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Not so GLEE: Iconic Show Plagued By Multiple Tragedies

The musical comedy-drama Glee, which aired between 2009 and 2015, is facing another tragedy…..Naya Rivera, who played “Santana Lopez” is reportedly missing and presumed dead.

Allegedly she was boating in Lake Piru when her son said she “jumped in”. He was found asleep on the boat, alone by nearby boaters.

Although her thyroid appears large in the above photo, it is unclear if she suffered from thyroid disease or depression.

The 33 year-old actress, however, had a rough road since her days on Glee. She dated Mark Salling, who played Noah “Puck” Puckerman for a short time, before he was found dead in a riverbed, allegedly from suicide, near Big Tujunga Creek in Los Angeles. The 35 year-old actor had battled depression, being registered as a sex offender and was facing 4-7 years of prison after pleading guilty to possession of child pornography.

Mark Salling

In 2013, Cory Monteith, who played Finn Hudson, died of an overdose of alleged heroin with alcohol, when he was 31, following years of drug abuse.

Cory Monteith

The search for Rivera is still underway.

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Charlie Daniels Dies of a Stroke, Age 83

Monday morning, singer, songwriter and multitalented musician, Charlie Daniels, died of a hemorrhagic stroke at the age of 83 in Tennessee.

In addition to hits such as “The Devil Went Down in Georgia,” the Country Music Hall of Fame and Grand Ole Opry member acted, playing himself in “Urban Cowboy”.

He previously successfully battled prostate cancer, but did suffer a previous stroke years prior.

This is a developing story……

What is a stroke?

A stroke occurs when an area of the brain does not get the proper oxygen and blood flow it needs. There are two major types of stroke:  ischemic and hemorrhagic.

Ischemic strokes are more common than the latter and occur when a clot prevents blood flow to part of the brain.  80% of all strokes fall under ischemic.  It is a likened to a heart attack, except the brain tissue is being deprived of blood and nutrients.  Plaques commonly arise from arteriosclerosis that break off travel to the smaller vessels of the brain.

Hemorrhagic strokes are less common and occur when there is a bleed of one of the brain vessels.  The bleed prevents blood flow into the brain since it is seeping outside the brain tissue, causing damage to nearby cells.  The bleeds could occur from high blood pressure or aneurysms that rupture.

What are the signs of a stroke?

Since a clot or bleed usually affect one area of the brain, we see symptoms on one side of the body, many times its contralateral (opposite) side.  We can also see central effects.  The symptoms of stroke include the following:

  • Weakness of one side of the body
  • Loss of balance
  • Numbness on one side of the body
  • Slurred speech
  • Vision issues
  • Headache
  • Facial droop
  • Tongue that deviates to one side
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and more…..

How are strokes treated?

If the stroke was caused by a clot (ischemic) immediate treatment includes dissolving/removing the clot.   Aspirin is used initially and if within the proper time frame, tissue plasminogen activator (TPA).  These clots can also be surgically removed and arteries widened to bring blood flow to the brain.

With a hemorrhagic  stroke, we need to stop the bleed and improve flow to the brain.  Controlling the bleed, bypassing the vessel, “clogging” the aneurysm with techniques such as “coiling” (endovascular embolization) are sometimes utilized.

Time is of the essence, so its crucial to identify the warning signs and call 911 immediately.  The American Stroke Association uses the acronym “FAST” (Facial drooping, Arm weakness, Speech difficulty, and Time to call 911).  The sooner a stroke victim receives medical attention the better the prognosis.

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COURTESY OF THE AMERICAN STROKE ASSOCIATION

What are the risk factors for stroke?

The following put us at risk of having a stroke.

  • High blood pressure
  • Family history of stroke
  • Diabetes
  • Cardiovascular disease (artery clogging, such as the heart and carotid arteries)
  • Abnormal heart rhythms, such as atrial fibrillation
  • Smoking
  • Drugs
  • Obesity
  • Inactivity
  • Clotting disorder
  • Sleep apnea
  • Being older (greater than 55)
  • African-Americans appear to be more at risk than Caucasians and Hispanics
  • Men seem to be more affected than women

How do we prevent strokes?

