Health

Congress on track to OK expanded private care at troubled VA

WASHINGTON (AP) – Legislation awaiting final approval in the Senate would give veterans more freedom to see doctors outside the Department of Veterans Affairs’ health system. Passage would represent a major step toward delivering on President Donald Trump’s pledge to expand private care. The House passed the bill last week, and senators are expected to do the same later Wednesday….

New Migraine Medicine Coming to South Dakota

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — If you or someone you know suffers from migraines, there could relief coming soon. A new treatment was recently approved by the FDA for migraine prevention. The drug is said to reduce the pain, frequency and duration of the severe headaches. Nearly 39 million American’s suffer from migraines, but with Aimovig recently being approved there’s hope. “I…

State tweaks anti-abortion family planning program

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa is tweaking its new state-funded family planning program that excludes abortion providers like Planned Parenthood by restoring some eligibility to a large hospital system that performs abortions in some cases. UnityPoint Health could soon participate again in the family planning program under a budget bill passed this month. It needs approval from Republican Gov….

Romaine lettuce E. coli outbreak spreads to Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – A national food poisoning outbreak linked to romaine lettuce has reached Minnesota. The state Department of Health said Tuesday that 10 cases of E. coli infection in Minnesota residents are linked to the multi-state outbreak. People got sick from April 20 through May 2. Three people were hospitalized, and two developed a potentially fatal complication…

Spring Workouts for Summer Shape

With spring in full swing and summer just around the corner, many of us are looking to get into shape, but don’t know where to begin. ‘Fit Chic’ and Co-Owner of CPM Fitness, Annie Mello, met up with KDLT’s Simon Floss and Karl Letsche to lend out the best spring-time workouts to get your body in summer shape. For more…

Iowa governor signs 6-week abortion ban into law

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds has signed a six-week abortion ban into law, marking the strictest abortion regulation in the nation. The Republican governor signed the bill on Friday in her formal office at the state Capitol. But the measure is expected to quickly face a court challenge. The Iowa affiliates of Planned Parenthood and the…

Spike in Bug-borne Diseases in U.S.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- Soon we’ll start to see a lot more bugs out like mosquitoes and ticks. We always try to avoid them, but it’s especially important to stay away this year. According to the CDC, more and more people are being infected by deadly diseases these insects can carry. The City of Sioux Falls Environmental Health Division wants people…

Proposed project to add $31M psychiatric hospital in Iowa

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Mercy Medical Center wants to build a $31 million psychiatric hospital in the Des Moines area to respond to an extreme shortage of mental health services. The Des Moines Register reports that the new hospital would have 100 beds. Mercy currently has 34 psychiatric beds in its downtown facility. Mercy spokeswoman Laura Vanden Bosch says…

Someone You Should Know: The Face of Hope For Rare Diseases

SIOUX FALLS, SD – A young family in Sioux Falls is fighting for those with incurable, often untreatable diseases.  Their motivation centers around their son, who’s in a battle of his own.  He’s proof that a diagnosis doesn’t have to define you. Isaac Haberman loves Legos and all things “boy.”  His older sister, Jordan, is happy to play with him. …

US warns liquid nicotine packets resemble juice boxes, candy

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal health authorities are issuing warnings to makers of liquid nicotine whose packaging resembles children’s juice boxes, candies and cookies. The Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday the packaging practice is illegal for vaping formulas. The agency says children could mistakenly drink the liquids, which are intended for use in e-cigarettes and vaping devices. Exposure to nicotine…

Administrator named for South Dakota Human Services Center

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota’s Department of Social Services has named a new head administrator for the state-run mental health hospital in Yankton. Ken Cole currently is operations director for the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education Mental Health Program in Colorado. He has led projects for state psychiatric hospitals and mental health agencies. Cole is to begin…

Health officials warn of measles exposure in SE Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – State health officials are warning residents of southeastern Minnesota about possible exposure to measles. The Minnesota Department of Health learned this week that a non-Minnesota resident with confirmed measles traveled through Minnesota from another state. According to the department, people may have been exposed to measles on April 13 at a McDonald’s on Main Street…

First drug approved for most common inherited kidney disease

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the first drug to slow kidney decline in patients with the most common inherited kidney disease. Jynarque, from Japan’s Otsuka Pharmaceutical, was approved Tuesday for autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease. The progressive genetic disorder is the fourth-leading cause of kidney failure. It causes fluid-filled cysts to develop in…

Profile by Sanford Announces Plan to Expand Nationwide

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Sanford is taking its personal health coaching service coast to coast. Officials announced on Tuesday that Profile by Sanford will expand to 275 locations in 35 states, from California to Florida. Profile currently has 45 stores in 18 states. The company aims to eventually have 1,000 locations across the US and expand worldwide. Profile pairs customers…