Health

Iowa House Panel OKs Medical Marijuana Oil Bill

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – An Iowa House subcommittee approved a bill that would legalize medical marijuana oil and create a state-run program to grow and dispense the product. People affected by epileptic seizures, multiple sclerosis and cancer spoke Wednesday in support of the bill, telling lawmaker cannabis oil helped them. The GOP-led panel unanimously supported the bill, which now…

Medical Assistant Careers On The Rise

From 2014-2020 the profession is expected to grow 23 percent

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – They don’t prescribe medicine or stitch you up. They’re not doctors or nurses, but they’re in one of the fastest growing medical fields, and they’re in high demand. “I do a lot scheduling for patients and answering those phone calls,” says Sandi Hoogendoorn. “But we’re crossed trained in the office, so I also do rooming for…

House Panel Tables Abortion Bill

PIERRE (AP) – A House panel has tabled a bill that would have banned a type of second-trimester abortion in the state. The House Judiciary Committee voted 7-6 to shelve the bill, which had an amendment pending that would have changed it substantially. As introduced, the measure would have banned a procedure known medically as dilation and extraction, though the…

McConnell Intends To Replace ‘Obamacare’ Without Democrats

WASHINGTON (AP) – Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says Republicans intend to overhaul health care and the tax code this year without Democratic help. In the past, McConnell has condemned Democrats for passing “Obamacare” in the first place without any Republican votes, claiming that approach set the law up to fail. But now McConnell is promising the same approach himself,…

Ice Cream From The Cow To The Cone

A closer look at the organic process of Stensland Family Farms

SIOUX FALLS – You’ve probably heard the term “farm to table,” but a Sioux Falls ice cream shop is sprinkling in its own twist on the phrase. And the result is pretty sweet. KDLT photojournalist Josh Bixler spent a day with the folks at Stensland Family Farms for a look at how their operation goes from cow… to cone. Stensland…

Assisted Living Communities Battle The Flu Bug

Avera and Sanford Health Put The Elderly As One Of Their "At-Risk" Populations

For the Primrose Retirement Community in Sioux Falls, this isn’t the most relaxing time of year. The flu is making its rounds across the country and confirmed cases in South Dakota have spiked over the last couple weeks. Despite the jump, however, Director of Nursing Dianne Larson said it doesn’t come as a surprise. “We’ve been taking precautions for quite…

Child Obesity Stagnant In South Dakota After 2 Decades

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota Department of Health is claiming success in fighting childhood obesity despite numbers that show an unchanged percentage since it began tracking the rate nearly two decades ago. The Rapid City Journal reports the department announced Tuesday that 32.1 percent of South Dakota children ages 5 to 19 years were either overweight or…

Minnesota Reports 1st Child Flu Death Of Season

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Minnesota has recorded its first child death due to influenza this season. The state Department of Health said Thursday that one child death related to influenza has been reported since the start of the flu season. Influenza is considered widespread in Minnesota, according to a weekly update. The Health Department says 156 people were hospitalized…

Parents Find Comfort In Baby Rockers

"That's what made it easy for me to go home to the rest of the kids at night"

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Having a baby is one of the happiest times in a parent’s life, but it can also be one of the most stressful. Especially if a newborn is sick and has to stay in the NICU. But at one local hospital there are volunteers to help during the difficult times. Six weeks ago Jennifer and Brett…

First Patients Moved Into Brookings Hospital Expansion

$46 Million, 62,400 Sq. Foot Expansion Features New State-Of-The-Art Equipment

It was a big moving day for more than a dozen patients at Brookings Hospital Tuesday. The $46 million, 62,400 sq. foot expansion is complete after about 16 months of work. Brookings Hospital opened its doors to the community in 1964. Brookings Health President and CEO Jason Merkley said they needed to get with the times. “It did the trick…

American Heart Association Introduces Bill to Require High Schoolers to Have CPR Skills Before Graduation

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – “Even bad CPR, is still better than nothing at all, “says Jeremy Robertson, EMS Educator. Robertson has been an EMS educator for 15 years and knows during an emergency, every minute counts. “When I go to a cardiac arrest call if I see somebody doing CPR; I know that person’s chances are pretty good, but if…

House Committee Passes Bill Making Abortions After 19 Weeks A Felony

PIERRE – A State House Committee passes a bill to boost the penalty for performing abortions after 19 weeks of pregnancy. A law approved last year made performing abortions at that stage of pregnancy a misdemeanor, except in medical emergencies but this proposal would make them a felony. Supporters say the misdemeanor charge was an inconsistency in the State’s abortion…

Super Bowl Can Trigger Heart Attacks

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – It’s a yearly tradition for football fans, to watch the two best teams in the league duke it out in one of the most anticipated games of the year and while watching, many are indulging in their favorite foods, but that consumption comes with consequences. “It is actually very important to realize that lifestyle is extremely important…

Behind All The Red: National Wear Red Day Shines Spotlight On Heart Health In Women

For the last 14 years, everyone from celebrities to news anchors have been sporting red on the first Friday in February. National Wear Red Day was created by the American Heart Association and the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute to raise awareness about heart disease in women. But why women? Heart Disease is the number one killer in women,…

Iowa Reports Rising Number Of Flu-Related Deaths

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa authorities say at least 25 influenza-related deaths have occurred since Oct. 2, including 11 reported to the state last week. The Iowa Department of Public Health said in a news release Friday that all but one of the people who died had underlying conditions or contributing factors. The department says the deaths included 19…

Go Red For Women Day

Throughout February the American Heart Association is promoting living a heart-healthy lifestyle. Today is Go Red For Women Day, which encourages people to wear red to raise awareness for women’s heart health. According to the American Heart Association, heart disease and stroke kill one woman every 80 seconds. Dr. Kelly Steffen, a cardiologist with Sanford Health says it’s important that…

South Dakota Lawmakers Introduce Ban On Abortion Procedure

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A measure introduced by South Dakota lawmakers aims to ban a certain type of second-trimester abortion in the state. A similar bill cleared several steps in 2015 but was ultimately tabled. The procedure is known medically as dilation-and-extraction. The bill calls it “dismemberment abortion.” The National Abortion Rights Action League calls the language “deliberately inflammatory.” Samantha…