In Case You Missed It: The Ups And Downs Of Three Female Celebrities, And A Head Transplant Might Be Sooner Than You Think

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Three A-list female celebrities: Halle Berry, Rosie O’Donnell, and Jennifer Lawrence, are either coming back to TV this summer, facing divorce, or trying to squash on-set fighting rumors respectively. And one surgeon has found a way to complete a head transplant, this will happen in a few years however.

In Case You Missed It (ICYMI) is a weekly snapshot of news, some politics, health and science, technology and entertainment items and happenings going on that you may have missed in the deluge of reporting that goes on in the oceans of the 24/7 news cycle. Chaka 2nd Opinion gives it to you.

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CBS Extant

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The crazy sounding science of head transplant is tame compared to the lives of these A-list celebrities. Halle Berry is returning to this summer’s TV mini-series “Extant” on CBS. The return date for Season Two’s “Extant,” a science-fiction show, is July 1.

In case you did not know, the show was a hit for CBS, and the first season followed Berry’s Molly Woods, an International Space and Exploration Administration (ISEA) astronaut, returning back to Earth after a 13-month solo mission. Molly lived with her husband Dr. John Woods (Goran Visnjic) and robotic son Ethan (Pierce Gagnon) on the Blue planet.

But Molly came back to Earth with a surprise, she was pregnant with a space baby. Molly, along with her son and husband, had to fight and successfully stop alien spores from landing on Earth that would eventually take over the human race.

The Season One finale left audiences with Molly’s alien offspring getting picked up by strangers on the highway, while Ethan had sacrificed his physical form by uploading his consciousness onto the internet.

Season 2, along with the show will be going through a revamp: the story is expected to focus on Molly tracking down her alien son who is threatening the human race. Camryn Manheim, who played Molly’s doctor and friend, along with Visnjic’s John will be coming back in limited episodes.

And Jeffrey Dean Morgan will be joining the cast as a mysterious stranger who will be helping Molly to stop the offspring from destroying the human race.

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Rosie O'Donnell

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From a dramatic syfy TV series starring Academy award winner Berry, to the drama of Rosie O’Donnell’s second divorce. O’Donnell is a former “The View” co-host and Daytime Emmy winner of “The Rosie O’Donnell Show.” O’Donnell first came to the “The View” in September 2006, then left in April 2007. And then she returned yet again in 2014 only to leave in February 2015.

The reason for O’Donnell’s departure, as she pointed out on the popular gab fest talk show in 2015, that it was related to her ongoing divorce from second wife Michelle Rounds.

Rounds and O’Donnell married in 2012, but they have now officially divorced. The divorce papers cite “an irretrievably broken relationship” for the breakup. O’Donnell’s representative Cindi Berger stated that they had broken up since November of last year.

O’Donnell also added that her reason for leaving “The View,” besides the stress of her divorce, was that her health was at risk, and she was worried about looking after her five children, four of which are teenagers. From 2004 to 2007 O’Donnell was married to Kelli Carpenter.

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From Berry’s impending battle with an alien and O’Donnell’s divorce conflict, to the Jennifer Lawrence so called drama happening between her and David O’Russell.

O’Russell who has worked with Lawrence on two films – “American Hustle” and “Silver Linings Playbook” – are working together once again in their new movie “Joy.” It has been reported that the pair did not have much happiness for each other because they got into a heated argument.

The whole incident has exploded into the ether of the internet to the point that Lawrence took to social media to squash the rumors of the squabble. Lawrence posted a statement on Facebook that the rumors are false:

“Hey guys! It’s Jen! I know I don’t go on here a lot because I can barely work email but there’s been a terrible rumor going around the last 24 hours so I wanted to clear it up.” The Oscar winning actress also added that she and O’Russell are close friends.

“David O. Russell is one of my closest friends and we have an amazing collaborative working relationship. I adore this man and he does not deserve this tabloid malarkey. This movie is going great and I’m having a blast making it!”

From female A-list celebrities to loosing your head. Don’t loose your head over this story.

A head transplant has already been done but on animals. One doctor is claiming that he has found a way to successfully do the procedure on humans.

Before the human head transplant procedure the animals paved the way. In the 1950s, a Russian transplant pioneer Vladimir Demikhov was able to graft the heads of dogs on other dogs. And in the 1970s, Dr. Robert White was able to remove a head from one monkey to the body of another monkey.

While those experiments lead to breakthroughs and what one doctor is proposing, the head transplant of the monkey was not at all 100 percent successful. White’s monkey did not survive past nine days because of transplant “immunorejection.”

“Immunorejection” or transplant rejection occurs when the grafted tissue is not accepted by the recipient’s immune system, and this therefore destroys the transplanted tissue.

Sergio Canavero, a surgeon and director of the Turin Advanced Neuromodulation Group in Italy, believes it could be done in humans. Canavero first proposed the idea in 2013. Canavero stated that with the techniques used in Demikhov and White’s experiments he can fix it.

For White’s monkey head transplant the spinal cord was not attached to the transplanted head, so the monkey was paralyzed from the neck down, and it also needed artificial respiratory assistance to breathe.

In Canavero’s study, published in Surgery Neurological International, he cites a four step process to the human head transplant procedure. Firstly, the transplant head and the donor’s body has to be cooled, kept cold, in order to prevent slow cell death.

Secondly, the neck of both would have to be cut and the major blood vessels linked to tubes to deliver chemicals and nutrients.

Thirdly, the spinal cords would have to be severed with a clean cut as much as possible. In order to join the spinal cords, the cut area has to be flushed out with polyethylene glycol, then followed by several hours of injections of the same; this type of aforementioned chemical causes the fat in the cell membranes to mesh.

Fourthly, the blood vessels, muscles and skin would then have to be sutured into the area; then the patient would be induced into a coma for several weeks so as to prevent the patient from moving. During the comatose process, electrodes would be made to stimulate the spine with electricity in order to strengthen the new nerve connections.

In case of rejection, the patient would be given anti-rejection immunosuppressants.

(CNET.com, Entertainment Weekly, New York Daily News, Fox News.)

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