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A barrel chest refers to a naturally large ribcage, large lung capacity, a round torso, a sunken abdomen, and great upper body strength. The term refers to men with chests shaped like a barrel.

Barrel chests can occur in adults and children. The condition is most often observed in men.

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Men with barrel chests typically have a medical condition that causes distention of the upper torso and ribcage.

Causes of Barrel Chest

A barrel chest can indicate an underlying medical problem, such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), congestive heart failure (CHF), emphysema, chronic bronchitis, cystic fibrosis, or smoker's cough.

Lung disorders cause the lungs to over-inflate with air as they work harder. This causes the ribcage to expand when a man exhales.

When the rib cage remains expanded it can cause breathing problems and shortness of breath because air is trapped in the lungs and can't be fully expelled.

A barrel chest is a cause for concern if it is due to a chronic lung condition.

Signs and symptoms include:

  • Wheezing
  • Coughing (dry or productive)
  • Gasping
  • Shortness of breath
  • Air hunger
  • Inability to take a deep breath
  • Sore chest/ribs
  • Back pain
  • Low oxygen levels
  • High C02 levels
  • Difficulty walking or exercising
  • Dizziness or lightheadedness
  • Posture changes


There is no specific treatment for barrel chest. Doctors treat the underlying medical condition that causes it. In some cases, treating the underlying medical condition will improve the appearance of a barrel chest.

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"Little Women" star Ms. Juicy Baby was released from a hospital after suffering a stroke last month.

The 50-year-old reality star was rushed to the hospital after experiencing stroke symptoms on April 28th, her family confirmed on Instagram.

Ms. Juicy returned to Instagram on Saturday, May 28, to thank her fans for their prayers and support.

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In a video, Ms. Juicy said she is getting stronger every day, but she can't drive and she can't brush her teeth.

"Hey guys, it's Ms. Juicy. I just wanted to let you guys know that I am back. I'm not at 100 percent, but I am still healing," she said.

"But this is a video to let all my fans, all my supporters, to let you guys know that I have been released from the hospital. I am at home. As some of you already know, on April the 28th, I suffered a stroke. And the type of stroke I had was it entailed a brain bleed."

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She then explained her symptoms of bleeding on the brain, including memory loss and weakness that interferes with her normal activities of daily living such as drinking water, driving, and brushing her teeth.

Juicy said she was in rehab after leaving the hospital.

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Ms. Juicy Baby, born Shirlene King Pearson, began her career as a radio personality on "The Rickey Smiley Morning Show" in Atlanta, Ga.

She is best known as a cast member on Lifetime's reality TV series "Little Women".

Ms. Juicy was born with Pituitary Dwarfism on Jan. 5, 1972.

A GoFundMe page created to raise funds for her medical bills has raised over $17,000.

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The American Medical Association's new accreditation guidelines suggest genetic testing of Black patients is racist - and such testing must end.

The AMA and the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) are the same groups that recently released a new "Health Equity" guidance banning common terms such as "morbid obesity."
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The AMA and AAMC claim genetic testing of minority patients is racist and can "create harm" and "leads directly to racial health inequities."

However, some medical conditions disproportionately affect minorities, such as Blacks, Hispanics and Jews.

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Sickle cell anemia is more common in people of African descent (8 of 10 sickle cell patients are Black). The sickle cell trait can also affect Hispanics.

The AMA and AAMC also recommended that the licensing exam for new doctors change from numerical scoring to pass-fail.

A group of Black doctors and professors warn that the new accreditation guidelines puts minorities and the general public at risk of serious harm or death.

Five black professors told the New England Journal of Medicine in March, that denying genetic race testing is "a form of naive 'color blindness'" that would "perpetuate and potentially exacerbate disparities."

Jeff Singer, a general surgeon in Arizona, says "A lot of conditions," such as triple-negative breast cancer, which disproportionately affects Black women - "vary based on genetics. We're talking about matters of life and death here."

Singer argues that the AMA and AAMC's accreditation guidance will result in doctors who are under qualified and put lives at risk.

"They're trying to superimpose social science onto medical science," Singer said. "But as a consumer of health care, I'd just like to know that whoever is treating me is qualified. Because my life is on the line."

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Former President Bill Clinton is recovering from sepsis in a California hospital, according to reports.

Clinton, 75, was admitted to University of California Irvine Medical Center on Tuesday evening, Clinton spokesman Angel Urena said on Twitter.

Clinton went to the hospital after feeling fatigued (weak and tired). He was diagnosed with sepsis, a serious infection of the bloodstream

Urena said Clinton, who is fully vaccinated, was not diagnosed with Covid-19 and his infection is not heart related.

