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BY Meagan Raeke

As a child, researcher Surendranath Shastri, M.D., D.Ph., worshiped his dad. “He was a lifetime smoker, so I thought it was cool to smoke,” says Shastri. “I started smoking around age 18, about the same time I started medical school.”

By his early 20s, Shastri was smoking two packs of cigarettes a day. He lived in India, where smoking was a big part of the culture. Shastri recalls cigarettes were given as a party favor to guests...

Quitting smoking early in life helped keep Surendranath Shastri, M.D., D.Ph., healthy enough to enjoy a trek to Gulmarg, Kashmir, known as “India’s Switzerland,” with his wife, Jayanthi Shastri, in 2018.

BY Meagan Raeke

As a former competitive CrossFit athlete, Katherine Norman sees herself as a healthy person. Over the last year, she also saw herself as a...

BY Meagan Raeke

Nerves control everything from your heart rate to muscle movement to the fight-or-flight stress response.

“Nerves are critical to body...

BY Meagan Raeke

At the time of her breast cancer diagnosis, Teresa Serbia knew she was overweight.

“After I was fortunate enough to become a survivor, I realized I needed to change my lifestyle,” says Teresa, who weighed more than 200 pounds at her heaviest. MD Anderson’s Active Living After Cancer program not only helped her trim down to 170 pounds, but also provided community support and taught her how to work through common challenges faced...

Instructor leading a virtual Active Living After Cancer exercise class on Zoom

BY Meagan Raeke

In 2012, A few months after Nitin and Sharmila Vaidya celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary Sharmila found a lump in her right breast....

BY Meagan Raeke

This week, the American Cancer Society (ACS) released updated cervical cancer screening guidelines for individuals at average risk. They now...

BY Meagan Raeke

As our patients and caregivers know, cancer doesn’t stop for COVID-19. And that means you shouldn’t stop getting your cancer screenings either...

BY Meagan Raeke

During the past three years, you may have seen anti-smoking advertisements sponsored by the tobacco industry on television, in newspapers,...

BY Meagan Raeke

As we all face unprecedented changes and challenges brought by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, kindness matters more than ever....

BY Meagan Raeke

Joey Nelson has always loved the sun. “I sailed growing up,” he says. “Every Saturday we’d go and I’d get sunburned like crazy, not even thinking...