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The “Cash Me Ousside” girl officially has more security than your average dignitary

Danielle Bregoli is apparently such a huge star, she needs presidential level security.

The 13 year old made headlines for a wild appearance on the “Dr. Phil Show” (and recently punching a woman on a flight), and all of that “fame” means she needs major protection.

RELATED: Honey Boo Boo warns sister Pumpkin to be careful what she says about the “cash me ousside” girl

According to TMZ, Bregoli has hired Guardian Security, whose employees have served as protection for Chris Brown, Nicki Minaj, Ciara and Future. The men who have been spotted with Bregoli even handled crowd control at some of President Trump’s rallies.

Now that’s taking advantage of your 15 minutes of fame!

Sinead O’Connor finally apologizes for accusing Arsenio Hall of giving Prince drugs before his death

Sinead O’Connor is apologizing to Arsenio Hall after making inflammatory remarks following Prince’s death.

Shortly after Prince passed away, O’Connor went on a rampage on social media and accused Hall of fueling the late singer’s drug habit. Hall denied the claims and filed a $5 million lawsuit against O’Connor.

On Wednesday, she apologized for the remarks in a statement to TMZ.

RELATED: Honey Boo Boo warns sister Pumpkin to be careful what she says about the “cash me ousside” girl

“I apologize for my Facebook posts about Arsenio Hall to the extent that anyone thought I was accusing him of acting as Prince’s drug dealer and supplying him with illegal hard drugs, or insinuating that Arsenio had something to do with Prince’s death,” she wrote. “I sincerely apologize because those statements would be false, and I retract them unequivocally.”

The lawsuit will reportedly be dropped now that she has apologized, according to joint statement made by Hall and O’Connor.

“Sinead has retracted and apologized for statements she made about Arsenio last year, which prompted his defamation lawsuit against her,” the statement read.

Hollywood tore President Trump apart on social media after he rescinded transgender student bathroom rights

Here we go again.

Some of Hollywood’s hottest celebrities were fired up on Wednesday after President Trump revoked the federal protections for transgender students that allowed them to use any locker room or bathroom that matches their gender identity.

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Authors, actors, comedians and singers collectively took a stand on social media in opposition of Trump’s decision.

Here’s what they had to say:

This is disgusting. This is unacceptable. I #StandWithGavin and every Trans person who deserve nothing less than protection and equality. — Brie Larson (@brielarson) February 23, 2017 What an asshole! Trump administration withdraws federal protections on transgender bathrooms in schools @CNNPolitics — Lance Bass (@LanceBass) February 23, 2017 Just seeing the news about removing laws protecting trans people. This isn’t about politics. It’s about human rights, and it’s not okay. — Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) February 23, 2017 Standing with my Trans fam. This is not ok. This is an attack on all of us. I love you. — Wilson Cruz (@wcruz73) February 23, 2017 ✊️ — Tegan and Sara (@teganandsara) February 23, 2017 Trans kids: it gets better. I promise it will–because there are lots of allies out here who will be fighting on your behalf. — Jodi Picoult (@jodipicoult) February 23, 2017 This is what fascism looks like. — Cassandra (@ChrisWarcraft) February 23, 2017 Oh yeah! Because #trans students are the REAL threat. Jesus. #LGBT #LGBTQ #wtf @BetsyDeVosED @jeffsessions — Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) February 22, 2017 We need to protect trans youth and stand up against this cruelty that hurts our kids. Support @Translifeline — Ellen Page (@EllenPage) February 22, 2017


7 things to know now: New planets; SpaceX, Powerball, CPAC

Here's a roundup of news trending across the nation and world today.

What to know now:

1. New Planets: NASA announced Wednesday that astronomers have discovered seven Earth-size planets orbiting a single nearby star. The planets could hold life, scientists say. They were spotted less than 40 light-years away in the constellation Aquarius, according to NASA.

2. Indiana teen murders: Police are asking for help in identifying a man whose voice was recorded on a cell phone by one of two girls who were murdered while hiking in Indiana. The recording, in which a man is heard saying “down the hill,” was released Wednesday by police investigating the murders of Liberty German and Abigale Williams.

3. SpaceX Dragon: The SpaceX Dragon cargo ship is trying for a second time to meet up with the International Space Station. The Dragon’s first attempt was aborted Wednesday when navigation systems recognized something wrong in data about the station’s location. The ship will try to rendezvous with the Space Station early Thursday.

4. Visiting Mexico: U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly will meet with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto on Thursday. The two are expected to talk about immigration with Peña Nieto, two days after the Trump administration issued new directives on deportation of undocumented immigrants.

5. Powerball winner: One ticket, sold in Indiana, matched all six of the Powerball lottery numbers drawn Wednesday night. The numbers are 10-13-28-52-61 and Powerball 2. Because of brisk ticket sales, the jackpot jumped to an estimated $435 million just prior to the drawing.

