With a pair of medical stories dominating the week's early headlines, on Monday "Piers Morgan Tonight" invited Dr. Sanjay Gupta to share his expertise on both Kate Middleton's pregnancy scare as well as the tragic murder-suicide which has sent shockwaves through the NFL.
Nineteen months after the famed Royal Wedding, the palace announced that Britain's Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, are expecting their first child. Not yet into her second trimester, Her Royal Highness was admitted to a central London hospital with acute morning sickness, forcing the news to be leaked earlier than might otherwise have been intended.
Garnering intense media coverage as expected, Gupta explained the specifics around the 30-year-old's condition:
"There's a lot of release of different hormones at the time that someone becomes pregnant, and around eight or nine weeks of the pregnancy is when those hormones become, start affecting the nausea centers, if you will, in the brain," said Gupta of what is clinically called Hyperemesis Gravidum. "It's very profound, meaning that you simply can not keep anything down. You try and give someone medication, pills for example to control nausea, and they simply can't keep it down. And that's typically what leads to the hospitalization, they need to get those IV fluids replaced. About 20 percent of these women, who have this condition, need a feeding tube to put in. So again, not typically life-threatening, Piers, but very serious."
Meanwhile, on the heels of the murder-suicide involving Kansas City Chief's linebacker Jovan Belcher, Gupta offered his insight into the relationships between football, brain injuries, and mental illness:
With the National Football League still reeling from the shocking murder-suicide involving Kansas City Chief's linebacker Jovan Belcher, this evening "Piers Morgan Tonight" invited Hall of Famer Joe Namath to share his insight on the violent and dangerous nature of America's most popular sport:
"Trauma to the head does cause some problems, the proteins that get active to kill the brain cells," he told Piers Morgan in an exclusive interview. "The more they advance, obviously, the depression sets in, the dementia sets in, various heinous diseases from the brain."
The latest in a list of recent NFL suicides, it's not yet clear as to whether or not Belcher's decision to take his own life can be linked to mental illness stemming from collisions on the field. But according to Namath, each and every time players strap on the equipment, and take their place between the white lines, their health and their lives are at risk: FULL POST
On Friday, "Piers Morgan Tonight" took on a decidedly British feel, as television personality Sharon Osbourne joined her mate for an exclusive, primetime interview.
Colleagues from their days as judges on "America's Got Talent," Piers Morgan and Osbourne discussed the guest's recent bout with cancer, her second such struggle with the disease:
"How did you feel when you got this back and thought, here we go again?" asked the "Piers Morgan Tonight" host.
"I couldn't see myself going through chemo again. That was really– it's not the operation for it, it's not any of that. It's the chemo that really gets you," revealed the 60-year-old mother of three. "I just thought, I don't want to do it, and if I can avoid it, then I will. And I don't want to keep going to be tested every six months, to have a mammogram."
Having undergone a double mastectomy in November, Osbourne shared her post-procedure emotions:
"Relieved," she said flatly. "I felt really relieved. I felt no more squishing my [breasts] in that mammogram, because they hurt, and especially with the fun bags. So it was like just relieved. That's the way I felt. And I did it the way I did it because I didn't want to worry friends and family. I just didn't - I didn't want a big to-do about it."
Friday's show, meanwhile, also featured Penn State football coach Bill O'Brien, the man who inherited the lofty challenge of leading a Nittany Lion program devastated by scandal and in complete overall disarray. FULL POST
On Friday, Piers Morgan reunited with his former colleague and longtime friend, Sharon Osbourne, for a wide-ranging and spirited interview that touched upon everything from health and politics to entertainment and economics.
Joining the program for a face to face primetime exclusive, the wife of heavy metal singer-songwriter Ozzy Osbourne revealed the reasons behind why she didn't make it to the polls on election day:
"Oh, because I'm a lazy old tart," said the woman who holds dual American and British citizenship.
But even though Osbourne didn't vote for the president, he nonetheless has her endorsement:
"I think that he's a very decent man. He's a decent man, and he really does want things to change for the better. And he is very proud of this country, loves it, and wants it to be the best. And I think his intentions are only honorable."
Asked by her fellow Brit how the United States can revitalize it's struggling economy, the co-host of "The Talk" emphasized the need for providing work to those living on American soil: FULL POST
Each day, we here at "Piers Morgan Tonight" put together the news you need to know – from what happened last night to what will happen today.
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