Avoid the following:

  • Excessive drinking
  • Drug use
  • Tobacco products
  • Control blood pressure, sugar and cholesterol
  • Get evaluated by a medical provider if at risk for heart disease or stroke.
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Harvey Weinstein’s Genital Condition Thought to Be Fournier’s Gangrene

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During the Harvey Weinstein trial in which he was accused and charged with rape and criminal sex act, the topic of a “genital deformity” arose. It is believed he had suffered from a serious genital condition called Fournier’s Gangrene.

According to Daily Mail, one of the accused showed pictures of a naked Weinstein which demonstrated scars and lack of testicles. It was revealed that he allegedly suffered a severe infection that required surgery and left him, with what he had stated in a 2017 court document, PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder).

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What is Fournier’s Gangrene?

Fournier’s Gangrene is a deep and serious infection that rapidly spreads across the genitalia and perineum and if advanced can spread to the abdomen, chest, clavicle and legs.

Described medically as a “fulminant necrotizing fasciitis of the perineum and genital region” it is rare but may occur in those who are immunocomprimised, older, obese, diabetic, with alcoholic liver disease.

It more commonly affects men and could be induced by a bladder infection, piercing, skin abscess or trauma to the genital area.

Heiner et al described a case in a 29 year-old who acquired the life threatening illness after “excessive masturbation.”

Symptoms include fever, pain, skin breakdown, odor, air pockets under the skin and if severe, may suffer from fatigue, anemia, drops in blood pressure, coma and death.

Treatment includes IV antibiotics and sometimes surgery. Mortality rate varies based on how soon the infection is found and the health of the patient.

SGLT2 inhibitors for diabetes has been linked to a higher risk of Fournier’s Gangrene.

Genital Gangrene Linked to Newer Class of Diabetes Medications

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Sex Scenes May Be Computer Generated or Scrapped In COVID-era Movie Shooting

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Hollywood begins filming again June 12th, but not without similar social distancing restrictions many other industries face.

“Troy” 2004

Adhering to guidelines will allow filmmakers to work again, but not without the following changes:

  • Social distancing on sets
  • Plexiglass use for separating people during auditions, or done virtually
  • Personal Protective Equipment for those working on the film sets
  • Coronavirus Compliance Officers to ensure guidelines by the film industry and state officials are being met
  • CGI for “close contact” scenes, or removing some completely

Some scenes may be able to work with social distancing, such as this one with Sharon Stone in Basic Instinct.

“Basic Instinct” 1992

However for many others, CGI, or computer generated imagery, will need to be utilized. CGI has been a staple in most modern movies that show men flying, returning from decades old previous movies (as in the Star Wars series), or shooting lasers out of one’s eyes.

Actor Peter Cushing played Imperial Guard Moff Tarkin, but passed in 1994, was CGI in “Rogue One”, 2016

For sex scenes however, it could be challenging to ensure the realism that most viewers expect.

However, for those of us who have missed going to a move for months during the lockdown, if some sex scenes need to be scratched, fine by me. I’m more of an action fan myself…..

Bruce Willis running with automatic weapon in a scene from the film ‘Die Hard’, 1988. (Photo by 20th Century-Fox/Getty Images)

Daliah Wachs, MD, FAAFP is a nationally syndicated radio personality on GCN Network, KDWN, iHeart Radio and is Board Certified Family Physician

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Do Masks Make People More or Less Attractive

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Nevada casinos reopened this weekend and visitors found themselves surrounded by lights, glitz, slot machines and showgirls.

However, what was noticeably different was we couldn’t see most of their faces…they were masked.

One would think a scantily clad, bedazzled, beautiful woman would still be attractive to the eye, but social media debated whether the mask was a turn-off.

Many felt it was a barrier between two people preventing the invitingly openness provided by a smile.

Which begs the question, do we need to see one’s face to be turned on?

When flirting with someone, eye contact is essential. However the smile and facial expression is not without its importance.

Cheeks, nasal flare, lip position, teeth and tongues are many times necessary for two people to make a connection.

This is why many strip clubs do not plan on “masking” their employees.