And one more

The Conservative Political Action Conference – CPAC – will see several members of the Trump White House speaking Thursday, with President Trump on tap to speak there Friday. Vice President Mike Pence, Kellyanne Conway, Stephen Bannon and Reince Priebus will speak Thursday. Someone not speaking at CPAC is Milo Yiannopoulos, a former Breitbart News editor who was un-invited after a video surfaced in which he seemed to defend sexual relationships between 13-year-old boys and adult men.

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Bill would require Iowa universities to check political affiliation before hiring new professors

In the interest of maintaining “balance in the employment of faculty,” a Republican lawmaker in Iowa has proposed a bill that would make political affiliation a condition of hiring new professors at state universities and require universities to maintain current records of faculty political party affiliation.

Under SF288, it would be illegal for the faculty of any Iowa state university to have more than a 10 percent majority in favor of a single political party. This requires the state commissioner of elections to submit annual party registration data on current professors. It also requires the commissioner to submit voter registration data to screen all new applicants for teaching roles.

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College professors may choose to register as Republicans, Democrats or no party/unaffiliated; if a professor chooses no party, he or she would simply not be counted in determining the majority of the faculty. If the political party affiliation of an otherwise qualified candidate for a teaching role would tip a faculty’s political party majority past 10 percent, that candidate cannot be hired under this law.

SF288 was introduced by state Sen. Mark Chelgren, a Republican. The GOP gained majorities in the Iowa House and Senate last year; Gov. Terry Branstad is a Republican.

While discrimination by party affiliation is not expressly illegal under federal employment law (though some states prohibit it), Iowa Democrats say this law is intended to intimidate traditionally Democratic-leaning university faculties and freeze hiring at state universities. Critics also note that such a requirement could be easily gamed by simply switching party affiliations.

The bill has been referred to Iowa’s Standing Committee on Education.

Here’s why you are seeing a red X on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram posts

You are likely to see a lot of red Xs on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram Thursday as politicians, celebrities and others support the “Shine a Light on Slavery Day."

The Xs are part of a campaign by a coalition of 16 non-profit groups that is working to raise awareness of the problem around the world. The End It Movement has adopted the red X as a sign of support for efforts to stop modern-day slavery and human trafficking.

Appreciate @aplusk @thorn & @ecmassimino @humanrights1st's commitment to the #enditmovement & support of #EndSlaveryAct— John McCain (@SenJohnMcCain) February 15, 2017

Last week, the U.S. Senate's Foreign Relations Committee held an End Modern Slavery hearing. Actor Aston Kutcher was among those who testified to the horrors of human trafficking and slavery that still exists in many countries. 

If you want to take part in the movement, go to the website for the End It awareness campaign. There, you can find downloadable resources, including red Xs.

Or, some are taking red lipstick, making an X on their hand, and posting a photo of it to show their support.

Look for the hastags #EndSlaveryAct and #EndItMovement.

April the giraffe birth live stream removed from YouTube

UPDATE, 8:02 a.m. EST: Officials from Animal Adventure Park took to Facebook Live to address YouTube's removal of the April the giraffe live stream.

>> Watch here

Posted by Animal Adventure Park on Thursday, February 23, 2017

UPDATE, 7:37 a.m. EST: The live stream of April the giraffe was removed from YouTube early Thursday.

"Upset Youtube has suspended the LIVE FEED for nudity & sexual content? LET THEM KNOW," Animal Adventure Park wrote on Facebook. "You can thank Animal Rights Extremists for this issue."

The park said it will address the issue at 8 a.m. EST on Facebook Live. We will provide the stream when it is available.

We will be FACEBOOK LIVE from the Giraffe Barn at 8:00 AM ESTPosted by Animal Adventure Park on Thursday, February 23, 2017

ORIGINAL STORY: The impending birth of a baby giraffe has the internet waiting with bated breath.

April the giraffe is getting ready to welcome a calf with her mate, Oliver, at Animal Adventure Park in Harpursville, New York.

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Animal Adventure Park has a webcam in April's quarters, capturing all the moments leading up to the birth.

>> Watch the live stream here

April is 15 years old, and this will be her fourth calf. Oliver is 5 years old, and this is his first calf. 

For more information, visit Animal Adventure Park's YouTube stream.

Geriatricians Can Help Aging Patients Navigate Multiple Ailments

For months, Teresa Christensen’s 87-year-old mother, Genevieve, complained of pain from a nasty sore on her right foot. She stopped going to church. She couldn’t sleep at night. Eventually, she stopped walking except when absolutely necessary.

Her primary care doctor prescribed three antibiotics, one after another. None worked.

“Doctor, can’t we do some further tests?” Teresa Christensen remembered asking. “I felt that he was looking through my mother instead of looking at her.”

Referred to a wound clinic, Genevieve was diagnosed with a venous ulcer, resulting from poor circulation in her legs. A few weeks ago, she had a successful procedure to correct the problem and returned home to the house where she’s lived for more than 50 years in Cottage Grove, Minn., a suburb of St. Paul.

