"Chicago Med" star Marlyne Barrett revealed she was diagnosed with uterine and ovarian cancer.

The 44-year-old mother-of-two revealed her cancer diagnosis in an interview with PEOPLE.

Barrett's cancer journey began after a hernia repair in April She experienced shortness of breath and a buildup of fluid in her abdomen (ascites).

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Barrett, pictured in Monaco in June, said, "I had this accumulation of fluid [in my abdomen] that I couldn't shake. I looked like I was nine months pregnant. And I also had shortness of breath, but no pain, which was interesting."

A CT scan showed a football-sized tumor on her uterus and left ovary. Her doctor informed her of the findings on July 18.

"The initial experience was a shock, a shock to my womanhood," she said. "I didn't believe them, but when they showed me the CT scan, I went, 'Oh my word.' The first questions were, 'Am I going to live?' I just fell into my husband's arms. It still takes my breath away when I think about it."

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Barrett's cancer was diagnosed 3 years after her character Maggie Lockwood battled breast cancer on the fictional TV series.

"When my character went through breast cancer, I had a sea of people reach out to me through social media," she said. "They brought me courage, and so I felt a sense of inevitability to meet their hearts where they met me."

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Barrett began an aggressive course of chemotherapy before undergoing a hysterectomy. She lost most of her hair to the chemo, and she shaved off the rest.

"I didn't want to give the power to chemo," says Barrett. "My hair has always been an essence of beauty. But I took my own razor and I shaved my head. I did it in front of my babies so they'd see it was still Mommy. I wept, I wept, I wept. But it was a beautiful experience to do it in front of them."

Barrett shares 11-month-old twins, Joshuah-Jireh and Ahnne-N'Urya with her husband, pastor Gavin Barrett.

"I'm married to the most incredible man," she says. "I get pins and needles in my limbs from the chemo and he'll drop everything to give me food and hand massages. He's dropped everything just to give me love."

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The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a COVID drug for the treatment of severe Alopecia.

Olumiant (Baricitinib) is an oral pill used for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis and COVID-19. Baricitinib, made by Eli Lilly and Company, is the first drug to be approved for the treatment of alopecia in the United States.

Alopecia is an autoimmune disorder that causes hair loss as the body's immune system attacks the hair follicles as foreign invaders.

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The condition made headlines after former A-list actor Will Smith slapped comedian Chris Rock during the 2022 Oscars for joking about actress Jada Pinkett Smith's balding hair.

Jada spoke out about her alopecia for the first time in 2018. But some skeptics suspect she is not being truthful about her diagnosis.

300,000 people in the US suffer from alopecia that causes temporary or permanent hair loss.

On Monday, the FDA announced bricitinib was approved for alopecia. Eli Lilly applied for FDA approval in January.

The drug is available in 2mg or 4mg doses.

The FDA approval was based on the results of 2 clinical trials involving 1,200 adults with severe alopecia.

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After 36 weeks, the group that took 4 mg daily grew back 80 percent of their scalp hair, according to the research results. Those who took 2 mg grew back 40% of their scalp hair.

"Access to safe and effective treatment options is crucial for the significant number of Americans affected by severe alopecia," said Kendall Marcus, MD, in a press release.

Baricitinib also acts as an anti-inflammatory drug for patients diagnosed with COVID-19.

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Snoop Dogg is losing his hair - and his friends won't let him forget it.

Snoop is suffering from male pattern baldness, a condition that causes hair loss in the top and front of the scalp.

Snoop is contemplating wearing male wigs and extensions to cover his receding hairline, like his famous friends.

Men can be evil to each other when they see their boys going bald. Ask LeBron James, Michael Jordan and Shaquille O'Neal.

Some men will accept their fate and go bald, like Jordan and O'Neal.

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But others, like LeBron, lack the confidence to go bald. So they resort to wigs or hair plugs.

Rapper Joyner Lucas posted a video Wednesday morning that shows him clowning the rap legend's receding hairline.

