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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…

Understanding Breast Cancer: An Ever-Changing Journey

Sanford Health's treatments & research to beat the disease

This week, we’re partnering with the Edith Sanford Breast Center to raise awareness of the importance of screenings for early detection of breast cancer.  One woman took it upon herself to be proactive in her fight. “I don’t know if you want to call it women’s intuition but I knew something was going on wrong with my body.  And when…

Cut-A-Thon For Pancreatic Cancer

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Both Supercuts locations in Sioux Falls are holding a fundraiser to help out a cause that hits close to home for the salon manager. “We’ve had a tough couple of years, this probably the first year that I was able to actually not cry when talking about it,” says Leah Rasmussen. Five years ago, Rasmussen lost…

Abortion Advocates Say Court Action Helps Women

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Planned Parenthood and ACLU of Iowa are applauding the Iowa Supreme Court’s decision to temporarily halt a 72-hour abortion waiting period soon after Gov. Terry Branstad enacted several restrictions. The state will have an opportunity to respond to the temporary injunction on Monday. The court will then decide whether to extend the short-term injunction. Planned…

Two-A-Day Practices Sacked By NCAA

April Decision To End Tradition Aims To Tackle Head Injury Risks

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – For this year, college football preseason will play by different rules. Last month, the NCAA Division Two Presidents Council eliminated “two-a-day” practices in the weeks leading up to the fall season. Division Two now joins Division One and Division Three, which already banned the tradition. Two-a-days typically brought two tough practices a day for athletes. Dr. Thayne…

10% Of New Tick-Borne Illness Cases Fatal

IOWA – An Iowa expert warns that with the mild winter it will be a bad year for ticks, and this year there’s a new tick borne illness to be aware of. It’s called Powassan virus, there’s no cure and it could be deadly. It can be carried by deer ticks, same kind that carry Lyme’s disease. Powassan can be…

Bill Seeks To Raise Minnesota’s Smoking Age From 18 To 21

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – A Republican lawmaker wants to bump up Minnesota’s smoking age to 21 in an effort to lower the number teenage smokers. The Star Tribune reports that a bill introduced Thursday would raise the minimum age to buy tobacco in Minnesota from 18 to 21. The bill was brought to the Legislature days after Edina became…

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…