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Bruce Willis has been diagnosed with a neurological disorder called aphasia, which affects the area of the brain that controls speech.

The 67-year-old actor will take a hiatus from acting, his family said in a statement on Wednesday. The statement did not reveal the cause or severity of his aphasia.

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In a statement on social media, his family said:

"To Bruce's amazing supporters, as a family we wanted to share that our beloved Bruce has been experiencing some health issues and has recently been diagnosed with aphasia, which is impacting his cognitive abilities.

"As a result of this and with much consideration Bruce is stepping away from the career that has meant so much to him. This is a really challenging time for our family and we are so appreciative of your continued love, compassion and support. We are moving through this as a strong family unit, and wanted to bring his fans in because we know how much he means to you, as you do to him."

What is Aphasia?

Aphasia is a neurological disorder that affects the part of the brain that controls speech. Causes include stroke, tumors or head trauma, brain infections, or neurodegenerative diseases.

Aphasia affects a person's ability to speak clearly. Patients may mix up words - spoken or written - or they may jumble their words in a nonsensical way (word salad).

Patients usually don't realize that their speech is confusing to other people.

Aphasia can also cause problems with writing, understanding speech and listening to speech.

He is best known for his films including the Die Hard franchise, The Sixth Sense, Armageddon, Pulp Fiction, and Sin City.

Willis initially went into acting to control a stutter speech impediment.

Causes of Aphasia

Strokes are the most common cause of aphasia, followed by head trauma, tumors, brain infections, or neurodegenerative diseases.

According to the National Aphasia Association, aphasia affects about 2 million people in the United States. People diagnosed with aphasia are typically middle-age or older.

Symptoms of Aphasia

Symptoms of aphasia depend on the severity of damage to the brain. Patients will have difficulty expressing and enunciating words and sentences, and/or difficulty understanding spoken language.

Symptoms include:

  • speaking in short, incomplete sentences or phrases
  • speaking in sentences that others can’t understand (jumbled speech)
  • using the wrong words or nonsense words (word salad)
  • using words in the wrong order, mixing up words

 
Patients also have problems understanding spoken language or keeping up with fast paced language.

Treating Aphasia

Treatment for aphasia includes speech therapy, group therapy to practice communication skills, learning to use other forms of communication. Using computers to help form sounds.

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Singer T-Boz lashed out at medics who responded after she suffered a sickle cell crisis recently.

According to TheJasmineBrand, the 50-year-old TLC legend took to social media this week to vent her frustration after encountering rude first responders.

She wrote:

"I AM TIRED OF THESE SORRY A– SO CALLED 1st RESPONDERS WHO REALLY DON'T HV A PASSION 4 THEIR JOB OR PEOPLE! PLAYING THE U NEED ME POSITION! HAVING ATTITUDES & NOT DOING THE JOB YOU CHOSE AS A CAREER! I SWEAR THEY GOT ONE MORE TIME & IM SLAPPING THE S— OUT SOMEBODY."

After a follower urged her to contact a patient care advocate, T-Boz wrote:

"I'm just venting and I know because I've been dealing with these idiots for 50yrs now since birth and we ALWAYS HV ISSUES TRUST."

"They automatically treat you like your [sic] uneducated and assume you have no knowledge."

T-Boz, real name Tionne Watkins, has been in and out of hospitals all her life due to painful sickle cell attacks that occur spontaneously without warning.

Sickle cell disease is a blood disorder that causes the oxygen-carrying red blood cells to become rigid, deform and clump together in blood vessels, causing extreme pain in joints and extremities.
 

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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
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    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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    More Info On the Web

    Clubbing of Fingers | very well health

    Clubbing of the Fingers or Toes - Healthline

    Clubbing of fingers - Mayo Clinic

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    Rapper Cardi B admitted herself to a hospital on Wednesday, after suffering "real bad stomach problems for four days."

    The "Bodak Yellow" rapper shared a Twitter picture of her hospital wristband and wrote that she had admitted herself after suffering abdominal pains.

    "Honestly, cause I been having some real bad stomach problems for four days, I went to the ER last night," she penned, alongside a crying face emoji.

