Kim Porter

According to sources, Kim Porter, mom to 3 of Sean Combs' 5 children, died from a rare case of double pneumonia brought on by the flu. Double pneumonia is an obsolete term to describe an infection in both lungs. The accepted medical term for double pneumonia is bilateral lobar pneumonia.

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young African American businesswoman having heart attack

This post, originally written on Feb. 24, 2016, is being bumped up because one of my loyal readers suffered a heart attack a few days after the New Year. She requested a Medical Minute post to warn her fellow Rose Garden members about the warning signs of a heart attack.

Please heed the warning signs. Black people are at greater risk for heart attacks due to the prevalence of high blood pressure, obesity and diabetes in the black community.

It can happen to you.

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BoosieT

Rapper Boosie just announced he has kidney cancer. The rapper posted the announcement on Instagram then deleted the post.

This is what Boosie wrote:

“I need all my fans to pray for me. Doctor just told me I have cancer on my kidneys. Prayer is power, that’s why I’m letting the world know prayfaboosie.”

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birthmarks

Heads up, national media: this is what courage and bravery looks like -- not a man wearing a dress.

19-year-old Ciera Swaringen was born with moles covering her entire body from head to toe. She is one of less than 1% of newborns who are born with the rare congenital birthmarks called melanocytic nevus.

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Kim Kardashian Struggles With A Skin Flair Up

Socialite Kim Kardashian, 34, was seen headed for the gym in New York City on Tuesday. A sharp-eyed photographer for INFphoto.com spotted what looks like psoriasis on Kim's right leg. Psoriasis is a common skin condition caused by rapidly dividing skin cells that build up on the skin leaving red, itchy, inflamed, dry scales on the skin. Psoriasis is common among people with HIV/AIDS.
Photo: Peter Cepeda/INFphoto.com

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Franklin Foulks and Jamal Rutledge

A quick-thinking teenager may have saved the life of a police officer who apparently suffered a heart attack or stroke.

In September, Fort Lauderdale officer Franklin Foulks, 2nd from left, was in the process of booking 16-year-old Jamal Rutledge when he suddenly collapsed on the floor of the holding area. With no other officers in the vicinity, Officer Foulks was at the teen's mercy.

But Rutledge jumped into action, screaming and kicking on the fence until officers responded.

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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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Polio

Doctors in California are baffled by a mysterious illness that mimics the dreaded Polio virus. Polio paralyzed thousands of children and adults worldwide until it was eradicated in 1979.

The new polio-like illness has infected up to 25 children in California so far, CBS News reports. The new illness causes flu-like symptoms and muscle wasting, severe weakness or paralysis in the arms and legs, a new case study reports.

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Kim Kardashian and Ciara exit Bel Bambini

Socialite Kim Kardashian, left, and pregnant pop star Ciara were seen exiting Bel Bambini restaurant in Beverly Hills, CA on Wednesday, Feb. 12. Kim and Ciara filmed a scene for an upcoming episode of Kardashian's low-rated family reality series. Kim wore a curve fitting black leather skirt and a white sleeveless top with black leather boots. Ciara, who is 8 months pregnant, was dressed in a white maternity frock and brown gladiator sandals. Sources say Ciara seemed anxious during the filming. She will reportedly discuss pregnancy issues with Kim, who suffered from the potentially fatal pregnancy disorder pre-eclampsia while pregnant with her and Kanye West's now 8-month-old daughter, North West.

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Medical Minute Herpes

New studies show that the black community is rife with sexually transmitted diseases. In fact, black women top the lists of women afflicted with HIV and Herpes. A shocking 50% of black women have been diagnosed with Herpes simplex.

It's no secret that black women who are desperate for love often open their legs to married men, single men and even gay men. Singer Rihanna is known to stay out of the public eye until her rumored Herpes outbreaks clear up.

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A loyal reader asked me to write a Medical Minute about Tonsiloliths, aka tonsil stones, also called tonsil calculus, pebbles, tonsil corn, etc. There is very little medical literature on tonsiloliths and your doctor may not have even heard of them. Some doctors mistakenly diagnose the yellowish tonsil calculi as a throat infection and prescribe antibiotics.

Tonsil stones usually affect adults who never had their tonsils removed. The stones are formed in crypts and crevices of your tonsils usually after you've had a bout of tonsilitis (infection of the throat). A tonsil stone may feel like a foreign object trapped in the side of your throat such as a popcorn kernel. You may be tempted to dig them out, but that is not advised.

The tonsils are lymphoid tissue on either side of your throat that act as part of your immune system to protect against infection. Crypts and crevices in your tonsils can run deep. Undigested food particles may become trapped inside these crypts where they are acted upon by bacteria and your immune system.

The undigested food is encapsulated inside a cheesy material that oozes out of your tonsils and adenoids and hardens into a foul smelling yellowish stone (calculous).
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