Three Ways to Help a Child Dealing with Grief


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With over four decades in the medical profession, Dr. Sammie I. Long most recently served as the clinical assistant professor of radiology at the University of South Alabama Medical Center in Mobile. Today, Dr. Sammie I. Long is writing a children’s book exploring grief in children. For those who have a child going through the grieving process, here are three strategies that may help.

1. Be honest. As difficult as it can be to have a discussion about death with a child, it’s imperative to be open. In order for a child to open up and turn to an adult for support, they have to feel that the adult is trustworthy. Depending on the child’s age, explain what has happened in a simple way that they may understand. Make it a discussion, not a lecture.

2. Stick to a routine. While a death can easily disrupt a child’s sense of normalcy, keeping to a routine schedule, including school, recreation, and social outings, will help young people feel grounded and in control. This also reassures a child that things will go back to normal in time.

3. Engage children in creative activities. Though activities can be used as a distraction, they can also be used to express emotions. Read books and watch movies dealing with loss, and ask the child how he or she feels afterwards. Drawing pictures is another way to get a child to open up, if speaking doesn’t come easily.


Myths about Nutrition for Older Adults


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Dr. Sammie I. Long has worked as both an academic and clinical radiologist. A former clinical assistant professor of radiology and special fellow at the University of South Alabama Medical Center, Dr. Sammie I. Long regularly completes continuing medical education courses dealing with aging.

Here are a few common myths about nutrition as people age:

Seniors need fewer nutrients. 

As adults age, their appetite decreases to account for their smaller energy output each day. However, this does not mean seniors need fewer nutrients. In fact, many older adults need supplements of basic vitamins, such as vitamin D and B12, because their bodies become less able to produce and absorb these nutrients.

Some extra weight is fine. 

Contrary to popular belief, seniors who are moderately overweight are not in good health. Being overweight decreases adults’ expected lifespan and prevents them from being active. Further, extra weight increases the risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and many other chronic illnesses.

– Drinking water will prevent dehydration. 

Normally, drinking water does prevent dehydration, but this is not always the case with seniors. Dehydration can be caused by medications, a lack of thirst, or decreased kidney function. Simply drinking water won’t solve these problems. Physicians must determine why an older adult becomes dehydrated before they can solve the problem.

The 2013 ABRF Summit


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American Board of Radiology Foundation

Dr. Sammie I. Long is a licensed radiologist with more than three decades of professional experience. She has also worked extensively to educate new generations of radiology professionals. Dr. Sammie I. Long maintains membership in the American Board of Radiology.

The American Board of Radiology Foundation (ABRF) is a non-profit organization with a mission to develop the safe and appropriate application of imaging and radiation solutions within the health care system. The organization’s recent National Medical Imaging Summit was held August 22-23, 2013, in Bethesda, Maryland. This summit focused on the theme “Desirable Outcomes.” Key points included cultivating a master plan of action, using imaging for physician and patient decision-making purposes, and cultivating public awareness of the partnership between medical professionals and patients.

The ABRF Summit conferences bring together representatives from the public and private sectors, as well as medical imaging professionals. Those who participate define objectives and work collectively toward goals. Conference attendees typically include regulators, imaging personnel, software manufacturers, patients, and systems management personnel.

Eligibility for the AMA’s Physician Recognition Award

Radiologist Dr. Sammie I. Long boasts more than 30 years of service in the field. Her experience includes numerous positions in academia. The American Medical Association (AMA) recognized Dr. Sammie I. Long with its prestigious Physician’s Recognition Award (PRA).

The AMA’s PRA recognizes physicians who devote themselves to continuing education. The award started in 1968 as a way to distinguish those who earn 50 credits annually from AMA-approved educational activities. Physicians with valid medical licenses are eligible to apply. The award bestows professional recognition and acknowledges the commitment to continually improving medical skills and aptitude.

The AMA PRA’s system of credit is the current standard for boards of licensure, and boards throughout the United States recognize it. This simplifies the process of medical license renewal because the AMA PRA application is proof of sufficient Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits in many states and territories. Possible ways to earn credit include attending AMA-approved conferences or presentations, authoring an article for a journal with peer review, and participating in other approved meritorious learning initiatives.