Health

Go Red For Women Day

Throughout February the American Heart Association is promoting living a heart-healthy lifestyle. Today is Go Red For Women Day, which encourages people to wear red to raise awareness for women’s heart health. According to the American Heart Association, heart disease and stroke kill one woman every 80 seconds. Dr. Kelly Steffen, a cardiologist with Sanford Health says it’s important that…

South Dakota Lawmakers Introduce Ban On Abortion Procedure

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A measure introduced by South Dakota lawmakers aims to ban a certain type of second-trimester abortion in the state. A similar bill cleared several steps in 2015 but was ultimately tabled. The procedure is known medically as dilation-and-extraction. The bill calls it “dismemberment abortion.” The National Abortion Rights Action League calls the language “deliberately inflammatory.” Samantha…

Federal Agency Traces Listeria In Blue Bell Product To Iowa

BRENHAM, Texas (AP) – Federal inspectors have confirmed that listeria found in a brand of Blue Bell ice cream, prompting another recall of its products, originated with a third-party supplier. The Houston Chronicle reports that the Food and Drug Administration issued a warning letter last month to Iowa-based Aspen Hills detailing the company’s failures in preventing contamination. The contamination that…

Avera Heart Hospital Officials Help Change AED Batteries

SIOUX FALLS – According to Avera Health more than 50,000 lives nationwide have been saved by automated external defibrillators or AED’s. On Wednesday officials from Avera Heart Hospital and Sioux Falls Fire Rescue helped  non profit organizations, churches,  and businesses change their AED batteries and replace the pads. Officials say AED’s have been crucial in helping people survive cardiac arrest…

Flu Outbreak Hits South Dakota

Confirmed Cases In The State Nearly Doubled Last Week

The state of South Dakota is seeing a “significant” increase in confirmed flu cases. South Dakota has had 300 confirmed cases of the flu this season. 134 of those cases have come since the beginning of last week. The state has moved from a “regional” spread level to a “widespread” level. Three people have died because of the illness, most…

Fitness Friday: Not a Gymrat? Try These Options Instead

Most of us set fitness and health as our top NY goals, but it can drop off quickly. Some innovative ways to get in your daily exercise may make it a little easier to stick with. Chris and Annie Mello from CPMFITness have some great fitness tips for you. Annie says many gyms, like theirs, are starting to combine two…

Flu Cases On The Rise in South Dakota

Most Are H3 Virus

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Health officials say the influenza virus is ramping up in South Dakota, with 134 new confirmed cases last week, nearly doubling the season’s total. State epidemiologist Lon Kightlinger says most flu cases in South Dakota are from the H3 virus that spreads quickly and comes with severe symptoms. Kightlinger says the virus can’t be avoided by…

Avera And Hy-Vee Partner To Fight Opioid Epidemic

SIOUX FALLS – In 2015, more than 40 people in South Dakota died due to accidental overdose. Today Avera Health and Hy-Vee announced that starting February 1st Avera and Hy-vee pharmacies will start providing Naloxone without a prescription through a physician signed protocol. The prescription helps to reverse an opioid overdose but has no effect if opioids are absent. It’s…

Pres. Trump Signs Executive Orders On TPP, International Abortion, And Federal Hiring

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump is signing a memorandum to leave the proposed Pacific Rim trade pact known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership. The move is basically a formality, since the agreement had yet to receive required Senate ratification. Trade experts say that approval was unlikely to happen given voters’ anxiety about trade deals and the potential for job losses….

Insurer On National Health Insurance Exchange: Marketplace Is Safe In 2017

Throughout his Presidential campaign, Donald Trump vowed to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. According to the Congressional Budget Office, a partial repeal could increase the number of uninsured Americans to 18 million. They say a full repeal could increase that number to 32 million within 10 years. Now that Trump has been officially sworn…

South Dakota Officials Weigh In On National Health Care Debate

PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota state officials are weighing in on the national health care debate. Gov. Dennis Daugaard, the Department of Social Services and the Division of Insurance provided input at the request of federal lawmakers this month on how Medicaid, insurance regulations and IHS can be improved. Gov. Daugaard laid out South Dakota’s priorities on Medicaid reform at…

Pharmacist Weighs In On Senate Bill Aimed To Curb Controlled Substance Abuse

A South Dakota Senate Committee passed a bill Wednesday in an effort to help curb controlled substance abuse. Under the bill, that effort would fall on the shoulders of doctors and pharmacies. But as KDLT’s Jill Johnson explains, many of them are already doing their part. “Hydrocodone, Oxycodone, OxyContin, to a lesser extent Tramadal.” Pharmacist Dan Peterson says some people…

Working With Da Vinci To Be Better Surgeons

  With three to four arms, small pincers and a high definition camera, this machine looks like something out of a science fiction movie. But it’s actually helping doctors save patients lives and Thursday afternoon, students at O’Gorman High School got a hands on experience, using this machine. “The way you move it, it’s so smooth that it’s like easy…

Sanford Health Offers “Food Is Good Medicine” Cooking Classes

Food is such a big part of our lives. It’s essential to eat healthy, balanced meals because it gives fuel to our bodies, but it’s not always easy to come up with those meal ideas and make sure you aren’t missing any key nutrients. Thankfully, Sanford Health is here to help with a few cooking classes! Executive Chef John Gilbertson…

Pilot Program Successfully Decreases Emergency Response Times

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – When getting to an emergency, every second can be crucial to Sioux Falls Fire Rescue. That’s why they’re proud to say they’ve cut down response times by 11 seconds in the last few months. They say it’s all thanks to better communication between dispatchers and first responders. It’s the staff at Metro Communications who answer the…

First Of Its Kind, One Stop Shop Child Advocacy Center Planned For Northeast South Dakota

It’s estimated that around 4,000 children are victims of sexual abuse in South Dakota each year. When a case is reported, many counties don’t have the resources necessary to deal with them. But that could soon change for the northeast portion of the state. In 2015, there were 188 reported cases of child sexual abuse in northeast South Dakota; 49…