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    • December 29, 2014
    • Eternal Youth

    • While aging is inevitable, longevity is accessible. Local experts share the best ways to extend your years from the inside-out.  JOINTS"Joint health is so important, because mobility and activity are two of the secret ingredients to longevity and quality of life," says Dr. Peter Millett, director of shoulder surgery and a shoulder, knee, elbow and sports medicine specialist at The Steadman Clinic. "Without good joint health, it becomes difficult to remain active and independent." Millett says ... MORE →
    • December 29, 2014
    • Exercises for every age

    • Howard Head Sports Medicine is known for being the best in helping people recover from an injury. But what you may not know is that they also specialize in injury prevention (not just rehabilitation) through exercise. In fact, some of the world’s best athletes train with Howard Head in hopes of avoiding the wear-and-tear injuries that sports often cause. We worked with Howard Head’s Philip Galloway to learn what general injuries are common among age groups and what exercises can be done to comba... MORE →
    • December 23, 2014
    • Get to know new Vail endocrinologist Dr. Rebecca Adochio

    • VAIL — Dr. Rebecca Adochio is Vail Valley Medical Center’s new endocrinologist. She treats all aspects of endocrinology, including thyroid, pituitary, adrenal, parathyroid and metabolic bone disorders. Dr. Adochio has expertise in thyroid cancer treatment and ultrasound guided biopsy. She also has a special interest in treating disorders of metabolism and diabetes. Upon completion of her endocrinology fellowship, Dr. Adochio began a position with INTEGRIS in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. She has bee... MORE →
    • December 4, 2014
    • NEW CARDIOLOGY LAB WILL SAVE LIVES

    • VAIL, CO — Three years ago, Dave Bentley was wrapping up a ski day at Vail when he started having pain in his chest. Healthy and active with no history of medical issues, the 65-year-old Cordillera resident assumed it was something he’d eaten for lunch. “It was a ski-with-the-guys day—strong, all-out. We had a late lunch and were halfway down Bear Tree when all of a sudden I started to get a sharp, pressing pain high in my chest,” Bentley recalls. “There was no throbbing, no tingling of the arm... MORE →
    • December 3, 2014
    • Vail lodge, hospital work on land trade

    • VAIL — There’s a lot of technical work to finish before construction can begin on an extensive renovation plan for Vail Valley Medical Center. And that work may lead, eventually, to redevelopment of a longtime Vail lodge. The medical center and owners of the Evergreen Lodge are currently negotiating an exchange of two roughly equivalent-sized pieces of land. If the deal goes through, then the medical center will trade the west part of its existing parking lot to the Evergreen in exchange for la... MORE →
    • November 18, 2014
    • A Glance At Your Gland

    • You’re in your 20s and loving life. You ski, hike, bike and get outside to play in the mountains whenever possible. You eat healthily, don’t drink too much and get plenty of sleep. Yet you’re always tired, and you're gaining weight. It just doesn’t make sense.  Does any of this sound familiar? It could be your thyroid.   The thyroid is a gland in the neck that produces a hormone affecting many organs in the body, including the heart, liver and muscles. If your thyroid is under producing — a con... MORE →
    • November 18, 2014
    • The Acid Reflux Test

    • “We’d just finished climbing at the rec center in Gypsum,” Jeff Shroll remembers. “I was beating on my chest, complaining about the acid reflux that I’d had for a decade or more. He looked at me and said, ‘I can fix that.’ I said, ‘I’m listening.’” “He” was Dr. Barry Hammaker. The fix was an elective surgery called laparoscopic fundoplication and it changed Jeff Shroll’s life.  Jeff is an active, busy guy. Originally from Grand Junction, he made his way to Gypsum from Crested Butte and has bee... MORE →
    • November 5, 2014
    • Vail Valley Medical Center Is Prepared For Ebola

    • VAIL, CO —While the initial panic over an Ebola outbreak in the United States has begun to subside, Vail Valley Medical Center is prepared. VVMC has partnered with Colorado Mountain Medical, Eagle County Paramedics Services and Eagle County Public Health Department to provide education and formalize policies and procedures to handle the disease should it make its way to Vail. “While the risk of an Ebola outbreak in Vail is extremely low, preparedness is essential,” says Doris Kirchner, VVMC’s ... MORE →
    • November 3, 2014
    • You Could Have Diabetes And Not Even Know It

    • According to the CDC, about 29 million Americans have diabetes. Over 8 million of them don’t even know it. Diabetes is directly responsible for approximately 230,000 deaths annually, and over 300,000 cases of disability. The total cost of diabetes in the US approaches $250 billion annually. Alarmingly, 37% of Americans may be classified as having “pre-diabetes,” which means that if they continue down their current path, in all likelihood they will become diabetic in the coming years. In simple ... MORE →
    • October 31, 2014
    • Where will Vail hospital's helipad sit?

    • VAIL — Air ambulance service into and out of Vail isn’t frequent, but it is important. Where to land those helicopter flights is a big part of Vail Valley Medical Center’s future facilities plan. There was one flight from Vail to another hospital about once every five days in 2013. Those flights now land and take off from a site just to the west of the town of Vail’s municipal campus. Those flights can be complicated for patients, medical staff and people who happen to be driving on the town’s ... MORE →