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How many risks will you take? Processed meats increase your chance of colorectal cancer

Meats such as breakfast sausage and marinated turkey breast are ready to cook, and meats such as ham and corned beef are ready to eat. Both types are “processed” meats — and both are carcinogenic. The World Health Organization this … Continue reading

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3 things to do before getting pregnant

  Family planning expert Renee Mestad, MD, gives this advice to women before they begin trying to conceive: Stop smoking. Smoking interferes with ovulation, the ability of the egg to move through the fallopian tube, and it affects implantation. It … Continue reading

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6 ways a dietitian can help with cancer treatment

Registered dietitians play an important role in cancer care. The Upstate Cancer Center’s Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Maria Erdman gives six examples: * Patients in treatment for cancer do better when they are well nourished. Erdman said, “a well-nourished patient will … Continue reading

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Mediterranean chickpea salad offers a light, adaptable meal

Here’s a light meal that you can change with the addition of seasonal greens, such as spinach, kale, arugula or frisee. This recipe yields four 2-cup portions. Ingredients 6 ounces “spring mix” lettuce 4 ounces romaine lettuce, chopped 1/4 cup … Continue reading

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Here’s the summer Upstate Health magazine

Summer for many Central New Yorkers means getting outdoors, whether at amusement parks, on lakes or beaches, or in back yards. The summer issue of Upstate Health magazine features two nurses who kayak every chance they get. We also look … Continue reading

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Soothing nourishment for those with mouth sores

This recipe for milk and rice soup from the “Betty Crocker Living With Cancer Cookbook” offers soothing nourishment to those with mouth sores. And because milk is added to bananas and rice in this dish, it can be an effective … Continue reading

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Black Bean and Avocado Enchiladas

For a nutritious meal high in fiber and protein, pair black beans with avocados. You’ll also get a healthy serving of B vitamins and folic acid. Just remember that canned black beans, while convenient, are loaded with sodium. So, rinse … Continue reading

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6 ways to avoid nausea during cancer treatment

Good nutrition is an important component of cancer care, helping patients maintain strength and weight so they can better handle their treatments. Chemotherapy and radiation therapy may cause unpleasant side effects for some patients. Maria Erdman, a registered dietitian nutritionist … Continue reading

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Gingerbread recipe comforts people with nausea, diarrhea, mouth sores

Gingerbread with Brown Sugar Meringue Ingredients For gingerbread: 2 1/3 cup all-purpose flour ½ cup butter or margarine 1/3 cup sugar 1 cup molasses ¾ cup hot water 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon ground ginger 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon … Continue reading

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Possible solutions to 4 nutritional challenges during cancer therapy

Appetites often change during cancer treatment. “Even if you’re not feeling particularly well, remember that nutrition is an important part of your treatment,” says registered dietitian nutritionist, Maria Erdman of the Upstate Cancer Center. She provides this advice: * For … Continue reading

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