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    • November 25, 2013
    • Pretty in Pink Thanks Our Partners

    • One in eight women in the United States will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime, but thanks to the generosity of our community, we’ll more likely catch it early when breast cancer is the most treatable.Throughout the month of October, 27 different businesses came together to educate, celebrate and raise funds for the Sonnenalp Breast Center in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Through this community effort, we were able to educate women to get an annual mammog... MORE →
    • November 22, 2013
    • Crazy Mountain Brewery in Edwards Hosts Prostate Awareness Event Friday

    • Looking around at a bunch of guys sipping beer and stroking their Movember mustaches, it’s a little scary to realize that one out of six of them will at some point be diagnosed with prostate cancer. It’s reassuring, however, to know that our community is coming together to have fun while supporting prostate cancer awareness. Today, Crazy Mountain Brewery is hosting a Movember Prostate Awareness event, with 100 percent of the proceeds donated to Shaw Regional Cancer Center to help patients.The pr... MORE →
    • 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 →
    • 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 ... 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 perc... MORE →