Would her mother benefit from seeing a geriatrician going forward, wondered Christensen, her mother’s primary caregiver, in an email to me? And, if so, how would she go about finding one?

I reached out to several medical experts, and they agreed that a specialist in geriatrics could help a patient like Genevieve, with a history of breast cancer and heart failure, who’d had open heart surgery at age 84 and whose mobility was now compromised.

Geriatricians are “experts in complexity,” said Dr. Eric Widera, director of the geriatrics medicine fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco.

No one better understands how multiple medical problems interact in older people and affect their quality of life than these specialists on aging. But their role in the health care system remains poorly understood and their expertise underused.

Interviews with geriatricians offer insights useful to older adults and their families:

Basic knowledge. Geriatricians are typically internists or family physicians who have spent an extra year becoming trained in the unique health care needs of older adults.

They’re among the rarest of medical specialties. In 2016, there were 7,293 geriatricians in the U.S. — fewer than two years before, according to the American Geriatrics Society.

Geriatricians can serve as primary care doctors, mostly to people in their 70s, 80s and older who have multiple medical conditions. They also provide consultations and work in interdisciplinary medical teams caring for older patients.

Recognizing that training programs can’t meet expected demand as the population ages, the specialty has launched programs to educate other physicians in the principles of geriatric medicine.

“We’ve been trying to get all clinicians trained in what we call the ‘101 level’ of geriatrics,” said Dr. Rosanne Leipzig, a professor of geriatrics at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City.

Essential competencies. Researchers have spent considerable time over the past several years examining what, exactly, geriatricians do.

A 2014 article by Leipzig and multiple co-authors defined 12 essential competencies, including optimizing older adults’ functioning and well-being; helping seniors and their families clarify their goals for care and shaping care plans accordingly; comprehensive medication management; extensive care coordination; and providing palliative and end-of-life care, among others skills.

Underlying these skills is an expert understanding how older adults’ bodies, minds and lives differ from middle-age adults.

“We take a much broader history that looks at what our patients can and can’t do, how they’re getting along in their environment, how they see their future, their support systems, and their integration in the community,” said Dr. Kathryn Eubank, medical director of the Acute Care for Elders unit at the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center. “And when a problem arises with a patient, we tend to ask ‘How do we put this in the context of other concerns that might be contributing?’ ”

Geriatric syndromes. Another essential competency is a focus on issues that other primary care doctors often neglect — notably falls, incontinence, muscle weakness, frailty, fatigue, cognitive impairment and delirium. In medicine, these are known as “geriatric syndromes.”

“If you’re losing weight, you’re falling, you can’t climb a flight of stairs, you’re tired all the time, you’re unhappy and you’re on 10 or more medications, go see a geriatrician,” said Dr. John Morley, professor of geriatrics at Saint Louis University.

“Much of what we do is get rid of treatments prescribed by other physicians that aren’t working,” Morley continued.

Recently, he wrote of an 88-year-old patient with metastasized prostate cancer who was on 26 medications. The older man was troubled by profound fatigue, which dissipated after Morley took him off all but one medication. (Most of the drugs had minimal expected benefit for someone at the end of life.) The patient died peacefully eight months later.

Eubank tells of an 80-year-old combative and confused patient whom her team saw in the hospital after one of his legs had been amputated. Although physicians recognized the patient was delirious, they had prescribed medications that worsened that condition, given him insufficient pain relief and overlooked his constipation.

“Medications contributing to the patient’s delirium were stopped. We made his room quieter so he was disturbed less and stopped staff from interrupting his sleep between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.,” Eubank said. “We worked to get him up out of bed, normalized his life as much as possible and made sure he got a pocket talker [hearing device] so he could hear what was going on.”

Over the next four days, the patient improved every day and was successfully discharged to rehabilitation.

Finding help. A geriatric consultation typically involves two appointments: one to conduct a comprehensive assessment of your physical, psychological, cognitive and social functioning, and another to go over a proposed plan of care.

The American Geriatrics Society has a geriatrician-finder on its website — a useful resource. Also, you can check whether a nearby medical school or academic medical center has a department of geriatrics.

Many doctors claim competency in caring for older adults. Be concerned if they fail to go over your medications carefully, if they don’t ask about geriatric syndromes or if they don’t inquire about the goals you have for your care, advised Dr. Mindy Fain, chief of geriatrics and co-director of the Arizona Center on Aging at the University of Arizona.

Also, don’t hesitate to ask pointed questions: Has this doctor had any additional training in geriatric care? Does she approach the care of older adults differently — if so, how? Are there certain medications she doesn’t use?

“You’ll be able to see in the physician’s mannerisms and response if she takes you seriously,” Leipzig said.

If not, keep looking for one who does.

KHN’s coverage related to aging & improving care of older adults is supported by The John A. Hartford Foundation.

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