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Nick Cannon: Health woes due to 'lupus type' autoimmune disease

Nick Cannon, Mariah Carey and Morrocan

Nick Cannon shared a bit more about his health struggles at a DJ gig Wednesday, explaining that his kidney problems and more recent blood clots in his lungs stem from a "lupus type" autoimmune condition.

"The blood clot thing was probably the scariest," Mr. Mariah Carey told People, referring to his mid-February hospitalization, which followed kidney problems over the holidays. "I thought I was getting better, and then that happened, so that kind of came out of nowhere."

No one else in his family, he said, has the condition, which he described to the mag as "like a lupus type of thing."

(Lupus itself is a chronic inflammatory disease that can affect various parts of the body, especially the skin, joints, blood and kidneys, according to the Lupus Foundation of America. Symptoms can range from mild to life-threatening.)

Cannon, who quit his daily morning radio show last month, says he's now trying to get six hours of sleep a night and is taking it easy at home.   

At the end of January, the father of twins and "America's Got Talent" host posted the video below on his personal website, explaining what he'd been through during the Christmas holidays and up to that point. In mid-February, he was hospitalized again but managed to keep the situation quiet until he was back home.

 

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Photo: Mariah Carey, Nick Cannon and their son Moroccan at the BET Honors in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 14. Credit: Jose Luis Magana / Associated Press


Nick Cannon: Health concerns take him off morning radio show

Nick Cannon: Health concerns dog him once again
Nick Cannon, whose health was a major concern for him over the Christmas and New Year's holidays, has quit his weekday morning FM radio show on doctors' orders.

"Under doctors' orders, I have been asked to put my health first and cut back on some of my professional commitments in order to allow my body to get the rest that it needs to keep up with the demands of my multi-tasking schedule," Cannon said in a statement Friday, the day he hosted his final 92.3 NOW morning show.

On Twitter, he called it "a bitter sweet morning," noting that doctors had "found blood clots in my lungs and said if I don't slow down and stop working so hard then it's a wrap!"

Cannon has had more than work to keep him busy in recent months: He and wife Mariah Carey welcomed twins last April. He was hospitalized in high-altitude Aspen, Colo., over the holidays, then moved to Los Angeles for further treatment, reportedly for kidney issues.

He had given a few details about his current situation Wednesday on the show: "It's my first day back since Friday, and not many people have known this but, uh ... I’ve been in the hospital since Friday. I was having a lot of pain in my back. ... I learned that I had blood clots in my lung ... an enlarged ventricle in the right side of my heart."

The "America's Got Talent" host -- he's slated to return to that job this summer -- said Friday that he'll continue to host his syndicated "Cannon's Countdown" weekend program.

"I guess I can't drive at 200 mph for the whole road trip, Time to put the car in cruise control," he said on Twitter, adding, "Even Super Man had to sleep!"

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Photo: Nick Cannon in Hollywood in October. Credit: Frederick M. Brown / Getty Images


Nick Cannon has 'good prognosis,' may be home soon, Mariah says

Nick Cannon in the hospital with Mariah Carey

Nick Cannon is almost ready to take on the world again, according to wife Mariah Carey, who posted a happier picture of her hubby in the hospital than the world saw a couple of days back.

"Nick is in stable condition with a good prognosis, hopefully he'll be discharged within 2 days," Carey said on Twitter after thanking fans for their "love & concern."

"As always he's laughing and in good spirits."

Cannon was hospitalized in Aspen, Colo., on Tuesday with what Carey called "mild kidney failure" and one doctor speculated was really a version of acute kidney failure, which can be a "silent" disease until a person lands in the hospital in pain.

In addition to severe pain, Dr. Madeleine Pahl, told L.A. Now, "Almost every organ in your body, every system is affected. So you are retaining fluid and you might swell." (Pahl is chief of nephrology at UC Irvine Medical Center and a specialist in kidney disorders.)

