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Penny Marshall Dies at Age 75 From Complications Due to Diabetes

Actress, director, and producer, Penny Marshall, passed away Monday from complications due to diabetes.

The 75-year-old icon had been most known for her roles in Laverne and Shirley, Happy Days and Odd Couple.

She also made famous a “pepsi and milk” drink she would tout on her sitcom.

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She had been diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer in 2009-2010 and was reportedly in remission by 2013.

Complications due to diabetes can include cardiovascular disease, stroke, and renal failure.

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Daliah Wachs, MD, FAAFP is a nationally syndicated radio personality on GCN Network, KDWN, and iHeart Radio.

 

 

 

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What Are They Saying? Your Guide to Teen Slang

Once we became accustomed to words like “dope,” “word,” and “sick”, a new generation introduced their vernacular.

Social media has changed the way we talk.  Words need to be abbreviated, and many times one word must assume a whole phrase.

Generation Y’s (Millennials) and Z’s (those born after 1995) have learned to be concise, descriptive, and to the point as technology and social media encourage less characters/keys being used to get one’s point across.

So here’s a guide to what the young ‘uns are saying:

  • GOAT: Greatest Of All Time (you may see pics of goats in Tom Brady jerseys…..”
  • BAE: one’s love, or babe.  Stands for “Before Anyone Else”
  • Lit:  Cool or Awesome!
  • Woke: aware of social issues
  • Gucci:  Good or cool
  • Hundo P – Short for “I’m 100% positive/certain”
  • Squad/Fam: Group of close friends
  • Throw Shade:  Make fun of/criticize, give a nasty look at someone
  • Curve: To reject someone romantically
  • Salty: Bitter about something or someone
  • Ghost: To ignore someone
  • Skurt: to leave, tell someone to go away
  • Sip Tea: mind your own business
  • Ship: relationship
  • Troll:  Those who say nasty things online

Netsanity provides this breakdown:

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And for those of you who need some help translating your kids’ texts:

 

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And we can’t forget the emoji’s. These allow a visual, pictoral way to get one’s message across:

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With building and maintaining strong relationships, communication is key.  For us old dogs, we might need to learn some new tricks.

 

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Daliah Wachs, MD, FAAFP is a nationally syndicated radio personality on GCN Network, KDWN, and iHeart Radio.

She is also a Board Certified Family Physician and Assistant Professor at Touro University Nevada

 

 

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Why Disney Movies Highlight a Parent Death

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms is Disney’s latest release, and not only are viewers anticipating a fairy tale story, dancing, melodious soundtrack and illuminating colors, but they are also expecting a parent to die or not be in the picture early on in the story.

It’s inescapable if you commit to emotionally investing in a Disney film.  And if you look closely, it’s more often the mother.

Why?  Well let’s first look at some of the classics.

1938  Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs – Snow’s biological mother died and is replaced by the Evil Queen, her stepmother

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1941 Dumbo – our favorite elephant is parent-less in the movie

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1942 Bambi – sadly, graphic content below….  😦

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1950  Cinderella – the most famous princess to ever live is motherless in the movie and haunted by her big-footed step family

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1951 Alice in Wonderland – its been postulated Alice was orphaned and taken care of by a governess

1963 The Sword and the Stone – Arthur is a 12 year-old orphan boy

1967 The Jungle Book – Mowgli is found parent-less

1989 The Little Mermaid – Ariel’s mother, Queen Athena, was killed, leaving her father Triton to raise her and her sisters.

1992 – Aladdin –  Princess Jasmine is motherless

Tarzan’s, Lilo‘s and Emperor’s New Groove‘s Kuzko all lost their parents.

In 1994 not a dry eye was in the house during the scene in which Simba loses Mufasa in The Lion King….

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1995 – Pocahontas – it’s revealed her mother had passed a while back

And the most colorful and comical of the Disney films, Finding Nemo, wasn’t exempt either, with Nemo’s Mom being eaten in the opening scene.

So why all the gloom in nearly every Disney Movie?

One theory was brought forward by Disney producer, Don Hahn, when he revealed in an interview to Glamour that Walt Disney tragically lost his mother when he was younger.

In 1938 the successful film producer, young Walt, purchased a home for his parents and when the gas furnace was faulty he sent his studio men over to fix it.  Unfortunately the repair was not adequate and it eventually leaked, and his mother, Flora Call Disney, soon died of asphyxiation.

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It’s believed the grieving son found the interweaving of this tragedy into his work as a means to deal with his guilt.

Another theory is that Disney films wanted to mix fairy tale with the reality many children face, adding a sense of “realism” to the stories.

And final theory is Walt Disney wanted children to feel like heroes, and a film in which a child battles evil without the help of Mommy and Daddy infused a sense of empowerment to his target audience.

So the idea of celebrating the triumph of the quest of a parent-less child is probably more pervasive in these movies than the purposeful injection of a gory parental death.  Although this makes Disney movies more palatable, I’m still hoping Mufasa was only unconscious and recovered off the set when we weren’t looking.

 

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Daliah Wachs, MD, FAAFP is a nationally syndicated radio personality on GCN Network, KDWN, and iHeart Radio.

She is also a Board Certified Family Physician and Assistant Professor at Touro University Nevada

 

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Verne Troyer, “Mini-Me”, Death Ruled a Suicide

Verne Troyer, known as “Mini-Me” in the Austin Power movies, died in April at the age of 49.   People reports the coroner from the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner’s Office has ruled the death a suicide as a result of alcohol intoxication.

