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Hip-Hop Health- Hill Harper (Thyroid Cancer)

Cancer survivor Hill Harper is having to watch what he eats and exercise religiously after his thyroid was removed in surgery. The author and actor has been given the all-clear after undergoing surgery to remove his cancerous thyroid – but now he faces a constant battle to stay in shape.

Hip-Hop Health- Missy Elliot (Graves Disease)

Graves disease is an immune system disorder that results in the overproduction of thyroid hormones (hyperthyroidism). While a num

Because thyroid hormones affect a number of different body systems, signs and symptoms associated with Graves’ disease can be wide ranging and significantly influence your overall well-being.ber of disorders may result in hyperthyroidism, Graves’ disease is the most common cause.

Graves’ disease is rarely life-threatening. Although it may affect anyone, Graves’ disease is more common among women and before the age of 40.

The primary treatment goals are to inhibit production of thyroid hormones and lessen the severity of symptoms.

CAUSES- Graves’ disease is caused by a dysfunction in the body’s disease-fighting immune system.

One normal immune system response is the production of antibodies designed to target a specific virus, bacterium or other foreign substance. In Graves’ disease — for reasons that aren’t well understood — the body produces an antibody to a particular protein on the surface of cells in the thyroid, a hormone-producing gland in the neck.

Normally, thyroid function is regulated by a hormone released by a tiny gland at the base of the brain (pituitary gland). The antibody associated with Graves’ disease — thyrotropin receptor antibody (TRAb) — can essentially mimic the action of the regulatory pituitary hormone. Therefore, TRAb overrides normal regulation of the thyroid and results in overproduction of thyroid hormones (hyperthyroidism).

Result of hyperthyroidism
Thyroid hormones affect a number of body functions, including:

  • Metabolism, the processing of nutrients to create energy for cells
  • Heart and nervous system function
  • Body temperature
  • Muscle strength
  • Menstrual cycle

Consequently, the impact of Graves’ disease may be widespread and result in a decline in the overall quality of life.

Cause of Graves’ ophthalmopathy
The exact cause of Graves’ ophthalmopathy is also not well understood. However, it appears that the same antibody that can cause thyroid dysfunction may also have an “attraction” to tissues surrounding the eyes. The antibody activity triggers inflammation and other immune system events that result in the signs and symptoms of Graves’ ophthalmopathy.

Graves’ ophthalmopathy often appears at the same time as hyperthyroidism or several months later. But signs and symptoms of ophthalmopathy may appear years before or after the onset of hyperthyroidism. Graves’ ophthalmopathy may also appear in the absence of hyperthyroidism.

Common signs and symptoms of Graves’ disease include:

  • Anxiety
  • Irritability
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Fatigue
  • A rapid or irregular heartbeat
  • A fine tremor of your hands or fingers
  • An increase in perspiration or warm, moist skin
  • Sensitivity to heat
  • Weight loss, despite normal eating habits
  • Enlargement of your thyroid gland (goiter)
  • Change in menstrual cycles
  • Erectile dysfunction or reduced libido
  • Frequent bowel movements or diarrhea
  • Bulging eyes (Graves’ ophthalmopathy)
  • Thick, red skin usually on the shins or tops of the feet (Graves’ dermopathy)

Graves’ ophthalmopathy
About half the people with Graves’ disease show some signs and symptoms of a condition known as Graves’ ophthalmopathy. In Graves’ ophthalmopathy, inflammation and other immune system events affect muscles and other tissues around your eyes. The resulting signs and symptoms may include:

  • Bulging eyes
  • Excess tearing
  • Dry, irritated eyes
  • Gritty sensation in the eyes
  • Pressure or pain in the eyes
  • Puffy eyelids
  • Reddened or inflamed eyes
  • Light sensitivity
  • Double vision
  • Limited eye movements, resulting in a fixed stare
  • Blurred or reduced vision (rare)
  • Ulcers on the cornea (rare)

Graves’ dermopathy
An uncommon manifestation of Graves’ disease, called Graves’ dermopathy, is the reddening and thickening of the skin, most often on your shins or the top of your feet.

