Ebola outbreak in Guinea

The deadly Ebola virus outbreak has spread to Liberia and Sierra Leone from neighboring Guinea, health officials say.

The Ebola outbreak has killed 78 victims so far and the death toll is growing daily. So far four deaths in Liberia and Sierra Leone have been attributed to the deadly Ebola hemorrhagic fever. 2 health care workers are among the 118 new cases of Ebola, ABC News reports. The Ebola outbreak in Guinea is making headlines all over the world, primarily because there is no known cure or treatment for Ebola.

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Nasal boils

Rapper T.I.'s niece, Kamaya Harris, posted the following photos on her Instagram page today. In the caption she wrote:

I wasn't going to post this but I wanted to share my flow for the past 3 days... They have been very miserable, very sleepless, & very painful but thru it all God is good almost over & I'll be back to myself soon

The "boil" is real

Based on the information in her caption, I'm guessing she is suffering from a painful boil (Furunculosis, Folliculitis) inside her nose that can be caused by Streptococcus pyogenes or Staphylococcus aureus bacteria.

You may recall my discussion on Staphylococcus Aureus in my Medical Minute post on MRSA. I told you that Staph lives on our skin and inside our noses. When the bacteria colonizes our noses it becomes necessary to decolonize the nose with antibiotics to prevent recurrent infections.

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Nicole Murphy mercury poisoning

Eddie Murphy's ex-wife Nicole Murphy posted the above photo to her Instagram page, along with a message to raise awareness of mercury poisoning.

Nicole Murphy mercury poisoning

Mercury can be found in many common household items including glass thermometers, batteries, fluorescent lightbulbs, etc.

Causes

The main cause of mercury Poisoning is consuming a diet of fish or foods that contains high levels of selenium and mercury. Exposure to mercury can also come from breathing contaminated air (fumes from burning charcoal) or from direct exposure to mercury when working in laboratories, dentist's offices, clinics, hospitals, etc.

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Poop pills cure serious gut infections

Patients diagnosed with serious intestinal infections now have a new weapon to combat the bacteria: pills filled with poop.

Canadian researchers tested the new pills on 27 patients and cured them of their intestinal infections after powerful antibiotics failed.

Recent studies have shown that feces transplants -- giving patients good bacteria from the feces of healthy people -- can restore the proper balance of good bacteria in their intestines.

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Chaz Bono

Cher's daughter Chaz Bono, who suffers from Gender Identity Disorder (GID), lost 65 pounds after nearly a year on special diets and exercises.

Bono, who weighed 250 pounds at the start of her weight-loss journey, said the weight loss "makes everything easier."

"I just feel much more comfortable in my skin now," said the 44-year-old former Dancing With The Stars contestant. Chaz, who was born Chastity Bono, didn't feel so comfortable in her skin after living her life as a lesbian.

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A middle-aged Tennessee woman wants an apology from a doctor who used ghetto slang to explain the cause of her lower back pain.

In an interview with CBS affiliate WERG in Memphis, Terry Ragland, 55, said she went to see Dr. Timothy Sweo in April for treatment of severe lower back pain.

“It’s one of those things where my hip seems to slip, like it’s slipping out of place a little bit. It’s painful when you get up to go walk it kind of slips, you know,” said Ragland, explaining her painful condition.

Dr. Sweo examined Ragland and diagnosed her with Lumbar Lordosis, a painful inward curvature of the lower spine that causes the tailbone to protrude outward.

“He said ‘I know what the problem is. It’s ghetto booty,’” said Ragland. "I think I blacked out after he said 'ghetto booty,'" she recalled.

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Female Inmates Sterilized

Finally, President Obama is doing something right. According to a report published today on The Sacramento Bee website, female prisoners were sterilized to prevent them from having babies who will probably grow up to be gangbangers. 150 inmates were sterilized between 2006 and 2010, but many more tubal ligation procedures were performed in the 1990s. Doctors under contract with the California penal system were paid $147 for each procedure. The doctors reportedly targeted female inmates who had multiple children and were deemed most likely to be repeat offenders.

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Rihanna Thought Nelson Mandela Was Dead

Troubled singer Rihanna made a terrible mistake on Twitter.com early this morning when she sent out a tweet indicating that Nelson Mandela was dead. Thinking that Rihanna had advanced knowledge of his death, the media scrambled to confirm the death -- only to learn it wasn't true.

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Paris Jackson

Michael Jackson's 15-year-old daughter, Paris Jackson, is doing fine after possibly attempting suicide early this morning. TMZ reports that Paris was taken out of her grandmother, Katherine's Calabasas, CA home on a stretcher around 2 a.m. Wednesday.

