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    • 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 →
    • 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 →