Common Conditions...Uncommon Lives

Discovery Health Channel Showcases a Different Perspective of Celebrities

With New Primetime Series MEDICAL PROFILE



- 'Medical Profile' Tells the Personal Stories of Celebrities Coping with

Health and Medical Issues Premiering Monday, September 30 at 9 PM (ET) -



Jul 11, 2002, 01:00 ET from Discovery Health Channel

    BETHESDA, Md., July 11 /PRNewswire/ -- After touring their million-dollar
 homes and watching them strut down the red carpet, superstar lives often seem
 untouchable. But not even celebrities are immune to the all-too-common
 afflictions that plague society like disease, depression or drug abuse.  In a
 new primetime series, MEDICAL PROFILE, the Discovery Health Channel reveals
 celebrities in a different light through one-on-one interviews with those who
 have wrestled, or continue to wrestle, with health and medical conditions
 while living in the public eye.
     MEDICAL PROFILE premieres on the Discovery Health Channel on Monday,
 September 30 from 9-10 PM (ET) and will air regularly on Mondays at 9 PM.
 Each one-hour episode will spotlight a different celebrity and his or her
 medical issue ranging from diabetes to depression to obesity.  Through
 compelling, first-person accounts, the stars tell in their own words how they
 struggled and overcame, or learned to cope with, their private medical issues
 while maintaining their lives as public figures.
 
     Among the celebrities featured in MEDICAL PROFILE:
 
     * Carrie Fisher: Actor and author Carrie Fisher, best known as Princess
 Leia in Star Wars, Fisher recently went public with the news that she has
 suffered from manic depression since age 15, and was hospitalized for drug
 addiction after an overdose on the prescription drug Percodan. She now relies
 on comic relief to get through her depressions.
 
     * Roseanne: Comedienne and actress Roseanne has struggled with bouts of
 depression, diagnoses of multiple personality disorder, obsessive compulsive
 disorder and agoraphobia, as well as a childhood marked by sexual, physical
 and verbal abuse allegedly committed by her parents. She bravely discusses how
 she has reinvented herself after the numerous tragedies in her life.
 
     * Quincy Jones: Music mogul and mentor, Quincy Jones suffered through
 personal tragedies including brain surgery for an aneurysm and a nervous
 breakdown in the midst of one of the highest points in his career.  With 26
 Grammy awards and 77 Grammy nominations, he continues to be one of the most
 successful entertainers in history.
 
     * Sarah Ferguson: Affectionately known to the public as Fergie, the former
 Duchess of York, Sarah Ferguson's weight has yo-yoed since age 12. At her
 peak, she weighed 220 pounds before learning the secret to controlling her
 weight.
 
     * Christopher Reeve: America's favorite superhero, Christopher Reeve, has
 spent the last seven years getting his life back after a tragic horseback-
 riding accident left him paralyzed from the neck down.
 
     MEDICAL PROFILE is produced for the Discovery Health Channel by KPI and
 Great North/Alliance Atlantis. Vincent Kralyevich and Kristy Sabat are
 executive producers for KPI TV. David Gullason and Maureen Palmer are
 producers for Great North/Alliance Atlantis.  Executive producer for Discovery
 Health Channel is Claire Vande Polder.  Bob Reid is executive in charge of
 production.
     Discovery Health Channel takes you inside the world of health, medicine
 and wellness through medical breakthroughs, inspiring real life stories of
 individual and medical triumphs and events brought to life in a unique and
 captivating style.  From the people who bring you the Discovery Channel, the
 most trusted brand on television, Discovery Health Channel and
 Discoveryhealth.com are part of a multi-media business designed to help
 consumers lead healthier, more vigorous lives.  Together, they reveal the
 remarkable science behind everyday human experiences, allowing viewers to walk
 away with a stronger knowledge and a deeper understanding of the ever-changing
 health and medical environment.
 
                     MAKE YOUR OPINION COUNT -  Click Here
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    BETHESDA, Md., July 11 /PRNewswire/ -- After touring their million-dollar
 homes and watching them strut down the red carpet, superstar lives often seem
 untouchable. But not even celebrities are immune to the all-too-common
 afflictions that plague society like disease, depression or drug abuse.  In a
 new primetime series, MEDICAL PROFILE, the Discovery Health Channel reveals
 celebrities in a different light through one-on-one interviews with those who
 have wrestled, or continue to wrestle, with health and medical conditions
 while living in the public eye.
     MEDICAL PROFILE premieres on the Discovery Health Channel on Monday,
 September 30 from 9-10 PM (ET) and will air regularly on Mondays at 9 PM.
 Each one-hour episode will spotlight a different celebrity and his or her
 medical issue ranging from diabetes to depression to obesity.  Through
 compelling, first-person accounts, the stars tell in their own words how they
 struggled and overcame, or learned to cope with, their private medical issues
 while maintaining their lives as public figures.
 
     Among the celebrities featured in MEDICAL PROFILE:
 
     * Carrie Fisher: Actor and author Carrie Fisher, best known as Princess
 Leia in Star Wars, Fisher recently went public with the news that she has
 suffered from manic depression since age 15, and was hospitalized for drug
 addiction after an overdose on the prescription drug Percodan. She now relies
 on comic relief to get through her depressions.
 
     * Roseanne: Comedienne and actress Roseanne has struggled with bouts of
 depression, diagnoses of multiple personality disorder, obsessive compulsive
 disorder and agoraphobia, as well as a childhood marked by sexual, physical
 and verbal abuse allegedly committed by her parents. She bravely discusses how
 she has reinvented herself after the numerous tragedies in her life.
 
     * Quincy Jones: Music mogul and mentor, Quincy Jones suffered through
 personal tragedies including brain surgery for an aneurysm and a nervous
 breakdown in the midst of one of the highest points in his career.  With 26
 Grammy awards and 77 Grammy nominations, he continues to be one of the most
 successful entertainers in history.
 
     * Sarah Ferguson: Affectionately known to the public as Fergie, the former
 Duchess of York, Sarah Ferguson's weight has yo-yoed since age 12. At her
 peak, she weighed 220 pounds before learning the secret to controlling her
 weight.
 
     * Christopher Reeve: America's favorite superhero, Christopher Reeve, has
 spent the last seven years getting his life back after a tragic horseback-
 riding accident left him paralyzed from the neck down.
 
     MEDICAL PROFILE is produced for the Discovery Health Channel by KPI and
 Great North/Alliance Atlantis. Vincent Kralyevich and Kristy Sabat are
 executive producers for KPI TV. David Gullason and Maureen Palmer are
 producers for Great North/Alliance Atlantis.  Executive producer for Discovery
 Health Channel is Claire Vande Polder.  Bob Reid is executive in charge of
 production.
     Discovery Health Channel takes you inside the world of health, medicine
 and wellness through medical breakthroughs, inspiring real life stories of
 individual and medical triumphs and events brought to life in a unique and
 captivating style.  From the people who bring you the Discovery Channel, the
 most trusted brand on television, Discovery Health Channel and
 Discoveryhealth.com are part of a multi-media business designed to help
 consumers lead healthier, more vigorous lives.  Together, they reveal the
 remarkable science behind everyday human experiences, allowing viewers to walk
 away with a stronger knowledge and a deeper understanding of the ever-changing
 health and medical environment.
 
                     MAKE YOUR OPINION COUNT -  Click Here
                http://tbutton.prnewswire.com/prn/11690X27385961
 
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