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    • 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 lea... 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 ... 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 →
    • 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 Marke... MORE →
    • September 23, 2013
    • East Lionshead Circle Road Closure

    • A short section of East Lionshead Circle will be closed from Sept. 23-27 to allow for completion of repair work to the existing two eastern most paver crosswalks along East Lionshead Circle in front of the Lionshead Welcome Center. All vehicular access east of this location will be required to access via West Meadow Drive and through the Dobson Ice Arena and Library Plaza; this generally includes the Vail International, Lodge at Lionshead and Treetops commercial upper parking garage. All access ... MORE →
    • September 18, 2013
    • Vail Daily Column: Medical Center a Vital Asset

    • Whether it’s the coffee shop, the grocery store, the farmers’ market or another gathering place, the conversations with friends and neighbors this summer have eventually migrated to the topic of our health. Someone’s knee or shoulder is getting mended, someone else is awaiting an MRI, another acquaintance is preparing for the birth of a child. While the scenarios are plentiful and vast, there’s great comfort in knowing that exceptional health care is located within our town. It’s a tribute to Go... MORE →
    • September 17, 2013
    • Meet Your Doctor: Dennis Lipton, MD

    • A Texas native, Dr. Dennis Lipton is the newest addition to the medical team at Vail Valley Medical Center. Since his college days at Texas A & M, throughout medical school at UT Houston and his residency and ensuing urgent/primary care practices in North Carolina, Dr. Lipton has dreamt of bringing his medical career to a ski town. Finally his wish has come true. Specializing in Internal Medicine, Dr. Lipton sat down to answer a few questions about his field.What exactly does an internal med... MORE →
    • September 11, 2013
    • It's a Dog's Life: Pet Partners Brings Well-Being to Patients at Shaw

    • Snuggling with Becca, a King Charles-Bichon mix, really helped Kimberly Clawson with her homesickness. On April 11, 2012, Kimberly was diagnosed with Stage III breast cancer and from that point on, her life was a blur of travel and treatment. She sought care at  Shaw Regional Cancer Center and had a double mastectomy April 23. Next came chemo, then radiation treatment. She was away from home a lot. “Everything happened so fast,” she says. She was missing her husband, missing her kids and missi... MORE →
    • September 9, 2013
    • Keeping it Real: VVMC's New Mobile Simulation Lab

    • Vail Valley Medical Center President and CEO Doris Kirchner was on a tour of the esteemed Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore when she walked by a room that caught her eye. Inside, health care professionals were circled around a human simulator — typically referred to as a manikin — executing a scene that could be occurring in any hospital anywhere in the world. In a matter of seconds, Kirchner was captivated. She told the others in her group to keep going and watched her first simulation sess... MORE →