"When you gonna cut your hair?" Lucas asked. "When you got, like, three dreads left like Stevie [Wonder]? Are you gonna keep it? When you gonna cut that b---h off? 'Cause you know your sh*t going back, n---a. I know you be in the mirror like, 'Damn,' everyday."

Snoop laughed at Lucas's taunts, but inside he was probably crying like all men do when they are confronted with the loss of their youth.

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Snoop admitted he was aware that he was going bald. He said he spoke to his wife about "going bald for a minute."

"I was saying this to my wife the other day, I might have to go baldheaded in a minute an wear wigs and sh*t. F--- it. Now everybody else wearing muthaf------ wigs," he said, referring to Jay Z, Lil Durk, Tyga, and other rappers who have resorted to male wigs and extensions to cover their baldness.

The solution to reversing hair loss for most men and women is by balancing their hormones. But some men would rather lose their hair than take female hormones.

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Will Smith's assault on Oscars host Chris Rock shined a spotlight on Jada Pinkett Smith's medical condition on Sunday.

Smith, 53, walked onstage and slapped host Chris Rock, 57, after the comedian cracked a joke about Pinkett Smith's alopecia (hair loss).

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Pinkett Smith, 50, announced her struggle with hair loss in 2018. She shaved her hair in 2021 after daughter, Willow Smith (2nd from left), had previously shaved her head.

Pinkett Smith frequently discussed her alopecia diagnosis in her popular Facebook series "Red Table Talk."

"My hair has been a big part of me," she said in 2018. "Taking care of my hair has been a beautiful ritual and having the choice to have hair or not. And then one day to be like, 'Oh my god, I might not have that choice anymore.'"

What is Alopecia Areata?

Alopecia areata is caused by the immune system attacking the scalp and hair follicles. The condition is characterized by round or oval smooth, shiny patches of skin on the scalp. Smooth, shiny skin means the hair follicle is destroyed and hair will never grow from the follicle.

Alopecia areata occurs when the immune system mistakes healthy scalp cells for foreign invaders and attacks the scalp and follicles.

Is There a Cure for Alopecia?

There is no cure for alopecia areata but treatment can prevent the disease from progressing to Alopecia Totalis -- total loss of all the hair on the head. A small percentage of people will also suffer total hair loss on their body. Alopecia areata is not contagious and can't spread to others in your family.

Treatment for Alopecia

Treatment for alopecia areata includes steroidal pills, creams or ointments to decrease inflammation. Minoxidil (Rogaine) is used in addition to steroidal creams. Hair growth may return in 8-12 weeks.

Natural treatment includes aromatherapy, acupuncture, microneedling, probiotics, laser therapy, vitamins like zinc and biotin, and aloe vera drinks.

Doctors also recommend applying essential oils like tea tree, rosemary, lavender, and peppermint directly to the scalp.

It's important to dilute essentials oils in a carrier oil, such as coconut oil or almond oil, to minimize irritation to the scalp.

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Jada Pinkett Smith says her daughter WilloW Smith inspired her to shave her head bald.

On Monday, Jada took to Instagram to share a post from Willow's IG page that shows mom and daughter with shaved heads.

She captioned the image: "Willow made me do it because it was time to let go BUT ... my 50's are bout to be Divinely lit with this shed [sic]."

Jada partially shaved her hair in the past amid her ongoing battle with alopecia. Alopecia means a partial or complete loss of hair.

In 2018 Jada told People.com she first realized she was losing her hair while taking a shower.

"It was terrifying when it first started. I was in the shower one day and then just handfuls of hair just in my hands. And I was just like, 'Oh my God, am I going bald?'. It was one of those times in my life where I was literally shaking in fear. That's why I cut my hair, and why I continue to cut it."

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Prince Harry is worried about losing his hair like his older brother, Prince William.

According to a published report, Prince Harry underwent hair-thickening treatment at the prestigious Philip Kingsley Trichonological Clinic in London's Mayfair.

