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What is Graves’ disease? Wendy Williams opens up about her condition

Published: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 @ 7:04 PM

What You Need To Know About Wendy Williams

Fans of the “Wendy Williams Show” will have to watch re-runs for nearly a month, because the media maven is taking a three-week hiatus to treat her Graves’ disease

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She made the announcement on air Wednesday, revealing that her doctor is requiring her to take a break from work to “get her levels and medication in sync,” a show representative told People

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“Wendy is a true champion and has never missed a day of work. But her health and well-being must be put before all else,” the spokesperson said in the statement. “Wendy has been openly dealing with her Graves’ disease for many years, in addition to hyperthyroidism...A live show was produced today so that Wendy could speak directly to her fans and explain her condition.”

Learning about the illness for the first time? Here’s what you should know. 

What is Graves’ disease?

It’s an immune system disorder that is caused by the overproduction of the thyroid hormones, according to the Mayo Clinic. In healthy adults, the thyroid function is regulated by a hormone released by the pituitary gland, which is located at the base of the brain. For those with Graves’ disease, a thyrotropin receptor antibody takes on this role, overriding the work of the pituitary gland and causing overproduction of the thyroid hormones. 

What are the symptoms?

Common signs include anxiety, irritability, tremor of the hands, weight loss, heat sensitivity, thyroid gland enlargement and rapid heartbeat. 

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Patients also experience Graves’ ophthalmopathy, where inflammation affects the muscles and tissues around eyes. The condition can cause bulging eyes, light sensitivity, double vision or even vision loss. 

Some also have Graves’ dermopathy, which is the reddening and thickening of the skin, particularly on the shins and tops of the feet. 

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How is it diagnosed?

Doctors generally conduct a physical exam to check the size of the thyroid. They also order blood samples to determine the levels of the thyroid-stimulating hormone, which is usually lower for those with Graves’.

Physicians also administer ultrasounds and imaging tests to view images of the thryroid, eyes, and iodine uptake patterns. Iodine is needed to produce thyroid hormones.

How is it treated?

Some have radioactive iodine therapy, where patients take radioactive iodine by mouth. The iodine seeps into the thyroid cells and the radioactivity gradually destoys the overactive ones. 

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Patients often are prescribed anti-thyroid medications, which can limit the thyroid’s ability to produce hormones. Beta blockers are also available. While they don’t stop the production of thyroid hormones, they do block some of the Graves’ disease symptoms. 

Who is affected?

It affects 1 in 200 people, according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine. Women are more likely to be diagnosed, and people younger than age 40 generally develop it. 

Rappers Missy Elliott and Rapsody as well as former president George H. W. Bush also have Graves’ disease. 

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Eva Longoria, husband Jose Bastón welcome baby boy

Published: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 @ 10:38 AM

Actress Eva Longoria has given birth to her first child, Santiago Enrique Bastón, with her husband José “Pepe” Bastón. (Photo by JC Olivera/Getty Images)
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Actress Eva Longoria has given birth to her first child, Santiago Enrique Bastón, with her husband José “Pepe” Bastón. (Photo by JC Olivera/Getty Images)(JC Olivera/Getty Images)

Actress Eva Longoria and her husband, media mogul José Bastón, welcomed their first child together Tuesday, June 19.

Giving the first photo of her son to HOLA! USA, the actress can be seen cradling Santiago Enrique Bastón. He was born at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles weighing 6 pounds and 13 ounces.

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“We are so grateful for this beautiful blessing,” the couple told the publication.

Throughout her pregnancy, the 43-year-old actress stayed busy. Posts on her Instagram page show her at various events and working on multiple projects. During that time, she also got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and had to say goodbye to her beloved dog, Jinxy, June 14.

Longoria confirmed her pregnancy in December, when she was four months along.

Santiago is the first child for Longoria. Bastón, 50, president of Televisa, the largest media company in Latin America, has three children of his own from an earlier marriage.

Bastón and Longoria started dating in 2013 and married three years later in Valle de Bravo, Mexico.

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Oprah becomes first black female entrepreneur on Bloomberg Billionaires Index

Published: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 9:31 PM

Oprah Winfrey attends the European Premiere of 'A Wrinkle In Time' at BFI IMAX on March 13, 2018 in London, England.  
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Oprah Winfrey attends the European Premiere of 'A Wrinkle In Time' at BFI IMAX on March 13, 2018 in London, England. (John Phillips)

Media Mogul Oprah Winfrey has broken several records throughout her career, and she’s recently added another to her list of accomplishments.

