Thursday, January 29, 2015

CT Risks a Hot Topic on Social Media

A recent article on healthimaging.com discussed a trending topic that you might not expect to see on the popular social media site, Twitter. Radiation exposure and CT scans is a concern for patients and this translates to online forums, articles, and even "tweets".  

According to the article, researchers sorted through millions of daily tweets and narrowed it down to those linked with both "CT" and "radiation" to evaluate the opinions and information that was being shared related to radiation risks with CT scans. The research team collected a total of 621 relevant tweets and of those who posted,  90 were physicians,  only 17 being radiologists. Other users included; 30 medical practices, 34 patients, 8 physicists or technologists, and the remaining 395 were categorized as "other" types of users.

Out of the total 621 posts being used in the study, 59% were unfavorable of CT scans, 10% were informative posts discussing strategies in reducing radiation, and only 3% of the posts were favorable of CT scans. Researchers concluded that the imbalance of opinion may be due to the users participating in the CT discussions on Twitter as well as the lack of radiologists engaging in these conversations.  They also stated that radiologists having a more active engagement in social networks could lead to a more balanced representation and lower concerns regarding radiation exposure.

What are your thoughts on how effective social media outlets can be for patients looking for more information? Does social media really influence a patient’s perspective, and how can it create a more positive outcome? Leave a comment below to share your thoughts.

To learn how Atlantic Medical Imaging now offers CT scans with up to 75% less radiation please visit atlanticmedicalimaging.com/pages/what-is-a-ctcat-scan

Also, to read the full article from Health Imaging please click HERE.


















Monday, January 19, 2015

Keep 2015 Healthy with These Easy Recipes

We may be nearing the end of January, but that doesn't mean you have to veer away from eating better. If you made a New Years resolution to eat healthier, than these recipes will help keep you on track! Not only do they have just a few ingredients, but they only take about five minutes to prepare!

                                                       CAPRESE SALAD
Serves 8
Calories- 74g 
Fat- 1g
Protein- 5g

 2 vine tomatoes
8ozfresh mozzarella
Fresh basil leaves
Balsamic vinegar
Sea Salt and 2 Tbs of Olive oil
  1. Cut the Mozzarella and tomatoes in quarter- inch slices.
  2. Layer them on a plate with basil leaves.
  3. Drizzle balsamic vinegar, olive oil & a little sea salt.
TURKEY AVOCADO SKEWERS

Serves 8
Calories- 104g
Fat - 7g
Protein- 6g

2 ripe avocados
3/4 lb Executive Oven Roasted Turkey breast (low sodium)
Raspberry vinaigrette
8 skewers
  1. Peel and chop avocados into triangle wedges.
  2. Roll turkey slices and cut into halves.
  3. Alternate avocado and turkey pieces on the skewers.
                                                      PESTO HUMMUS

Serves 4
Calories 263
Fat - 1305g
Protein-11g
1 can chick peas
1/3 cup tahini
2 tbsp pesto
Juice form 1 large lemon
 1tbsp grated pecorino romano cheese
  1. Blend ingredients.
  2. Serve with vegetables pita chips and/or a whole grain cracker.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Beginning Your Gym Routine

We continue our discussion from our last blog post, Starting a New Gym Membership, and focus on beginning a gym routine. When new to working out, or starting a new routine, remember to go at your own pace and listen to your body. Also, take advantage of the staff and use the free personal training session they offer new members. Trainers will guide you and advise you on proper techniques.
Having a structured workout routine is not just for those new to the gym scene. Following a predetermined plan makes it more likely that you will have a well-rounded routine, allowing for maximum benefit from your gym time.

This routine is very balanced, hitting all muscle groups. It is designed for both upper and lower body days. Between each set, rest 30-45 seconds to give your heart rate a chance to come down to properly complete the next set.