    Stomach pains can be caused by a multitude of conditions such as indigestion, infections, and diseases such as cancer and pelvic inflammatory disease, also known as pelvic inflammatory disorder (PID).

    What is pelvic inflammatory disease?

    Pelvic inflammatory disorder is an infection of the female reproductive system, mainly the uterus, fallopian tubes, and ovaries.

    Women usually seek medical treatment when they suffer symptoms including lower abdominal pain, foul vaginal discharge, fever, burning with urination, painful intercourse, bleeding after sex, or irregular menstruation.

    Cardi didn't share her diagnosis with her followers, so we don't know the cause of her abdominal pain. We are not assuming she is diagnosed with PID.

    Untreated PID can result in longterm complications of the female reproductive system including infertility, scarring, ectopic pregnancy, chronic pelvic pain, and cancer.

    What causes PID?

    The disease is caused by bacteria that spreads from the vagina and cervix to the uterus, ovaries and fallopian tubes. The disorder usually affects promiscuous women who have multiple sex partners or one sex partner who is burning.

    40 percent of women diagnosed with PID also have a chlamydial infection or gonorrhea. Women who douche frequently can inadvertently push bacteria into their upper reproductive organs.

    How is PID diagnosed?

    PID is diagnosed during a pelvic examination, cervical observation, laparoscopy, or tissue biopsy. A definitive diagnosis of PID is made when pus is found in the fallopian tubes during surgery or during ultrasound.

    How can I prevent PID?

    Your doctor will advise no sex until the infection is resolved. If you are a sex worker, you will be advised to use protection such as condoms or barrier methods. You should also get tested regularly for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).

    Seek medical attention if you are experiencing symptoms of PID.
     

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    Gina Rodriguez is the latest star to reveal her struggle with thyroid disease. On Tuesday, talk show maven Wendy Williams said she was taking 3 weeks off from her talk show because of severe depression and fatigue caused by Graves' disease (overactive thyroid).

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    Shark Tank star Daymond John has stage 2 thyroid cancer. The 48-year-old businessman revealed his diagnosis to ABC anchor Robin Roberts on Good Morning America on Wednesday.

    John said a growth was removed from his thyroid gland, and doctors determined the growth was stage 2 cancer.

    Stage 2 cancer means the cancer has spread into nearby tissue and may invade the lymph system and enter the bloodstream. But it has not spread to nearby organs.

    John said he was out “partying and dancing” two days after having the cancerous tumor was removed.

    Joh told Roberts he wanted to go public with his diagnosis to help others.

    "I'm good and I want to share this with people because that's what success is. It's staying in your family's lives; it's being around."

    Cause of Thyroid Cancer

    The cause of thyroid cancer is unknown, but doctors believe genetics and/or environmental factors (food, water, etc.) may play a role. The thyroid gland is a butterfly shaped organ at the base of the throat below the adam's apple.

    What Does the Thyroid Do?

    As part of the endocrine system, the thyroid gland secretes hormones that regulates the metabolic rate and controls how fast you burn calories and gain or lose weight. Diseaes of the thyroid includes hyperthyroidism, hypothyroidism, goiter, thyroiditis, and thyroid cancer.

    Signs and Symptoms of Thyroid Cancer

    Some people with thyroid cancer show no signs or symptoms of the disease. Others may feel pain, swelling of the lymph nodes, and/or a small, hard nodule at the base of their neck.

    Other signs and symptoms include:

  • Hoarseness
  • Swollen glands in the neck
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Pain in the throat or neck
  • A cough that persists and is not caused by a cold
  • Always speak to your doctor if you experience any of these signs or symptoms.

    Thyroid nodules usually occur in adults, but they can affect anyone at any age. Most thyroid nodules are not cancerous.

    Treatment of Thyroid Cancer

    Treatment includes radiation therapy, medications such as hormones, and surgery to remove the nodules or part or all of the thyroid and lymph glands nearby.

    The prognosis for thyroid cancer is very good if caught early. People with papillary and follicular cancers have a more than 97% cure rate when treated early.

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    More Info On the Web

    Thyroid Cancer - American Cancer Society

    Thyroid Cancer - American Thyroid Association

    Thyroid Cancer: Symptoms and Signs - Cancer.Net

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