Connie Culp, the First Patient in the U.S. to Receive a Face Transplant, Dies at 57


Connie Culp, who made history as the first person to receive a face transplant in the United States, has died, the Cleveland Clinic confirmed. She was 57.

Culp died on Thursday evening, according to WKYC. Her cause of death remains unknown.

"We are saddened by the loss of Connie Culp, the first face transplant recipient in the U.S. She was an inspiration to all of us at Cleveland Clinic," the Cleveland Clinic, where Culp had her 2008 surgery, tweeted on Friday.

Dr. Frank Papay, who was a part of Culp's surgical team, also included a special message in Culp's memory.

"Connie was an incredibly brave, vibrant woman and an inspiration to many," the chair of Cleveland Clinic's Dermatology and Plastic Surgery Institute wrote. "Her strength was evident in the fact that she had been the longest-living face transplant to date. She was a great pioneer and her decision to undergo a sometimes-daunting procedure is an enduring gift for all of humanity."

In 2004, Culp's husband, Thomas Culp, pointed a shotgun at her and pulled the trigger, leaving her horribly disfigured. According to Today, Culp's husband was later sent to jail for seven years.

Thirty corrective surgeries later, Culp became the first person in the U.S. — and only the fourth in the world — to receive a near-total face transplant.

During a 22-hour operation at the Cleveland Clinic, eight surgeons replaced 80 percent of Culp’s face, giving her a new nose, upper lip, palate and front teeth, all from the same donor and she later received a prosthetic right eye.

Culp told PEOPLE in 2011 that her new face “made [her] feel stronger” and “more positive about who [she was].”

After her transplant, Culp got a divorce, moved into a new apartment, and began speaking to other victims of domestic abuse and violence.

As a pioneer in medical science, Culp encouraged others who underwent surgery. Following her transplant, about 40 other face transplants have been performed around the world — three of which were at the Cleveland Clinic, Today reported.

"Thinking about Connie is thinking about someone who's not giving up," Dr. Maria Siemionow, who led Culpo's surgery, told Today. "And I'll not give up."

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Bump Up the Jam! These Celebs Showed Off Their Baby Bumps in Music Videos


Moms really can do it all.

On Thursday, a pregnant Nicki Minaj posted a video on Instagram where she is seen effortlessly rapping along to her latest single, "Move Ya Hips," her just-released collaboration with A$AP Ferg and MadeinTYO. Minaj announced on July 20 that she and husband Kenneth Petty are expecting their first child together, alongside a set of glam snapshots baring her baby bump.

Because celebrity moms are no strangers to putting in work while — no big deal — nurturing and growing another human life, here are nine other singers and performers who gave multi-tasking a new meaning and showed off their baby bumps while showing off their skills.

Katy Perry

The singer revealed that she is expecting her first child with fiancé Orlando Bloom when she debuted her growing baby bump in the music video for her song "Never Worn White."

Carrie Underwood

In 2018 the country music singer revealed her baby bump in the music video for "Love Wins," showing it off in a flowing orange dress while singing in an open field. The star had just announced that she was expecting her second child with husband Mike Fisher.

P!nk

The singer, who was expecting her daughter Willow at the time, cradled her baby bump in the music video for "Perfect," which made the already emotional song even more heartfelt.

Solange

We love a supportive big sister! Beyoncé made sure to include her sister Solange, then pregnant with son Julez, in the music video for "Soldier," when the group sang the lyric "known to carry big things if ya know what I mean."

Beyoncé

After revealing that she was pregnant while performing at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards, Beyoncé included her bump in the music video for "Countdown," pointing to her stomach while singing "I'm tryna make us three from that two." The singer gave birth to her first child with husband Jay-Z, baby girl Blue Ivy Carter, on Jan. 7, 2012.

Cardi B

The rapper revealed that she was expecting her first child with her husband, Migos rapper Offset, while performing live on Saturday Night Live in 2018. The couple welcomed their daughter, Kulture Kiari in July of that year.

Jessie James Decker

The country music star released the video for her song “Flip My Hair” in January 2018, in which she performed an impressive dance routine – while six months pregnant with her third child!