"He is on the mend, in good spirits and is incredibly thankful to the doctors, nurses, and staff providing him with excellent care," Urena said in a statement.

In a separate statement, Clinton's doctors said his white blood count is decreasing as his infection responds to intravenous antibiotics and IV fluids.

"The California-based medical team has been in constant communication with the President's New York-based medical team, including his cardiologist. We hope to have him go home soon."

Sepsis is a life-threatening infection of the blood that occurs when the immune system is weak, or in people with chronic infections such as pneumonia, kidney or urinary tract infections.

Bacteria can also get into the bloodstream after dental procedures (tooth extraction or dental implants).

Sepsis is not contagious. It can cause multiple organ failure and death if left untreated.

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Clinton, far left, looked pale and weak at the annual 9/11 Commemoration Ceremony at the National 9/11 Memorial and Museum on September 11, 2021 in New York City.

Also pictured are (L-R) former First Lady Hillary Clinton, former President Barack Obama, former First Lady Michelle Obama, President Joe Biden, First Lady Jill Biden and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

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Clinton has a history of cardiac and respiratory illnesses.

In 2004, Clinton underwent quadruple bypass surgery, and in 2005, he underwent surgery for a partially collapsed lung.

In 2010, Clinton complained of chest pains and was admitted to a New York hospital where doctors inserted two coronary stents in his heart.

It isn't clear when Clinton received the mRNA vaccines, or if he received a third booster shot.

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Boosie Badazz's manager has denied reports that the Louisiana rapper is undergoing surgery to amputate one of his feet after he was shot in the lower leg in Dallas, Texas.

Boosie's manager took to Instagram on Thursday to deny reports by posting a screenshot of a blog headline with the words: "Fake News"

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A gunshot wound to the leg usually doesn't require a week in the hospital -- unless there are serious complications such as blood clots, pulmonary emboli, or diminished tissue perfusion causing tissue death.

Boosie, 38, has a history of type 1 diabetes which requires daily insulin injections to maintain normal blood sugar levels.

People who are diagnosed with type 1 diabetes are at higher risk for amputation because of a condition called peripheral artery disease, which narrows the arteries and lowers oxygenated blood perfusion to the arms and legs.

Another complication of a gunshot wound to the leg is pulmonary emboli caused by fragmented bone in the leg traveling through the veins to the lungs. A pulmonary embolism is potentially fatal.

Earlier this week Boosie posted an update to his Instagram assuring fans that he was well.

"I'm good. Appreciate all the happy birthday wishes and get well soon wishes."


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A yeast infection is usually a female health problem, but men can also get yeast infections.

An untreated penile yeast infection can cause redness, itching and intense pain that drives men to seek medical treatment. Serious complications can occur if the yeast gets into your bloodstream.

What causes yeast infections?

Yeast infection is caused by a fungus called Candida, which is usually always present in or on the body in small amounts.

An overgrowth of fungus occurs when moist, warm conditions create an ideal environment for candida to grow.

One of the most common causes of a penile yeast infection is unprotected sexual intercourse with a woman who has a yeast infection. Another main cause is being uncircumcised.

Other factors include poor hygiene, diabetes, HIV+ status, poor diet, excess sugar in diet, weak immune system, obesity, and medications like broad spectrum antibiotics.

Signs & Symptoms

Signs and symptoms of penile yeast infection include:

  • pain in the penis
  • thick white creamy substance under foreskin
  • redness
  • itching
  • shiny patches
  • burning
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    Over-the-counter (OTC) ointments and creams are effective against most penile yeast infections. Don't self-diagnose your yeast infection. Always consult a doctor or healthcare provider.

    Yeast infections can recur if the conditions are ideal. If your infection doesn't respond to OTC medications, you may be advised to get a circumcision.

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    A mugshot that shows a Chicago man suffering from a serious case of facial psoriasis is going viral on social media.

    Psoriasis is a chronic (longterm) skin condition caused by overactive skin cells that build up in scaly patches.

    The scaly patches can be painful and itchy when the condition flares up. Psoriasis comes and goes and can last for weeks or months.

    It's rare for psoriasis to only affect the face. The condition is more commonly seen on elbows, knees, lower back, and the scalp. A similar condition called seborrheic dermatitis affects mainly the scalp and hairline,

    What causes facial psoriasis?

    There is no known cause for facial psoriasis. Doctors believe genetics and the immune system may be factors.

    Psoriasis flare ups can be triggered by:

  • stress
  • sunburn
  • yeast infection
  • side effects to medications
  • cold, dry weather
  • smoking
  • alcohol use


    Your doctor may prescribe medications to treat psoriasis and the symptoms it causes.