On the other hand, masks can hide blemishes, frowns, and poor dentition. It can also hide bad breath. For some of us, a mask makes us appear more attractive than we are…

I, for example, often times have food in my teeth. With a mask, you’d never know……

With dating however, if one meets someone who may appear attractive and mysterious with a mask, they could be setting themselves up for disappointment mentally filling in the blanks prior to mask removal.

So whether a mask hurts or helps one’s attractiveness depends on whether the unknown or known is necessary to make a connection.

Fortunately for Vegas, there’s always something getting our attention.

Daliah Wachs, MD, FAAFP is a nationally syndicated radio personality on GCN Network, KDWN, iHeart Radio and Board Certified Family Physician

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How to Give a Lap Dance (Since Vegas Is Reopening Without Them)

As adult entertainment venues sluggishly reopen with social distancing guidelines, many patrons are finding the lack of services provided to be….well….limp.

Lap dances may disqualify a business trying to reopen their doors with COVID pandemic precautions.

Which leaves us significant others to pick up the slack at home.

For years we’ve escaped the need to choreograph a dance or squeeze into sexy lingerie as our partners had somewhere else to go for that. We could concentrate on our own rituals which included watching a Viggo Mortensen movie and then taking off the terry cloth robe.

But now we need to step it up, and fast!!! So how does one perform a lap dance??

Set the “Stage”

The recipient of the lap dance will need to be seated, so find a chair or bench or bed that they can sit on comfortably. Having a back to their seat will make it easier for you and they to brace themselves as you do your moves. Do not use a counter top or toilet seat.

Dim the lights to hide some but not all of you as you don’t what them imagining someone else completely. Remember you’re doing all the work so you might as well get credit for it.

Play sensual or sexy music in the background, or make a playlist of music you enjoy dancing to. I would avoid TV sitcom theme songs such as FRIENDS or Gilligan’s Island.

Stretch First

If you haven’t ever performed a lap dance before, there’s a chance you’ll be as sore the next day as a 3 hour gym workout. Stretch and hydrate first.

Perform Dance Moves

Don’t panic….. you really only need 2 moves. One that involves your hips and one that involves your arms. The chest moves no matter what you do.

If you don’t know how to dance, watch Tik Tok videos, or sway your hips and arms to the music.

If you really stink at dancing, you can blindfold your partner.

Wear Layers of Sexy Clothing

You will be performing a strip tease. No, no it will be fine. Look it takes the pressure off the need to dance.

Choose clothes that are easy to unbutton or untie. Your skinny jeans are a bad choice as you will have to sit on the ground and squirm to try to peel them off.

Have sexy underwear as the last layer and make sure they’re clean.

Role Play

If you’ve been with your partner for years or decades, it may take a very long time to get them excited, especially if you can’t dance. So you can role play or speak to them in an accent. Remember you are a sex goddess! Act like it.

Move In and Then Sit on Their Lap

This is why its called a lap dance.

Keep your stomach sucked in and your tush perched out as you approach your partner sensually. Then gently slide onto their lap, sharing some of the weight with the chair if you need. Keep swaying your hips to the music and if unsure what to do next, pretend you are on a slow motion bucking bronco.

Tease For as Long As You Can

Your partner has been conditioned to “not touch” as clubs usually don’t allow touching of the dancers. So maintain the same rules. Don’t let them touch you until they can’t take it anymore or you’re getting tired.

You see, you don’t have to be Hollywood’s version of sexy to have skills when it comes to enticing your partner. You just need creativity, a good play list, a sturdy chair, sexy outfit, a couple of moves.

Who knows, maybe they’ll never want to go back to a strip club again……

Daliah Wachs, MD, FAAFP is a nationally syndicated radio personality on GCN Network, KDWN, and iHeart and is a Board Certified Family Physician

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Can COVID-Guidelined Strip Clubs Survive Without Lap Dances?

As many strip and gentlemen’s clubs still remain shuttered during the pandemic, many wonder what they will will look like once they reopen.

Social distancing guidelines are required of all venues allowed to open by their respective governor’s.

Those adult entertainment venues who have been allowed to open had to ensure 6 feet social distancing, limited customers in the establishment, frequent sanitation and “no contact” with the employees.

