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Celebrity Rumor Fix
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Brooke Mueller, actor Charlie Sheen’s ex-wife and mother of his twins, is allegedly preventing their sons from being evaluated for fetal alcohol syndrome. Richard reveals whether the allegations are true. Plus, OB-GYN Dr. Jennifer Ashton explains how alcohol can be detrimental during fetal development.

Legal analyst Loni Coombs explains the challenges of prosecuting pregnant women suspected of abusing drugs and alcohol.

Does Madonna allow her 8-year-old son to wear a gold-plated mouth grill?
Plus, board-certified periodontist Dr. Sanda Moldovan explains the potential dangers of wearing the flashy dental jewelry.

Grieving Mother’s Fight for Fetal Rights
In July 2012, Colorado mom Heather Surovik was days away from giving birth to a baby boy, whom she named Brady, when her car was struck by a drunk driver. Heather and her mother and 5-year-old son — who were also in the car — all sustained injuries, and her Brady was killed.

The driver at fault, who was a repeat DUI offender, left the scene and was arrested later that day. He pleaded guilty to two counts of felony vehicular assault and driving under the influence — but under the current Colorado law, he could not be prosecuted for murder, because Brady was not considered a person.

Heather decided to take action to become a voice for Brady and other unborn babies in Colorado. "After I was able to go home, I had to plan a funeral for a baby that I never got to meet. I had to tear down the nursery," Heather says. "I want to be an advocate for other pregnant mothers, so they don't have to go through what I went through."

Heather is working to pass a proposed ballot measure known as the Brady Amendment, or Amendment 67, which would change the Colorado Criminal Code to redefine "person" and "child" to include "unborn children."

Heather recounts the tragic story of losing her unborn baby. Plus, find out what happened to the drunk driver responsible for his death. 

Colorado State Senator Owen Hill shares his thoughts on amending the law in Colorado to include a fetal homicide clause. 

"There's a loophole here preventing justice from being had, and so I have a strong moral duty to close this loophole and make sure there's fair and equal protection under the law," Sen. Hill says. "Thirty-eight other states have fetal homicide protections, and Colorado doesn't. To me, that's a failure of our state."

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Pain-Free Laser Hair Removal
Shaving, waxing, tweezing and applying depilatory creams are all effective methods for removing unwanted hair; however, to attain longer-lasting results, many people choose to undergo laser hair removal. The procedure uses intense pulsating laser beams to penetrate deep into hair follicles, resulting in a permanent reduction of hair growth after several treatments.

While older laser hair removal procedures are known to cause pain and discomfort, a breakthrough system called The Soprano ICE offers a faster, painless treatment without the use of anesthesia or numbing gels.

Registered nurse and celebrity skin care specialist Jamie Sherrill, better known as “Nurse Jamie,” performs the cutting-edge laser treatment to zap away a condition one man refers to as his “hairy Hobbit feet.”

Surviving a Burn Accident

On September 26, 2013, 23-year-old Tatiana’s life was forever changed. She and three of her friends decided to start a small bonfire to roast s’mores; however, the wood they used was slightly damp, so to accelerate the smoldering fire, one of her friends poured denatured alcohol onto the pyre.

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Within moments, there was an abrupt flash explosion, and Tatiana was covered in flames.

“I remember being on fire, and as I tried to breathe, I felt the fire going down my throat,” Tatiana says. “I was on fire for about five minutes. It was excruciating, like it was eating me alive.”

One of Tatiana’s friends was finally able to smother the flames, but by that point, Tatiana had suffered extensive second- and third-degree burns. Paramedics soon arrived on the scene and transported Tatiana to a hospital, where she was then airlifted to a larger medical facility with a specialized burn center.

Since the accident, Tatiana has undergone skin grafting to cover the severe burn wounds she sustained, and the resulting scar tissue has left her with a limited range of motion in her neck and lips.

“I’ve noticed that people look at me differently, and sometimes it can hurt,” Tatiana says. “I’d say my biggest fear for the future is that when I do have kids someday, they’ll be embarrassed to be seen with me.”

Tatiana explains the physical challenges she deals with daily. Plus, ER physician Dr. Travis Stork explains the difference between first, second and third-degree burns. 

Board-certified dermatologist Dr. Suzanne Kilmer explains how a new laser technology called SCAAR FX resurfaces and minimizes scar tissue, while giving patients an improved range of motion. And, find out what surprise Dr. Kilmer has for Tatiana! 

Breakthrough Light-Based Therapies
See how the latest laser and light treatments are being utilized in pediatrics and urology.

Pediatrician Dr. Jim Sears explains what causes jaundice in babies, and shows how blue light phototherapy treats the condition. 

Urologist Dr. Jennifer Berman demonstrates how fiber optic lasers are used to disintegrate kidney stones.