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Harry, 35, had the work done last year after experts noted the bald spot on the crown of his head had doubled in size since he married Meghan Markle in May 2018.

Meghan, 38, also has treatment at the hair clinic to look her best before the royal wedding, according to The Sun on Sunday newspaper.

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Experts say the only long-term solution to permanent hair loss is a hair transplant (plugs or grafts).

Scalp Exercises

If you've tried every "guaranteed" hair loss treatment without much success, you may want to try scalp exercises.

Scalp exercises have been proven to reverse hair loss.

Male pattern baldness usually runs in the family. It can also be exacerbated by stress, diet, illness or environmental factors.

Male pattern baldness usually affects the top and front of the head, mainly because those areas lack adequate blood flow to the roots/follicles.

Hair loss often begins with a receding hairline that extends to the top (crown) of the head. Most men still retain full, thick hair on the sides and back of their heads because those areas are stimulated when they lie down at night.

The constant tossing and turning in your sleep helps to stimulate the back and sides of the scalp which increases blood flow to the scalp.

Unless you sleep upside down, the top and front of your scalp are not stimulated, which leads to atrophy of the follicles and hair loss.

Feel the back and sides of your head with your fingertips. Does it feel tight and firm? Now feel the top of your scalp. Is it soft and mushy? That's because the top of your scalp is not getting a good workout.

Scalp exercises are not the same as scalp massages

Men pay hundreds of dollars on gadgets such as portable vibrators to massage the scalp in the hopes of regrowing hair on the crown. But scalp massages are not as effective as scalp exercises - which costs you nothing.

Scalp exercises work best if you still have some hair left on the crown of your head. If your crown is completely bald and shiny, you may achieve better results with hair plugs or hair grafts.

Scalp exercises can be difficult to learn. Some people have a hard time mastering scalp exercises. But with practice, most men (and women) can reverse their hair loss in a matter of weeks!

Scalp exercises are most effective when you're able to easily move your entire scalp from your forehead to the back of your neck by simply contracting your scalp muscles.

Scalp exercises:

1. Increases blood flow to the whole scalp/epicranial area (layer under the skin)

2. Strengthens the walls of the blood capillaries (tiny veins) that nourish hair follicles and scalp

3. Promotes growth of new blood capillaries under the skin that nourishes the scalp

4. Tones the scalp and increases elasticity of the skin.

Here are two easy scalp exercises to try (don't use your hands):

1. Raise your eyebrows

2. Pull your ears back

Try to do both of these scalp exercises at the same time. You will feel the front of your scalp sliding voluntarily.

Once you master these simple exercises, you will be able to contract your frontal and occipitals muscles and move your entire scalp without raising your eyebrows.

These exercises are most effective when you lie on a bed with your eyes closed and the back of your head resting on a pillow. But you can perform the exercises at your desk or while sitting on your sofa.

Do these exercises at least twice a day. And don't forget to take pictures at least once a week to track your hair growth progress.

Good luck.


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Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley had a lot on her mind the day the Democrats voted to impeach President Donald Trump in December. She told The Root that she lost the last of her hair the night before the vote.

"I was completely bald. And in a matter of hours, was going to have to walk into the House Chamber ... and cast a vote in support of articles of impeachment. And so I didn't have the luxury of mourning what felt like the loss of a limb. It was a moment of transformation, not of my choosing."

Pressley's personal struggles with Alopecia began last fall when she noticed "sinks full of hair" every morning.

Pressley, 45, said she learned she had bald patches on her scalp while getting her hair retwisted. She wore custom lacefront wigs and head wraps to conceal her shame.

She said she lost the last bit of hair at a pivotal time, while juggling her responsibilities on Capitol Hill.

After voting to impeach Trump, Pressley fled the House chamber to hide her shame in a bathroom stall.

"I felt naked, exposed, vulnerable. I felt embarrassed. I felt ashamed I felt betrayed," she said.

Pressley revealed her bald head in her interview with The Root.

Alopecia is patches of hair loss or balding on the scalp caused by tension, pulling, excessive heat for styling tools, fungal and biological infection.