Cannon was moved to an L.A. hospital Wednesday and by Thursday was "getting back to business," he tweeted, posting a picture of himself getting a haircut in his hospital room. On Friday, a couple of hours after Carey said her hubby was stable and laughing, Cannon tweeted that he'd "Just left the operating table and I was awake during the whole procedure. #OUCH"; messages to his rep to confirm whether a procedure had actually occurred were not immediately returned.

Cannon, Carey and their twins, Monroe and Moroccan, had been celebrating the holidays in Aspen when he fell ill.

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Photo: Nick Cannon and Mariah Carey at an undisclosed L.A. hospital. Credit: Mariah Carey / Twitter


Nick Cannon moved from Aspen to an L.A. hospital for treatment

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Nick Cannon, who is suffering from what wife Mariah Carey called "minor kidney failure," has been moved to a hospital bed closer to home -- so much for being "straaaaaanded in Aspen," right?

"Currently being transfered to a hospital in LA. Thank you all for all your love, prayers and concern. You know me... I will be a'ight," Cannon said late Wednesday on Twitter.

The stranded reference has come from Carey on her blog as she put a "dramatic diva" spin on what she acknowledged was a "serious situation." The couple and their 6-month-old twins, Moroccan and Monroe, had been celebrating the holidays in fine style in the Colorado enclave.

Mild kidney failure: What is it?

In the medical community, there really is no term called "mild kidney failure," Dr. Bryan Becker, the immediate past president of the National Kidney Foundation, told the Booster Shots blog Wednesday via a rep. However, Becker speculated that Cannon might have been hospitalized for some decrease in kidney function.

The kidneys flush extra fluids, waste material and salts from the blood, so if they slack off for whatever reason -- Becker mentioned illness, dehydration, taking an over-the-counter non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication -- those things may build up in the body. Ouch.

Cannon's "America's Got Talent" cohorts expressed sympathy, with Howie Mandel tweeting "Get well buddy" and Sharon Osbourne saying on "The Talk" (see it below), "He is such a naughty, gorgeous boy, he's going to be fine ... He's young, he's strong and he's going to be fine."

Carey told People that Cannon was stable but "in a lot of pain."

But the Nick is still Nick: "As always," Carey said, "he's in good spirits considering the situation."

 

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Photo: Nick Cannon in October. Credit: Matt Sayles / Associated Press

 


Nick Cannon hospitalized for kidney issues after Aspen holiday

Nick Cannon in the hospital with Mariah Carey

Nick Cannon has been hospitalized for what wife Mariah Carey described as mild kidney failure. The singer tweeted the picture above Wednesday, after a kid-centric holiday in Aspen that Nick said would realize a lifelong dream.

"We're trying to be as festive as possible under the circumstances but please keep Nick in your thoughts because this is very painful," Carey wrote on her blog.

"They tried to kick me out of the hospital," she added, but -- a diva gets what a diva wants, and Mariah wasn't going anywhere. She noted that it was a big turnaround from a year ago, when Nick was at her side after she gave birth to their twins, Monroe and Moroccan.

'Mild' kidney failure: What is it?

The Christmas trip to Aspen was going to be a big deal for all involved, Cannon told the Ministry at the beginning of December.

"I think my wife has been planning this all her life, Christmas with the kids," Cannon said. "We always have a real Santa Claus come with real reindeer on Christmas Eve, but this is the first time with our own children."

An elaborate dinner and church services in Aspen were on the agenda, plus the "real Santa Claus ... with real reindeer" that has been a part of their holiday celebrations since before dem babies showed up.

Carey said Wednesday on her blog, "We're doing OK but we're "straaaaaanded in Aspen". #DramaticDivaPlace (I know, we could be in a lot worse places) but the truth is as long as we're together, we're OK. I'm not trying to make light out of the situation because it's a serious moment that's very tough on all of us so please keep us and our family in your prayers."

About 26 million Americans suffer from chronic kidney disease, according to the National Kidney Foundation, which notes that early detection can help prevent the disease from progressing to kidney failure. African Americans, Hispanics, Pacific Islanders, Native Americans and seniors are at increased risk of kidney disease, the foundation says.

