Health

Ex-Rapid City Mental Hospital Workers Claim Unsafe Setting

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – Multiple former employees of a Rapid City mental hospital have filed federal complaints saying the facility was an unsafe work environment. The Rapid City Journal reports the ex-employees of Regional Behavioral Health Center allege in their complaints to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration that the hospital’s procedures and faculties made the center a dangerous…

SD Judge Dismisses ABC’s Diane Sawyer From ‘Pink Slime’ Case

YANKTON, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota judge has dismissed ABC anchor Diane Sawyer from a defamation lawsuit over the network’s reports on a beef product that critics dubbed “pink slime.” First Judicial Circuit Court Judge Cheryle Gering granted Sawyer’s motions for summary judgment last month, dismissing her from the case also against ABC and correspondent Jim Avila. A trial…

More Than 12M Signed Up For ‘Obamacare’ This Year

WASHINGTON (AP) – The government says more than 12 million people have signed up for coverage this year under former President Barack Obama’s health care law, even as the Republican-led Congress debates its repeal. The 12.2 million figure nationwide does not include an additional 765,000 people signed up under an option in the Obama-era law called the Basic Health Plan,…

Daugaard: South Dakota Takes On Risk Under GOP Health Plan

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Gov. Dennis Daugaard says he doesn’t like that House Republicans’ health care plan would require South Dakota to take on more risk under proposed funding changes for the Medicaid program. But the Republican governor said Tuesday it’s important to get control of the federal deficit. And he says that would be difficult without changing entitlements including…

Dayton: GOP Health Plan Costly To state, Hits Vulnerable

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Gov. Mark Dayton says Minnesota could lose $2 billion in federal funds within 18 months under the health care plan from congressional Republicans. Dayton says cuts to Medicaid and MinnesotaCare would put coverage at risk for 1.2 million Minnesotans. He says cuts would fall hardest on seniors, children and people with disabilities, and would hurt…

Program Developed to Help Children With Emotions

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.-  A program developed by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln has been established in Sioux Falls, to help adults teach kids and teenagers on how to better deal with their emotions. The research-based program, called “take 5” incorporates yoga with concentration techniques and exercise movements. Creator of the program says she wanted to give alternate ways to help children…

“Strongman” Competition Lifts A Growing Sport

Second Annual Sioux Falls Event Sees More Competitors In 2017

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- More than 20 competitors gathered in Sioux Falls Saturday to find out who gets the bragging rights as the strongest. In a crucible of several events for multiple weight classes, there’s only one goal in mind. Garner the most points to be able to call themselves South Dakota Strongest man or woman. For the second year in…

Health Care Debate Wages Closer To Home

South Dakota Democrats Rally In Sioux Falls Against "NoemCare"

In Sioux Falls Friday, South Dakota Democrats rallied against, what they call, “NoemCare.” South Dakota Representative Kristi Noem voted in support of the American Health Care Act yesterday during a Ways and Means committee hearing. The new bill is the Republican-proposed alternative to the Affordable Care Act, or ObamaCare. Health care officials like Sanford Health Obstetrician and Gynecologist, Dr. Amy…

American Health Care Act Clears First Hurdles

Republican-Proposed ObamaCare Replacement Moves Through Two House Committees

The Ways and Means committee spent nearly 18 hours debating their portion of the American Health Care Act Wednesday into Thursday morning. A 23 to 16 vote in favor of the bill sends the Republican replacement for the Affordable Care Act, or ObamaCare, forward. One of those 23 votes came from South Dakota Representative Kristi Noem. She said her vote…

Helpline Center Reaching Out; Minnehaha County Had 9 Suicide Deaths In January

SIOUX FALLS – After startling suicide numbers in Minnehaha County in the month of January, the Helpline Center is hoping to spread the word about their services to offer assistance. Minnehaha County reported nine suicides in January. The average for the month is under two. The helpline Center is especially concerned about high suicide rates in men. They are centering…

GOP Health Care Bill Is Critical First Test For Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) – Donald Trump is facing a crucial first test of his presidency: Can he translate his bully pulpit and popularity with conservative voters into a legislative win? Trump has carried out his accomplishments so far via executive authority or appointments ratified by the Senate. Now the Washington newcomer finds himself in the more complex realm of legislative deal-making….

Sanford Health Partners With Miami Hospital To Sequence Genes Of Understudied Groups

The Sanford Health Imagenetics Program is known across the world for leading the way in applying genomic medicine to primary care. In collaboration with the Nicklaus Children’s Hospital in Miami, its latest project will focus on the genomics of Latinos and Hispanics. When it comes to genomic medicine, experts at Sanford Health say there’s a significant gap in the data….

South Dakota House Approves Cannabidiol Measure

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – House lawmakers have passed a bill that would allow people in South Dakota with a prescription to use a non-intoxicating compound found in marijuana if it’s approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Members voted 54-13 Tuesday for the bill, which will be sent back to the Senate to consider changes made in the House….

New Durable Medical Equipment Reuse Program Established In Sioux Falls

PIERRE– DakotaLink has established a pilot facility at 3411 South Center Avenue in Sioux Falls to accept, refurbish, and recycle Durable Medical Equipment. Durable Medical Equipment (DME) includes items such as wheelchairs, scooters, patient lifts, hospital beds and assistive communication devices used repeatedly by one or more individuals. DME plays an important role in helping individuals who have medical conditions,…

“Fan Fest” Makes Its Inaugural Debut

Sanford Health Provides High-Tech Training For Fans

Day one of the Summit League basketball tournament also marked the start of the inaugural “Fan Fest.” Families of all ages can train just like the student athletes in the Summit League or like the pros do. Drills such as reaction training or learning fundamentals in hoops are offered for free for fans or simply visitors. Dr. Thayne Munce with…

Sanford Health Partners On Gene Sequencing Initiative

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – A health care system headquartered in the Dakotas is partnering with a children’s hospital in Florida to sequence the genes of nearly 1,000 Latino and Hispanic people to better understand the health needs of those populations. Philanthropist Denny Sanford and Sanford Health have given $7 million to the Nicklaus Children’s Hospital initiative in Miami. The…