Health and Hospitalizations

Natalie Cole diagnosed with hepatitis C

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Natalie coleNatalie Cole (born Natalie Maria Cole on February 6, 1950) is an influential American singer-songwriter and performer who has won eight Grammy Awards throughout her career. She achieved success in her early career as an R&B star, but smoothly changed her repertoire towards a more jazzy orientated musical style since the early 90's.

Hepatitis C
July 15, 2008, 58 years old Natalie cole was diagnosed with hepatitis C likely caused by her drug use: "I've been so fortunate to have learned so much from my past experiences. I am embraced by the love and support of my family and friends; I am committed to my belief in myself and in my abiding faith to meet this challenge with a heartfelt optimism and determination. This is how I intend to deal with this current challenge in my life." Dr. Graham Woolf, Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine at UCLA/Cedars Sinai Medical Center, said that Cole "had a terrific response to her medication and is now virus negative. This gives her an increased chance of cure. But, she has also suffered significant side effects from the anti-viral medicine, which is the only FDA authorized treatment for hepatitis C. Her side effects include fatigue, muscle aches and dehydration but she is recovering from these

Quinton 'Rampage' Jackson hospitalized for mental evaluation

* Note: 10 days ago (July 5, 2008), Quinton Rampage Jackson lost his UFC light-heavyweight champion title to Forrest Griffin.

Quinton "Rampage" Jackson (born June 20, 1978 in Memphis, Tennessee) is an American professional mixed martial arts fighter who rose to prominence with his fights in Japan's PRIDE Fighting Championships.

On July 15, 2008, Quinton 'Rampage' Jackson was arrested and booked on suspicion of felony reckless driving, and felony hit and run after striking several vehicles, possibly while on drugs. He led pursuing officers on a high speed chase while driving on the wrong side of the street and on city sidewalks while driving his lifted Ford F-350 with his picture painted on the side. During the chase one of the tires blew out on his truck and he continued to flee while driving on his rims and showering the street with sparks. UFC President Dana While immediately flew to Southern California to bail him out of jail. It is also reported that he was 'medically unfit' for booking at the Costa Mesa Police Department and his father has flown out from Memphis to oversee his son's battle with mental illness and substance abuse. The day before his arrest, Jackson gave an interview and said he had become depressed after his recent, loss by decision to Forrest Griffin

Paul Newman to Die at home, he has "weeks to live"

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Paul Newman CancerPaul Newman (83), a former chain smoker, had been diagnosed with lung cancer in January of 2008 (then 83 years old).  Newman's spokesman told the press that the star is "doing fine", but did not deny that he has cancer.Writer A.E. Hotchner, who partnered with Newman to start Newman's Own salad dressing company in the 1980s, says Newman told him about the disease about 18 months ago

Paul Leonard Newman (born January 26, 1925) is an American actor and a film director. He has won numerous awards, including Academy Awards, Golden Globe Awards, Screen Actors Guild Awards, a Cannes Film Festival Award, and an Emmy award, and is considered an iconic figure in Hollywood history. He is also the founder of Newman's Own, a food company from which Newman donates all profits and royalties to charity. As of May 2007, these donations have exceeded US$220 million. In June 2008 it was reported that Newman was undergoing treatment for cancer and doing well.

Senator Robert Byrd, 90, Hospitalized again

Robert Byrd Hospitalized* When Ted Kennedy's was diagnosed with Cancer, Senator Robert Byrd broke down and said "Ted, Ted, my dear friend I love you and I miss you,"   

On Tuesday, February 26, 2008, Senator Robert Byrd was admitted to Walter Reed Army Medical Center for observation following a fall at his home the day before. Byrd attended Senate sessions on that Tuesday, but complained of pain and his aides asked him to see the Capitol Physician before he went to the hospital. Byrd stayed in the hospital for four days; no broken bones were found. On March 5th, he was readmitted because of his reactions to antibiotics and the need for tests to determine a different course of medication, a statement from his office said. Byrd was admitted to the hospital again on June 2, 2008.

Robert Carlyle Byrd (born November 20, 1917) is the senior United States Senator from West Virginia and a member of the Democratic Party. Byrd has held the office since January 3, 1959; he is the longest-serving member in the history of the Senate. He is also the oldest current member of the United States Congress.


Ted Kennedy's brain surgery called successful

On June 2, 2008, Ted Kennedy underwent surgery at Duke University for his brain tumor. Surgery was considered the most aggressive route possible in treating the tumor; his doctors had not previously mentioned the possibility of surgery to the public. The surgery, conducted by Dr. Allan Friedman, lasted for about three and a half hours, and according to Friedman, it was successful in its goals. Friedman said that the surgery was performed on Kennedy while he was awake and that he did not expect Kennedy to suffer any permanent neurological effects from the surgery. It is believed that the intention of the surgery was to reduce the tumor as much as possible (it is considered impossible to surgically remove such a tumor entirely) so that the subsequent treatments will be more likely to succeed. Kennedy is planned to spend a brief period recuperating from the surgery before beginning chemotherapy and radiation treatment at Massachusetts General Hospital.


Kelsey Grammer suffers heart attack

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Allen Kelsey Grammer (born February 21, 1955) suffered a mild heart attack on May 31, 2008. He was hospitalized in Hawaii after he had symptoms while paddle boating with his wife, Camille. He is listed in good condition and resting in the local area hospital.

