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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 25, 2013
    • Pretty in Pink Thanks Our Partners

    • One in eight women in the United States will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime, but thanks to the generosity of our community, we’ll more likely catch it early when breast cancer is the most treatable.Throughout the month of October, 27 different businesses came together to educate, celebrate and raise funds for the Sonnenalp Breast Center in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Through this community effort, we were able to educate women to get an annual mammog... MORE →
    • November 22, 2013
    • Crazy Mountain Brewery in Edwards Hosts Prostate Awareness Event Friday

    • Looking around at a bunch of guys sipping beer and stroking their Movember mustaches, it’s a little scary to realize that one out of six of them will at some point be diagnosed with prostate cancer. It’s reassuring, however, to know that our community is coming together to have fun while supporting prostate cancer awareness. Today, Crazy Mountain Brewery is hosting a Movember Prostate Awareness event, with 100 percent of the proceeds donated to Shaw Regional Cancer Center to help patients.The pr... 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 →
    • October 30, 2013
    • Breckenridge Woman Learns About Herself Through Breast Cancer

    • Exactly one year to the day of her breast cancer diagnosis, Lisa Middlebrook was on the mountain at Vail, her 10-year-old son Patrick beside her, preparing for a day full of skiing. The date was March 3, 2012, and the occasion was the first year of Pink Vail, a fundraising event for the Shaw Regional Cancer Center.Participating that year was a big step for Middlebrook, and symbolic of the progress she had made over her disease.“That was my goal, to be well enough to be able to ski,” she said. Sh... MORE →