Drs: Brandi Maxiell Cancer Scare + Leprosy At California School


The Doctors: Basketball Wives Star Cancer Scare

Basketball Wives L.A. star Brandi Maxiell was diagnosed with ovarian cancer nine years ago. She underwent surgery and was left with “just enough” of her left ovary to give her a chance of having children. After two years in remission, she began trying to have a baby. Because she and her husband couldn’t conceive naturally, they saw a fertility doctor. Luckily, she got pregnant and had a baby boy. But then a few months ago, she felt pain in her breast and learned that ovarian cancer and breast cancer are often linked. She saw Dr Kristi Funk in hopes of figuring out what was going on.


Brandi underwent testing with Dr Funk and was anxiously awaiting the results. Dr Funk analyzed Brandi’s DNA to look at genetic mutations to find out if she had an increased risk of cancer. The good news is that Brandi had no genetic mutations which was good news in terms of being vigilant about her health, and also meant she didn’t pass any cancer mutation onto her son.

Drs: Brandi Maxiell Cancer Scare + Leprosy At California School

Brandi Maxiell turned to The Doctors for help when she feared that breast cancer was in her future, after a battle with ovarian cancer. (su2c / Flickr)


The Doctors: Food Anatomy & Health Benefits

Then, with a fun little game, The Doctors revealed what foods actually look like the organs they’re good for. First, the inside of an orange resembles breast tissue and consuming citrus regularly has been connected to a 10% reduction in breast cancer incidents. Grapes, which on the vine resemble lungs, particularly red grapes and their skin, contain antioxidants and could help with cough symptoms. Avocados are loaded with healthy fats that are great for pregnant women and can help you lose weight as well. Finally, figs can improve testicular health.

The Doctors: Shocking Red Rash From Steroid Withdrawal

Then, Dr Travis Stork shared images of a woman covered in a severe red rash resulting from steroid withdrawal. She was on steroids for an auto-immune condition, and now serves as an example of what can happen if you use steroids for too long and come off them too fast. Tapering is important when stopping steroids, to prevent your adrenal glands from shutting down.

Dr Travis also acknowledged, on a different note, that fear is something no one is immune to. Uma Thurman is reportedly afraid of small spaces, while Christina Ricci is reportedly afraid of house plants. Kendall Jenner apparently suffers from a fear of small holes. A very common fear is rhytiphobia, which is the fear of aging and getting wrinkles. Wrinkles was the word of the day and you can use the word wrinkles on the Doctors website to enter for a chance to win a beauty bundle from Benev worth $114.

The Doctors: Bridget Jones Pregnancy Lesson

For The Doctors’ News in 2:00, it was reported that actress Renee Zellweger, star of the latest Bridget Jones’ movie, plays a woman who is surprised to find out she’s pregnant and doesn’t know who the father is. It was revealed that Bridget actually used expired condoms which can provide a lesson for many who may not have realized that expired condoms can break and result in pregnancy and STIs.

The Doctors: Leprosy Scare At California Elementary

Parents at an elementary school in southern California are on high alert after it was reported that two students may have the bacterial infection that may cause disfiguring skin sores. Leprosy can spread through mucus and can be treated with antibiotics. School officials have stated that it will take weeks to confirm test results, but in the meantime many parents are keeping their children away from the school.

The Doctors: Disney World Fighting Zika Virus

According to the CDC, there are now 43 confirmed cases of the Zika virus in the state of Florida and all of those cases have been acquired from mosquitoes within the region. Now, Disney World in Orlando has implemented a resort-wide program to help fight the virus. Mosquito-prevention kiosks have been set up throughout the parks, where cast members hand out pamphlets about the virus and offer complimentary repellent.


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