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Emperor cancer documentary airing next week on PBS


Video: Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies Introduction

Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies Introduction

The king of terrors. A hidden assassin. The emperor of all maladies. Cancer has been called many things since its first documented appearance thousands of years ago in a Persian queen. But now more than ever, there’s hope amid the scourge, according to Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies, a six-hour PBS documentary airing over three nights next week.

Understand your body’s hunger cues with mindful eating

Krysta Butkus, MS, RD, LDN

The distractions of daily life can make us forget about taking time to enjoy a healthy meal. Mindful eating, or intuitive eating, a concept with deep roots in Buddhist teachings, focuses on reconnecting people more deeply with the experience of eating. When put into practice, mindful eating can refocus our body to notice hunger signals, and not emotional cues like eating for comfort.

Are detoxes and juice cleanses beneficial for weight loss?

Losing weight and getting healthy are always top resolutions for the New Year. But how people approach these goals can vary. At this time of year, we frequently receive questions about “detox” or cleanse programs. People often tell us they want to try a detox or juice cleanse to lose weight, improve liver function, or improve colon function and reduce constipation.

More new cancer cases linked to obesity


Video: Obesity and Cancer

Obesity and Cancer

For a reminder of the importance of diet and exercise to help prevent disease, look no further than a recent study in The Lancet Oncology. Researchers attributed 500,000 new cancer cases worldwide in just one year to obesity. Carrying too much weight is already a known risk factor for certain cancers, including breast, colorectal and pancreatic. But the findings suggest obesity may play an even greater role.

Sit, stay and heal: Therapy dogs help soothe cancer patients


A wag of the tail. A gentle lick to the face. The unconditional love in a furry snuggle.  Dogs are called man’s best friend for good reason—just being around the amiable creatures can make a bad day instantly brighter. A growing body of research suggests that’s especially true for those with diseases like cancer.

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