    Medications include creams, ointments or foam containing mild corticosteroids, Vitamin D and retinol.

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    Clubbing of the fingers means the ends of the fingers are bulging, soft and sometimes reddened with wide, distorted fingernails that slope downward and are shaped like small spoons.

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    If you notice clubbing of the fingers, you should contact your doctor or a health provider because it could be a sign of a serious health problem.

    There are two types of clubbed fingers: primary (hereditary), which means a lifelong clubbed appearance of the fingers that is not associated with any health problems.

    The other type is called secondary clubbing, which causes a gradual change in the appearance of your fingers and toes over a short period of time.

    What causes secondary clubbing?

    Secondary clubbing is always a sign of a serious health problem and you should contact a doctor or healthcare provider.

    Secondary clubbing of the fingers is usually a sign of a chronic respiratory/lung disease or heart disease.

    This sign is also associated with a number of medical conditions that can be harmful that involve the thyroid or digestive system.

    The condition occurs because of decreased oxygen levels which causes changes in the tiny blood vessels in the body in response to low oxygen and shows up significantly in the fingers.

    The bulging in fingertips is associated with inflammation and the growth of tiny blood vessels and soft tissue in the fingers.

    Risk factors associated with clubbing include:

  • Lung cancer
  • Pulmonary fibrosis
  • Lung abscess
  • Tuberculosis
  • Pulmonary lymphoma
  • Congestive heart failure (CHF)
  • Congenital heart disease
  • Infective endocarditis
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Cirrhosis of the liver
  • Graves' disease
  • Overactive thyroid gland

    Diagnosis to Assess Underlying Conditions

    Primary clubbing of the fingers is harmless. Secondary clubbing of the fingers will require diagnostic tests.

    The tests include:

    1. Physical examination

    2. A pulse oximeter (pulse ox) to measure the oxygen levels in your blood

    3. Pulmonary function tests to measure your lung capacity

    4. Arterial blood gas, a blood test to measure your 02 level

    5. Chest X-ray or chest computerized tomography (CT)

    6. Electrocardiogram (EKG) or echocardiogram to assess your heart function

    7. Blood tests, including complete blood count (CBC), electrolytes, liver function test, and thyroid test

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    Clubbing of the Fingers or Toes - Healthline

    Clubbing of fingers - Mayo Clinic


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    Yeast infections affect over 75% of women in the course of their lifetimes. Yeast infections are caused by Candida albicans - a common fungus that lives in and on the body and is usually harmless.

    Candida albicans causes problems when it multiplies out of control, resulting in itching, irritation, foul-smelling discharge and pain during sex or urination.

    Yeast infections (aka thrush) can affect your vagina, mouth, throat (oral thrush), under breasts, armpits and rectum. Yeast flourishes in areas that are moist, dark and warm.

    Women are more affected by yeast infections than males. People with HIV/AIDS are more prone to oral thrush and genital yeast infections.

    Thrush (oral or genital) is not a sexually transmitted disease. Children and adult virgins are diagnosed with yeast infections.

    Some women experience one episode of thrush in their lifetimes, while others grapple with symptoms three or four times a year.

    For most women, vaginal yeast infections can be successfully treated with over-the-counter (OTC) medications.

    Why does vaginal thrush keep coming back after successful treatment?

    Women who experience recurring yeast infections may need to change their lifestyles permanently.

    The following are 10 reasons why yeast infections keep recurring.

    1. Pregnancy

    2. Breastfeeding

    3. Birth control pills

    4. Diabetes

    5. Weak immune system (HIV/AIDS, lupus, etc.)

    6. Taking antibiotics

    7. Using irritating feminine products

    8. Wearing tight clothes (males and females)

    9. Stress and anxiety

    10. Consuming too much sugar in diet

    What is the Treatment for Vaginal Thrush?

    Over the counter (OTC) anti-fungal creams are effective in treating vaginal yeast infections. Miconazole (Monistat 7) is a vaginal cream that is used for 7 days. There is also a more concentrated cream, Monistat 3, that is used over the course of 3 days to treat vaginal yeast infection.

    You should stop using OTC creams and consult your doctor if you experience side effects such as skin irritation, redness, soreness or swelling.

    If over the counter medications don't resolve your infection, your doctor may prescribe a steroid cream for a few days or anti-fungal pills if the creams don't work

    What is the Treatment for Oral Thrush?

    There are no OTC medications to treat oral thrush (yeast infection in your mouth or throat).

    Oral thrush is a serious infection that usually occurs when you are immune deficient and your immune deficiency is caused by a severe infection somewhere in your body (HIV/AIDS, Lupus, etc.)

