New Prescription Drug Danger?
A new drug is causing controversy and concern across the nation. Known as Zohydro ER, the powerful pill is the first ever extended-release formulation of hydrocodone , intended to help patients manage chronic pain severe enough to require daily, around-the-clock, long-term opioid treatment.
The FDA’s advisory committee voted against approving Zohydro ER; however, despite their recommendation, the drug was sanctioned by the FDA in the fall of 2013. Many physicians and addiction specialists, as well as 29 state attorneys general, are urging the FDA to revoke the decision. The makers of Zohydro ER assert that the drug’s benefits outweigh its risks, but with more Americans dying from prescription drug overdoses than heroin and cocaine combined, opponents of Zohydro ER have a contrary perspective.
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Celebrity Health Rumor Fix
Executive editor of RumorFix.com Richard Ayoub joins The Doctors to help sort fact from fiction regarding the latest celebrity health headlines.
RumorFix is owned by The Doctors' creator and executive producer Jay McGraw.
Face the Surgeon: Celebrity Edition
Celebrities are constantly being scrutinized for their appearance. Many stars admit to undergoing cosmetic procedures, including fillers and lasers, to reverse or delay the signs of aging, but which celebrities have gone under the knife to attain a more youthful look? Plastic surgeon Dr. Andrew Ordon offers his professional opinion.
Between September 2006 and August 2011, Vishal underwent seven additional surgeries, all of which failed to fix the problem. Shortly after his eighth operation, Vishal’s nose started to collapse. Despite the complications, Vishal continued to undergo corrective procedures.
After another surgery in December 2011, Vishal was shocked and devastated when he discovered that the tip of his nose had been removed. The drastic measure was allegedly necessary to stop the spread of tissue necrosis, which resulted from his multiple operations. Since that time, Vishal has endured several more unsuccessful surgeries, attempting to correct the disfigurement. He currently relies on a tube to breathe through his nose.
“I have just one hole where my two nostrils used to be. It’s one of the most uncomfortable feelings,” Vishal explains. “Every day, I have to depend on pain medication just to get by. When you are surrounded by so much pain, it kills your desire to do anything in life.”
Vishal has consulted with several of the nation’s top nasal reconstructive specialists, who believe his nose can be repaired in four to six operations. Vishal is working to raise money for the surgeries he needs to restore his appearance.
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Phil Keoghan’s Smart Travel Secrets
While touring the globe as host of the hit show The Amazing Race, TV personality Phil Keoghan says he’s found a way to eat healthy and stay fit on the go. From packing your own snacks to scheduling simple makeshift workouts, Phil shares his personal tips and tricks for healthier travels.
Chill Down to Slim Down?
Can you shiver yourself skinny? According to a new study published in the journal Cell Metabolism, regular exposure to colder environments may help people lose weight by boosting the amount of energy the body disburses to regulate internal temperature. The Doctors weigh in on the findings, and explain whether lowering your thermostat can help lower your number on the scale.
Red Carpet Style Secret
Celebrity stylist Brenda Cooper shares a simple tip to boost the appearance of your bust for your next big event!
Ken Paves' Triplet Makeover
Ken Paves has earned a reputation as one of the hottest hairdressers in Hollywood, with A-list celebrity clients that include Eva Longoria, Megan Fox, Jennifer Lopez, Celine Dion and more. But, his hairstyle tips aren’t exclusive to the stars.
“I have so many women come to me and say, ‘I can’t have bangs. I can’t go short. I can’t go blonde. I can’t go brown,’” Ken says. “Ladies, I’m here to prove to you that you can have anything you want.”
To show how any woman can pull off any look, Ken makes over identical triplets. See their dramatic transformations!