This means, no lap dances.

How to Give a Lap Dance (Since Vegas Is Reopening Without Them)

Many clubs have improvised allowing “virtual” experiences, and some just kept to the dancing, with employees maintaining proper distancing on stage.

The lack of lap dances may not be much of an issue for the customer as many of the clubs aim to provide a sensual atmosphere nonetheless.

And, we haven’t heard much complaints so far but then again, many don’t volunteer much of an account regarding their experience as it is.

However, revenue from tips will drastically decrease if customers don’t have the ability to…..well…..personally offer them.

And plexiglass barriers with transaction windows don’t cut it.

So will a lack of revenue generating services prevent clubs from meeting their bottom lines, or deter future employees from joining the industry?

Possibly. So lack of lap dances, although not a complete buzz kill for the adult entertainment experience, may be for the industry as a whole.

Daliah Wachs, MD, FAAFP is a nationally syndicated radio personality on GCN Network, KDWN and iHeart Radio and is a Board Certified Family Physician

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What Do The Lines On A Red Solo Cup Mean?

No party can be without a Red Solo Cup. They’re sturdy, easy to hold, large enough for a good amount of spirits, and allegedly, “smart”. On social media, memes have surfaced defining each line with an actual liquid measurement.

However Snopes.com reports that the parent company of Solo Cups, Dart Container Corporation, cite the lines as purely functional and not a measurement tool.

According to Dart Container Corporation, the parent company of the Solo brand of iconic red Party Cups, “The lines on our Party Cups are designed for functional performance and are not measurement lines. If the lines do coincide with certain measurements, it is purely coincidental.”

Yet for those of us who have a mathematical or bartending background, we believe that everything has a purpose.

According to Business Insider, the lines signify the amounts for each of the basic alcohol groups….hard alcohol, wine and beer.

Although a shot of liquor is 1.5 oz, it’s moot as no one fills a shot to the lower Solo cup line anyhow.

But for those who are watching their beer intake, the 12 oz line provides some guidance. And for those who use a red cup for wine….well they’re just lost.

I, however, use my red Solo cups for none of the above. Mine serve a unique purpose as a cereal bowl when I run out of clean dishes at my house.

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Rep States Ryan Seacrest Did NOT Have a Stroke During American Idol Finale

Representatives of Ryan Seacrest deny claims that he had a stroke while broadcasting from home Sunday evening.

The 45 year-old American Idol host was announcing the final contestants when his left eye appeared to droop. Some of his words seemed to slur and appear forced.

This was in sharp contrast to his earlier broadcast where his face was symmetrical and words were sharp.

Fans started turning to social media for answers, asking if the veteran announcer and broadcaster suffered a stroke.

Seacrest’s representative told People Magazine, that he did not have a stroke stating, “Like many people right now, Ryan is adjusting to the new normal and finding work-home balance, with the added stress of having to put on live shows from home.”

When one has difficulty closing one eye combined with slurred speech, it could be a sign of many conditions including:

  • Stroke
  • Transient Ischemic Attack
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Bell’s Palsy
  • Migraine
  • Fatigue
  • Medications
  • Infection
  • Tumor
  • and more

This is a developing story…..

What is a stroke?

A stroke occurs when an area of the brain does not get the proper oxygen and blood flow it needs. There are two major types of stroke:  ischemic and hemorrhagic.

Ischemic strokes are more common than the latter and occur when a clot prevents blood flow to part of the brain.  80% of all strokes fall under ischemic.  It is a likened to a heart attack, except the brain tissue is being deprived of blood and nutrients.  Plaques commonly arise from arteriosclerosis that break off travel to the smaller vessels of the brain.

Hemorrhagic strokes are less common and occur when there is a bleed of one of the brain vessels.  The bleed prevents blood flow into the brain since it is seeping outside the brain tissue, causing damage to nearby cells.  The bleeds could occur from high blood pressure or aneurysms that rupture.

 

What are the signs of a stroke?