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The former talk show host and founder of OWN network earned a spot on the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, which lists the world’s 500 richest people.

Winfrey, 64, ranked 494 on the list, making her the first black female billionaire ever featured in the round-up. 

Winfrey’s fortune hit $4 billion this week thanks to her stake in Weight Watchers International Inc., according to Bloomberg. The company’s share has more than doubled since she partnered with the brand in 2015. 

Her ownership of the “Oprah Winfrey Show,” her cable network OWN and recent partnership with Apple have also contributed to her fortune. 

Winfrey is one of 65 women and one of six female entrepreneurs on the list. Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon, ranks No. 1. 

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Want to know who else made the cut? Take a look at the full index here

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Actress Amandla Stenberg comes out as gay in Wonderland magazine interview

Published: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 12:58 PM

Getting to Know Amandla Stenberg

Amandla Stenberg, an actress who gained fame as the ill-fated Rue in “The Hunger Games,” has come out as gay.

Known as a vocal supporter of social justice issues from the erasure of non-normative sexualities to the Black Lives Matter movement, Stenberg has previously said she identified herself as bisexual in public. She also said that she would also use the word pansexual to describe herself, meaning she is not limited in who she likes in terms of biological sex, gender or gender identity. At the time, she said identifying as bisexual was easier for those unfamiliar with pansexuality to understand.

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In a conversation with musician King Princess for Wonderland magazine, Amandla said she is out and proud.

“So happy to say the words Yep, I’m Gay in official print,” Stenberg wrote on Instagram Sunday.

“Let’s get real right out of the gate,” King Princess said. “I don’t know if the people in the back heard you, are you gay?”

“*Insert Ellen DeGeneres’ TIME Magazine cover squat and wide smile* ‘Yep, I’m Gay,’” Stenberg replies.

Stenberg also discusses the emotional moments she’s had when she realized what her sexuality was.

“I was so overcome with this profound sense of relief when I realised that I’m gay – not bi, not pan, but gay – with a romantic love for women,” she said. “All of the things that felt so internally contrary to my truest self were rectified as I unravelled a long web of denial and self -deprivation. Like, ‘Oh, maybe there’s a reason why I kissed my best friends and felt ashamed growing up.’...

“I was flooded with a sense of calm and peace because everything that I struggled with or felt discomfort around finally made sense to me, and once those floodgates opened and years of pent up pain and shame were released, I found the freedom to live my best life waiting for me just underneath.”

For more on Stenberg’s interview with King Princess, including representation of black queer women on screen, queer icons and her upcoming projects, go to WonderlandMagazine.com.

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Rapper XXXTentacion shot, killed in South Florida

Published: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 5:14 PM

XXXTentacion – Fast Facts

Rapper XXXTentacion was shot and later died in Deerfield Beach, Florida, Monday.

TMZ first reported the 20-year-old, whose real name is Jahseh Onfroy, was unresponsive and, according to a witness, did not appear to have a pulse. The celebrity gossip site reported that died shortly after, according to the Broward Sheriff's Office. He was pronounced dead at 5:40 p.m.

 

According to People, the shooting was reported at 3:57 p.m.

“There was a shooting in Deerfield. Our officers are on the scene and we’re gathering information,” Broward County Sheriff's Office spokesman Jonathan Fishman told Miami New Times earlier Monday afternoon. “We can't confirm anything else right now but will release more information soon.”

TMZ reported that the Broward County Fire Department said Onfroy was rushed to a hospital. A graphic, censored video on the gossip site shows the scene of the shooting.

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Dispatch audio obtained by TMZ indicates the shooting was reported as a drive by. Onfroy was at a motorcycle dealership when the shooting occurred.

Onfroy recently appeared on XXL Mag’s Freshman Class issue. Winning the fan vote to appear on the cover, he posed with amaiyah, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, PnB Rock, MadeinTYO, Playboi Carti, Aminé, Kap G, KYLE and Ugly God. His second album “?” debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200.

Outside of music, Onfroy is awaiting trial, accused of domestic violence against his pregnant girlfriend. According to an October 2016 arrest report, Onfroy was charged with battery and aggravated assault of a pregnant victim and false imprisonment. He pleaded no contest to charges of armed home invasion robbery and aggravated battery with a firearm and was released from jail on bail March 26, 2017. He was ordered to serve six years of probation. He was accused by prosecutors of witness tampering and was jailed again in December 2017 before being released on house arrest. 

In March of this year, Onfroy was released from house arrest so he could go on tour.

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