Dame Shirley Bassey recovering after emergency surgery

Shirley BasseyDame Shirley Bassey is recovering from emergency surgery after being rushed to hospital with abdominal pains.  She was admitted to a hospital in Monaco, where she lives, last week after calling a doctor when she fell ill in the middle of the night.

Dame Shirley Veronica Bassey DBE (born 8 January 1937, Cardiff, Wales) is a Welsh singer. She performed the theme songs to the James Bond films Goldfinger (1964), Diamonds Are Forever (1971), and Moonraker (1979). Bassey is an international artist who has sold 135 million records worldwide. Bassey has accumulated 20 silver discs for sales in Britain, Holland and France, and some fifty-plus gold discs for international record sales.

Edward M. Kennedy (Ted) - in Hospital after seizure

Ted Kennedy

* Note: They found cancer in his brain a few days after this incident.

Edward Moore "Ted" Kennedy (born February 22, 1932) is the senior United States Senator from Massachusetts and a member of the Democratic Party.

In October of 2007, Sen. Kennedy had surgery to clear up a blocked left carotid artery.

On May 17, 2008, Kennedy was rushed to Cape Cod Hospital from the Kennedy Compound after feeling ill and consulting with his physician, and then was subsequently transferred by helicopter to Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. According to multiple sources, Kennedy was suffering from symptoms of a stroke. It was later reported that Kennedy had suffered two seizures, one initially at his Hyannis Port home and another on a helicopter en route to Massachusetts General Hospital from Cape Cod Hospital. According to sources Kennedy himself made a phone call at 10:00 am to cancel a lunch meeting.

James Garner undergoes surgery after stroke


 james garnerJames Garner (born April 7, 1928), best known for starring in the classic television series "Maverick" and "The Rockford Files," underwent surgery this week after suffering a minor stroke, his spokeswoman said on Tuesday.

Garner, 80, who built a six-decade career playing ruggedly charming, good-natured anti-heroes, suffered a stroke at home last Friday and was admitted to a Los Angeles-area hospital, publicist Jennifer Allen said.

The actor underwent surgery on Sunday (May 11, 2008), and his prognosis following the operation was described as "very positive," Allen said, adding that Garner's vital signs were good and that he was conscious and "responsive."

Allen said Garner was expected to be discharged from the hospital soon, but she had no further details about the circumstances of Garner's stroke or his condition.

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Patrick Swayze battling cancer - Get Well wish


Patrick SwayzePatrick Swayze was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in late January 2008. He has been undergoing chemotherapy and other treatments at the Stanford University Medical Center. His spokesman confirmed the story.  A March 5, 2008 Reuters article reports that Swayze "has a very limited amount of disease, and he appears to be responding well to treatment thus far.


My heart sunk when I heard Patrick Swayze had 5 weeks to live.  There are two different stories going on right this moment.

  1. Patrick Swayze has 5 weeks to live.
  2. Patrick Swayze has a small cancer, and everyone around him is optimistic. 

The sad part is that, times like this, bad news are usually accurate.

Patrick Swayze's Roadhouse buddy Jeff Healey (blind singer/guitar player) died yesterday.  Patrick's illness hits me close because  I grew up in the 80's.  Patirick Swayze was the guy who was there when I grew up.

According to statistic, Patrick Swayze has 5% of survival.  Patrick's doctor said that they cought the cancer pretty early.  We'll see...  God bless Patrick Swayze.


Grand Funk Railroad - show cancelled due to illness

Grand Funk Railroad's concert at Chumash Casino (Santa Ynez, California) was cancelled due to illness.  Below is the concert schedule.

Let's see if they are going to cancel their next show on March 8th.


Nancy Reagan (86) Hospitalized after falling

On February 17, 2008, Nancy Reagan suffered a fall at her Bel Air home and was taken to St. John's Health Center in Santa Monica, California. She did not break a hip, as doctors originally feared 

Nancy Reagan is staying in the same hospital room where President Ronald Reagan stayed before.

Nancy Reagan's last public appearance was at the Regan Library on January 30th for Republican presidential debate.

Ironically, today (February 18) is a president's day.

Alex Trebek suffers a mild heart attack

On December 11, 2007, Trebek (Host of the game show Jeopardy!) was admitted to a Los Angeles hospital after suffering a minor heart attack. It is not known when he will be released from the hospital but a spokesman expects him to return to the production of Jeopardy!, scheduled for January 2008.

Luciano Pavarotti back to Hospital

Pavarotti is in Hospital today in Italy. Below is an excerpt from Washington Post article this morning. The 71-year-old tenor, who underwent surgery for pancreatic cancer last year, was brought to Modena's Polyclinic on Wednesday and was being kept under observation. Doctors were expected to release him in coming days, according to separate statements from the hospital and his manager, Terri Robson. He seems to be OK but he's 71 years old. Pavarotti is a legend. We all wish him well. We love Pavarotti.

Hal Fishman hospitalized, colon cancer spreaded to liver.

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Hal Fishman is sick, this doesn't sound good.
Hal Fishman is one of my top 10 celebrities alive.
He colapsed at home on August 2nd.
Doctor discovered colon cancer - spreaded to his liver.

Hal Fishman holds a record for being an Anchor man for the longest time.
Hal Fishman is 76 years old.

Please Get well.
God bless.

Hal fisheman passed away soon after this post.
Go to this page to share your memory, God bless Hal Fishamn

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