Category Archives: Celebrity Health

Celebrities With Sjogrens Syndrome: Venus Williams, Nina Rawls, Shannon Boxx

Celebrities With Sjogrens Syndrome: Venus Williams, Nina Rawls, Shannon Boxx. What is Sjogren’s Syndrome? How common is it? What are the clues that a person may have this condition? And who of our favorite famous people are living with the condition?

According to the NHS website (nhs.uk), Sjogren’s syndrome is an autoimmune disorder whereby a person’s immune system, instead of protecting the body from illness or infection, attacks said person’s glands that secrete fluid, such as the tear and saliva. This reduces “the production of tears and saliva, causing the main symptoms of Sj√∂gren’s syndrome, which are dry eyes and dry mouth”.

Sjogren’s syndrome is the third most common rheumatic autoimmune disorder behind only rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and systemic lupus erythematosus according to wikipedia. There is no definitive data on its prevalence but some reports state that the condition affects up to 3% of the population. According to the Sjogren Syndrome Foundation, as many as 4 million Americans are living with this disease.

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Celebrities With Huntingtons Disease

Celebrities With Huntingtons Disease. What is Huntington’s Disease? Named after American physician George Huntington, who was the first to describe the condition, Huntington’s disease is an inheritable neurological disorder which affects movement, cognition (perception, awareness, thinking, judgement), and behavior and which gets progressively worse over time.

Symptoms of the disease most often manifests between the ages 35 to 55 years old. Nonetheless, features of the disease can also show from as early as infancy to the late stages of a person’s life.

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Jeremy Stenberg: Tourette Syndrome Interview

Jeremy Stenberg: Tourette Syndrome Interview. We met him in an earlier post — Celebrities with Tourette Syndrome — but we decided to post this Jeremy Stenberg interview because it is instructive and inspiring. It paints a portrait of a young man living with TS who embraced his condition and who is very successful at what he does.

This interview is lifted from a newsletter issued by the Tourette Syndrome Association (TSA). TSA is an organization which leads public education and awareness campaigns on TS. It also funds research focused on understanding the disease (particularly what causes it) and the ways by which it can be cured.

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Celebrities With Tourette Syndrome

Celebrities With Tourette Syndrome. Named after French doctor Georges Gilles de la Tourette, who was the first person to describe it and its symptoms, Tourette syndrome is a condition characterized by repetitive persistent involuntary movements and vocalizations. According to a the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDCP), one of every 360 American children ages 6 through 17 years old have been diagnosed with Tourette Syndrome.

Tourette’s is found to co-occur with other mental health, behavioral, or developmental condition. Specifically, a CDCP study found that 86% of children with Tourette’s have also been diagnosed with any of the following: Continue reading Celebrities With Tourette Syndrome

Celebrities With Hashimotos Disease: Gina Rodriguez, Kim Katrall

Celebrities With Hashimotos Disease. Named after Japanese doctor Hakaru Hashimoto who first described it, Hashimoto’s disease affects about 1 to 1.5 in 1000 people. According to the Mayo Clinic, it is the most common cause of hypothyroidism in the United States. It is found among children and adults as well as men and women but it most often occurs in women between 30 to 60 years old.

The symptoms of Hashimoto’s disease — it is also known as Hashimoto’s thyroiditis or chronic lymphocytic thyroiditis — are as follows: Continue reading Celebrities With Hashimotos Disease: Gina Rodriguez, Kim Katrall

Celebrities With Endometrial Cancer

Celebrities With Endometrial Cancer. Endometrial cancer is a type of cancer that begins in the endometrium or the inner lining of the uterus or womb. According to the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF), endometrial cancer is the sixth most common cancer in women worldwide with 320,000 new cases diagnosed in 2012.

The top 20 countries with the highest rate of endometrial cancer are as follows: Barbados, FYR Macedonia, Armenia, Luxembourg, Guyana, New Caledonia, United States of America, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Serbia, Bulgaria, Lithuania, Guatemala, Belarus, France, Guadeloupe, Norway, Poland, Latvia, Ukraine, El Salvador, and Canada.

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