Natalie Portman

In 2017, a very pregnant Natalie Portman starred in the music video for James Blake's "My Willing Heart." And when we say "very pregnant," we mean literally days away from giving birth to her daughter Amalia.

Teyana Taylor

Teyana Taylor revealed the happy news that she is expecting her second child with a music video for her song "Wake Up Love." In the closing scene of the video, Taylor shares a kiss in bed with her 4-year-old daughter Iman Tayla (a.k.a. Junie) and NBA pro husband, Iman Shumpert, before pulling down her blanket and lifting up her shirt to reveal her baby bump for the first time.

One thing's for sure: These famous kiddos will have some pretty cool stories to tell!

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Georgia News Anchor Becomes First Person to Receive COVID-19 Vaccine Shot in Phase 3 Trial



Dawn said that her injection was "painless" and she was not informed whether she was given the placebo or the vaccine.

Earlier this week, Dr. Anthony Fauci shared that this prospective vaccine is being developed at a speed like never before.

It's "the fastest from the time a virus, a pathogen, was identified to the time it actually goes into a Phase 3 trial, literally in the history of vaccinology in the United States at least, and maybe even throughout the world," he explained during an NIH event on Facebook Live on Monday.

In mid-July, early test results from Phase 1 of the trial reflected potential success, with Fauci calling the trial "very good news."

According to the National Institutes of Health, the vaccine, mRNA-1273, was "generally well tolerated and prompted neutralizing antibody activity in healthy adults."

The vaccine is "designed to induce neutralizing antibodies directed at a portion of the coronavirus 'spike' protein, which the virus uses to bind to and enter human cells," according to a press release.

Phase 2 of the trials began in May, with the third round set to continue into the fall. "We’re going to start the Phase 3 trial in the third or fourth week of July. That is going to take place over the rest of the summer and into the fall. If all goes well and there aren’t any unanticipated bumps in the road, hopefully, we should know whether the vaccine is safe and effective by the end of this calendar year, or the beginning of 2021," Fauci told InStyle.

As of July 30, there have been more than 4.4 million cases of the coronavirus and at least 151,194 deaths, according to recent data from the New York Times.

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Alexa Chung Opens Up About Her Endometriosis Diagnosis: ‘It Can Be Excruciating’


Model and fashion designer Alexa Chung is opening up about her endometriosis diagnosis and trying to raise awareness about the painful disorder.

Chung, 36, shared her story on Instagram Tuesday, posting a photo of her feet in hospital socks and revealing that she underwent laparoscopic surgery one year ago to receive her diagnosis.

“Endometriosis is a long-term condition where tissue similar to the lining of the womb grows in other places, such as the ovaries and fallopian tubes,” she began in the lengthy post. “It can be excruciating. The pain can effect [sic] your mental health, ability to work, relationships, your fertility, the list goes on. The only way to officially diagnose that you have it is by performing a laparoscopy. A year ago I put on these snazzy socks in preparation for my laparoscopic surgery.”

Chung then thanked friends Aimee Phillips and Pixie Geldof “for accompanying me to the hospital that day" as well as "family who nursed me back to health with action movies and nourishing food.”

“Also thank you to the doctors who spotted the problem and acted on it,” she continued. “I understand I had the privilege of being believed and listened to. On average it takes seven years to diagnose and it’s a disease that affects one in ten women.”

Though endometriosis is common — affecting about 1 in 10 women, as Chung notes — the root causes of the disorder are largely unknown and there is no long-term cure, according to the Mayo Clinic. Chung went on to promote raising awareness of endometriosis for this reason.

“Anyway, maybe by raising some #endometriosisawareness I might be able to help someone recognise what they have sooner. 💛 ,” the Next in Fashion co-host wrote. “PS. Also not funny but sort of is because if you don’t laugh you’ll cry, this is what the top google answer says: “It's not clear what causes endometriosis. It may be linked to things like your genes or a problem with your immune system.” Maybe let’s get some research going into this women’s health issue so it can go from something “not clear” aka myssssttterrrrious to known about and treatable. :)”

Chung is one of many high-profile women who have opened up about their endometriosis diagnosis, including Julianne Hough, Amy Schumer and Padma Lakshmi.

