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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 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 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 →
    • June 3, 2013
    • A Match Made in Medicine

    • On an early autumn morning in 2005, Dr. Terrell Joseph went down on one knee in the swaying basket of a hot air balloon. As the craft began to sail above Minturn, the soon-tobe-local surgeon asked his terrified companion her hand in marriage. “I told him to stop moving around in the basket,” says Dr. Natalie Martin. “I don’t know if the ring and the flowers helped my fear of heights, but I did say yes.” The couple met four years earlier in their respective residency programs in New Orleans — D... MORE →
    • May 29, 2013
    • All Pain Isn’t Created Equal

    • Pain is defined as an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience to actual or potential tissue damage. This explains the obvious in that pain is uncomfortable, but also illustrates that pain involves an emotional response to the discomfort. In pain management, we address both the sensory and emotional experiences.All pain is not the same. The experience of pain is an evolutionary adaptation to tell us that something is wrong with our body. How it feels leads doctors to a diagnosis. Pain is clas... MORE →
    • May 29, 2013
    • The Skinny on Skincare

    • SKIN — IT HOLDS IT ALL TOGETHER. As the body’s largest organ, and the most exposed, skin needs a little TLC if it’s going to stay healthy for the long haul. And that’s where Jean Liu Urquhart, M.D., comes in. Both a board certified dermatologist and dermapathologist, Dr. Urquhart works with Mountain Dermatology Specialists in Eagle and Vail. She looks at your skin and it tells her things about its sensitivities and inclinations; she gets it under a microscope and it reveals even more. Most of ... MORE →
    • May 23, 2013
    • Decoding Sports Drinks

    • The perfect sports drink has fluid to keep your blood and muscle cells hydrated, carbohydrate for energy plus sodium and potassium so your heart and other muscles work like a fine tuned machine. Who may benefit from a sports drink?•    If you exercise longer than an hour.  •    The American College of Sports Medicine recommends athletes start drinking sooner than later, every 15-20 minutes. Ditch the Gatorade® and Try these AlternativesAll natural, without dye/food coloring: Carb BOOM! Electro... MORE →