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