Biggest celebrity health stories of 2011
updated 8:00 AM EST, Mon December 26, 2011
On a July episode of "Keeping Up With the Kardashians," the 31-year-old reality-TV star learned from a doctor that the mysterious red splotches she'd been getting on her arms and legs were symptoms of psoriasis, an autoimmune disorder that causes itchy, red skin lesions. At first Kardashian was crushed. "My career is doing ad campaigns and swimsuit photo shoots," she said during the episode. "People don't understand the pressure on me to look perfect." By August, she was tweeting about psoriasis creams.
- Some of Hollywood's biggest celebrities have suffered from health problems this year
- Charlie Sheen's public outrage and Kate Middleton's weight loss both made headlines
- Health dilemmas have also had us say goodbye to stars like Amy Winehouse and Liz Taylor
(Health.com) -- Americans love celebrities, and if the past year's headlines are any indication, we especially love them when they're sick, injured, troubled, or -- best of all -- on the road to recovery.
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When stars have health problems, it's a welcome reminder that they're real people, just like us. And celebrity health stories often help raise awareness about unknown or misunderstood conditions such as psoriasis or Sjögren's syndrome.
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From Kate's weight to Charlie's meltdown, Health.com's editors looked back over the year in celebrity health news and selected the 20 biggest stories of 2011.
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