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    • October 29, 2013
    • Stressing Out? Stop!

    • Two-thirds of Americans say they need help for stress.Creating space in the day to stop, come down from the worried mind, and get back into the present moment has been shown to be enormously helpful in mitigating the negative effects of our stress response. When we drop into the present, we’re more likely to gain perspective and see that we have the power to regulate our response to pressure.Here’s a short 1-3 minute practice you can weave into your day to step into that space between stimulus a... MORE →
    • October 24, 2013
    • Breast Cancer Awareness: Are You Dense?

    • No woman really enjoys being called “dense,” but when it comes to screening for breast cancer, this term has completely different implications. Speaking the language of mammography, if a patient is deemed “dense” or “extremely dense,” it means her breasts are comprised of a large amount of dense tissue rather than fatty tissue, a common characteristic of younger, pre-menopausal women or those on hormone therapy. The aging process typically causes breast tissue to become less dense. The problem i... MORE →
    • October 24, 2013
    • Exercise: How Much is Enough?

    • Based on several recent large-scale studies, exercise has emerged as a strong protective factor both for incidence and progression cancer in the prostate and breast. A landmark study in 2011 that followed 2,700 men found that those who reported at least three hours/week of vigorous activity had a 61% lower risk of dying from prostate cancer than those who exercised less than one hour/week. All exercise is good exercise, with recreational and leisure activity showing a decrease in mortality. But ... MORE →
    • October 15, 2013
    • Ask A Sports Doc: Does a Broken Collarbone Require Surgery?

    • Dr. Rick Cunningham is a knee and shoulder sports medicine specialist with Vail-Summit Orthopaedics. He is a physician for the U.S. Ski Team and chief of surgery at Vail Valley Medical Center. Visit to submit topic ideas. For more information about Vail-Summit Orthopaedics, visit . Question: I broke my collarbone mountain biking. Will I need surgery?Answer: Broken collarbones or fractured clavicles are common injuries, accounting for about 3 percent of all fractures seen in adults. Eighty perce... MORE →
    • October 11, 2013
    • Shaw Regional Cancer Center's Newest Addition

    • Not many ski towns are equipped with a comprehensive medical clinic, much less a cancer facility. What’s more is that the Shaw Regional Cancer Center is outfitted with state-of-the-art equipment, the most recent addition a brand new linear accelerator. What is a linear accelerator, you may ask? No, it is not a time travel device or a body-shrinking contraption. It is a machine that administers external beam radiation for cancer treatment and Shaw just acquired the market’s newest and most advanc... MORE →
    • October 9, 2013
    • Competitive Insight: Training and Competing at High Altitude

    • Question: I am a competitive ultramarathon runner. Will training at high altitude improve my time?Answer: High altitude is typically defined as being above 5,000 feet in elevation. When an athlete trains at altitude, the first thing that happens is that their heart rate and respiratory rate increase. This even occurs at rest. This helps counter the lower partial pressure of oxygen in the air at altitude. Remember, even at sea level, oxygen comprises only 20.9 percent of the air we breathe. In re... MORE →
    • October 2, 2013
    • Eagle County Rallies for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

    • One in eight women in the United States will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime, according to . But thankfully, local salons and businesses throughout Eagle County are coming together this month to educate, celebrate and raise funds to save Eagle County tatas. Pretty in Pink, a breast health awareness and fundraising initiative that supports local women in need with breast diagnostics screenings at the Sonnenalp Breast Center, is in full swing and working to save live... MORE →
    • October 2, 2013
    • Spoke, Scalpel, Repeat

    • Beep, beep, beep. A swift hand silences the alarm as to not wake a sleeping wife. At 4:30 a.m., Dr. Erik Dorf prepares for another busy day. He still has six hours until he needs to be at Vail-Summit Orthopaedics for work. He isn’t thinking about that, though – this part of the day is for him alone. The dust glows bright behind his spinning tires as the first rays of light hit the trail. In the back of his mind he knows that every hour of training will help him in his upcoming 100-mile competiti... 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 →