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    • August 1, 2013
    • In the Balance

    • Imagine the life a child could grow up to have if he or she spoke multiple languages, played a musical instrument, was a champion skier/rock climber/endurance runner, had pen pals in 14 countries, earned perfect grades … and was so busy achieving things there was no time to sleep, play or just be a kid. In today’s nonstop world, children are encouraged to engage in school and in extra-curricular activities. But there often comes a point when too much pressure can outweigh the benefits of partici... MORE →
    • July 30, 2013
    • Gasping for Air

    • Anyone who has had such a bad coughing fit that they end up gasping for air has an inkling of how serious whooping cough can be. While it may sound like an exotic or outdated disease to some, it’s actually on the rise ­­— particularly in Colorado. This is why the physicians and staff at Vail Valley Medical Center strongly recommend routine immunizations.Whooping cough, or pertussis as it is referenced in medical fields, produces symptoms typical of the common head cold in adults: runny or stuffy... MORE →
    • July 30, 2013
    • Protein Busters: Building Muscle Mass

    • Author Katie Mazzia MS, RD, CDE is a nutritionist at Vail Valley Medical Center. MYTH: You need large amounts of protein to build muscle mass. TRUTH: Any excess protein beyond what the body needs is burned for energy or stored as body fat. The amount of protein required by a healthy individual is based on the type and frequency of exercise. As a general guide, select the type of activity below that best describes you and calculate your protein requirements. Choose a mix of proteins from real ... MORE →
    • July 23, 2013
    • Year One: Success

    • One year ago, the Vail Valley Surgery Center in Edwards opened with high hopes. The vision was the beautiful new center would better serve the entire valley's medical needs, offering excellent surgical treatments in a warm and friendly mid-valley location, easily accessible from both ends of Eagle County.The success was not certain though. Would the valley's residents agree with the vision?Apparently so. Since its opening in June 2012, the Vail Valley Surgery Center – Edwards has performed more ... MORE →
    • July 22, 2013
    • Robot Joins Neonatal Nursery Team

    • It was a tense situation - one no new parent wants. The baby girl – though small – seemed the picture of health after birth. Then the baby began to cry and worsen before their eyes as she developed complications from her premature birth. Phone consultations with neonatal experts at Rocky Mountain Children's Hospital at Presbyterian/St. Luke's (RMCH at PSL) were not enough to confirm the diagnosis Dr. Greg Miranda at Vail Valley Medical Center suspected. Even as the symptoms progressed, the speci... MORE →
    • July 16, 2013
    • Annual Celebration of Life Luncheon with Geralyn Lucas Friday in Vail

    • Often times Geralyn Lucas references angels when she talks at breast cancer awareness events. Lucas, the author of “Why I Wore Lipstick to my Mastectomy,” found a lump in her breast when she was 27 years old. Her husband, Tyler, is a doctor and was working with cancer patients at the time.“He would tell me every night, ‘Someone you know, someone you love, will have breast cancer.’”When he said that, he likely didn’t know ‘someone’ would be his wife.Tyler treated a 28-year-old woman who was misdi... MORE →
    • July 3, 2013
    • VVMC Volunteer Corps Board Installs New Officers

    • The Vail Valley Medical Center Volunteer Corps recently held its annual board of directors installation on a lovely sunny evening at Vista Restaurant in Arrowhead. Their beautiful outdoor patio with views of the golf course made for a delightful setting for the event.This event brought together past and present board members and volunteers to honor their mission of “supporting the highest level of compassionate patient-centered care at Vail Valley Medical Center facilities.”Dick Woodrow, preside... MORE →
    • 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 →