Health

Eyes On Water As Drought Worsens

A Little More Than Ninety Percent Of South Dakota Under Dry Conditions

KIMBALL, S.D. — More than half of South Dakota is suffering from a moderate drought. A third is in severe conditions while four percent are facing extreme dryness. As conditions continue to worsen, water becomes more essential. Aurora-Brule Rural Water is the source for several communities livelihood: Pukwana, Kimball, White Lake, Stickney, Plankinton, Gann Valley and Aurora Center. Manager Wade…

Sanford: Complaint Misses Mark On North Dakota Health Care

FARGO, N.D. (AP) – Dakotas-based Sanford Health says a move by the Federal Trade Commission and North Dakota attorney general to block a merger agreement with a Bismarck clinic lacks an understanding of health care delivery in western North Dakota. The regulators last month filed a federal complaint alleging that the deal with Mid-Dakota Clinic would violate antitrust law. The…

Sanford’s Profile Perform Products Aim To Manage Weight

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- Eating well and exercising is always a good idea but sometimes you need an extra boost, which is why Profile by Sanford launched their line of Profile Perform products for before and after workouts. Profile by Sanford is a program that helps clients live a healthy lifestyle with fitness, meal plans and individualized coaching. Alyssa Koens, a dietitian with…

Trump Makes Push On Health Bill; Repeal-Only Vote An Option

WASHINGTON (AP) – The White House’s top legislative liaison insists the Senate is “getting close” to an agreement on a GOP health bill to repeal and replace the health care law. Marc Short says President Donald Trump is spending the weekend making calls to lawmakers to “get the Senate package across the finish line.” Short says the Congressional Budget Office…

Keeping The Water ‘Dry’

Game, Fish and Parks officers are combating boating under the influence

WALL LAKE, S.D. – Drinking alcohol while boating continues to be a dangerous issue statewide. In the last two years, two people have drowned in South Dakota on the 4th of July weekend in incidents involving alcohol. So this year, conservation officers are taking a preventative approach. Even though Fourth of July falls on a Tuesday this year, many still…

Reaction Continues After GOP Health Care Bill Revealed

Sen. Thune, South Dakota Democrats Discuss Debate Of Obamacare Replacement

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — The reveal was quiet but the reaction was loud. The GOP-controlled Senate released their version of the Obamacare replacement Thursday. Senator John Thune said the response to the bill was “predictably partisan.” “Even if Hillary Clinton had been elected president, we’d still be having this conversation because this is a failed system that has to be…

Governor Proclaims Day For Post-Traumatic Stress Injuries

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed there will be a “Post-Traumatic Stress Injury Awareness Day” this month. The Republican governor says that Tuesday will be a day to think about the treatment, symptoms and causes of post-traumatic stress injuries. Larry Zimmerman is secretary of the South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs. Zimmerman says everyone should help raise…

GOP’s Health Care Rollback Collides With The Opioid Epidemic

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Republican campaign to roll back former President Barack Obama’s heath care law is colliding with the opioid epidemic. Medicaid cutbacks would hit hard in states deeply affected by the addiction crisis. That’s according to state data and concerned lawmakers in both parties. The GOP health care bill would phase out expanded Medicaid, which allows states to…

Iowa’s Last Statewide Exchange Insurer Seeks 43 Percent Hike

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa’s last health care insurer to sell policies to individuals statewide through the federal Affordable Care Act is seeking a 43.5 percent increase in premium rates for next year. Minnesota-based Medica says the increase is necessary to remain in Iowa. Company Vice President Geoff Bartsh said Monday that a number of risks remain with its…

Fentanyl: Severe Pain Drug Turned Abused Substance

Two Large Busts In Three Months Show National Epidemic Reach Into South Dakota

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — On Wednesday, the Safe Trails Drug Task Force and DCI agents arrested Trevor Harden, 19, in Chamberlain. They allege Harden had an estimated 20,000 fentanyl pills with a street value of $500,000. It’s the second large fentanyl bust in the state in three months. In April, a man was arrested with 1,000 fentanyl pills in Mitchell….

Mosquito Control Begins In The Sioux Empire

First West Nile case comes earlier than usual

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – With the heavy storms at the beginning of the week, the Sioux Empire is now the perfect place for mosquitoes. Wednesday, South Dakota confirmed the first human case of the West Nile virus in Davison County. In Sioux Falls, the City Health Program Coordinator says it’s a bit early for the West Nile season, but they’re…

Report: Teen Pregnancies In Minnesota Declining, STIs Rising

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – A new report shows fewer teenagers are getting pregnant in Minnesota, but the number of sexually transmitted infections is increasing. University of Minnesota adolescent sexual health director Jill Farris authored the report. She tells Minnesota Public Radio that pregnancy rates among 15 to 19 year olds has dropped 70 percent since 1990. However, teen rates…

South Dakota Has 1st Human West Nile Virus Case Of The Year

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota has its first confirmed human case of West Nile virus this year. The state Health Department says the case is in a Davison County resident who is in his or her 60s. West Nile virus is spread by mosquitoes. Symptoms include fever, headache, body aches and rash. Many people infected with the virus experience…

SF Animal Control Asks Residents To Vaccinate Pets: ‘The chances of recovering from rabies are slim’

Sioux Falls Animal Control wants to remind residents to go to the vet and vaccinate their pets for rabies. They say they’ve had concerns recently about whether pets that have been bitten by wild animals were protected against the disease. Animal Control Supervisor Julie DeJong said, “As the weather warms up, people are outside more with their pets, they’re taking…

How To Avoid Heat Related Illnesses This Summer

All You Need Is Some Water And Some Shade

The official start of summer may be a couple of weeks away of still but the Sioux Empire is going to get another early taste of what summer feels like this weekend. A low-pressure system is going to pull up a lot of unstable air as well as bring some hot temperatures to the area starting on Friday… in short,…

Healthy Ways To Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- June is National Candy Month and the Fit Chic Annie Mello stopped by the KDLT Kitchen to share some healthy options for satisfying your sweet tooth. Though Mello admits to having sugar cravings (especially gum,) she always sticks to organic candy. One of her favorite summer treats is a strawberry puree popsicle, which are only 90 calories…

Sunscreen Tips For Summer

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Studies have recently shown that skin cancer rates are dramatically on the rise and experts are urging people not to let their guard down when protecting themselves against the sun.  With Summer packing a full punch across the Sioux Empire, we decided to find the best ways to stay safe. It’s that time of year again. …

Celebrating National Cancer Survivors Day

Nationwide, there are 15 million Americans living with a history of cancer

  SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – For many of us, hearing the word cancer is scary, unless it’s followed by the word survivor. Nationwide, there are 15 million Americans living with a history of cancer; and today is their day. It’s National Cancer Survivors Day. You don’t have to look far in the Sioux Empire to find someone affected by cancer….