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February 7th, 2012
03:13 PM ET

Tonight: Drastic action in response to school sex abuse allegations

The entire staff at a Los Angeles-area elementary school has been replaced in response to allegations that that two teachers committed lewd acts with students. Have the bonds of trust been broken forever? Are children being further traumatized by losing their teachers mid-school year? Is this just the beginning of what appears to be a growing scandal? Dr. Drew and his guests address those questions and others in a calm, reasonable and reassuring way.

Then, sex and religion. Should the church have any say about what happens in someone's bedroom? It's a debate that's raged for decades. Two men of the cloth who strayed join Dr. Drew for a lively debate.

Watch Dr. Drew tonight and every weeknight at 9 on hlntv.com

Filed under: Abuse • Behavior • Controversy • Molestation • sexual abuse
February 7th, 2012
03:27 AM ET

Preview: Did Taylor Armstrong use reality show as form of protection?

Later this week, HLN will broadcast Dr. Drew’s one-on-one interview with cast member of "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills”, Taylor Armstrong.

She has a revealing look at her life after her husband’s tragic suicide as well as the abuse she says she’s endured her entire life.

Armstrong is asked if she used the reality show as a form of protection from her husband Russell.

In part, she responds, “You would never think that someone would take a risk like that. But the problem was he has an impulse control problem. It didn't matter how many cameras were around. When he was out of control, nothing around him made any difference.”

Hear more from Armstrong and Dr. Drew in the video clip above.

Watch the full interview this Thursday at 9 p.m. ET on HLN and follow the show on Twitter @DrDrewHLN.

Filed under: Celebrity
February 7th, 2012
02:26 AM ET

Doctor: Le Roy teens have PANDAS-like illness

On Monday night, New Jersey neurologist Dr. Rosario Trifiletti updated HLN’s Dr. Drew on the Pediatric Autoimmune Illness Associated with Streptococci (PANDAS) testing he has been doing on teen girls in Le Roy, N.Y. who have been affected by Tourette-like outbursts.

“We have some early results on some of the children,” Trifiletti said. “We’ve gotten the results, so far, [for] 6 of the 9 children back. I can tell you that they are testing positive – each one is testing for either Streptococcus or Mycoplasma, which are known triggers of the PANDAS syndrome.”

Read Dr. Trifiletti's full statement on his findings here.

Dr. Drew asked, “How do we distinguish between this sort of routine environmental exposure and something that would cause PANDAS?”

Trifiletti responded, "In fact, follow-up studies may be needed to determine whether there`s a rise in titers. But these are tests that would normally be accepted as showing evidence of either Streptococcus carriage or Mycoplasma exposure."

Trifeltti added that treatment involves antibiotics and anti-inflammatory agents, which he says, has already begun.

Trifeltti’s statement concludes:

As with most illnesses, there is a complex interplay of genetic and environmental factors here. As with all illnesses, psychological factors likely play some role as well. All we have done here is provided evidence for exposure to two infectious agents as potential environmental factors. I would encourage efforts to further explore genetic and other environmental factors that likely are playing an additional role here.

Dr. Trifiletti also told Dr. Drew that he has not yet had any communication with Dr. Laszlo Mechtler, who diagnosed the girls with Conversion Disorder.

Hear the reaction of two mothers, whose daughters are suffering from the sudden tics and twitches, in the video clip above.

Get the latest updates on this story by watching "Dr. Drew" weeknights at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT on HLN and follow the show on Twitter @DrDrewHLN.

Filed under: Illness • Medical mystery