George Lopez and Tracy Morgan are among the celebs who've had kidney transplants.

Cannon's rep had no further information Wednesday about his condition but told the Associated Press the actor and "America's Got Talent" host is still hospitalized.

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Photo: Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon in the hospital in Aspen on Wednesday. Credit: Twitter

 


Worst celebrity baby names of 2011: Moroccan, Bear Blu, Zuzu

Mariah Carey's son Morroccan tied for the year's worst baby name

What distinction do Mariah Carey, Alicia Silverstone and "Top Chef" contestant Tania Peterson share? They all had babies this year, and they all chose poorly when it came time to fill out the birth certificate.

According to a poll of 10,000 visitors to the website BabyNames.com, Silverstone and husband Christopher Jarecki tied with Mariah Carey and husband Nick Cannon for the worst celebrity boys' name.

Carey and Cannon gave birth to twins on April 30, but their girl Monroe was spared any infamy. Carey and Cannon's son, Moroccan Scott Cannon, was not so lucky. A few days later, on May 5, Silverstone and Jarecki had Bear Blu Jarecki. And it was done.

Meanwhile, pastry chef Tania Peterson and husband Phil are all alone at the top of the worst celebrity baby names for girls. Their daughter, Zuzu Audrey Peterson, was born Jan. 30.

But not all celebs display astoundingly bad judgment when it comes to naming their offspring. Pink and her motocross racer husband Carey Hart gave birth to daughter Willow Sage Hart on June 2. She topped the poll for the best celebrity girl's baby name. Ne-Yo (real name Shaffer Chimere Smith Jr.) and girlfriend Monyetta Shaw gave birth to their second child: Mason Evan Smith. He topped the poll as having best celebrity boy's baby name.

Some celebs seemed to be channeling one another: Neil Patrick Harris, Tiffani Thiessen and the Beckhams all chose the name Harper, which is now 2011's 10th most-popular baby name overall.

Among the parents-to-be who might appear on the poll in 2012: Kourtney Kardashian, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Peter Sarsgaard, Robert Downey Jr., Alyson Hannigan, Jessica Simpson and "Dancing With the Stars" winner J.R. Martinez.

Here's hoping they all choose to get creative in the maternity ward.

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Photo: Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon cradle their babies, Monroe and Moroccan, for a Barbara Walters interview. Credit: Getty Images


Mariah Carey is thrilled with HMS Ocean's Christmas video

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Mariah Carey is thrilled with the men and women of Britain's Royal Navy after the crew of the HMS Ocean posted a music video set to Carey's "All I Want For Christmas Is You."

The sailors, some dressed in uniform, others dressed in only the Union Jack, sway back and forth and lip-synch to Carey's heavy-rotation Christmas tune.

The Ocean had planned to have a seven-week deployment this year, but was diverted to Libya and other operations and has been gone for 7 1/2 months. No wonder the crew is getting a little punchy.

On Twitter, Carey said, "This is the best thing I've ever seen, you guys just made my day! Happy Happy Christmas!!! x0x0 to the troops."

The Ocean will be returning home on Friday after 225 days away, with 176 of them at sea.

According to a series of statistics posted on YouTube along with the video, the 400 men and women on board (just under 900 during the ship's amphibious exercises) have traveled more than 40,000 miles, burned 6,000 tons of fuel and have seen five of their own get married. Yes, the troops were able to get back for their own weddings.

No doubt the troops are giddy about getting back for the holidays. Here's hoping they cover up. England is cold!

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Mariah Carey's been planning kids' first Christmas 'all her life'

Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon and dem babies

Nick Cannon knew what he was getting into when he married singer Mariah Carey, a woman he calls "Miss Christmas," but their infant twins are in for a big surprise.

"I think my wife has been planning this all her life, Christmas with the kids," Cannon told the Ministry this week. "We always have a real Santa Claus come with real reindeer on Christmas Eve, but this is the first time with our own children."

