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Nicki Minaj 'Anaconda' Backup Dancer Bitten by Snake at VMA Rehearsal | Nicki Minaj

Nicki Minaj's 'Anaconda' Backup Dancer Bitten by Snake During VMA Rehearsal

Originally posted 08/23/2014 11:45AM

If Nicki Minaj's sexually charged, booty-exposing "Anaconda" video didn't already grab enough pre-MTV Video Music Awards headlines, a real-live snake set to be used during her performance has created some slithering news.

During a Friday rehearsal, one of Minaj's backup dancers was bitten by a 6-foot-long boa constrictor named Rocky who was being used as a prop during the song, MTV reported. Minaj was onstage and rushed to her dancer's side after the bite occurred.

Even though the snake wasn't venomous, the female dancer was treated at the scene where her wound was cleaned and then taken to the hospital to prevent a bacterial infection "out of an abundance of caution," Chris Velvin, director of production safety for Viacom Media Networks, told MTV.

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Diem Brown Is Battling Cancer for the Third Time

Diem Brown Diagnosed with Colon Cancer

Originally posted 08/23/2014 01:00AM

Over the course of nine years, Diem Brown has displayed incredible strength and courage as she battled ovarian cancer not once, but twice. But now she's facing her toughest battle yet: the MTV star has been diagnosed with colon cancer, PEOPLE has learned.

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Filed Under: Cancer, Health, Diem Brown
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Paralyzed Olympian Amy Van Dyken Walking with Use of Special Equipment

Amy Van Dyken Walking with Use of Special Equipment

Originally posted 08/22/2014 03:30PM

Olympic swimmer Amy Van Dyken-Rouen, who severed her spine in a June 6 all-terrain vehicle crash, is walking again, thanks to some special equipment.

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Recovering Ebola Patient Nancy Writebol Considering Return to Africa

Recovering Ebola Patient Nancy Writebol Considering Return to Africa

Originally posted 08/22/2014 02:05PM

Recovering U.S. Ebola patient Nancy Writebol is thinking of others who are suffering as she heals – and she's pondering a return to Africa, her sons told Matt Lauer Friday on Today.

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Teen Science Whiz to Pen Autobiography

Teen Scientist Who Created Pancreatic Cancer Test to Write Autobiography

Originally posted 08/21/2014 07:25PM

It's been another typical summer for the world's most renowned teenage scientist.

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Chris Pratt Visits Sick Kids as Guardians of the Galaxy Star-Lord

Chris Pratt Brings Guardians of the Galaxy to Children in Hospital

Originally posted 08/21/2014 06:50PM

Star-Lord to the rescue!

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How Céline Dion Is Coping with Her Husband's Illness

Céline Dion 'Trying to Stay Positive' as She Helps Husband Heal, Friend Says

Originally posted 08/21/2014 04:40PM

Those close to Céline Dion were not shocked to learn the singer decided to postpone all of her show business activities indefinitely to care for her husband, René Angélil.

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Ebola Patients Released from Atlanta Hospital

UpdatePosted 08/21/2014 11:45AM

Ebola Patients Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol Released from Atlanta Hospital

Originally posted 08/21/2014 08:10AM

Two American aid workers who were infected with the Ebola virus have been discharged from an Atlanta hospital.

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Curt Schilling Battles Mouth Cancer; Blames Chewing Tobacco

Curt Schilling Battles Mouth Cancer; Blames Chewing Tobacco

Originally posted 08/20/2014 03:15PM

Curt Schilling has revealed he battled mouth cancer – and blames decades of chewing tobacco use.

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Filed Under: World Series, Cancer, Health
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Ebola Victim Nancy Writebol and Husband Have Emotional Reunion

Ebola Victim Nancy Writebol and Husband Reunite for First Time in Weeks

Originally posted 08/19/2014 05:55PM

Even with the glass between them, their reunion was an emotional one, said missionary David Writebol about seeing his wife, Nancy, for the first time in three weeks on Sunday.

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