Since a clot or bleed usually affect one area of the brain, we see symptoms on one side of the body, many times its contralateral (opposite) side.  We can also see central effects.  The symptoms of stroke include the following:

  • Weakness of one side of the body
  • Loss of balance
  • Numbness on one side of the body
  • Slurred speech
  • Vision issues
  • Headache
  • Facial droop
  • Tongue that deviates to one side

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and more…..

 

How are strokes treated?

If the stroke was caused by a clot (ischemic) immediate treatment includes dissolving/removing the clot.   Aspirin is used initially and if within the proper time frame, tissue plasminogen activator (TPA).  These clots can also be surgically removed and arteries widened to bring blood flow to the brain.

With a hemorrhagic  stroke, we need to stop the bleed and improve flow to the brain.  Controlling the bleed, bypassing the vessel, “clogging” the aneurysm with techniques such as “coiling” (endovascular embolization) are sometimes utilized.

Time is of the essence, so its crucial to identify the warning signs and call 911 immediately.  The American Stroke Association uses the acronym “FAST” (Facial drooping, Arm weakness, Speech difficulty, and Time to call 911).  The sooner a stroke victim receives medical attention the better the prognosis.

 

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COURTESY OF THE AMERICAN STROKE ASSOCIATION

 

What are the risk factors for stroke?

The following put us at risk of having a stroke.

  • High blood pressure
  • Family history of stroke
  • Diabetes
  • Cardiovascular disease (artery clogging, such as the heart and carotid arteries)
  • Abnormal heart rhythms, such as atrial fibrillation
  • Smoking
  • Drugs
  • Obesity
  • Inactivity
  • Clotting disorder
  • Sleep apnea
  • Being older (greater than 55)
  • African-Americans appear to be more at risk than Caucasians and Hispanics
  • Men seem to be more affected than women

 

How do we prevent strokes?

Avoid the following:

  • Excessive drinking
  • Drug use
  • Tobacco products
  • Control blood pressure, sugar and cholesterol
  • Get evaluated by a medical provider if at risk for heart disease or stroke.

 

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Shannen Doherty Reveals Her Stage 4 Breast Cancer Diagnosis

The 48 year-old 90210 star revealed on Good Morning America that her breast cancer has returned.

Originally diagnosed in 2015, she went into remission within 2 years.  Unfortunately, it returned last year fairly aggressively.

She had hoped to keep the news private, but a concurrent lawsuit with State Farm involving damages to her house during the 2018 Woolsey Fire was going to cause her condition to be revealed in court papers and she would rather her fans, “hear it from her.”

She states, “Our life doesn’t end when we get that diagnosis. We still have some living to do.”

Celebrities such as Julia Louise-Dreyfus, Olivia Newton-John, Christina Applegate and Cynthia Nixon have also revealed their breast cancer diagnoses, helping raise awareness for the most common cancer to affect women.  It’s the second most common cause of cancer death in females.

How common is breast cancer?

1 in 8 women will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of their lifetime. According to Breastcancer.org, an estimated 276,000 cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in women in the US this year with 48,500 cases of non-invasive breast cancer.

42,000 women and 500 men are expected to die this year of breast cancer.

 

What are the risk factors for breast cancer?

Risk factors for breast cancer include:

  • Age greater than 50
  • Family History
  • BRAC1 and BRAC2 genetic mutations
  • Alcohol use
  • Never been pregnant or becoming pregnant for the first time over 35 years old
  • Early menarche at age 11 or younger
  • Obesity, especially after menopause
  • Dense breasts
  • Lack of physical activity
  • Use of oral contraceptives
  • Previous “precancerous” tumors such as atypical hyperplasia
  • DES exposure
  • Previous radiation therapy

How is breast cancer staged?

Breast cancer is staged based on size of the tumor, if lymph nodes are affected and whether the cancer has spread to distant areas of the body.  Prognosis varies greatly on the stage.

 

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Is family history a huge factor?

85% of breast cancer cases occur in women with NO family history.

 

Screening of breast cancer

Mammograms are the first line screening tool for breast cancer and are currently recommended biennial for women aged 50-74.  However for those at higher risk, mammogram screening should start earlier, with possible follow-up ultrasound, and be performed more regularly.

 

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