Health

Department Of Public Safety Encouraging Safe Start To Summer

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The state Department of Public Safety is encouraging travelers to start the summer off safely over the Memorial Day holiday weekend. Lee Axdahl, director of the state Office of Highway Safety, says officials don’t want roadway safety details to get lost in the excitement of planning a trip. The department says Highway Patrol troopers will be…

Star Of “Pitch Perfect 3” Anna Camp Talks Less-Is-More Lifestyle

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- After wrapping up “Pitch Perfect 3” actress Anna Camp is partnering with Nestea to promote her less-is-more approach to summer. Camp joined us from Nestea’s tiny house in New York City’s Herald Square, which she says wouldn’t mind living in for a while! In collaboration with Nestea, Camp’s less-is-more approach to summer is all about simplicity and finding…

Planned Parenthood To Close 4 Iowa Clinics After Funding Cut

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Planned Parenthood says it’s closing four of its 12 clinics in Iowa after the Republican-led Legislature cut its state funding. Local affiliate Planned Parenthood of the Heartland said Thursday that the closings will reduce its facilities that provide abortions in Iowa from eight to five. More than 30 employees will be laid off. Republican lawmakers…

South Dakota Hospital Expansion Focuses On Mental Health

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – A Rapid City hospital plans to expand its emergency room over the next two years with the goal of providing better care for people suffering a mental health crisis in western South Dakota. The Rapid City Journal reports Rapid City Region CEO Paulette Davidson said Wednesday that the expansion will include eight “safe rooms” where…

How much is too much caffeine? Avera Doctor Says There’s No Magic Number For Adolescents

How much is too much caffeine? Many are asking the question after health officials in South Carolina are blaming a teen’s death on a caffeine induced cardiac event. But one local doctor says the answer isn’t so clear-cut. Officials say a 16-year-old collapsed in his classroom last month and died in an emergency room. The coroner says the teen had…

White Named Top Executive At Sanford Health In Fargo

FARGO, N.D. (AP) – Nate White has been named to the top post of Sanford Health in Fargo. White has been the chief operating officer for Sanford since 2012. He takes over as executive vice president for longtime administrator Paul Richard, who will retire later this year. White graduated from Augustana College in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, in 2000 and…

Study: Minnesota Medical Marijuana Patients Report Benefits

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Health officials say most Minnesota patients who used medical marijuana during the first year of the state’s tightly regulated program reported benefits. Health Commissioner Dr. Ed Ehlinger says early data show the drug is providing many people with “substantial benefits, minimal side effects and no serious adverse events.” The study released Tuesday is based on…

Minnesota Medical Marijuana Providers Run $11M In Red

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Minnesota’s two licensed medical marijuana manufacturers have lost a combined $11 million in two years of legal sales. Minnesota has among the strictest programs of nearly 30 states with medical marijuana laws. The state bans the plant form and restricts marijuana pills and oils to patients with a handful of severe conditions. Legal medical cannabis…

Adventures With Ahtra: Deskercise

  SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- Sitting in an office and staring at a screen all day can cause tense muscles and sore joints. Our staff at KDLT are no exception to falling victim to lazy posture and bad habits! Annie and Chris Mello from CPM Fitness ambushed KDLT’s newsroom to teach us some “Deskercise” moves. Annie says chairs are the biggest…

Senate Conservatives: Ease Obama Health Care Law Protections

WASHINGTON (AP) – Conservative senators are pushing to diminish insurance coverage requirements imposed by President Barack Obama’s health care law. The effort comes as Senate Republicans start fashioning legislation overhauling the nation’s health care system. The conservatives’ ideas include erasing Obama consumer protections, like barring higher premiums for people with pre-existing medical conditions, but allowing states to opt into them….

Nurse Navigators: Guiding Patients Through Breast Cancer

Meet Sanford Health's two-person team who help breast cancer patients

This week, we’ve partnered with the Edith Sanford Breast Center to raise awareness of the importance of screenings for the early detection of breast cancer.  Sometimes getting through a cancer diagnosis is a little easier with help from a nurse navigator. Gloria Top (left) & Donna Dwire (right) “I feel very privileged to be able to be here, to be…

FDA Approves Avera Clinical Trial Aiming To Treat Peripheral Vascular Disease

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A new treatment could become available for people suffering from peripheral vascular disease that affects around eight million Americans. The treatment was recently approved by the FDA for a clinical trial. Vascular scaffolding therapy is a drug-device combination that will work to open peripheral vascular arteries by stretching the artery wall, allowing for adequate blood flow….

State Health Commissioner Says Emergency Funding Needed

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Minnesota’s health commissioner is asking state legislators to provide $5 million for an emergency fund to deal with an outbreak of measles and other infectious diseases. Dr. Ed Ehlinger says public health officials are dealing with the largest measles outbreak in Minnesota in nearly 30 years and in recent months have responded to drug-resistant tuberculosis…

Sen. Thune Begins Work On Health Care Bill

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – It was one of the biggest promises President Trump made during his election campaign. He was going to repeal and replace Obamacare. Last week, House Republicans took the first step in doing this, passing Trump’s American Health Care Act. But the Senate still needs to vote on the bill. One organization hopes some big changes are…

Study: Side Effects Emerge After Approval For Many US Drugs

CHICAGO (AP) – Almost one-third of new drugs approved by U.S. regulators over a decade ended up later with warnings about sometimes serious side effects. That’s according to a new analysis published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association. It involves all 222 prescription drugs approved by the Food and Drug Administration from 2001 to 2010. Researchers looked…

Making Breast Health A Mission: Edith Sanford Breast Center

Center aims to care for patients from prevention to diagnosis & treatment

“Edith Sanford was Denny Sanford’s mother.  She died of breast cancer when Denny was only four years old,” says Sanford Health Cancer Services Executive Director Sharon Hunt, standing next to a picture of Edith Sanford inside their 18th Street facility. That tragic loss became a mission: that no other child should lose a parent to breast cancer.  So, Denny Sanford…

Senate At Bat In Dealing With Health Care Law

WASHINGTON (AP) – Now it’s the Senate’s turn to tackle health care legislation. And while Senate Republicans are already saying their bill will be different from the House’s, the process will probably be just as tense and complicated. A lot of the drama is likely to play out behind closed doors. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has named 12 GOP…