Weight Machine Circuit Gym Workout

Upper Body

  • Chest Press
  • Seated Row
  • Overhead Press
  • Lat Pull Down
  • Bicep Curl
  • Triceps Extension

Lower Body

  • Leg Extension
  • Leg Curl
  • Inside Thigh (Adduction Machine)
  • Outside Thigh (Abduction Machine)
  • Leg Press
  • Calf Raise

Break the upper and lower body circuits into two different workouts done on two different days. It works really well to train the upper body while the lower body is still sore, and vice-versa.

Example Workout Program:

  • Monday: Lower Body Circuit
  • Tuesday: Upper Body Circuit
  • Wednesday: Rest or Cardio & Core Exercises
  • Thursday: Lower Body
  • Friday: Upper Body
  • Saturday: Optional Cardio
  • Sunday: Rest
The full article can be read at: http://www.fitnessblender.com/articles/weight-machine-workout-routines-printable-gym-workout-plans  

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

New Year, New You! Tips for Starting a New Gym Membership


Many of us start the New Year with a new gym membership however, may not be fully informed on where to start.

Now that you have made the commitment, here are some helpful hints from fitnessblender.com to get your routine started and get you on your way to a healthier you.

Cardio and your weight machine workouts
You should ideally begin every single workout with a bit of cardio in order to warm up your muscles. 10-15 Minutes is sufficient for prepping your muscles for more demanding physical activity.
On the days where you only do cardio workouts, aim for between 30 and 60 minutes of at least a moderate exertion level. Always make sure to stretch your muscles when you finish workouts, especially when doing a strength training routine; the damage caused by the ripping of the muscle fibers can cause them to bind and tighten up.

Reps, sets, & how to do a weight machine circuit

Number of reps & sets for toning
If toning up is what you’re after, do 3-4 sets of between 12 and 18 repetitions (you can even go higher if you like). Whatever the number of repetitions you complete, choose a weight that makes it difficult for you to complete the last 2-3 repetitions. Proper form in executing any exercise should be a priority.

Number of reps & sets for strength
For strength, complete three sets of 6-10 reps. As is true with toning, the last few reps when training for this goal should feel very challenging. If you are pursuing mass or increased strength, give perfect form precedence; never sacrifice precision for a higher lift weight.

Venture outside of your weight machine gym workout

Weight machines are most ideal for beginners, particularly those who have not had the opportunity to spend any one on one time with a personal trainer. However, it’s important to realize that though machines initially do a really good job of helping you navigate the gym, they are limited in the number of calories that they can burn, and their range of motion in relation to your body’s natural movements.

Functional strength training using bodyweight exercises or dumbbells gives you the most natural range of motion and develops your strength, coordination, and controlling muscles most comprehensively.


Continue to check back for more tips. Coming Next: Beginning Your Gym Routine


The full article can be read at: http://www.fitnessblender.com/articles/weight-machine-workout-routines-printable-gym-workout-plans 

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Better-for-You New Year’s Resolutions

Make meaningful health commitments that you can actually keep!


Making a New Year's resolution this year? If its to lose those pesky 10 pounds-for the sixth year in a row- why not consider making a new, more doable resolution with equally big health payoffs? Take your pick of these attainable resolutions from Women's Day that you can actually tackle this year. To read the full article, and for more health tips click here

Get More Sleep.
Getting adequate sleep can help you feel more energized during the day, improve your mood and even help you lose weight. It's the best way to help your mind and body function at its best. 

Eat a Veggie or Fruit with Every Meal.
The more vegetables and fruit you consume, the higher your intake of fiber, which helps fill you up, making you less likely to eat foods that are less healthy. Fruits and vegetables are also packed with vitamins and antioxidants, which your body needs for a strong immune system.

Find a Form of Exercise That You Love.
Don't care for jogging or aerobics? That doesn't mean you should give up on exercise! It can take some trial and error to find a form of exercise that is enjoyable for you, but the key is to find something you are most likely to stick with. Start by making a list of activity's you haven't tried and give each a try for two weeks. Then, pick the one that gives you the most joy, or mix it up with your top two. 

