Monthly Archives: November 2016

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What we are thankful for this year

 

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Every November, we always think about what we are thankful for. Some years, the same ideas come to mind, but other years, we have more and more to be thankful for. This year we are thankful for many things, here are a few.

 

  • Food

Obviously, we are thankful for food, especially because every Thanksgiving we gather round the table to give thanks before a good meal.

 

  • Cool weather

Thanksgiving just so happens to be right in the middle of one of our favorite seasons, fall. The weather is a perfect crisp, temperature, and is also supported by some of the prettiest sceneries found in Colorado all year long.

 

  • The start of the Holiday season

Everyone loves the holiday season, and Thanksgiving is the official start of it. What’s not to love?

 

  • Health

Especially here at Open MRI of Pueblo, we are thankful to have our health. So many people sacrifice their health everyday, we are grateful to live in a healthy state, be in great health, and also work in the healthcare industry.

 

  • The state of Colorado

As we said before, we are grateful for the state of Colorado, not only for the healthy citizens who live here, but for so much more. The scenery, the mountains, the eclectic communities, we love Colorado, and are thankful each and everyday to call this place home.

 

Thanksgiving is a time of year for reflection, gratefulness, and giving thanks. This year, reflect on what you may take for granted in your everyday life. Be thankful for the small things in life, and always remember to have a happy, healthy, and peaceful Thanksgiving.

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Your Brain or Your Personality?

 

A new study conducted by Colin G. DeYoung and colleagues from the University of Minnesota suggests that certain personality traits are related to certain brain structure sizes.

The study finds that extraverts have an enlarged orbitofrontal cortex, which is the part of the brain that registers rewards. These individuals are cheerful, assertive, and competitive.

However, the study could not find cause-and-effect, meaning scientists are still unsure whether the brain structure causes the personality trait or the trait causes the changes in brain structure, as personalities are (for the most part) constant, but do possess the ability to change over time.

The study used an MRI scan of over 100 people after each individual’s personality type had been determined by the Big Five: extraversion, agreeableness, conscientiousness, neuroticism, and openness/intellect.

Those identified as conscientious (hard working and self-disciplined) also had a large lateral prefrontal cortex.

Those identified as neurotic (negative and depressed) had a smaller medial prefrontal cortex, which regulates emotion.

Those identified as open (creative) actually had no drastic changes in brain structures.

The article on the study can be found here. If you want to see where your personality stands, schedule an MRI with Open MRI of Pueblo by calling 719-404-0991 or visit our website for more information.

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10 signs of osteoporosis to watch out for

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As people age, our bodies age with us. This includes our bones, which make the shape of our bodies. Osteoporosis is a terrible condition that makes the bones brittle over time, this bone disorder is highly common with women over the age of 50. Osteoporosis can go unnoticed, and can be dangerous in old age. Learn the the warning signs of osteoporosis, and how you can reverse them the symptoms.

 

  • You can’t drink milk

Whether you’re lactose intolerant, or prefer to not drink milk, this could lead to a lack of calcium. Calcium supports, strong, and healthy bones, so if you’re not getting enough calcium your bones could suffer. If you don’t like milk, there are other options, some alternatives include, almond milk, cashew milk, or lactaid milk if you are lactose intolerant.

 

  • You’ve broken a bone in the last 2 years

Broken bones can be make a person more susceptible to osteoporosis. It can be hard to regain all the strength in your bones when you have recently had broken bones. If you are worried about how your bones are healing, consider getting a bone density DXA scan.

 

  • If you are naturally small framed

Some of the worst cases of osteoporosis can occur in women who are naturally thin or small framed. This is because thin bones, can be more brittle, or weak. To combat this, make sure you get a lot of calcium, and eat a healthy diet filled with nutrients.

 

  • If you smoke

We all know that smoking is not healthy for any part of your body, but most people wouldn’t think that smoking actually affects the bones quite a bit. Smoking can sabotage the elasticity in the bones.

 

  • You have a history in your family of osteoporosis

Like a lot of other health conditions, having a history in your family of osteoporosis can put your body at a predisposition for the condition. If you have a history in your family of osteoporosis talk to your doctor about your options for treatment.

 

  • If you are a woman over 50

The most common patients who get osteoporosis are women over the age of 50, because women have naturally weaker bone mass, and with old age this bone mass can deteriorate.

 

  • If you have had an eating disorder

Patients who battle with eating disorders can be at a higher risk for osteoporosis. This is because hormone levels in the body are affected by what a person eats. This can sometimes lower estrogen levels in the body, which in turn affects the bones mass.

 

  • Drinking alcohol

Drinking excessive alcohol can attack the cells that form into stronger bones. This is why doctors recommend limited daily alcohol consumption.

 

  • Not being active

We all know that not living an active lifestyle can damage any part of the body, but it can especially damage bones. By working out, and getting enough exercise, the bones can actually form more mass, and be less likely break.

 

  • Too much caffeine

 

Sorry coffee lovers! Drinking to much coffee can result in a higher risk of osteoporosis. Doctors recommend a limit to no more than 2 cups of coffee per day, and to counter your coffee intake with calcium.

 

If you’re worried about your risk for osteoporosis, talk to your doctor about your risk level. If you want to get an MRI to check out your bones, make an appointment with Open MRI of Pueblo.

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How To Get Over Those Hump Day Blues

 

how-to-get-over-thoseToday is Wednesday, which means we’ve hit the middle-of-the-week marker. Usually today is when people start to slow down, when work gets just a little less productive, when the days start to feel just a little bit longer and your eyes feel a little bit heavier. Getting over hump day isn’t easy, but there are a few things you can do to make sure you keep yourself energized and feeling productive until the weekend rolls around!

