10:33 PM EDT 12/05/2013
Originally posted 11/14/2013 06:30PM
Three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Dario Franchitti says doctors have told him he can no longer race because of injuries from an IndyCar crash last month.
Franchitti fractured his spine, broke his right ankle and suffered a concussion in the Oct. 6 crash at Houston. The accident occurred on the last lap, when his car made contact with another car and went sailing into a fence.
The 40-year-old underwent two surgeries on his ankle and recently returned home to Scotland to recover.
Franchitti Tweeted a statement on Thursday, calling it "a sad day but I'm eternally grateful."
Originally posted 11/14/2013 09:30AM
After being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007, Hoda Kotb says it was a perfect stranger who inspired her to open up about her private struggle.
"Often we are so busy with our heads buried in a book or looking at Twitter, you don't look up and notice what's around you," the anchor, 49, tells PEOPLE as the morning show continues its weeklong series "#InspiredBy," which honors Today's personal heroes.
"You might miss a life-changing moment because you weren't paying attention. I started paying attention and I ended up meeting two people."
Originally posted 11/12/2013 07:15PM
Just when things were looking up for Zac Efron, the handsome actor suffered another setback.
The recently rehabbed Parkland star, 26, broke his jaw on Sunday at his Los Angeles-area home, a source confirms to PEOPLE.
The insider also confirms that Efron, who slipped on a puddle, has his mouth wired shut and received stitches from a gash he suffered. Plans to promote upcoming film That Awkward Moment have been postponed.
Originally posted 11/12/2013 12:50PM
NASCAR driver Trevor Bayne said Tuesday that he has multiple sclerosis and does not expect it to impact his racing career.
Bayne, who in 2011 became the youngest winner in Daytona 500 history, will still compete as scheduled at Homestead-Miami Speedway this weekend in the Nationwide and Sprint Cup Series finales. Bayne's younger sister, Sarah, also has multiple sclerosis.
"There are currently no symptoms and I'm committed to continuing to take the best care of my body as possible," Bayne said in a statement. "As for now, I want to close out the season strong this weekend at Homestead and then shift my focus on getting ready to compete for the NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) Championship in 2014."
Originally posted 11/12/2013 07:50AM
Ryan Reynolds has nothing but love for Michael J. Fox – especially since they're Canadian, too.
"I've gotten to know his family over the years and they're just amazing," the actor, 37, told PEOPLE Saturday at The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research Benefit in New York. "They're just an incredible lot of people."
"We have that connection – we're all from the same part of the world," he added, referring to their mutual upbringing in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Another attribute he and Fox have in common? A shared mission.
Originally posted 11/11/2013 07:00PM
Good Morning America correspondent Amy Robach announced Monday morning that she'd been diagnosed with breast cancer after undergoing an on-air mammogram. The news came as a shock to Robach, who is determined to stay strong for her family while also encouraging viewers to get checked.
Originally posted 11/11/2013 06:30PM
Academy Award winner Richard Dreyfuss, star of hit movies such as Jaws, Close Encounters of the Third Kind and Mr. Holland's Opus, suffers from bipolar disorder.
Dreyfuss, 66, first spoke publicly about his disorder in the 2006 documentary The Secret Life of the Manic Depressive. Since then, he's been sharing his personal struggles at conferences around the country to elevate the discussion on depression.
"There's no shame in having depression," Dreyfuss told PEOPLE at Thursday's Hope for Depression Research Foundation luncheon in New York City. "By telling my own story, I hope to help remove the stigma. It never should be something to hide."
Originally posted 11/11/2013 09:05AM
When�Good Morning America correspondent Amy Robach participated in an on-air mammogram screening last month as part of the show's October Pink Initiative to help encourage viewers to get checked, she had no idea how important that scan would be.
"I was a little reluctant at first," the journalist told colleague Robin Roberts on�GMA�Monday morning, speaking out for the first time since the diagnosis. "I'm 40, I'm the age and I've been putting it off."
After the initial on-air mammogram, doctors followed up with additional tests and last week they made the shocking discovery that Robach has breast cancer.
Originally posted 11/07/2013 01:25PM
Tim Bowers got to decide for himself whether he wanted to live or die.
When the avid outdoorsman was badly hurt Saturday in a hunting accident, doctors said he would be paralyzed and could be on a ventilator for life. His family had a unique request: Could he be brought out of sedation to hear his prognosis and decide for himself what he wanted to do?
Doctors said yes, and Bowers chose to take no extra measures to stay alive. He died Sunday, hours after his breathing tube was removed.
Originally posted 11/07/2013 11:50AM
A private moment played out quite publicly for Matt Lauer and Al Roker on Wednesday, as they got prostate exams live on NBC's Today show to help spread the word about the importance of regular checkups.
"It doesn't hurt at all," said Lauer, 55, of the rectal procedure, which took place behind a closed door at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York as cameras waited outside.
"Is it the best 34 seconds of your life? Probably not. But if in 34 seconds a [doctor] can detect something that might save your life, what are we talking about?"
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