Monthly Archives: January 2016

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Are We Able To Predict Anorexia?

 

According to NDSU, 70 million people suffer with anorexia. This isn’t something that can be swept under the rug any longer. Can we predict anorexia? This seems to be a question that we always ask ourselves, but now it turns out the size and shape of our brains may do exactly that.

The School of Medicine at the University of Colorado explored this, using MRIs on 19 adolescent females who had been diagnosed with anorexia nervosa, compared to 22 adolescent girls who had not.

 

The brain scans showed the females with anorexia “had larger left orbitofrontal, right insular, and bilateral temporal cortex gray matter.” The orbitofrontal cortex tells the person when they’re full that it’s time to stop eating.

The insular is activated as we taste food; it’s related to the pleasantness of eating. Specifically, the right insular determines how we see our body, which may be why anorexia patients truly believe they’re overweight when, in reality, they’re underweight.

“While eating disorders are often triggered by the environment, there are most likely biological mechanisms that have to come together for an individual to develop an eating disorder such as anorexia nervosa,” says Professor Guido Frank of the University of Colorado.

Anorexia Nervosa is a serious condition that should not be taken lightly, especially with this new knowledge that there’s a biological basis to the disease, which could open the door for more treatments and therapies.

Currently, the National Association for Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (ANAD) lists anorexia as the third most common illness among adolescents, with about 0.5-3.7% of all women experiencing it at one point or another. At the Open MRI of Pueblo, we believe that each and every one of our patients deserves to live a healthy life. If you’re struggling with anorexia, please reach out for help.

Click here for the full article from Medical News Today.

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5 Things To Do Around Open MRI of Pueblo

5 Things To Do Around Open MRI of Pueblo

Getting an MRI might now sound like a particularly fun thing to do, but if you’re going to take the time out of your day to do it then there are plenty of ways to make the experience a great one! We’ve got so much fun stuff to do in Pueblo and if you’re in the area for your MRI, then you should definitely check out some of these cool local hotspots! We promise it’ll be worth your time.

1. Lake Pueblo

 

Take a day trip to our very own beautiful Lake Pueblo. The open water and scenic view is the perfect place to unwind and relax. After all, any day by the water is a great day! And if you’re feeling extra adventurous, you can take advantage of the bike trails, rent jet skis, and even go camping if you want to make this a longer stay.

2. Pueblo Zoo

 

A day at the zoo is perfect for everyone whether you’re going on family day trip or even a solo trip! Cute animals can turn any day into an amazing day. The Pueblo Zoo sits on 25 acres of land and has over 120 different species of animals. Be sure to stop by for a visit before or after your appointment with Open MRI of Pueblo.

3. Mr. Tandoori Urban Bar and Grill

 

If you haven’t tried Mr. Tandoori Urban Bar and Grill, you’ve been missing out! They offer delicious Indian cuisine and their staff is so welcoming! You feel right at home. Their signature is fresh, high quality ingredients and their modern interpretation of classic dishes. Tip: make sure to check with your doctor first to make sure you don’t have any procedure prep restrictions on eating before you decide to head here—you might need to save it for a post procedure treat!

4. The Pueblo Mall

 

Who doesn’t love to shop? Shopping can be a relaxing activity that can de-stress you in an instant! Treat yourself and stop by after an appointment to browse around or pick up things you may need! You’ll deserve a little retail therapy.

5. Rosemount Museum

 

If you’re a history buff or just a lover of beautiful design, take a tour of the Rosemount Museum. The tour guides are friendly and informative which is just an added bonus because this mansion is beautiful! The furnishings, décor, and architectural is stunning. You’ll leave wishing you were living in that home!

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10 Inspirational Quotes For You!

10 Inspirational Quotes For You!

Each and every one of us has gone through a difficult time in our life. It’s important to lend a helping hand to those in need. If you’re going through a rough time, have a friend or family member struggling, or simply need a little positivity, then read these inspirational quotes. It’s easy to forget how beautiful life is and sometimes all it takes to turn things around is a friendly reminder. We’re always here for you at Open MRI of Peublo.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Life isn’t always easy, but we want you to know that in whatever you do, no matter how hard things get or how many problems come your way, you have a whole team of people here at Open MRI of Pueblo who are rooting for you. Keep these quotes in mind as you carry on with your day and remember to share a word of encouragement with anyone that may need it.