Lakshmi recently told Women’s Health that she was "pissed" after realizing she could have been saved years of pain had a doctor recognized her endometriosis symptoms sooner.

"At first, I was relieved. It wasn’t until a year after the surgery that I started getting really pissed," the Top Chef host admitted. "Like, ‘Wait a minute, I lost a week of my life every month of every year since I was 13 because of this shit, and I could have had this operation at 20 rather than 36?' " she added. "I’m shocked that a health professional didn’t say, 'This is weird. Your cramps are above and beyond what they should be.' "

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At Least 29 New Jersey Lifeguards Have Tested Positive for the Coronavirus, Health Officials Say


At least 29 lifeguards from two New Jersey beaches have tested positive for the coronavirus after attending social gatherings together outside of work, health officials say.

On Friday, Daniel J. Krupinski, the Long Beach Island Health Department director said the lifeguards are from Harvey Cedars and Surf City, neighboring boroughs on Long Beach Island, according to the radio station WHYY.

“The health department started receiving reports of COVID-19 activity among Surf City lifeguards on Saturday, July 18 and Harvey Cedars lifeguards on Sunday, July 19,” Krupinski said. “We have reason to believe the case activity stems from common social gatherings outside of work on July 12 and 14.”

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At least 12 lifeguards from Surf City tested positive and 17 lifeguards from Harvey Cedars tested positive, according to WHYY and the Associated Press.

Mayor Jonathan Oldham of Harvey Cedars told the AP that the boroughs were alerted to the cluster on Thursday, adding that area lifeguards were being quarantined until cleared by doctors.

"Please be aware that when Harvey Cedars Beach Patrol Lifeguards have been on duty, since the beginning of the season, they have been instructed to follow a strict protocol of social distancing, and were each staffed with a Personal Protection Fanny Pack, including ample disinfectant wipes and face coverings," Harvey Cedars shared on its website. "Lifeguards sat in separate chairs, six feet or more apart, with their own equipment,  and with a perimeter of at least 6 feet between the Lifeguard chairs and beachgoers."

The website also noted the town has approximately 73 lifeguards on staff. "So our beaches will remain fully staffed with all safety protocols in place."

In the last two weeks, New Jersey has seen a 27 percent increase in the daily average number of new confirmed cases, according to a New York Times database. As of Monday morning, there have been at least 181,283 cases and 15,787 deaths from the virus in the state.

As information about the coronavirus pandemic rapidly changes, PEOPLE is committed to providing the most recent data in our coverage. Some of the information in this story may have changed after publication. For the latest on COVID-19, readers are encouraged to use online resources from CDC, WHO, and local public health departments. PEOPLE has partnered with GoFundMe to raise money for the COVID-19 Relief Fund, a GoFundMe.org fundraiser to support everything from frontline responders to families in need, as well as organizations helping communities. For more information or to donate, click here.

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Top virologist to power two countries for a new Corona-rise of responsible

The Corona-pandemic keeps the world in suspense: More than 15 million people have been infected with the Coronavirus, 204.397 of them in Germany. The United States reported almost daily new record numbers.

Top virologist to power two countries for a new Corona-rise of responsible

19.39 PM: In many States is, according to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), a significant increase in reported Coronavirus cases to observe. "This is a very worrying development is from RKI very closely beobachtet", the way explained to the RKI on it.

A Trend that is also Top-of-the virologist Alexander Kekulé followed, with concern. Many of the New infections had to do with private parties, or leisure behavior. The virologist has two Federal States in the visor: "We now have seen a slight increase of about four, five days. And in the last two days, it went with the new cases is significantly high. What is special is that we are not each of the outbreak, but it is so, that the two main provinces are: North Rhine-Westphalia and Baden-Württemberg", he said compared to the NDR. "This is of course harder to get a grip on to, as if there is infections in a place, such as in a hospital gibt", so Kekulé, more.

 

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Sawtooth-the summer is coming to a head: Only 36 degrees – then the drop in temperature follows

The Weather Channel saw-tooth-the summer rapidly coming to a head: Only 36 degrees – then follows the drop in temperature

Laura Bush Shares Her 2020 Summer Reading List for Kids (and Yes, Her Daughters' Book Is on It!)