    Your doctor will prescribe a one-time dose of fluconazole (Diflucan) to treat oral thrush. This medication kills fungus and yeast throughout your body.

    Some full-blown AIDS patients may need to be hospitalized to treat persistent oral thrush.

    One final note about yeast infections and lesbians

    When discussing your vaginal thrush symptoms with a male doctor, it is best to inform him that you are a lesbian who is not sexually active with males.

    This conversation is sometimes necessary because some male doctors are biased and automatically assume you are sexually promiscuous and your symptoms are caused by a sexually transmitted disease.

    It is easy for a simple yeast infection to be misdiagnosed by biased male doctors who may order unnecessary STD tests and prescribe the wrong medications.

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    What Causes Thrush? | Women's Health

    How To Treat Yeast Infection During Pregnancy | Smart Parenting

    What to know about probiotics for vaginal health | Medical News Today


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    Wendy Williams is taking another hiatus from her hit talk show as she deals with fatigue and other "symptoms from her Graves' disease".

    Wendy had been taping episodes of her popular talk show from her Manhattan condo after laying off her staff during the coronavirus pandemic.

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    The 55-year-old will be taking a break from her self-titled program while struggling with issues such as fatigue, a spokesperson for The Wendy Williams Show said in a statement.

    "Wendy has been dealing with symptoms from her Graves' disease, which is causing fatigue," the representative said. "In consultation with her doctor and as a precautionary measure, she will be taking some time off as she continues to receive treatment. We look forward to welcoming Wendy back soon and continuing the Wendy@Home shows."

    It's not as yet clear when Williams will be returning to the talk show.


    Williams has suffered from Graves' disease, an autoimmune disease that affects the thyroid, since 1999. It is the most common cause of hyperthyroidism.

    The disease caused her legs to swell, making it difficult for her to walk. She took a six-week hiatus from The Wendy Williams Show in 2019 after fracturing her shoulder.

    After returning to the show in March that year, Wendy told her viewers that she had been focusing on her sobriety after spending time at a live-in alcohol rehab facility.


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    Shaking chills, also known as rigors or uncontrollable shivering, is the body's response to a high fever caused by a severe infection.

    Shaking chills should be taken seriously. It is sometimes the only sign that there is a raging infection inside your body.

    If you experience shaking chills after surgery or an outpatient procedure, you should notify your doctor or a healthcare professional immediately.

    If you have a thermometer (everyone should have one at home), take your temperature so you can tell your doctor how high it is. Tell your doctor you recently had an outpatient procedure such as a root canal or a tooth extraction.

    Chills usually accompanies a high fever (above 103 F) in response to a severe infection, such as sepsis. Fever occurs when your brain increases your body temperature to kill invading germs.

    The brain's attempt to regulate the body temperature causes the patient to feel cold. Shivering and chills occur when the muscles contract to bring the body temperature up.

    If the shaking chills stop - but your temperature continues to rise - you should go to an emergency room to be evaluated further. You should never ignore shaking chills.

    A high fever, if sustained, can lead to organ damage or febrile seizures.

    You might break out in a fine sweat if your temperature returns to normal.

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    What You Should Know About the Chills | Healthline

    Why Do I Have Cold Chills? | WebMD

    Chills: Symptoms, Signs, Causes & Treatment | Medicine Net


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    What is Sepsis?

    Sepsis is a life-threatening immune response to an infection. Sepsis occurs when an infection somewhere in the body -- the skin, lungs, urinary tract, etc. -- triggers a strong inflammatory immune response that causes the blood vessels to leak, leading to low blood volume, multiple organ failure, and death.

    What Causes Sepsis?

    Sepsis is most commonly caused by a bacterial infection. But it can also be caused by a virus, fungus or protozoan infections in the brain, urinary tract, skin and abdominal organs.

    The most common causes of sepsis is trauma, surgery, or an invasive procedure such as dental work.

    Dentists normally prescribe antibiotics before a dental appointment to decrease the bacteria in the mouth. If the patient is not prescribed antibiotics, the bacteria that normally resides on teeth and in the gums can enter the bloodstream, travel to the heart and colonize the heart valve. The patient usually doesn't know he is sick with a deadly infection in his heart until months later.

    Without quick treatment, sepsis can lead to heart damage, organ failure and death.

    Signs and Symptoms

    Signs and symptoms include:

  • Fever
  • Rapid breathing
  • Cough
  • Low blood pressure (septic shock)
  • Shaking chills
  • Shortness of breath
  • Increased heart rate
  • Pain or discomfort
  • Cold, clammy (wet) skin
  • Confusion
  • Low urine output
  • Risk Factors

    Risk factors include young or old age, or weak immune system caused by diabetes, cancer, trauma, or burns. Sometimes children and the elderly will show no symptoms or the fever is low grade.