Yes, we'd call booking Santa and his entourage going all out, but wait, there's more: Cannon said the holiday tradition will also feature an elaborate dinner and church services in Aspen where the entire clan will "be as festive as we can."

Twins Monroe and Moroccan, debuted on "20/20" in October, can look forward to some quality time with their parents at year's end, but it's right back to work for Dad in 2012.

Cannon is a recurring character on Maya Rudolph and Christina Applegate's sitcom "Up All Night" and pushing a stand-up DVD and hosting a radio show from New York. In February, he'll add director to his credits.

"It's my first feature," he said. "Think about movies like 'House Party,' or 'Friday'; it's a modern equivalent of that."

Cannon said the film was in the beginning stages of casting, has a home at production company Lionsgate and will heavily involve figures from the L.A. dance movement like the New Boyz and the Ranger$.

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Photo: Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon cradle dem babies, Monroe and Morroccan, for a Barbara Walters interview. Credit: Getty Images


Mariah Carey loses 30 pounds after delivering 'dem babies'

Mariah Carey has lost weight

Mariah Carey's sweet, sweet fantasy of an impressive post-baby body has come true: The songbird has lost 30 pounds in three months, as revealed in a midriff-baring magazine spread.

Carey, who's been getting in the mommy swing of things, said she packed on pounds while carrying Monroe and Moroccan, her twins with husband Nick Cannon. "Dem babies," as she's called them, were born in April, and then in June she got serious about taking back her body.

"I gained an enormous amount of weight," she tells Us Weekly. 

"It was a huge blessing to be able to have the babies," Carey said, "but I felt trapped in my body because I couldn't move."

And it turns out, Carey didn't go the routes of a stringent, Paltrow-like, macrobiotic diet or a medieval-inspired fitness contraption. She's the new spokesperson for Jenny (aka Jenny Craig). 

Her regimen consists of a strict 1,500-calorie-per-day intake and three workouts a week -- not including chasing after the twins. Carey says she's proud of her efforts. What say you? Tell us in comments. 

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Photo: Mariah Carey announcing her new Jenny affiliation Wednesday at a press event in New York City. Credit: Charles Sykes / Associated Press

 


Mariah Carey, Nick Cannon debut twins on ‘20/20’

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Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon introduced the world to twins Monroe and Moroccan on Friday during a “20/20” interview with Barbara Walters.

The segment gave fans a first-time look at “Dem Babies” (a nickname bestowed by mom and dad) and details on Mariah’s difficult pregnancy.

The 6-month olds, known as Roc and Roe, were dressed in their Sunday best for the big reveal. During Barbara’s nursery visit she even got to hold little Roc, while proud mama Mariah sang “We Belong Together.”

Bringing the babes into the world was no small feat. Mariah told Barbara she did have fertility treatments, including progesterone before and during her pregnancy to reduce the chance of another miscarriage.

Once she conceived, the risks increased. “I don’t think I understood the enormity and the magnitude of what it really does to your body,” Carey said. “Carrying two babies. Unless somebody’s been through it, it’s difficult to understand what I went through, because my pregnancy was very unique in terms of what happened to me.”

What happened? Carey suffered from gestational diabetes and was at risk for seizures. She was also on bed rest, experienced false labor pains and made multiple trips to the hospital.

The babies were born at 35 weeks on the couple’s third wedding anniversary, April 30, to the live version of Mariah’s hit song “Fantasy.” Nick played delivery room deejay during his wife’s C section. “I wanted them to hear the applause,” Carey confessed.

Now, the May-December couple couldn’t be happier.

“My family gives me everything,” Cannon confessed. “Unconditional love means … the world to me. I mean, it’s completion.”

“It’s just love,” Carey added. “It’s a beautiful place to be.”

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Photo: From left: Barbara Walters, Mariah Carey, Monroe, Moroccan and Nick Cannon. Credit: ABC News.


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