Stop Cleaning Your Ears with Cotton Swabs

This is one of Dr. Karen’s favorite topics. If she could get all her patients to do just one thing (and sure there are lots of things… eat healthy, exercise, etc.) she would get them to stop cleaning their ears with cotton swabs. Why? What’s the big deal? Allow her to explain. Ear Wax is […]


7 Facts You Should Know about Walking

If there’s one form of exercise you could easily fit into your day, it would arguably be walking. There are so many ways to add more steps each day such as taking the stairs or parking further away from your destination. If you’re struggling to commit to an exercise routine, here are seven facts you […]


The Ugly Truth About Chronic Pain and Exercise

When you’re in pain, the last thing you feel like doing is exercising. However, as much as you may not want to hear it, it’s one of the best things you can do for yourself. We talked to Dr. Lisa Corbin, Professor of Clinical Practice at UC Denver School of Medicine, to find out what […]


Want to become a runner? Here are 5 tips from Colfax Marathon.

The benefits of running are plentiful – running can improve your mood, give you a reason to get outside in the fresh air, provide you with a mental health break, decrease your risk of cardiovascular disease, and did we mention endorphins? 5 Tips to Get Started If you think you could benefit from a little […]


Is there a “Right Diet” for You?

In the course of a day at work, my boss was telling me about her decision to start the State of Slim Diet and another coworker was telling me about her decision to start doing the macro diet. It had me thinking, “am I missing something? Should I try some type of ‘diet’ or ’lifestyle’ […]


Common Joint Issues – What You Need to Know

Achy joints, sore knuckles – makes you think of arthritis, right? Turns out there are over 100 different kinds of arthritis, and they are not all created equal – different symptoms, different risk factors, and different experiences for those who suffer from them. Keep reading as we break down the most common types of arthritis, […]


The Latest News in Alzheimer’s Disease Research

In our latest episode of Health Happens, we took you behind the scenes of an Alzheimer’s research lab. We covered a lot of information – you can watch the video here! But for the purposes of this article, we want to focus specifically on the latest research. Understanding the Mechanism of Alzheimer’s Dr. Huntington Potter, […]


I work out and eat healthily, but my weight just plateaus. Why?

This is a guest post from the Colorado Athletic Club. This is a very common occurrence when trying to lose weight. Fortunately, a weight loss plateau can be overcome with a few simple changes to your routine. There are many reasons for plateaus, but the most common include: Miscalculating your caloric intake. Predominantly, weight loss […]


Dr. Karen’s Flu Advice

This flu season has hit hard, and the 9Health office is no exception. Just today, we have 7 members of our staff out sick. Yikes! Dr. Karen Polsky, our Director of Health Strategy, sent out a note to our staff that we think is worth sharing with all of you. Keep reading… It’s Fast and […]


Cervical Cancer is Highly Preventable If You Do These Things

Cervical cancer doesn’t have obvious symptoms. Unlike other forms of cancer, early-stage cervical cancer and its precursors don’t have physical symptoms that signal you might have the disease. But, once cervical cancer has advanced, warning signs start to appear. Risk Factors A risk factor is anything that changes your chance of getting a disease. There […]