Linda Blair’s Health Scare

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Linda Blair’s Health Scare
Actress Linda Blair, best known for her role in the movie The Exorcist, helps train dogs for her WorldHeart Foundation for Animal and Human Welfare, which fights animal cruelty and helps rescue dogs.

Linda shares that she recently discovered she had an umbilicial hernia and was concerned that it would prevent her from leading her active lifestyle.

Surgical oncologist Dr. Leslie Memsic explains that an umbilical hernia is a tear in the thin layer of tissue overlying the muscle above the abdomen, which allows the intestines to protrude through the muscle. About 2 percent of the population has umbilical hernias, and chances increase with age. Hernias can be caused by heavy lifting, pregnancy, chronic cough and prostate problems.

A hernia can become a health risk when the intestine gets stuck in the tear in the muscle, cutting off the blood flow to that section of the intestine. “I’m telling you if that happens, it’s not, ‘Oh, I’ll call tomorrow.’ It’s ER right now!,” ER physician Dr. Travis Stork says.

Dr. Memsic examines Linda and performs surgery to prevent her intestines from protruding through her tissue.

Dr. Memsic demonstrates what can happen if your intestines get caught in a hernia and what signs you should look out for.

Plastic Surgery for Bullied Teen?
Renata says she’s been bullied

since she went to middle school. “They said I was ugly, and they said I had a big nose, and they would just laugh behind my back,” Renata says.

Her mother, Michelle, says Renata became depressed and withdrawn. “She was just really hiding from the world,” she explains.

Renata eventually dropped out of school because she was tired of being bullied.

Michelle applied to Little Baby Face Foundation, which provides low-income families with free reconstructive surgery for children with facial birth defects, and Renata was selected.

Plastic surgeon Dr. Thomas Romo, who founded Little Baby Face, explains why he says Renata was a good candidate for surgery. Dr. Romo says that Renata has hemifacial microsomia, a condition in which the tissue on one side of the face is underdeveloped. Renata had a deviated septum fixed, rhinoplasty to correct the slanting of her nose and a chin implant.

Renata is planning to return to school.

“We’re not sitting here saying every teenager out there should be going to get cosmetic surgery," Dr. Travis says. "This is something where you were correcting something.”

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Doctors’ Best Friend
When Kaelyn, who is known as K.K., was 2 months old, she was diagnosed with mastocytosis, a rare condition in which someone has too many mast cells, which release histamine as part of the body’s immune response. When there are too many mast cells, even the smallest triggers, such as stress and temperature change, can cause a massive release of histamine, which can cause the blood pressure to drop and the body to go into shock.

“Her trigger is being a 7-year-old little girl,” her mother, Michelle, says.

A service dog named J.J. helps Kaelyn and her family live a more normal life. J.J. was trained to smell scents associated with K.K.’s reactions and alert her family before they get more severe.

When K.K. needed to have a surgical procedure recently, her anaesthesiologist, Dr. Brad Taicher, wanted J.J. in the operating room.

Kaelyn's mom shares how their dog J.J. helps the family cope with Kaelyn's condition.

Dr. Taicher explains how J.J. helped him ensure that Kaelyn didn't go into shock in the operating room.

Warning Signs of Diabetes
Dentist Dr. Thanos Kristallisshares
three warning signs of diabetes that can be found in your mouth, and The Doctors discuss other early signs of diabetes.

“It’s so easy to test and screen for diabetes,"  OB-GYN Dr. Jennifer Ashton says. "We are all at risk in this country.”

What’s Causing Chronic Fatigue?
Michelle, who works on The Doctors, was concerned about unexplained weight gain and fatigue, although she eats healthy and exercises regularly.

Michelle visited endocrinologist and metabolic specialist Dr. Eva Cwynar, who performed a nutritional evaluation and conducted hormone testing. Dr. Cwynar found that Michelle had unusually high levels of the stress hormone cortisol. She explains how stress can affect your health, and shares simple lifestyle changes that can help increase your energy.