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Barbra Streisand talks to The Doctors

by Allison Waldman, posted Nov 16th 2009 11:30AM
streisand_afiThere will be an interesting guest checking in with The Doctors today -- Barbra Streisand. No, the singer/actress/director won't be talking about dry throat or stage fright or even tinnitus, an ailment she suffers from that causes an unending high-pitched ringing in the ears.

Barbra Streisand is calling in to The Doctors to discuss heart health awareness for women... and even though I've never watched The Doctors, I will today. I guess that's why and how celebrity helps causes like this. It draws attention and, presumably, I'm going to get something of value out of tuning in. I've already had my eyes opened.

Did you know that medical research for the female heart has only been done on males? Even though the physiology of the sexes is completely different in many aspects, there's been no funding for separate studies. Streisand discovered this when her mother was hospitalized with a cardiac condition. She did something about it: creating and endowing the Barbra Streisand Women's Cardio Vascular Research and Education Program at Cedars Sinai Medical Center.

So today, when Streisand calls The Doctors to discuss her crusade to support heart health awareness for women, I'll pay attention. Heart disease is the number one women's health care threat.

I don't think she'll be singing anything -- although "My Heart Belongs to Me" would have been a perfect selection. Also on the show will be expert Dr. C. Noel Bairey Merz, the Director of Women's Health at Cedars Sinai.

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