Black women are affected more than any other race or ethnicity due to the stress put on our scalps by hair styles including tight braids and hair extensions applied with glue or sewn in. Also, Black stylists using blow dryers on high heat burns the scalp. Some blow dryers can heat up to 500 degrees!

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LeBron James and his family were forced to evacuate their California home and drive around all night looking for shelter due to wildfires, according to his rep. LeBron finally found shelter for his family in a hotel after hours of driving. If that sounds a little far fetched to you, it probably is.

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There was an even bigger crisis for LeBron over the weekend when many headlines and social media posts focused on his hair "falling out" during the Lakers win over the Utah Jazz.

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Everyone who follows the NBA knows how sensitive and vain the 34-year-old Capricorn is about his hairline. It wouldn't be such a big issue for his fans if he didn't bring such attention to his thinning hair every season.

Every year LeBron returns to the NBA with a new hairline that is thicker and fuller than it was the previous season. And every year his fans and trolls notice it and mock him for it.


LeBron is so vain about his hairline that he uploads cell phone videos showing his barber and stylists carefully grooming and primping what appears to be a male hair unit. That hair unit rolled up during the Utah game, and his teammate, Anthony Davis, pointed it out on national television.

LeBron's hairline began receding prematurely while he was still a teenager. He had many hair plugs that apparently failed over the years. LeBron tried concoctions of hair dyes and spray on fibers - none of which seems to work for him.

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LeBron is a three-time NBA Finals MVP and a 4-time NBA MVP. He won NBA Championships with the Miami Heat in 2012 and 2013 and the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2016.

He has a loving wife, Savannah James, and three beautiful children, LeBron James Jr., 15, Bryce Maximus James, 12, and daughter Zhuri James, 5.

With so much to be thankful for, why does LeBron let his receding hairline be the bane of his existence?

Many of LeBron's colleagues and associates have encouraged him to "come home" and join the elite NBA bald head gang, which includes NBA greats Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley, and Shaquille O’Neal. Will 2020 be the year when LeBron finally goes home to join his contemporaries by shaving his head?

Click the gallery below to see the evolution of LeBron's hairline during his meteoric NBA career from 2003 through 2019.

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LeBron James suffered an embarrassing hairline mishap during Saturday night's game against the Utah Jazz. The 34-year-old Akron native typically wears a headband during games, but his headband slipped to reveal his Bigen hairline.

FYI for you women, Bigen, pronounced like "Beijing", is a magical concoction of chemicals that, when applied the correct way, makes hairlines and beards look fuller, thicker and blacker.

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Unfortunately for LeBron, his application of Bigen became diluted by his sweat, and when exposed by his errant headband, it became obvious to everyone sitting courtside that he was wearing a lacefront wig - not hair plug implants.

LeBron's teammate, Anthony Davis, alerted him that his headband was pushed back to reveal his Bigen hairline. Video shows Davis pointing to LeBron's head and shouting, "I'm talking about your hairline."

Watch the embarrassing video below, courtesy of Vladtv.com.


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Yesterday, some of my readers discussed rapper Yung Miami's dangerous habit of not drinking any water. Apparently, other young women are following her lead and have stopped drinking water.

Not drinking water is a bad habit that can lead to dangerous consequences, including death.

Humans can go a month without eating solid food, but we can only survive about 3-5 days without drinking water.

The body is made up of 60% water. We lose 2.5% of water daily. Even a 2% loss of water above that amount can have devastating effects on our health.

How Much Water Do We Need Daily?

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Expert opinion varies on the ideal amount of water intake. Doctors say we should drink 8 glasses (8 ounces in each glass) of water daily. But other experts say we need 13 or more glasses of water daily. The ideal amount depends on our age, body weight and health status. Some medical problems (such as heart problems or edema) require restricted water intake. Men require more water intake than women because men have more muscle mass.

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Four 16 ounce bottles of water per day provides the daily recommended water intake for most people. Always consult with your doctor or healthcare provider if you are unsure of how much water to drink daily.