"Paris is physically fine and is getting appropriate medical attention," said Katherine Jackson's attorney, Perry Sanders, in a statement to TMZ.

"Being a sensitive 15 year old is difficult no matter who you are. It is especially difficult when you lose the person closest to you," said Sanders.

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According to Page Six, pop superstar Janet Jackson, 47, was observed obsessively wiping down her first class seat, window, tray and walls on a recent flight.

Witnesses say Janet was being more than just a clean freak. “This wasn’t a normal rubdown; this was 40 minutes of meticulously wiping everything," a witness told Page Six.

“Janet had anti-bacterial spray, and was pulling one tissue out of a bag after another,” said the spy. Janet obsessively wiped down everything, including the phone, the TV monitor and her chair.

Janet's obsessive-compulsive behavior shocked onlookers, including Victoria Beckham, who was seated near her in the first class section of a British Airways flight from London to LA on Friday.

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Rihanna's Lipstick Gives Fan Herpes

Be careful when you're attending one of singer Rihanna's concerts. If a representative from MAC asks you to try her 'RiRi Woo' lipstick, just say "no thanks."

One fan, Starkeema Greenidge, 28, of Harlem, told the NY Daily News she tried the RiRi Woo lipstick at a MAC counter set up at a recent Rihanna concert. But 2 days later, the unlucky fan developed a cold sore on her lips which turned out to be herpes.

Rihanna has been plagued with rumors that she has herpes.

Greenridge said she's suing MAC to urge the company to be more sanitary with its products.

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The Rock in recovery room following hernia surgery

It's difficult for a macho man like Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson to admit that he suffered a hernia tear from lifting weights. So he's floating the story that he suffered 3 hernias from wrestling. The 40-year-old former wrestler-turned-action hero actor underwent emergency hernia surgery earlier this week.

Johnson tweeted the above photo of himself wearing a Superman t-shirt in the recovery room after the surgery. His left arm looks strangely distorted, as if an IV tube may have been Photoshopped out of the picture. Image is everything to these guys.

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Raising Narcissistic children We have all done this: we are shown a photo of a friend's child, and our initial response is based on the child's looks ("She's so cute! I can see where she gets her beauty from!")

We tend to especially favor children who are light skinned with long hair. Any culture that is obsessed with beauty and image breeds narcissism. As a result, most narcissists tend to be very good looking.

Narcissism in adults is a personality disorder that stems from abnormal self-developmental in childhood.

Studies show that the sharp rise in narcissists in today's society is directly linked to the explosion in social media. Instagram is a narcissist's playground where the self-obsessed upload their photos to encourage 'likes'. And there are pages on Facebook devoted to ranking a girl's beauty from 1-10.

In a blog on Huffingtonpost.com, sports psychology consultant Nicole Forester referred to social media as an "Epidemic of narcissism".

"We are each hard-wired with the desire to feel relevant. Everyone wants to feel like they matter and are important. Social media provides this outlet, but also promotes being self-absorbed," she writes.

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Michael Jackson gold pants

More details are emerging about Michael Jackson's drug dependency as Katherine Jackson's $40 billion lawsuit against AEG gets underway.

Jackson died of heart failure and respiratory arrest caused by an overdose of an IV anesthetic on June 25, 2009 at age 50. Former Dr. Conrad Murray was convicted of negligence in his death.

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Kevin Ware trophy

Louisville Cardinal's guard Kevin Ware suffered a possible career-ending injury during the first half of the Midwest Regional final against Duke in the NCAA college tournament on Sunday (Mar 31) in Indianapolis.

The injury occurred when Ware sprinted across the floor at full speed to challenge a 3-point shot by Duke's Tyler Thornton. As he landed he rolled his ankle, transferring the impact of the hard landing to his right leg which caused a shear force fracture of the tibia bone. Part of the bone was left protruding from his lower leg.

As horrific as his injury looked, Ware was composed enough to encourage his teammates to beat Duke to advance to the Elite 8, which the team did in convincing fashion.

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Cast of Married to Medicine

Nearly 2 million viewers tuned in to watch the premiere of Bravo Network's new reality series, Married to Medicine on Sunday night.

The series, based in Atlanta, explores the lives of pampered doctors' wives and 2 black female doctors who run their own thriving medical practices. The show veers away from the usual mundane scripted farce that other reality shows offer.

Unlike the original cast members of Real Housewives of Atlanta who ended up losing their homes, the well-to-do couples in M2M own their fabulous homes outright. And, unlike other reality shows, the doctors have real patients and they practice real procedures.