Extract Yourself from a Toxic Relationship.
Weather it's from a romance gone bad or a friendship that leaves you feeling depleted and unhappy, 2015 is the year to set yourself free. To rid yourself of a toxic person, be assertive. Establish the limits that are best for you, communicate them to the other person and then stick to them. 

Stop Sweating the Small Stuff.
See if you can resolve to let the annoying but insignificant stuff go this year. Being emotionally overwhelmed, angry or frustrated, causes our bodies to release cortisol, also known as the stress hormone which can have damaging effects on your heath. When something begins to ruffle your feathers, take a deep breath, and ask yourself, "Am I really going to let this mess with my health?" The answer, of course, is no! 

Cut Back on Sugar.
Don't worry, you don't have to give up your favorite indulgences to make this resolution work. Simply take a look at the added sugar in foods, and try to eat as little of the sweet stuff as possible. Too much sugar is too many calories with no nutritional benefit for your body. Try preventing cravings before they even start by making sure you're eating regularly throughout the day. A midday snack of plain yogurt with berries can help give you the sweet taste you're longing for. 

Come Up With a Healthy Living Mantra.
Having a positive mantra can counter any negative thoughts you may have while helping you stay hopeful and motivated to help you live a happy and healthy life. To find your mantra, try designate a calming, motivating phrase that rings true to you, and think about it or whisper it to yourself when you need encouragement.

Friday, December 26, 2014

Easy Tips on Detoxing After Holiday Indulging


A seasonal detox is an effective way to clear your body of toxins, which will also speed up your metabolism and enhance your overall health. Follow these easy tips from shape.com to kick start healthy habits after indulging over the holidays.

Start by decreasing the amount of sugar you consume, including honey, molasses, and artificial sweeteners.

Drink a tall glass of water with juice from half of a lemon in the morning to help rehydrate and promote digestion.

Regular exercise encourages circulation in the blood and lymph system, and will so enhance digestion, reduce tension, lubricate joints, and strengthen your body.

Drinking tea is beneficial not only because it is full of antioxidants, it also hydrates you and fills you up!

You should eat whole plant foods because processed foods lack the nutrients your body needs. Dark green vegetables, for instance, are full of micronutrients and are very low in calories, so you can eat a lot of them.
 
Don't forget that pollution and allergens are all around you. They're in the air and can trigger allergy symptoms (such as yucky, puffy, red eyes). Flushing your nasal passages regularly with a saline solution can eliminate side effects of air pollutants and lead to better breather.

For more tips and to read the full article go to : http://www.shape.com/lifestyle/mind-and-body/8-simple-ways-detox-your-body  

Friday, December 12, 2014

Healthy Holiday Tips


The holidays have approached us and we are pressed for time, which makes it even harder to make healthy choices.  Because fast food & junk food is much more available than a healthy option, many people give in to the temptation and eat poorly during these busy times, simply because it’s easier.  While eating fast- food is never as healthy as a well-planned, balanced diet, you can easily take steps to improve the quality of your nutrition when on the run.



Here are some tips for healthy eating during the holidays:

  • Make sure that you eat your fruits & vegetables for the day.  The best part about them is that they are extremely portable, keep a couple pieces of fruit or sliced veggies when on the run.
  • Before starting a day full of shopping and nonstop running around make it habit to eat a piece of fruit with oatmeal or low fat yogurt, to stay full longer.
  • Seeking out deli-style fast-food chains where you can order a sandwich on whole wheat bread or a wrap. Also choosing mustard over mayo will save you on calories and fat. 
  • Stock your car with bottled water and healthy snacks such as fruit and a serving size of unsalted nuts, to stop those cravings before they hit. 
  • Consider a supermarket for your fast-food break. You can pick up precut and washed fresh fruit, vegetables, yogurt, or low fat cheeses.  They will also offer salads, sushi, wraps and dozens of other healthy prepared items.
  • If you do make your way to a fast food restaurant, opt for the newer and healthier options such as a side salad or fruit. Also remember that chicken isn’t always a healthy choice.  Order grilled chicken, and skipping the bun is always a better option.