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    • June 25, 2013
    • The Best Health Apps for Eating, Sleeping and Working Out

    • Katie Mazzia MS, RD, CDE is a nutritionist at Vail Valley Medical Center. She suggests the following great apps to reach your fitness and nutrition potential.Seafoodwatch (free)Ever wonder which fish are sustainable, safe, eco-friendly, wild caught and not full of contaminants? Check this app out to select the best choices! (free)Which foods should you buy conventional vs. organic? This app ranks food based on pesticide residue. (free)This is a wildly popular app that grades your food A-D base... MORE →
    • June 25, 2013
    • Shaw Regional Cancer Center Provides Continuous Care To Patients During New Linear Accelerator Installation

    • After ten years of service, the linear accelerator at the Shaw Regional Cancer Center is getting an update. Thanks to RAD Technology Medical Systems and their innovative Temporary Radiotherapy Vault system the TRV II, doctors and patients will experience no interruptions to their treatment schedules while the new equipment is installed.Prior to the arrival of this revolutionary technology, updating a linear accelerator could close a facility for several months. These closures force doctors to ma... MORE →
    • June 25, 2013
    • Professional Pains

    • We spend at least a third of our lives working, so it’s not surprising our jobs affect our health. Work-related health problems are typically thought of as caused by accidents, toxic chemicals or jobs that threaten one’s safety, such as being a fisherman, which currently has the highest fatality rate among U.S. occupations. (There’s a reason why a reality show about fishermen is called “Deadliest Catch.”)What many don’t think about is how non life-threatening environments, such as working in an ... MORE →
    • June 24, 2013
    • Hospital in Need of New Helipad Location

    • Vail residents and Vail Valley Medical Center patients generally agree about the importance of having air ambulance service to the hospital. What that service might look like in the future is where that agreement starts to strain.The hospital for nearly 30 years has used a still-makeshift helipad just to the west of the building that houses the town’s community development department. The property for the pad belongs to the Federal Highway Administration and the Colorado Department of Transporta... MORE →
    • June 24, 2013
    • Nourishing Medicine

    • Getting sick or having an accident that results in surgery is a major life event. But sometimes a stay in the hospital is just the beginning of what can be a long road to recovery. Being laid up at home, fragile and tired, can be difficult and seem interminable. There’s a reason chicken noodle soup is used almost medicinally when people are under the weather — it’s both comforting and nutritious, the perfect balance for someone in recovery. Because no matter how skilled the surgeons are, a body... MORE →
    • June 20, 2013
    • Got Visitors?

    • Naturally, not every visitor is fit for a brisk haul up the mountain or an afternoon on the slopes. But because Vail Valley Medical Center is situated closer to the pulse of a resort than most any other topnotch hospital, it seems a shame to deprive visitors of at least some means of exploring the mountains. Mere steps away is the Eagle Bahn Gondola and Vail Mountain, so it’s easy to get at least a bird’s-eye view of the sprawling terrain. It doesn’t have to be a hike from bottom to top — but it... MORE →
    • June 19, 2013
    • Ask an Expert

    • Question: I LOVE RUNNING BUT I’M STARTING TO GET PRETTY BEAT UP. DO YOU RECOMMEND A CERTAIN AMOUNT OF MILES PER WEEK FOR A RECREATIONAL RUNNER?Answer: This is always a challenging question to answer, especially when working with avid runners! There is not a hard and fast number of weekly miles that applies to all individuals regarding the point at which an overuse injury may occur. Through my nearly 20 years of experience, I have appreciated an increase in overuse-type injuries when recreational... MORE →
    • June 17, 2013
    • Don’t Merely Survive…Thrive

    • There's a camaraderie among cancer survivors that isn’t easily replicated. “We’ve been through all the same things together,” says Eagle resident Holli Snyder, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in March of 2010. By August of that year, she was working out with a trainer at Shaw Regional Cancer Center in Edwards as part of the center’s Fit for Survival program. That’s where she met Rita and Dana and a slew of other cancer survivors with the same simple goal: Stay healthy. The Fit for Surviva... MORE →
    • June 17, 2013
    • USSA Honors Dr. Tom Hackett

    • Tom Hackett, MD, an orthopedic surgeon at The Steadman Clinic in Vail, Colorado, was selected for the 2013 USSA J. Leland Sosman Award recognizing his commitment to the medical coverage and service to the USSA.Dr. Hackett has been the head team physician for US Snowboarding and a member of the medical committee for 10 years. He served athletes in the Olympic Winter Games and played an "integral role in planning for the upcoming 2013 Games" according to the report. Dr. J. Leland Sosman, known af... MORE →
    • June 10, 2013
    • Vail Valley Medical Center Offers 3D Cancer Prevention

    • When Dr. Janice Ugale first learned of Breast Tomosynthesis about five years ago, she recognized it was the next big breakthrough in breast cancer detection. The breast imaging radiologist knew the new 3D technology had the potential to detect small, hard-to-find cancers much earlier, increasing cancer detection by as much as 40 percent and better diagnostics for dense breasts. She couldn’t wait to offer the groundbreaking technology to patients at the Sonnenalp Breast Center.In May, the Sonnena... MORE →