    Sepsis is a medical emergency. If you think you have sepsis or if you feel sick days after having surgery or an outpatient procedure such as dental work, call your doctor or healthcare provider.

    Always ask the doctor of healthcare provider: "Do you think this could lead to sepsis?"

    Educate yourself so you know which questions to ask your doctor or healthcare provider.

    Use WebMD's symptoms checker. Remember that most symptoms should fit a familiar pattern so the doctor can properly diagnose you.

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    Signs and Symptoms of Sepsis | Mayo Clinic


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    Black Americans are more likely to die from the virus that causes Covid-19 according to recent studies. While Black Africans have a low rate of Covid-19 infection, Black Americans haven’t been as lucky.

    The data shows Black people who live in predominantly Black neighborhoods experience longstanding social and economic disparities.

    The World Health Organization (WHO) revealed that Black people with chronic lung disorders, diabetes, heart disease, and drug addiction show more serious symptoms of the illness than their racial counterparts.

    For instance, Black people in Africa have lower rates of heart disease, diabetes, kidney disorders and chronic lung disorders than their American cousins.

    This makes Black Americans more likely to die from coronavirus. 40% of coronavirus deaths in socioeconomic deprived neighborhoods in Chicago are Black people. Blacks make up just 14.6% of Illinois state's population.

    Michigan also reported high numbers of coronavirus deaths among Black people, while just 14% of the states's population is Black.

    The UK is researching whether the coronavirus is a bioweapon released by China.

    The CDC offers the following tips to avoid spreading the flu or Covid-19 virus:

    1. Do not touch your face with unwashed hands
    2. Wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds
    3. Avoid close contact with sick people
    4. Sneeze and cough into a tissue or your elbow
    5. Stay home if you are sick
    5. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces
    6. When in doubt consult with a healthcare professional

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    Harvey Weinstein is "likely" to remain under his doctor's care at Manhattan's Bellevue Hospital until his sentencing on March 11, his attorney confirmed.

    The disgraced movie mogul was rushed to the medical center on February, 24, while en route to Rikers Island prison after being found guilty of sexual assault and rape.

    Weinstein, 67, complained of chest pain and shortness of breath shortly after hearing the split verdicts in a Manhattan courtroom.

    Upon his arrival at the hospital, Weinstein was treated for heart palpitations and high blood pressure.

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    Weinstein's wife Georgina Chapman (pictured with Weinstein in 2014) has not been to the hospital to visit him with his 2 youngest children. But he speaks to all of his children by phone.

    In response to numerous media inquiries about Weinstein's discharge date from the hospital, Arthur Aidala, an attorney on Weinstein's legal team, told Variety that Weinstein will "likely" stay there until his court date next week.

    Aidala denies reports that Weinstein is malingering or faking his illness to avoid being transferred to jail.

    "(He's) likely there 'til sentencing on March 11. The treating doctors think that's where he should be - it's that simple," he said.

    "It's no secret he was under several doctors' care over the course of the last couple of months. The doctors at Bellevue, up until today, at least, have determined that he's not ready to go to a non-medical facility. It's totally up to the medical team to make that determination. Obviously, nobody wants anything to happen to Mr. Weinstein because of his health."

    Aidala added that the Department of Corrections is "making their own determinations" about Weinstein.

    Meanwhile, Weinstein is getting the VIP treatment on the hospital's prison ward. There are no guards posted outside his room, and he has free run of the ward.

    Recently, photos surfaced showing Weinstein in a media room watching television while relaxing on a sofa. His wheelchair was next to him. A source said Weinstein is ambulatory and he pushes his wheelchair like a walker.


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    Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh announced he is battling "advanced" lung cancer. The talk radio icon shared the shocking news on his syndicated show on Monday.

    "I have to tell you something today that I wish I didn't have to tell you," the 69-year-old cigar smoker said, according to The Hill. "It's a struggle for me, because I had to inform my staff earlier today. I can't help but feel that I'm letting everybody down... The upshot is that I have been diagnosed with advanced lung cancer."

    Limbaugh, who is widely viewed as one of President Donald Trump's most influential media allies, will be seeking treatment this week, but he hopes to return to work on Thursday.

    Ending his broadcast, Limbaugh revealed that his 31-year run as the host of his popular radio show has brought him "greatness, satisfaction and happiness", adding, "Every day I'm not here, I'll be missing you (listeners) and thinking about you."

    Limbaugh signed a contract extension with Premiere Networks last month, ahead of his diagnosis.