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May 20, 2018

Anti-Cancer Living
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Cancer remains a leading cause of death. Scientists predict a significant upswing in cancer cases over the next two decades. We’ll talk to a cancer-prevention doctor with tips on how to stay cancer-free. Then, we live in a high-tech world. Yet system-wide failures seem to happen much more often. Why?
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Preventing Cancer
Cancer remains one of the leading causes of death worldwide, and within the next 20 years, the number of new cancer cases is expected to increase by 70 percent. Lorenzo Cohen, PhD, Richard E. Haynes Distinguished Professor in Clinical Cancer Prevention and Director of the Integrative Medicine Program at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, co-author of Anti Cancer Living believes that if Americans focused on social and emotional support, stress management, sleep, exercise, diet, and minimizing exposure to environmental toxins, 50 to 70 percent of cancers could be prevented.
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Why Our Technology Fails
From train derailments and massive oil spills to bankruptcies and medical errors, system failures are all too common -- and they’re becoming more frequent. András Tilcsik, PhD Canada Research Chair in Strategy, Organizations, and Society, and Associate Professor of Strategic Management at the University of Toronto's Rotman School of Management, author of Meltdown: Why Our Systems Fail and What We Can Do About It explained the common denominator in these system meltdowns. He believes that the increasing complexity and lack of slack in our systems create conditions ripe for failure and corruption. He also explained why diversity in design teams is crucial in preventing serious failures.
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Our Homeless Veterans
Jas Booth, veteran, Founder of Final Salute, Inc, a non-profit organization that assists female veterans and their children who are struggling with homelessness shared her personal story of struggling with homelessness after her military career ended. She said her experience caused her to start Final Salute to help other women vets, especially those with children. She said her organization has helped more than 5,000 women veterans who are homeless or in domestic violence situations.
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Guest(s) Appearing on this Episode
Dr. Lorenzo Cohen
Dr. Lorenzo Cohen is the Richard E. Haynes Distinguished Professor in Clinical Cancer Prevention and Director of the Integrative Medicine Program at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center (Houston) and Distinguished Clinical Professor, Fudan University Cancer Hospital, Shanghai, China. Dr. Cohen is a founding member and past president of the international Society for Integrative Oncology.

Dr. Cohen is passionate about educating others on how to prevent cancer and maintain optimal health across the lifespan. As the majority of cancers are preventable, Dr. Cohen is conducting research to demonstrate that lifestyle factors can influence cancer outcomes.

Dr. Cohen leads a team conducting NIH-funded research and delivering clinical care of integrative medicine practices such as meditation, yoga, tai chi, massage, diet, exercise, acupuncture and other strategies such as stress management, music therapy, emotional writing and more aimed at reducing the negative aspects of cancer treatment and improving quality of life and clinical outcomes.


MD Anderson Cancer Center

 
András Tilcsik
András Tilcsik holds the Canada Research Chair in Strategy, Organizations, and Society and is an Associate Professor of Strategic Management at Rotman. His research on work and organizations has received awards from the American Sociological Association, and he has been recognized as one of the thirty thinkers most likely to shape the future of how organizations are managed and led. András teaches a course on catastrophic failure in organizations and has received teaching awards from the Rotman School, Harvard University, and the United Nations. His first book — Meltdown: Why Our Systems Fail and What We Can Do About It (coauthored with Chris Clearfield) — will be published by Penguin Random House (Penguin Press/Allen Lane) in March 2018.

Meltdown: Why Our Systems Fail and What We Can Do About It