Health

SD Delegation Meets With VA Secy Shulkin To Discuss Future Of Hot Springs Facility

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sens. John Thune and Mike Rounds, a member of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, and U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem met with U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin, who told the delegation he is still reviewing the decision by the Obama administration to close the Hot Springs facility. Secretary Shulkin noted that clinical operations in Hot Springs…

House GOP Votes To Gut Obama Health Care Law

WASHINGTON (AP) – Relieved Republicans have pushed their prized health care bill through the House. The mostly party-line 217-213 vote advances a bill that addresses their longtime pledge to erase the 2010 Obama health care law. Thursday’s vote sends the measure to the Senate. Many senators consider the House bill too harsh and it’s expected to undergo substantial changes. The…

Another Health Insurer Warns It Might Leave Iowa Market

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The last carrier of individual health insurance policies in most of Iowa might stop offering them to residents. Minnetonka, Minnesota-based Medica announced Wednesday that its ability to stay in the Iowa insurance market “is in question at this point.” The company echoed statements by two larger carriers that already have announced their intentions to leave…

SF City Council To Vote On New Smoking Ban Ordinance

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Sioux Falls City Council members are taking another stab at a smoking ban. Last year, a tobacco restriction at all city owned buildings, golf courses and properties managed by a third party like the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center, failed. Now, a new ordinance has been created, one that isn’t as strict. While some agree with putting…

Lobbying By Hospitals, Doctors, Slows GOP Health Care Drive

WASHINGTON (AP) – “Obamacare” is showing surprising staying power, even with Republicans in control. Lobbying by doctors, hospitals and other health industry players may help explain it. The health care industry and patient advocacy groups are trying to maintain health insurance gains under former President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act. They bring a perspective to the debate that’s grounded in…

Health Officials: ‘Stealthing’ A Form of Sexual Assault

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- There’s a new dangerous sex trend on the rise that’s alarming health officials. It’s called “stealthing” and some say it should be considered a form of sexual assault. “It definitely has been around and we have talked about it with past clients before,” says Compass Center Assistant Director Michelle Trent. Staff members at the Compass Center have…

Medical Marijuana Advocates Say Iowa Program Too Limited

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The Iowa Legislature approved a medical marijuana oil program in the final hours of the session, but advocates remain skeptical the expansion of an existing program will have a large impact. The Republican-controlled chambers approved a bill that would allow the oil to treat nine conditions, including cancer and multiple sclerosis. The expansion builds off…

SD Doctor Stresses Importance Of Vaccines Following Measles Outbreak In Minnesota

In 2014, South Dakota saw 13 cases of the measles and one more case in 2015. Now Minnesota is dealing with their own outbreak. The state Health Department there has confirmed 24 cases and almost all of them have something in common. Those infected were never vaccinated. It may be that some don’t know the recommendations for shots or don’t…

Someone You Should Know: Experiencing, But Not Remembering

Epileptic episode causes memory loss for a 21-year-old Dell Rapids woman

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A University of Sioux Falls student is getting back on her feet after an epileptic episode changed her life forever. “I don’t really recall everything that happened, but I was really sick,” says Savannah Green. The incident happened nearly two years ago. “When we walked in and found her, she was pretty much delirious,” says her…

Sanford Could Pioneer Malaria Vaccine; World Health Organization Starting Trial

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Sanford may be one of the only clinics in the world to administer the first-ever vaccine for malaria. The World Health Organization is starting a new trial of the vaccine. Sanford has 20 clinics in Ghana, where they often treat patients suffering from malaria, many of them children. Doctor Scott Boyens runs Sanford’s International Clinics. If…

Avera McKennan’s CEO Looks Back Before Moving On

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The 16th president and CEO in the 100-year history of Avera McKennan is stepping down. Dr. Dave Kapaska announced his retirement Tuesday. During his 7 years in the top position, Kapaska has led some major develops, including the placement of clinics at Dawley Farms and West Benson Road. But it’s Avera’s latest project that is driving…

Minnesota House Republicans Pass Abortion Bills

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – The Minnesota House has passed legislation that would increase restrictions on abortions in Minnesota. The bills, passed on the strength of Republican votes, require abortion providers to obtain permits from the state’s health department and would ban the use of state funds for abortions. The Senate is planning to take up the permitting bill next…

Project NICE And KEEP Underway In Sioux Falls, Mayor Lends A Hand

For the 28th year, the city is cleaning up several Sioux Falls neighborhoods. Project NICE and KEEP began after the city noticed an increase in the number or nuisance calls each year. The city now identifies several older neighborhoods or areas where people don’t have the means to take their unwanted items to the landfill. This year, crews are picking…

Attorney Generals To Trump: Don’t Cut Drug Treatment Funds

The top government lawyers from 19 states are telling President Donald Trump and the Republican leaders of Congress not to cut federal money for drug treatment programs. A group of Democratic state attorneys general sent a letter Friday to federal officials saying the government “cannot abandon this commitment to our communities.” It’s the latest of several actions from Democratic attorneys…

GOP Lawmakers In Iowa OK Bill Defunding Planned Parenthood

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The Republican-controlled Iowa Legislature has approved a budget bill that would give up millions in federal Medicaid money to remove funding for Planned Parenthood. The Senate voted 28-21 Thursday night along party lines for the roughly $1.7 billion health and human services budget bill. The House approved the bill Wednesday. It now heads to Gov….

New Sanford Cancer Study Sanford Aims For More Treatment Options

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A new cancer study for Sanford Health aims to give patients more access to treatment, the clinical trial called “TAPUR,” or Targeted Agent and Profiling Utilization Registry Study, is sponsored by the American Society of Clinical Oncology. It looks to tie in the effect certain cancer-fighting drugs can have on different gene mutations. It’s goal is…