UPDATES: Natalie Cole and Maura Tierney

Four months after undergoing a Hepatitis virus C, singer Natalie Cole made a triumphant return to the stage Wednesday night. The special event, held at the Hollywood Bowl, had Ms. Cole singing over a dozen songs to an appreciative crowd. Telling the audience, “I really do have to say … it really is a miracle time. It’s a miracle night for me, I never thought I’d be standing here healthy and whole and 100 percent.”

Ms. Cole has pledged that she will now spend time educating the public about the health issues from which she suffered: “One in eight people has kidney failure,” she said. “That’s a lot of people and I never thought it would happen to me, but here we are.”

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In another health update, actress Maura Tierney has withdrawn from the NBC show Parenthood. Production on the drama was originally postponed to accommodate Ms. Tierney’s health evaluation. She was
diagnosed with breast cancer in July and underwent surgery, followed by chemotherapy, which is ongoing. However, schedule conflicts between filming and chemotherapy schedules have caused the actress to exit from the role, which will be recast.

A representative for Ms. Tierney said in astatement to Access Hollywood: “Maura Tierney regrets that she will not be able to continue her roleon Parenthood due to a conflict with the production schedule of the show and her breast cancer treatments…Ms. Tierney and her doctors remain confident that the outcome of her treatments will be positive. She is deeply disappointed that she will not be able to rejoin such a highly respected, talented, fun and funny group of actors and wishes to thank Jason Katims and NBC for their patience and support.

Mark Boguski, M.D., Ph.D. is on the faculty of Harvard Medical School and is a member of the Society for Participatory Medicine, "a movement in which networked patients shift from being mere passengers to responsible drivers of their health" and in which professional health care providers encourage "empowered patients" and value them as full partners in managing their health and wellness.

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