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Why Getting An MRI Is Like Being In An Episode of The Walking Dead

why getting an MRI is like being in an episode of the walking dead

In a world centered on consumer experience and convenience, MRI’s get a lot of flack. There are some negative realities when it comes to MRI procedures (the time, the noise, the pre-procedure contrast you have to consume, etc.), but we believe in trying to look at the positive side, so we’ve taken those negative things and decided to relate them to something we know several of us love: The Walking Dead. Sit back, relax, and enjoy these comparisons!

No matter how grueling the process might feel, all the important people always manage to make it out alive. This is truly one of the most amazing things about the Walking Dead. We’re what, five or six seasons in and almost all of the main characters are still alive? The same can be said for our MRI patients, we’re several years in and we haven’t lost one yet! Be thankful no one chose to channel Game of Thrones instead.

 

The pre-procedure contrast probably tastes just as bad as that Peach Schnapps Beth almost drank with Daryl that one time. Sometimes you just need a drink, something Beth and Daryl experienced this past season. Unfortunately, in many circumstances the only available option isn’t really that great, but you’ve still got to man up and drink it! It’s the same thing with our pre-procedure contrast. It’s not the tastiest drink around, but it’s the only available option for people undergoing the procedure. Thankfully now it can be injected rather than ingested.

 

It feels like it takes forever. Lets be honest, one of the biggest complaints about MRI’s is that they take a longer amount of time than some other medical procedures, kind of like the last season of the Walking Dead, which felt like it dragged on for YEARS before it finally ended.

 

The noise makes you want to bash in someone’s head. Although Walkers and MRI machines are two totally different beasts, they can both be incredibly aggravating with all of that completely unnecessary and never-ending noise. No matter what you try, they just never shut up! The result can leave you feeling the need to take desperate measures. In the show you’ll probably take a baseball hat to the Walker’s head…we suggest you don’t try that with the machine.

You’re essentially taken prisoner for the span of a whole episode. No seriously. You could probably watch an entire episode of the Walking Dead in the time it takes to get an MRI, and during that episode chances are someone has either been taken prisoner, is living in a prison, or is busy imprisoning someone else.

 

You don’t always enjoy it, but you need it. The Walking Dead can be a tough show to get through. Every season has their ups and downs, and some are better than others. Once you’ve gotten hooked on the show, though, it doesn’t matter. Whether you enjoy watching a particular episode or not, you understand that you need to, and you’ll be glad that you did when the next episode rolls around. MRI’s are exactly the same. We understand that in a lot of cases, patients aren’t particularly thrilled about having to undergo the procedure. It can be long, it can be boring, it can be difficult to get through, but in the end it’s something you need to do, and you’ll be grateful in the end that you did.

 

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New Dietary Guidelines Kiss Salt, Sugar, and Saturated Fats Goodbye

 

Just this week, the federal government released their new dietary guidelines for 2015-2020. The guidelines come out every five years, and they’re designed to give recommendations about what types and amounts of foods make up the ideal healthy American diet. The guidelines are based on tons of research from the best and brightest scientific and medical experts across the country, but that doesn’t mean that everyone agrees with them.

The newest dietary guidelines were released less than 24 hours ago, and already they’ve caused quite a stir. There are a lot of people who are happy with them, and a lot of people who are outraged or upset. More importantly than that, though, there are a lot of people (like ourselves) who are just simply trying to understand them.

So, without any mumbo jumbo scientific terms or anything like that, here’s what you need to know about the federal government’s new dietary guidelines:

They want you to ditch the added sugar and the saturated fats. No big surprise here…after years of research we’ve finally concluded that consuming excess amounts of added sugar is, in fact, bad for your health. For the first time ever, the government has prompted Americans to reduce their added sugar intake to less than 10% of their total caloric intake. If you’re going by the traditional 2,000 calories a day recommendation, that means that no more than 200 calories should come from added sugars (to put it in perspective, that’s like one can of soda).

They’ve also made the same recommendation for saturated fats, since it turns out those aren’t so great for you either, and are oftentimes loaded with cholesterol. The recommended guidelines for saturated fat consumptions have been dropped to less than 10% of your total caloric intake as well.

Ixnay the altsay. That’s right, experts have decided that the average American is still consuming way too much sodium. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have determined that more than 90% of children and 89% of adults aged 19 and over in the US eat too much sodium, so in response to that the new dietary guidelines recommend sodium intake of no more than 2,300 mg of salt per day. When it comes to salt, the general consensus is that less is more.

There were a few other changes, like suggestions to increase fruit, vegetable, and whole grain intakes across the board and to add seafood into your diet, but the recommendations surrounding salt, sugar, and saturated fats were definitely the largest.

If you want to check out ALL of the changes to this year’s dietary guidelines, you can see them all here.