Monthly Archives: November 2013

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Holiday Recipe: Gingerbread Soufflés

“This impressive dessert isn’t difficult, but do plan ahead.”

People tend to be scared of soufflés, but it’s a really delicious dessert that you shouldn’t be afraid to share.

You’ll need:

  • 1 Cup of Milk
  • ½ Cup of Sugar
  • ¼ Cup of All-Purpose Flour
  • ¼ Teaspoon of Salt
  • 1/3 Cup of Molasses
  • 2 Tablespoons of Butter, Softened
  • 2 Teaspoons of Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • 1 Teaspoon of Ground Ginger
  • 2 Teaspoons of Vanilla Extract
  • 6 Large Eggs, Separated
  • 1/8 Teaspoon of Cream of Tartar
  • Sweetened Whipped Cream
  • Crushed Gingersnaps

1)   Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

2)   Whisk together milk, sugar, flour, and salt until smooth. Boil over a medium heat while constantly whisking.

3)   Pour into a large bowl and add molasses, butter, pumpkin pie spice, ginger, and vanilla. Whisk.

4)   Let cool for 15 minutes.

5)   Whisk in egg yolks.

6)   Butter and sprinkle sugar on 10 ramekins (7 oz. little soufflé bowls).

7)   In a separate bowl, quickly whisk egg whites and cream of tartar.

8)   Fold 1/3 egg white mix into original milk mix. Repeat twice.

9)   Spoon completed batter into ramekins. Leave ¾ inches of space on top of each.

10) Bake for 25 minutes or until puffy and set.

11) Serve immediately with whipped cream and gingersnaps.

Note: If you have one soufflé dish (2½ quart) instead of the smaller ramekins, bake for 55 to 60 minutes.

We want to thank Jackie Mills with Southern Living for this amazing recipe. Enjoy the holidays with your family, and happy black Friday!

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Bedside Manner at Open MRI of Pueblo

We know that getting out patients to feel comfortable is so important here at Open MRI of Pueblo, so we interviewed one of our favorite technicians, Renee Hodge, about her bedside manner.

What does bedside manner mean to you?

Bedside manner is that little bit extra that you do to make someone feel more at ease and comfortable with you.

What is your personal philosophy on bedside manner?

Bedside manner can either make you or break you. Being understanding and patient, but also giving support and being strong, can help just about anyone get through an uncomfortable situation. If you are rude, no one will want you by their side for anything.

Please describe a personal experience; either yours or a loved one’s, that guided your personal philosophy on bedside manner.

I will describe a loved one’s that I witnessed. While in the hospital unable to breathe, my loved one buzzed for the nurse. She poked her head in, mumbled something, and then left. We were confused, but giving her the benefit of the doubt, thinking she knew what was needed because it had been needed for the past hour, we waited. After 15 minutes, I went to find the nurse and find out when his breathing treatment was coming. She came to the room in a huff, looked at my loved one, and said “he buzzed the nurse not the RT,  then left again. He’s in the hospital, mind you. I was livid! But trying to be nice I went to his bed to look and see if there was a buzzer for repertory. Of course there wasn’t. The RT finally came, I told her what the nurse said, and she, having good bedside manner, made everything better.

Anything else you’d like to add about medicine and how you see it changing for the better or worse, in terms of personal care.

Medicine in my field definitely has its advantages as far as getting the exam done. What the patient and doctor do with medicine after that has its ups and downs. For exam purposes, I do feel an adequate dose is necessary and acceptable in that it is only for a short term. I feel the ordering physician needs to explain the proper way to use the medication though, such as when to take it and what not to take with it (narcotics). Everybody is different, though, and needs to be treated as an individual and not just another number.

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Keep Thanksgiving Orange!

Did your mom ever tell you, “don’t eat too many carrots; you’ll turn orange”? Well, it’s actually true. You could turn orange. Still, the benefits of those orange vegetables are super healthy. “The orange color in vegetables comes from a very powerful carotenoid antioxidant compound called beta-carotene.”

It boosts the immune system, improves eyesight, it’s good for our reproductive system, and even has cancer-fighting components. They’re also low in calories.

Fall is great for these healthy orange vegetables, which are both delicious and nutritious: pumpkins, yams, butternut squashes, and sweet potatoes.

To help keep your Thanksgiving table healthy this year, we wanted to share a delicious orange recipe!

Baked Sweet Potato Chips with Pumpkin Seeds

Ingredients:

  • 3 Large Sweet Potatoes, Washed and Scrubbed, Sliced into 1/8-inch Thick Slices
  • 3 Tablespoons of Pumpkin Seeds, Lightly Crushed in a Food Processor
  • ¼ Cup of Grapeseed Oil
  • ¼ Tablespoon of Groun Cinnamon
  • 1 Tablespoon of Chives, Minced
  • 1 Glove of Garlic, Minced
  • 1 Teaspoon of Cayenne Pepper
  • A Pinch of Salt

Recipe:

  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Mix all ingredients in a bowl, and be sure to coat all sweet potato slices.
  • Lay sweet potatoes out on a baking sheet
  • Bake for 20 minutes, turning slices over halfway through
  • Serve either alone or with hummus dip

A big thanks to Dr. Mao with Yahoo Health. To see the original recipes and read about the extensive positives found in each vegetable, click here.

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MRIs May Now Detect Dyslexia

Current dyslexia cases can only be diagnosed as a child is learning to read or moving on to advanced reading material, and he or she struggles. More than likely, the child has already been frustrated and fallen slightly behind in school.

Researchers at MIT may have found a way to catch it earlier, and prepare the child with extra care and lessons.

The researchers found that size of arcuate fasciculus is connected to reading skills in kindergartners.

The arcuate fasciculus connects the Broca’s area (speed production) with Wenicke’s area (understanding written/spoken language), and a small arcuate fasciculus usually translates to poor pre-reading skills.

However, it’s still unclear whether the smaller size causes difficulties or little reading experience actually causes the underdevelopment. This should be the foundation for future research.

The MRI used a diffusion-weighted imaging technique on 40 children in Massachusetts. They found that the size was connected to their ability to “identify and employ the varying sounds of language,” which is the first step in reading.

For more information you can read the full article here. To learn how an MRI can help your body, call us.

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Breast Cancer Awareness May Be Ending…

But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t stay aware.

As we welcome November, it’s important to remember that Breast Cancer Awareness Month should be every month.

Even two girls, ages 12 and 13, understood the importance of breast cancer awareness when they challenged the school’s band on the, now popular, I (heart) Boobies! bracelets.

The case was taken all the way to the Supreme Court, who agreed that the bracelets weren’t disruptive but supportive.

Get a mammogram or breast MRI to keep yourself informed, and be sure to ask your doctor to walk you through it. There’s a lot to consider when it comes to women’s health: density, history, and age, for examples.

Remember that no one’s a better judge than you, so do self-checks as well.

It’s not just October.