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Cedars-Sinai Denies Liver Cancer Patient Transplant Because He Smoked Pot They Prescribed

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Medical Marijuana

What in the world of medical marijuana!?

We are VERY disappointed in the Los Angeles Cedars-Sinai Medical Center! The institution has reportedly denied a liver cancer patient a life-saving transplant because he smoked the pot that his doctor (at the same hospital) prescribed him!

The Americans for Safe Access advocacy group reports that Norman B. Smith was diagnosed with inoperable liver cancer in 2009, then given a prescription for medical marijuana by his Cedars-Sinai oncologist, Dr. Steven Miles.

The alternative treatment was meant to help the 63-year-old deal with the effects of chemotherapy and pain from a previous back surgery, but it may also cost him his life!

In September of 2010, Norman became eligible for a liver transplant, but was taken off of the transplant list just two months shy of receiving it! Apparently, testing positive for prescribed marijuana is in non-compliance with the hospital’s substance abuse contract.

To add to this man's baffling predicament, sources point out that medical marijuana use is completely legal in California and studies have shown it poses no medical risk to liver transplantation!

This isn't the first time a liver cancer patient was removed from the transplant list due to prescribed marijuana, but the medical community still hasn't learned its lesson. Two men died in 2008 after being denied a transplant because of their "substance abuse".

We know medical marijuana is a sensitive issue, with many arguing its pros and cons, but denying a man his life because he used a treatment method prescribed by his doctor is CRUEL!

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Justin Bieber's Best Buy Commercial Outfit Up For Auction

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First his hair, now his outfit!

Sharon Osbourne announced on Wednesday's episode of The Talk that Best Buy is auctioning off Justin Bieber's space suit he wore while filming their Superbowl ad.

The custom suit, which was at one point drenched in Justin's sweat, comes autographed and is currently going for $2,550.

Proceeds from the auction will benefit The Sharon Osbourne Colon Cancer Program at Cedars-Sinai.

CLICK HERE to check out the auction!

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Xtina Treated At Emergency Room!

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WTF happened?!

Only a few days before she announced her divorce to Jordan Bratman, Christina Aguilera showed up to a Los Angeles emergency room with her soon-to-be ex.

"Christina was bleeding from her mouth and had a bit of a busted lip," claims a witness at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. "Jordan told the nurses she had fallen down."

She had "bumps and red bruises" on her bloodied lip, but she was taken care of immediately.

"Shortly after they arrived to Cedars, Christina's 'private surgeon' arrived to put a few stitches in her lip," added the source.


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Toni Braxton Is Bankrupt - Again!

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Wowza! Twice in one career! Bravo, Toni Braxton.

Sources are reporting that the songtress has filed for bankruptcy again, claiming she owes between $10 million and $50 million in unpaid debts! That's a whole lot of cheddar!

She field from Chapter 7 bankruptcy in California, but her debts span across the entire country, including two DMVs in two different states, Cali and Nevada. Along with the DMV, Toni alleges she owes money to several other creditors, including AT&T, The Four Seasons, Neiman Marcus, Tiffany & Co. and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

We think someone needs a reality show and FAST! No way she is going to make enough money to pay these people off just by hanging onto her royalties!

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Oh No! Bob Barker Collapsed At Shooting Range!

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Thankfully, he is okay!

Yesterday, the former Price Is Right host, Bob Barker, gave us all a scare after he collapsed at an El Lay shooting range. Sources at the scene say that Bob fainted in the middle of shooting, but regained consciousness when the ambulance arrived.

Bob's rep informed sources that Bob was taken to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and doctors concluded that it was a mixture of dehydration and a reaction to his blood thinner medication. But all is well, as Bob should be released from Cedars soon and he'll just have to take it easy for awhile.

Well, yeah! The man is 86-years-old. If ever there was a time to calm it down…

Feel better, Bob! While you're in Cedars, make sure you influence your nurses to have their pets spayed or neutered.

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Babs & Donna Have Big Hearts

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Barbra Streisand and Donna Karan were under the same roof on Wednesday night as both ladies attended the pre-opening gala benefiting Cedars-Sinai's Heart Institute at Bloomingdale's in Santa Monica.

Babs was looking pretty good in her all black ensemble. We can't believe she's 68 years old!

And then there's Donna, who was just looking rather orange. At least her shoes were cute.

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