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Lil Wayne TI Future tour

Lil Wayne has ignored pleas from his friends and family to enter drug rehab after suffering recurrent seizures last week.

The 30-year-old rapper instead announced a grueling 40-city 'America's Most Wanted Tour' with rappers T.I. and Future.

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Coy Mathis believes he is a girl

The parents of 6-year-old boy who believes he is a girl are threatening to sue the Colorado school system for requiring the "girl" to use a separate bathroom from other girls in the school.

Jeremy and Kathryn Mathis, the parents of Coy Mathis, took their complaints to the Katie Couric show.

Coy's parents were baffled as to why the school system decided to "single out" Coy who still has male genitals.

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91 people in 9 states contracted a deadly form of fungal meningitis from a tainted drug shipment. The outbreak killed at least 7 people, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta. The New England pharmacy linked to the steroid drugs responsible for the outbreaks has issued a recall of the drug nationwide.

The states with reported cases of fungal meningitis are Florida, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Ohio, Indiana, MAryland, Michigan and Minnesota.

Steroid medication can weaken the immune systems of patients who receive the drug.

Over the weekend I learned that the mother-in-law of one of my cousins is among the victims who contracted fungal meningitis from Solu-Medrol, an anti-inflammatory steroid drug that is administered intravenously.

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It isn't often that a child falls asleep during important meetings, such as signing her first recording contract with Jay Z, or nodding off during a Senate hearing on human trafficking, like Willow Smith has done.

Narcolepsy means excessive sleepiness or falling asleep at the most inopportune times.

Children with narcolepsy often are not diagnosed with the sleep disorder until they are well into their teens or adulthood, when the disorder becomes a health issue or a distraction.

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This is great news for women who have been unable to conceive babies. A new technique to remove slices of ovary, freeze it and transplant it back into women years later may put an end to infertility and the miserable symptoms of menopause.

28 babies have been born worldwide to formerly infertile patients who either had their own ovarian tissue transplanted or they received ovarian transplants from a twin sister.

Most of the children were conceived naturally without the need for IVF or drugs, according to UK's Daily Telegraph.

Women who are past their child bearing years will also be able to conceive naturally well into their 80s.

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Have you ever attempted to swallow food and it feels like it's stuck in your throat (or somewhere in your upper chest)? Panic slowly begins to rise as it seems like your throat is starting to close and you feel like you can't breathe. You feel like you're choking until you drink something to get the food moving again.

If you've ever had that choking experience with food -- and it occurs quite often -- you may have cancer of the esophagus.

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This post is for you single women who are intelligent, articulate and self-confident. But despite all of your achievements in life, you wonder why love hasn't found you.

In reality, love is all around you. Love is an action, not a feeling. Love is a profound sense of responsibility and respect for another human being. So when you care for anyone in your life; your parents, your siblings, your nephews -- you are experiencing love.

LOVE IS NOT SEX. No matter what that guy tells you; you do not prove your love to anyone by having sex with them!

So how can you tell the difference between Love vs Lust (Dopamine)?

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A 20-year-old British student is dead after flying to Philadelphia with friends to undergo a "must-have" butt injection procedure.

In Hackney, East London, where Claudia Aderotimi was born, butt injections are illegal. They're illegal in the U.S. too, but authorities here have done nothing to stop the unlicensed, dangerous practice.

Claudia and her friends thought it would be a simple procedure. What could go wrong? The "clinic" was in the shadow of a big city hospital -- the same hospital where she was eventually pronounced dead.

But Claudia knew something went wrong hours after the operation when she felt horrible pains in her chest. She was rushed a block away to the hospital, where she died at 1.32 a.m. on Tuesday.

The "clinic" where Claudia and her friends went chasing their dreams was inside a seedy Philadelphia motel room. The unlicensed street technician is still being sought by police who are certain she didn't use sterile technique. They are also certain she didn't use medical grade hydrogel or silicone, which are difficult to obtain outside of a hospital setting without a doctor's order.

Claudia had aspirations of appearing in music videos, like her idols, the video vixens who advertise their talents on Twitter.com. Claudia thought that in order to qualify to appear in rap music videos today, she must have a butt as big as Nicki's or Esther Baxter's or Keyshia Dior's.

All Claudia wanted was a few injections to fill out the curves that she already had, she told friends. She thought the butt shots would make her famous, heartbroken pals say.

Like most young black women today, Claudia's self-worth and identity are defined by a big butt and breast implants. They don't know any better because their idols don't know any better. It's a vicious cycle.

Now that the eyes of the world are on the U.S., maybe Congress will take some action to put a stop to this hydrogel epidemic that is killing our beautiful black women and turning them into deformed walking mannequins.

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