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    • January 6, 2014
    • Cold and Flu – Which is Which & What to Do

    • Colorado, along with much of the United States, is experiencing a high level of influenza-related illness. Vail Valley Medical Center have seen about five percent more patients testing positive for the flu than last year with tests showing that the 2009 H1N1 strain is most often identified among our patients. Flu patients have ranged in age from four months to 86 years old, with most less than 50 years of age.But is it a cold or the flu? When you get the sniffles or a cough, it’s sometimes hard ... MORE →
    • January 3, 2014
    • Drs. Metcalfe, Braunholtz and Ruttum Honored with Physician Awards

    • Vail Valley Medical Center president and CEO Doris Kirchner and Chairman of the Board, Art Kelton, honored the 2013 winners for Physician of the Year, Rising Star and the Clinical Excellence Awards presented to Drs. Metcalfe, Braunholtz and Ruttum respectively. Dr. Pamela Bock, president of the medical staff, presented the awards at an annual ceremony recently.This Physician of the Year award acknowledges the physician’s abilities in leadership, quality patient care, contributions to the communi... MORE →
    • December 10, 2013
    • Tips to Retrain Your Bladder

    • So we ended last month’s column talking about getting control over your bladder and improving its ability to hold larger (or normal!) amounts of urine. As we continue to discuss disciplining your bladder, keep the following tips in mind: Even with a well-disciplined bladder, you will need to pee at some point.  This is normal and healthy and good. What goes in must come out—in fairly similar proportions, which means if you drink an entire liter of fluid in one sitting, don’t expect to be able t... MORE →
    • December 3, 2013
    • Think Before You Eat: Mindful Nutrition For the Holidays

    • Most people only gain about two pounds from November to January. The problem is we don’t lose the weight and it adds up to 20 pounds over 10 years! This is called “weight creep." If you visit Vail or live here, every day seems like a holiday or reason to celebrate. So, follow these 10 “mindful” guidelines to extend your cheer beyond the season: Don’t skip meals, especially breakfast. It jump starts your metabolism and you’ll eat less throughout the day. Eat like a princess, not a king. Fill ½ y... MORE →
    • November 22, 2013
    • Doc Talk: Altitude Sickness with Dr. Dennis Lipton

    • Dr. Dennis Lipton is an internal medicine specialist at Vail Valley Medical Center. To make an appointment with Dr. Lipton, please call (970) 477-3090. You huff and you puff and you still can’t catch your breath. Whether you have lungs of steel or you are just getting used to a new elevation, at some point the altitude in Vail will affect you.When your flatlander friends come up to the mountains they may have trouble finishing a few drinks. But even sober, Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) can leav... MORE →
    • November 19, 2013
    • Howard Head Sports Medicine's Stephanie Drew Talks Incontinence & Bladder Irritants

    • So, you’ve been doing Kegels. Go you! Seeing improvements? I hope so! If not, don’t lose hope! Let me tell you a little bit more about your bladder. Last column, I mentioned a "feedback loop" between your pelvic floor and your bladder. The bladder is a hollow, muscular organ that sits fairly low in your pelvis. When it fills with urine, it stretches like a water balloon. When your bladder contracts, your pelvic floor should relax, and voila! You pee! The reverse is also true. When your pelvic fl... MORE →
    • November 5, 2013
    • Vail Daily Health Feature: Have a Surgery-Free Ski Season

    • At age 39, local skier Ian Gray had never broken a bone or torn a ligament. It wasn’t until last season — on one of Vail’s biggest powder days of the year — when Gray found himself seriously injured for the first time in his life.“It was Feb. 15, and the weather had really taken a turn for the worst,” he explained. “We were dropping into Yonder, and I was going pretty fast. I couldn’t see anything and was relying on my knees to cushion the turns.”Suddenly, Gray’s fresh tracks turned to a sheet o... MORE →
    • September 30, 2013
    • Put Up Your Flu Shield

    • If you were going to a place where malaria was rampant, you would make a point to get vaccinated. Embarking on flu season here in the United States, the need for protection is equally important. “The flu shot has been proven to be the most effective prevention of the flu and now the influenza vaccine is recommended for everyone. It used to be you had to have certain diseases or be immunocompromised, but now it’s recommended for all people older than six months with rare exception,” says Michael ... MORE →
    • September 27, 2013
    • Health Insurance Changes for Coloradoans

    • Healthcare insurance in Colorado is changing. As of October 1st, many Coloradans will be eligible, based on income, to reduce the cost of private health insurance through . Many will also be newly eligible for in 2014. Additionally, eligible children and pregnant women will still be able to get insurance through (CHP+). The have issued the following helpful tips regarding the new insurance exchanges launching this fall: If you don’t already have health coverage, the Health Insurance Marketpl... MORE →
    • September 23, 2013
    • East Lionshead Circle Road Closure

    • A short section of East Lionshead Circle will be closed from Sept. 23-27 to allow for completion of repair work to the existing two eastern most paver crosswalks along East Lionshead Circle in front of the Lionshead Welcome Center. All vehicular access east of this location will be required to access via West Meadow Drive and through the Dobson Ice Arena and Library Plaza; this generally includes the Vail International, Lodge at Lionshead and Treetops commercial upper parking garage. All access ... MORE →