Take some time to recharge.

Things can start to get overwhelming by the time Wednesday rolls around, and you can find yourself bleary-eyed and staring at your computer completely brain dead thinking “I can’t even think, there’s no way I’ll be able to get anything done”. If you find yourself in this situation, take some time to recharge. Find a way to get out of the office, whether it means taking your lunch early or simply spending fifteen minutes outside. Taking a step back, allowing yourself a little bit of time to recharge and refocus, will go a long way towards increasing your productivity and getting you back in the work groove.

Plan something fun for the weekend.

What better way to keep yourself excited and motivated for the rest of the week than planning something fun to look forward to? Plan a trip, organize a picnic, make plans to head to the beach. Whatever it is that you love, use Wednesday to start planning those final details. It’ll give you something to look forward to and help the time fly by.

Reduce unnecessary stress that’s bogging you down.

The middle of the week is usually when stuff starts to pile up and get out of control. It’s easy to get overwhelmed by how much work you still have to accomplish in those next two days, and this can cause you to really stress out and shut down. Sit down Wednesday morning with the plan to reduce. Reduce the clutter at your desk. Cut unnecessary tasks for your work load. Reduce anything that you know doesn’t have to be done and is causing you stress. You’ll find yourself more relaxed, more energized, and much less afraid to face the rest of the week.

Wednesdays are hard, and trust us…they’re hard for everyone! But by doing simple things like the ones listed above, you can make it past hump day and help keep yourself productive and energized for the rest of the week!

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4 Definitive Reasons Why You Should Get Your Flu Shot ASAP

4 Definitive Reasons Why You Should Get Your Flu Shot ASAP

The flu has already hit hard.

Already this year there have been reported cases of influenza in all 50 states, with four states (Hawaii, Iowa, Massachusetts, and Oregon) reporting flu activity state-wide rather than sporadically. November is also quickly coming to a close, and the months of December and January are when flu season typically peaks, so the worst is still to come. Keep in mind that the flu vaccination takes approximately 2 weeks before it starts to fully protect you, so getting your flu shot now means you’ll be protected right around when December starts!

There’s nothing worse than spending the holidays sick in bed.

Let’s face it, we’re about to start the most exciting few months of the whole year! Christmas and New Year’s are both upon us, and it would be miserable to have to miss out on all the festivities because you’re bed-ridden and feeling miserable from the flu.

You probably don’t want to waste PTO on the flu when you could waste it on a beach vacation this summer.

If you’re one of the lucky individuals who works for a company where sick days and vacation days are separate, then that’s awesome! If, however, you’re one of the millions of people whose vacation and sick days are rolled into one, you’ll feel our pain. It sucks to have the flu, but it sucks even more to have to use up those vacation days you were hoping to save for a summer beach getaway because you’ve come down with the flu and can’t work. Most of us live incredibly busy lives, and we simply just can’t afford to be sick and miss out on work and all of our other responsibilities, PTO or no. If getting a flu shot will guarantee you that beach vacation, doesn’t that feel like a fair trade?

It’s not just about you, it’s about the people around you too.

Getting a flu shot is a very personal decision, and it’s up to each and every one of us to make that decision on our own. No one can force you to get a flu shot against your will, they’re not going to strap you into the chair while some nurse shoves a needle into your arm. If you want one, you go get one. If you don’t want one, you don’t have to get one. It’s important to remember, though, that even though you may not think you need to protect yourself from the flu, there may be other people in your life who need protection from it. Say you have a baby, for example. Children under the age of 6 months are too young to get a flu shot, but they’re highly susceptible to the flu and it’s incredibly dangerous for them if they do get it. One of the easiest ways to protect your child from the flu is to make sure that the people in their life are also protected from it. If you’ve gotten your shot and can’t catch the flu, your baby has a much greater chance of getting through flu season healthy! The same thing goes for people who have elderly individuals in their life, as people over the age of 65 are at a much higher risk when it comes to the flu.

At the end of the day, no one will force you to get a flu shot, and it’s up to you to decide whether or not you need one. But it’s important to think about the repercussions of not getting one, both for your personal life and for the lives of the people around you, so make sure that you consider this before turning down the shot!

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How to feel more comfortable during your breast exams

 

Getting breast exams is an important part of OB-GYN visits. All women need to have

them done yearly, and let’s be honest, they can be pretty uncomfortable. So what can

you do to make your experience less awkward? We have 3 great tips to help you get

through this often awkward experience.

 

Do your research before the exam. Having some background information on what to expect during a breast exam can help

put your mind at ease. An added benefit to doing some research is knowing WHY you’re going in for an exam in the first place. You can be confident in the fact that you

are doing something proactive for your health!

 

Practice Practice Practice!

Start doing self-exams. Going into your appointment having already done several self-

exams is one of the easiest ways to prepare yourself for the real thing! It’s just like any

exam you have taken in the past, the more prepared you are, the better! Not only will

this help you feel more comfortable, self-exams are something you should be doing at

least once a month. It’s an important step to take in making sure you and your doctor

detect breast cancer as early as possible.

 

Wear a robe.

Your doctor is likely to give you a robe to put on before your breast exam, but you can

always ask for one yourself. Being less exposed during the exam is a simple way to feel

more comfortable!

 

Breast exams don’t have to be uncomfortable. Your doctor has likely done hundreds of

breast exams over the years and does them daily. Exams are an important part of

making sure you detect breast cancer as early as possible, and you are certainly in good hands!