The Biggest Celebrity Health Stories of 2011

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When stars get sick

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.

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.

From Kate's weight to Charlie's meltdown,'s editors looked back over the year in celebrity health news and selected the 20 biggest stories of 2011.

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