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:
"It's hard, Piers, as we've talked about before on your program, to draw that cause and effect," said CNN's multiple Emmy award winning chief medical correspondent and host of the network's weekend health program "Sanjay Gupta, M.D." "With Jovan, particularly, he had a head injury back in 2009 that was documented. Sometimes it can be these, what are known as, sub-concussive blows, these blows where you just get right back up."
Watch the clip, and listen to the interview, as Gupta shares further perspective on the cases of both the Duchess of Cambridge, as well as the late Jovan Belcher.
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