reagan, was president. Then 2 falls landed her in the hospital. She was confined to a wheelchair in the final years of her life.

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Charlize Theron

South African actress Charlize Theron had her hands full dragging her 4-year-old son, Jackson, to her car after ballet class.

The little boy's temper tantrum was caught on camera -- unfortunately for the 40-year-old mother-of-2 who was quickly branded a "monster mom" by OK! magazine.

Single women like Charlize Theron mean well, but boy children are more at risk for emotional and behavioral problems when there is no father present.

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Dr. Jackie Walters

Does your vagina have a musty, fruity or fishy odor? Are you a diabetic? Do you eat a lot of onions or garlic? Did your man accidentally leave a used condom inside you?

Essence contributor and popular Atlanta OB/GYN, Dr. Jackie Walters breaks down the good vs. bad vaginal odors.

"All healthy vaginas will have some type of aroma," she writes.

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HIV seroconversion symptoms

You're a gay or bisexual man (or a biological woman) with an active sex life. You meet a man at a club one night and you both decide to have sex in the club parking lot.

About 3 weeks later, you experience flu-like symptoms. You feel feverish, your throat is sore and you have difficulty swallowing. You also feel aches and pains in your joints and you experience night sweats that drench your bed linen.

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Yesterday, rumors spread like wildfire on social media that R&B/Soul icon Diana Ross was pregnant at age 71. The source of the absurd rumors were photos that surfaced on social media showing Miss Ross with abdominal distention.

No, Miss Ross is not pregnant. One reason for her excess belly fat may be post-menopausal hormone levels.

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If you have an active social life offline, chances are you've crossed paths with quite a few narcissists. Most narcissists are the type of people you want to count among your friends. Narcissists are usually very attractive, social climbers (think CEO's, celebrities, presidents); they are charming to a fault, well-dressed and intelligent.

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Amber Rose

Socialite Amber Rose sparked concern on social media when she posted this photo of herself and Instagram model Lira Galore on Instagram.

Amber's alert followers noticed Amber and Lira had a white coating on their tongues. Amber's followers suspected a yeast infection might be the cause.

Many of Amber's followers suggested tongue scrapers or a trip to the doctor (considering her unhealthy sexual lifestyle)

Needless to say, Amber deleted the photo.

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