It’s been reported that he battled depression and alcoholism for years and was admitted weeks before his death to a Los Angeles Hospital when he attempted suicide by alcohol as well.

His Instagram page had the following message posted:

 

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The 2 foot 8 inch actor was a hit in multiple films and originally was working in the film industry as a stunt double.  Troyer had achondroplasia, in which cartilage cannot form into large bones resulting in dwarfism.  CNN reports his specific achondroplasia was cartilage-hair hypoplasia, which results in one having little to no hair.

A study in 2015 by Rodriguez-Gomez et al, when studying the medical and psychosocial conditions accompanying achondroplasia, found “31.8% of the sample reported at least one comorbid condition such as, hypertension, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, asthma, scoliosis, thyroid problems, neuropathy, psoriasis, gastritis and/or sleep apnea; 32% reported mild to severe depressive symptoms; 55% reported mild to severe symptoms associated to anxiety and 18% reported mild to severe symptoms associated with hopelessness.”

Last Spring Troyer had publicly announced he was returning to rehab to fight his battle with alcohol.

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Arethra Franklin Passes Away At Age 76

The 76 year-old “Queen of Soul” has reportedly passed after a long bout with pancreatic cancer.

The AP News Tweeted early this morning the following:

Aretha Franklin, the long-reigning “Queen of Soul” who sang with matchless style on such classics as “Think” and her signature song, “Respect,” died Thursday at age 76, said her representative, Gwendolyn Quinn.  The cause was advanced pancreatic cancer.

She died at her home in Detroit, surrounded by family and friends.

Her last performance was for the Elton John Annual AIDS Foundation Gala in November.

In March the singer cancelled her upcoming performances due to an undisclosed illness.

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For years Aretha Franklin has battled rumors about her health ranging from respiratory illnesses to pancreatic cancer.

In an interview with Access Hollywood she said, “I don’t know where ‘pancreatic cancer’ came from.

“I was sitting there reading the newspaper and it was saying someone in my family said that. No one in my family ever said that to anybody.”

The multi-grammy award winner deserved a little “RESPECT” and the media honored her privacy requests, despite growing concern for her weight loss.

Diabetes May Be Related to Pancreatic Cancer

Ms. Franklin reportedly had diabetes.  Studies have found a corelation between the common blood sugar disease and the lethal cancer.  Once recent study found if one had a worsening of their diabetes it could be a sign of pancreatic cancer.  Since diabetes is a disease that affects the pancreas and its ability to produce and release insulin, its logical that there may be a correlation.

Pancreatic cancer has a high mortality rate and unfortunately it remains asymptomatic until it has progressed to an advanced stage.  So a worsening of diabetes (in the absence of poor diet and lack of compliance with medication) may be the only sign that pancreatic cancer is occurring. The earlier the cancer is caught, the better the prognosis.

She is a legend and has touched us all.  May she rest in peace.

 

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Daliah Wachs, MD, FAAFP is a nationally syndicated radio personality on GCN Network, KDWN, and iHeart Radio.

She is also a Board Certified Family Physician and Assistant Professor at Touro University Nevada

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Aretha Franklin is “Gravely Ill” in Her Fight with Cancer

The 76 year-old “Queen of Soul” has been battling an undisclosed cancer and currently weighs 86 lbs.

A source told TMZ that her close circle of friends and family have been warned “she could go anytime.”

Her last performance was for the Elton John Annual AIDS Foundation Gala in November.

In March the singer cancelled her upcoming performances due to an undisclosed illness.

For years Aretha Franklin has battled rumors about her health ranging from respiratory illnesses to pancreatic cancer.

In an interview with Access Hollywood she said, “I don’t know where ‘pancreatic cancer’ came from.

“I was sitting there reading the newspaper and it was saying someone in my family said that. No one in my family ever said that to anybody.”

The multi-grammy award winner deserved a little “RESPECT” and the media honored her privacy requests, despite growing concern for her weight loss.

She is a legend and has touched us all.  #PrayingForAretha

 

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Daliah Wachs, MD, FAAFP is a nationally syndicated radio personality on GCN Network, KDWN, and iHeart Radio.

She is also a Board Certified Family Physician and Assistant Professor at Touro University Nevada

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Friends Star Matthew Perry Treated for GI Perforation

48 year-old Matthew “Chandler” Perry is recovering after a repair for a perforation in his gastrointestinal tract in Los Angeles.

His rep said in a statement, “Matthew Perry recently underwent surgery in a Los Angeles hospital to repair a gastrointestinal perforation.

“He is grateful for the concern and asks for continued privacy as he heals.”

Perforations can occur anywhere along the GI tract, most notably in the esophagus, stomach, small intestine or large intestine.  They could occur in patients who vomit severely, have ulcers, or suffer from inflammation and/or infection along the bowel, such as diverticulitis.

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The actor has been very open about his past struggles with alcohol and the pain-killer Vicodin.  Alcohol can put one at risk for ulceration and NSAID use to overcome pain not being treated with a narcotic during times of sobriety may as well.

When a segment of the bowel perforates, its an emergenncy as the bowel contents, which are not sterile, move into the sterile abdominal cavity, putting the patient at risk for severe infection and death.

The exact location of the actor’s perforation has not been disclosed, however repair usually involves surgery, antibiotics and pain control.

 

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Daliah Wachs, MD, FAAFP is a nationally syndicated radio personality on GCN Network, KDWN, and iHeart Radio.

She is also a Board Certified Family Physician and Assistant Professor at Touro University Nevada