UPDATES: Bret Michaels & Corey Haims

Finally some good news about Bret Michaels! The rocker/Celebrity Apprentice contestant was released from the hospital today.  Michaels was discharged from Barrow Neurological Institute in Arizona. He will continue to receive physical therapy at an undisclosed location.

According to his physician, Joseph M. Zabramski, Michaels is “walking. He’s not walking very well. He’s talking very well, and he’s very mentally aware… He’ll fortunately make a 100 percent recovery.  [However] we’re watching him very closely. We are very concerned that there could be a deterioration in his status at this point. We continue to watch him closely.”

Despite several rounds of imaging tests of his brain, the cause of Michael’s brain hemorrhage has not been determined. However physicians are fairly confident that he does not have a brain aneurysm, which makes the chance of re-bleeding less likely.

Autopsy results on actor/reality star Corey Haim were released today. The 38-yr. old Haim, who collapsed and died on March 10th of this year, had struggled with long history of  addiction to cocaine and prescription pain medications and initial reports considered a drug overdose as a likely cause. However, the autopsy report that the Los Angeles County coroner’s office released today stated that the 1980s heartthrob died of natural causes from a combination of died of natural causes from “community-acquired pneumonia” that damaged his lungs. Haim also had arteriosclerosis of his coronary arteries.

Although the toxicology report cited “no significant contributing factors,”  low levels of eight drugs, including both prescription and over-the-counter medications, were found in his system along with marijuana.  Coroner’s spokesman, Craig Harvey, explained that although these substances were present ” nothing was at a level that would have contributed to his death.”

California Attorney General Jerry Brown said in April that Haim employed “doctor shopping” to obtain 553 prescription pills in the two months before his death.

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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