When to see a doctor
A number of medical conditions can cause the signs and symptoms associated with Graves’ disease. See your doctor if you experience any potential Graves-related problems to get a prompt and accurate diagnosis.

Seek emergency care if you’re experiencing heart-related signs and symptoms, such as a rapid or irregular heartbeat.

Hip-Hop Health- Lil Wayne (Epilepsy)

Lil Wayne has opened up about his recent health drama, revealing he has epilepsy and regularly suffers life-threatening seizures, which fans never hear about.

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Children’s Rights Benefit & Afterparty

Thanks to all who helped make the 2012 Children’s Rights Benefit and Afterparty a success! The event, which took place in New York City’s Plaza Hotel, was hosted by long-time Children’s Rights board member Darryl ‘DMC’ McDaniels and featured special guest Kasseem ‘Swizz Beatz’ Dean, this year’s winner of the Children’s Rights Champion award. It was a truly special evening for all of our guests and we’re already looking forward to making next year’s event even better.

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The RZA To Host Parenting Workshop At Juvenile Hall On Father’s Day

The late Ol’ Dirty Bastard once said that the Wu-Tang Clan is for the children, and now, the RZA is putting that into action. This Father’s Day June 17, Bobby Digital will be working at an area juvenile detention center in Los Angeles, CA.

TMZ reports that the rapper/producer/actor will be hosting a workshop on fatherhood for inmates at the Los Angeles Juvenile Hall who will be raising children following their release. The Rzarector will be teaching inmates a number of skills and life lessons that they will need for raising their children, including changing changing diapers, dressing kids and more.

“[The RZA will help] educate the young men about their roles, responsibilities and expectations as fathers upon their release from juvenile hall,” explained the Los Angeles County Probation Department in a press release.

The RZA most recently appeared as a guest on the Showtime program “Californication” and reportedly been working with Method Man and Busta Rhymes.

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Nick Cannon Named As Anti-Bullying Ambassador

STOMP Out Bullying is excited to announce its newest Global Ambassador, Nick Cannon.

Nick recently took some time out to shed light on the important subject of Bullying and those affected by it. His new video “Die Young” was introduced on BET’s 106 & Park last week and it’s already a big hit. Both the video and the song are deeply personal to Nick and the track addresses real issues that so many people deal with each day. You can watch the video here.

Ross Ellis founder and Chief Executive Officer of STOMP Out Bullying said “we are thrilled that Nick has taken on this issue and produced such a compelling video which speaks to kids and teens and those who use suicide as an alternative to end their pain.”

Some people think that bullying is “just a fact of life” or “a rite of passage” and they don’t take it seriously … until someone they know is hurt by bullying – or worse because they’ve taken their lives. Here are the real facts:

  • 1 out of 4 kids are bullied
  • 9% To 35% of young people say they have been the victim of digital aggression
  • 9 out of 10 LGBT students experienced harassment at school
  • Child and teen Bullying and Cyberbullying are at an all-time high
  • Some kids are so tormented that suicide has become an alternative for them
  • It can mess up a kid’s future. Bullies are more likely to skip school, drop out of school, smoke, drink alcohol, get into fights and be arrested at some point in their life. 60% of boys who were bullies in middle school had at least one criminal conviction by the age of 24.
  • As many as 160,000 students may stay home on any given day because they’re afraid of their bullies and/or they just can’t take the pain anymore

Last June STOMP Out Bullying launched its HelpChat Line which to date has helped over 2,900 students and saved 52 lives. Nick Cannon’s video will no doubt raise public awareness for the issue of bullying and hopefully inspire many to take action and spread the message of tolerance and compassion.

Nick is the newest Global Ambassador for Stomp out Bullying. He joins other ambassadors such as Lance Bass, JoJo, Taye Diggs, Brittany Snow, Bella Thorne and many more.