The following are 10 side effects of not drinking enough water.

1. Death

Death is the No. 1 side effect of not drinking enough water. The human body contains 60% water and the brain is 85% water. Water is the fuel of life. Without water, vital electrolyte levels in the body that are strictly controlled by the brain will become dangerously high or low. We need water to maintain our heart health. Water keeps the blood from thickening and causing blood clots or strokes. To put it simply, moderate to severe dehydration can cause a heart attack or stroke.

2. Chemical Imbalance

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The brain maintains a strict control over the electrolytes and vitamins that maintain our heart and body processes. These processes include oxygenation of vital organs, waste disposal, bone and joint lubrication, etc. Water is a very important component in maintaining these crucial electrolytes that keep our body processes running smoothly. If the normal balance of electrolytes and vitamins are even slightly altered, it can cause devastating consequences and even death.

3. Weight Gain From Calorie Intake

Some people believe they will lose weight if they limit their water intake. But the opposite can sometimes happen. Your brain will cause you to increase your caloric intake when you're actually dehydrated and need to drink more water. People who frequently snack on sugary and salty food may actually be thirsty from dehydration. The increased calories from all that snacking causes weight gain. Drinking more water will reduce the craving for sugar and salt.

4. Weight Gain From Water Retention

Some athletes and models don't drink enough water before an event because they believe they will gain water weight. Actually the reverse happens. Dehydration causes the brain to conserve every drop of water by redirecting water to vital internal organs, causing water retention. If you don't drink enough water you will urinate less because your body is retaining water.

5. Premature Aging

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Have you noticed teenagers and 20-somethings who look older than their parents? Not consuming enough water daily will make you look old faster. Your skin needs water to maintain its elasticity and flexibility. Lack of water causes collagen to crack and split, causing premature age lines to form around your eyes and mouth. Your skin will look dull and weathered in your 30s and 40s, causing you to look a decade or more older than your stated age.

6. Hair Loss

Not drinking enough water daily can cause your hair to shed and break easily. Your skin (including your scalp) is the largest organ in your body. But the skin is the last organ to get water if dehydrated. Most people are in a constant state of mild dehydration. Their skin looks dry and ashy because water is constantly being rerouted from the skin to vital internal organs to maintain normal physiological processes.

Even in a state of mild dehydration, the body rations water to the organs that need it the most. The skin is last on the list and will only get a few drops of water. That's why it's important to drink at least 8 glasses of water per day to ensure that the skin will always get the water it needs. To put it simply, if you're constantly applying lotion to your ashy skin, you're not drinking enough water. Your hair and nails will be dry, brittle and break easily.

7. Poor Muscle Mass

The body is made up of 60% water and most of that is in the muscles, so not drinking enough water causes muscles to go soft. Dehydration reduces the muscle mass and causes muscles to become more sore and painful after exercise. If you exercise regularly you should drink lots of water. Always follow your doctor or trainer's advice on water consumption while training.

8. Stomach Ulcers

People who don't drink enough water are prone to stomach ulcers. A stomach ulcer is an open sore in the stomach lining that is usually caused by too much acid in the stomach. Drinking water regularly helps to reduce the stomach acid that can cause heartburn.

9. Body Temperature

Drinking water helps to control our body temperature and keeps internal organs cool on hot days. Not drinking enough water can cause heat cramps (severe pain in hands, legs and feet). Dehydration can also cause dizziness, weakness, malaise and fatigue, headaches, and rapid pulse. In severe cases, people can experience heat stroke, which can be life-threatening.

10. Constipation

When the body is in a mild to moderate state of dehydration, water will be rerouted to vital organs. That process occurs in the bowels by pulling water away from the stool and into the bloodstream. The more water is pulled away, the harder the stool becomes until it is difficult to pass stool. Drinking 2 tall glasses of water will immediately relieve constipation in most cases when constipation is not caused by a medical problem.

This has been your Medical Minute.


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