UPDATES: Steve Jobs, Redmond O’Neal and Angelina Jolie’s Kids

Apple’s Steve Jobs submitted his resignation today. In a letter to the Apple Board of Directors, Jobs said:

To the Apple Board of Directors and the Apple Community:

I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple’s CEO, I would be the first to let you know.
Unfortunately, that day has come.
I hereby resign as CEO of Apple. I would like to serve, if the Board sees fit, as Chairman of the Board, director and Apple employee.
As far as my successor goes, I strongly recommend that we execute our succession plan and name Tim Cook as CEO of Apple.

I believe Apple’s brightest and most innovative days are ahead of it. And I look forward to watching and contributing to its success in a new role.

I have made some of the best friends of my life at Apple, and I thank you all for the many years of being able to work alongside you.


Readers of Celebrity Diagnosis will know that contrary to the popular media coverage, Steve Jobs has been battling a pancreatic islet cell neuroendocrine tumor. It is not the type of pancreatic cancer that killed Patrick Swayze , Pernell Roberts and William Saffire. The only thing that these two types of cancer have in common is that the cell types from which these cancers arise are both located in the same anatomic location, the pancreas.  Islet cell neuroendocrine tumors arise from small islands of cells scattered throughout the pancreas that release hormones, such as insulin, directly into the bloodstream.These hormones often lead to early symptoms, making diagnosis easier and often there are better results with treatment.  Jobs was diagnosed October 2003 and later underwent a liver transplant in June 2009.

Redmond O’Neal, son of Ryan O’Neal and Farah Fawcett, narrowly missed a prison sentence today, and was instead sentenced to a one-year inpatient rehabilitation. O’Neal was arrested earlier this month during a traffic stop. He was found to be in possession of heroin and marijuana.  Today, O’Neal, 26, pleaded no contest to felony gun and heroin possession. This was not the first arrest for the troubled O’Neal, having been incarcerated around the time of his mother’s death.  Recently, he seemed to be doing OK when he was seen on the reality TV show,  Ryan and Tatum: The O’Neals on Oprah’s OWN network. Ryan O’Neal had asked the court for leniency, told People magazine that Redmond “never recovered from the loss of his mother.”

Heroin is an opiate drug that is synthesized from morphine, a naturally occurring substance extracted from the seed pod of the Asian opium poppy plant. It can be injected, snorted/sniffed, or smoked—routes of administration that rapidly deliver the drug to the brain.

When heroin enters the brain,  it is converted to morphine and binds to receptors known as opioid receptors. These receptors are located in many areas of the brain (and in the body), especially those involved in the perception of pain and in reward.

Heroin abuse is associated with serious health conditions, including fatal overdose, and—particularly in users who inject the drug—infectious diseases, including HIV/AIDS and hepatitis.

We recently did an article about Angelina’s Jolie’s kids eating bugs. It seems that her eldest, Maddox Jolie-Pitt, has other adventurous culinary tastes. While in Scotland, Maddox, aged 10, took a liking to Scottish a delicacy- haggis! Haggis is a dish containing sheep’s ‘pluck’ (heart, liver and lungs), minced with onion, oatmeal, suet, spices, and salt, mixed with stock, and traditionally simmered in the animal’s stomach for approximately three hours.

Here’s the nutritional information on Haggis:

Haggis anyone?

Michele R. Berman, M.D. was Clinical Director of The Pediatric Center, a private practice on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. from 1988-2000, and was named Outstanding Washington Physician by Washingtonian Magazine in 1999. She was a medical internet pioneer having established one of the first medical practice websites in 1997. Dr. Berman also authored a monthly column for Washington Parent Magazine.


  1. Laura

    August 25, 2011 at 3:40 pm

    Dr. M this is a great article! I found you through Dr.Schattner and I’m happy I found you. I love the medical tabloid idea. I say tabloid because it focuses on celebs not because of bad info. I checked out several of your posts and I’ll be sure to share the site

    • Dr. M

      August 25, 2011 at 9:49 pm

      Thanks Laura. We don’t mind your use of the word “tabloid” at all! According to Wikipedia, the term originated as a description of one of the first compressed, non-powdered forms of oral medication: the tablet, marketed as “Tabloid” pills by Burroughs Welcome & Co. in the late 1880s. The term tabloid was then applied to other “compressed” forms such as journalism condensed into a simplified, easily-absorbed format. The most recent use of “tablet,” of course, to refers to mobile media platforms such as the Apple iPad and its imitators. So we’re proud to be part of a long tradition that started with making medicines easier and more convenient for people to take and now provides access to mobile health applications. BTW, have you checked out the mobile, smartphone version of Celebrity Diagnosis?

  2. Harveyei

    November 4, 2015 at 11:36 am

    Steve Jobs may have passed away yesterday , but he will never be dead to those who were truly inspired by his powerful personality. He’ll live on and the technology he worked on and the products he created will continue changing people’s lives for many, many years to come.

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