A book lover and former teacher, Bush Hager has written several books of her own, including the one she co-authored with Pierce Bush, Sisters First.

"The way women were talked about during the 2016 election was not what we saw reflected in our own lives and nothing we wanted girls to grow up with," she told Parents when talking about the nonfiction book, which features personal stories from the former first daughters.

"We wanted to write about women lifting each other up. It was also a love letter to each other because we feel that having a sister has made us braver, more confident and more daring," the mom of three added.

For Mrs. Bush's full summer reading list for kids, visit bushcenter.org.

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Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood to Air Episode About Helping Kids Understand Coronavirus Pandemic



Daniel Tiger is the latest PBS show to step in to help explain larger, important concepts that have been front and center over the past few months to children.

Lats month, Sesame Street and CNN teamed up to host a town hall titled Coming Together: Standing Up to Racism, aimed at helping children and families discuss racism and the protests taking place nationwide.

Sesame Street and CNN also aired their The ABCs of COVID-19 program in April, which helped kids and their parents deal with issues surrounding the novel pandemic.

"Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood: Won't You Sing Along with Me?" airs Aug. 17 on PBS Kids.

As information about the coronavirus pandemic rapidly changes, PEOPLE is committed to providing the most recent data in our coverage. Some of the information in this story may have changed after publication. For the latest on COVID-19, readers are encouraged to use online resources from CDC, WHO, and local public health departments. PEOPLE has partnered with GoFundMe to raise money for the COVID-19 Relief Fund, a GoFundMe.org fundraiser to support everything from frontline responders to families in need, as well as organizations helping communities. For more information or to donate, click here.

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Kate Hudson's Sweetest Family Moments Caught on Camera

Say Cheese!

The star (almost) got her entire crew to smile for the camera in this sweet sibling shot.

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Playtime’s in Session

This baby girl doesn’t mind getting a little dirty to kick off her week, and mama approves.

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All Grown Up

Ryder might be 16 but he’s never too old to hang with mom.

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Double Trouble

The mom and daughter put on their cutest retro shades and headed into the weekend with not a care in the world.

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Influencer Alert

Rani Rose has her own sense of style, and we’re here for it.

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Sibs in the Sun

Rani loving quality time with big bro Bing.

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Pure Happiness

The star posted a family photo on Mother’s Day 2020 with the caption, “My life’s purpose in one line: If you’re happy…then I’m happy✨”

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Holiday Hang

Gang’s all here for a group Valentine’s Day snap.

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Xtreme Xmas

No one does Christmas like Hudson’s fam.

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Family Forever












The youngest of the Hudson clan could not look any cuter in her red and blue rose-detailed onesie and matching cap on the day she turned 4 months old.

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Iggy Azalea Reveals Her Baby Boy's Name in Sweet Mother-and-Son Audio Recording



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Azalea is currently dating fellow rapper Playboi Carti, whom she met in 2018 while she was touring overseas.

The couple moved in together three months after going public with their romance, with Carti, 23, confirming the big step in their relationship in a summer 2019 interview with Fader.

"Once I started talking to her, I just cut off everybody. It was over with," he shared with the outlet, explaining how he and Azalea had moved to Atlanta from Los Angeles together. "I support everything she does."

Things seemed to heat up for the couple last July when the "Fancy" rapper stepped out flaunting a massive diamond ring on her left hand. Fans instantly started speculating that the pair were engaged, though the pair have yet to address it themselves.

Azalea and Carti were the target of a robbery in November, when they reported to authorities that $366,000 worth of jewelry was stolen from their suburban Atlanta rental home, according to an incident report obtained by PEOPLE.

The stolen items included a $39,000 gold link Cuban chain, $70,000 worth of diamond eternity band rings, a $10,000 rose gold Cartier bracelet and a $57,000 Audemars Piguet gold diamond-encrusted watch.

But perhaps the most interesting of all was the $35,000 diamond ring that was taken from the residence — again suggesting that Carti had popped the question to Azalea.

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