Radiation in Pop Culture

For better or worse, pop culture changes how we perceive the world around us. After World War II, radiation and nuclear power entered the mainstream in various ways. Movies imagined giant creatures terrifying the world, while comics created conflicted superheroes coming to terms with their new found powers. While seeing radiologists on the big screen or in a comic book might not be the most educational thing, it’s at least a fun diversion to see the field get some widespread recognition.

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8 Crucial Websites for Radiologic Technologist Students

So you filled out all the applications, secured financial aid, and took the plunge into a radiologic technologist training program, but you’ve still got a long way to go! Networking with other medical professionals, building a diverse skill set, and getting licensed in the state where you want to practice are all ahead of you. The following are some handy websites and other resources you can use to make those processes go as smoothly as possible.

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The History of the Pharmaceutical Industry in America: The Ultimate Web Guide

If you’re a medical professional, such as a radiologist, a nurse or a doctor, you know that pharmaceutical drugs are important factors in saving lives. But, as an industry, controversy often boils over everything from how schools teach this trade to animal testing scandals. The following Web guide to the history of the pharmaceutical industry in America touches briefly on every success and every perceived failure within this industry. Continue reading

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Top 10 Twitter Apps for Scientists

Perhaps because Twitter has not been especially popular with scientists, it is difficult to find apps which are specifically advertised for use by scientists. However if we consider the lifestyle and career of a scientist or a technician, there are a host of apps that might be useful and/or appealing — at least at the geological or psychological levels. The following highly-rated Twitter apps — ranging from the most practical to the most playful — are divided into categories, providing links so you can sign up for these free services immediately.

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Top 20 Most Influential Cancer Researchers

Radiology often is used to detect tumors and cancerous malignancies. But, once found, how is cancer cured? Researchers today are making astounding discoveries that can help cure cancers or put this disease into remission. The following top 20 most influential cancer researchers have offered tremendous contributions to cancer science. Continue reading

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Top 20 Health and Medical Infographics That Will Blow Your Mind

Sometimes people can pick up on information easier through images rather than through text. Infographics, when interesting and pertaining to health and medical topics, can be a great way to educate a patient, for example. This list of the top 20 health and medical infographics will blow your mind, and they may blow your patients’ minds as well.

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Feeling Sunny? 25 Health Benefits of Sensible Sun Exposure

SunRadiology technicians know that there is radiation everywhere. And we all know that radiation comes from the sun. Indeed, we have received so much information in recent years about how excessive sun exposure can lead to skin cancer, and how excessive tanning can lead faster aging, that we are irrationally worried about sun exposure. We forget that sun exposure has some benefits as well as problems.

The sun’s radiation can help processes in the body work better. But, as with all things related to health and wellness, the key is moderation. Just because the sun offers some health benefits doesn’t mean that you should go crazy. You still need to wear sunscreen if you’ve been in the sun for more than 10 minutes or so; it’s all about common sense.  Here are 25 benefits of sensible sun exposure:

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17 Ways Mobile Computing Is Changing Medicine and Healthcare

There are a lot of interesting things happening right now in the world of medicine with regard to technology. Radiology technicians have access to better imaging devices than they did in the past, and mobile computing is making it possible to send those images to doctors anywhere in the hospital — in an instant.

Mobile computing is going to make medicine more, well, mobile. No matter your career in health care, you are likely to find that technology is changing health care and the way things are done. Here are 17 ways that mobile computing is changing medicine and health care:

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Everything You Need to Know About Mobile Usage & Your Health

If you have read the book, Exposed, you might understand the difference between the U.S. and the European Union (EU) when it comes to health measures. The EU uses the precautionary principle that states that if an action or policy has a suspected risk of causing harm to the public or to the environment, in the absence of scientific consensus that the action or policy is not harmful, the burden of proof that it is not harmful falls on those who advocate taking the action. In the U.S., the burden of proof to date falls in the hands of the manufacturers’ witnesses when it comes to cell phone use.

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10 Most Influential People in Cancer Research

Cancer is a disease that affects everyone. If you do not develop cancer in your lifetime, you will know someone who suffers from this disease, according to the Cancer Research Institute. The good news is that cancer research has made remarkable strides within the past half century, although cancer continues to claim millions of lives each year.

Cancer researchers work on various types of cancer as well as on different methods for cures. While some researchers may be very public (famous and infamous), others remain behind the scenes. Some individuals, as you’ll see below, never step foot in a laboratory. Yet, the ten most influential people in cancer research — among dozens of others not listed — all have helped to make major strides in understanding cancer and refining cures to this disease.

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