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    • May 30, 2013
    • Lifetime TV Producer Lucas to Speak at 19th Celebration of Life Luncheon

    • At its 2012 Celebration of Life Luncheon, the Vail Breast Cancer Awareness Group (VBCAG) announced the creation of the GAP Fund - $50,000 donated to the Sonnenalp Breast Diagnostic Imaging Center at the Shaw Regional Cancer Center for those who need additional diagnostic tests.“Unlike donations that we had previously made that were spread over several years – we wanted the money to be used in one year,” says Kristin Kenney Williams, president of the VBCAG.Kenney Williams continues: “We were shoc... MORE →
    • May 29, 2013
    • All Pain Isn’t Created Equal

    • Pain is defined as an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience to actual or potential tissue damage. This explains the obvious in that pain is uncomfortable, but also illustrates that pain involves an emotional response to the discomfort. In pain management, we address both the sensory and emotional experiences.All pain is not the same. The experience of pain is an evolutionary adaptation to tell us that something is wrong with our body. How it feels leads doctors to a diagnosis. Pain is clas... MORE →
    • May 29, 2013
    • The Skinny on Skincare

    • SKIN — IT HOLDS IT ALL TOGETHER. As the body’s largest organ, and the most exposed, skin needs a little TLC if it’s going to stay healthy for the long haul. And that’s where Jean Liu Urquhart, M.D., comes in. Both a board certified dermatologist and dermapathologist, Dr. Urquhart works with Mountain Dermatology Specialists in Eagle and Vail. She looks at your skin and it tells her things about its sensitivities and inclinations; she gets it under a microscope and it reveals even more. Most of ... MORE →
    • May 23, 2013
    • Decoding Sports Drinks

    • The perfect sports drink has fluid to keep your blood and muscle cells hydrated, carbohydrate for energy plus sodium and potassium so your heart and other muscles work like a fine tuned machine. Who may benefit from a sports drink?•    If you exercise longer than an hour.  •    The American College of Sports Medicine recommends athletes start drinking sooner than later, every 15-20 minutes. Ditch the Gatorade® and Try these AlternativesAll natural, without dye/food coloring: Carb BOOM! Electro... MORE →
    • May 20, 2013
    • New ‘Ask a Sports Doc’ Column Makes its Debut

    • I have a question for Dr. Cunningham. I am a finish carpenter from Eagle and recently had immediate pain in my knee after simply standing up from a squatting position. There is now sharp pain at times in my knee especially when I rotate or pivot on the knee. What do you think it is?— In Pain, EagleDear In Pain,You probably tore one of the meniscus cartilages in your knee. I see a large number of patients like yourself in the office who suffer isolated meniscal tear in their 40s or 50s given all ... MORE →
    • May 16, 2013
    • Hospital, Town Collecting Ideas for VVMC Expansion

    • Vail Valley Medical Center’s future includes growth, and the hospital and town are getting a handle on what that looks like. Toward that end, the hospital and town are hosting a series of public input meetings, which began Wednesday. Hospital officials talked a little and listened a lot. They’re early in the master planning phase, and they really do want to know what the community wants in its hospital. For now, officials are trying to figure out where things will go, when they’ll be built an... MORE →
    • May 15, 2013
    • The Proof is in the Package

    • Like anything in life, a major surgery is easiest on those who are best prepared. Unfortunately, as far as major surgeries go, preparedness is a luxury that’s usually unavailable. But it doesn’t have to be, says the team of surgeons at The Steadman Clinic in Vail, Colorado. If the major surgery you need is a total joint replacement, you may be able to delay that operation without causing more pain, long-term damage or a reduced quality of life. The Steadman Clinic is of the opinion that you sho... MORE →
    • May 13, 2013
    • Hospital Site Planning Forum on May 15

    • Vail Valley Medical Center (VVMC) and the Town of Vail are hosting a site planning forum to allow community members to provide input on future campus development. The event will be on May 15 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in The Grand View on the third level of the Lionshead Welcome Center. VVMC has begun work on a new master facility plan for the main campus at 181 West Meadow Drive in Vail. The team, led by nationally-recognized healthcare planning firm Heery International, is currently in the assessment... MORE →
    • May 9, 2013
    • How to Prevent Overuse Cycling Injuries

    • As we head into summer here in the high country, we at Vail-Summit Orthopaedics, like you, will start heading out on our bikes. Unlike our friends who live at lower elevations, we can not ride outside all year. With a short riding season we are tempted to get all of our fitness in a short period. This sudden increase in our time riding and the repetitive nature of cycling makes us susceptible to overuse injuries.  An overuse injury will certainly detract from your enjoyment on the bike, but it a... MORE →