Sharon Osbourne reveals how she dropped 23 pounds in six weeks. Then, actress Sarah Michelle Gellar is on a mission to wipe out whooping cough — find out how you can join the cause! Plus, pelvic pain? Burning bladder? Learn when the symptoms of a UTI could signal a more serious condition.
Sharon Osbourne's Weight Loss Secret
Reality star and talk show host Sharon Osbourne says she's had a, "terrible weight problem" her entire life and at one time weighed 230 pounds. "I’ve tried everything from powders to potions to diet pills to having a band put on my stomach, which nearly killed me," she says.
Find out how Sharon recently lost more than 20 pounds in two months and which diet plan she says is the only one that has ever helped her maintain her weight. And, Sharon weighs in on a controversial weight loss method that requires patients to have a patch surgically attached to their tongues.
Chronic Bladder Condition
Elizabeth, a mother of two, has a painful bladder condition that causes her to go to the bathroom as many as 80 times a day and limits her activities with her family. “I can’t be supermom anymore,” she says.
She visits urologist Dr. Jennifer Berman because medications haven't helped relieve her condition.
Dr. Berman explains that Elizabeth has interstitial cystitis, a chronic inflammatory condition of the bladder. She says that a healthy bladder has a protective lining that keeps acid in urine from leaking into the surrounding membrane. But, in the bladder of a IC patient, the protective coating has small cracks, which allows urine to leak into the surrounding membranes, causing severe inflammation and pain.
Should You Get a Whooping Cough Vaccination?Whooping cough, or pertussis, is a highly contagious respiratory infection. When an adult has whooping cough, it usually manifests as a cold and lingering cough, but if the whooping cough is transmitted to a baby, it can be deadly.
Now, adults, especially new parents and those who will be taking care of children, are being encouraged to get vaccinated against whooping cough.
Pediatrician Dr. Jim Sears explains that babies usually aren't vaccinated for whooping cough until they are 2 months old, and the vaccine doesn't fully protect them until they are 6 months old, after they’ve received three full doses.
Dr. Sears visits actress Sarah Michelle Gellar, a mother of a 1- and 4-year-old, who received the whooping cough vaccine when she was pregnant. Sarah, who is an ambassador for March of Dimes’ Sounds of Pertussis campaign , says that 80 percent of the time a child catches whooping cough, it’s from a caretaker or a direct family member, and 50 percent of the time, it’s from one of the parents.
Which do you think is harder on your knees – walking in heels or running in athletic shoes ?
Podiatrist Dr. Rondrick Williamson explains that when you run in athletic shoes, you tend to strike the ground with your heel first, which can put more pressure on your ankle, knee and hip joints, than walking in high heels.
He explains that running barefoot can be a better option, as it is easier on your joints.
“If you’re walking barefoot, you’re actually going to land on the balls of your foot, which is natural. And the foot actually acts like it should, which is a natural shock-absorbing mechanism," Dr. Williamson says.