Health

New Report: Abortions In US Drop To Lowest Level Since 1974

NEW YORK (AP) – Even as the election outcome intensifies America’s abortion debate, a comprehensive new survey finds the annual number of abortions in the U.S has dropped to well under 1 million, the lowest level since 1974. The report, which counted 926,200 abortions in 2014, was released Tuesday by the Guttmacher Institute, a research group which supports abortion rights….

Majority Of Superior Shipyard Workers Test Positive For Lead

SUPERIOR, Wis. (AP) – Health officials say more than 200 workers tested for lead exposure at a Superior shipyard had elevated levels of lead in their blood. Wisconsin and Minnesota health departments began a joint investigation last spring after workers at Fraser Shipyards were exposed to lead while retrofitting the Herbert C. Jackson originally built in 1959. Wisconsin Public Radio…

Donate Items For Women In The Feminine Hygiene Product Drive

The fifth annual Feminine Hygiene Product Drive takes place Monday in downtown Sioux Falls. Lucy Albers of the Sioux Empire Rock-a-Bettys and Carmen Toft from Prairie Berry East Bank are two of the organizers. Toft says it began after another one of the organizers was visiting The Banquet and heard about a woman there who was using her baby’s last…

Congress Takes First Step Toward Dismantling The Affordable Care Act

WASHINGTON (AP) – Congress has approved the first step toward dismantling President Barack Obama’s health care law. Republicans have pushed a budget through Congress that provides an early but crucial victory in the effort. The budget prevents Democrats from using a Senate filibuster to derail a bill wiping out and replacing the law. That’s critical because it takes 60 votes…

South Dakota’s Chief Justice Pitches Mental Health Recommendations

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The state Supreme Court’s chief justice has pitched to lawmakers recommendations meant to improve public safety and the treatment of mentally ill people in the criminal justice system. Chief Justice David Gilbertson gave his State of the Judiciary speech Wednesday to the Legislature. He convened a task force after the Argus Leader newspaper reported that a…

Flu Season Peak Approaches South Dakota

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.-  It’s flu season and we all dread to hear the doctor say, it’s time for your flu shot. “It’s important for us to take it seriously because it is a very serious virus. This is really a family of killers in many ways” says Doctor Wendell Hoffman with Sanford Infectious Disease. Right now in South Dakota, there…

Let’s Talk Safe Sex At USD

According to the most recent data from the South Dakota Department of Health, in 2016, they saw the most chlamydia cases ever in one year as well as the most gonorrhea cases since the 1980s. Because of that information, in a partnership with Sanford Health, the University of South Dakota is taking steps to make sure that their students are…

SD Residents Still On Upswing With Less Cases Of Flu

SOUTH DAKOTA – The flu season has been in effect since October but luckily for South Dakota residents we are sitting at local activity, which means we are still on the upswing and lesser cases have been detected. However, doctors say they anticipate that soon we will go to regional activity where the virus will spread throughout our population. We…

Branstad Pushes New Plan To Defund Planned Parenthood

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Gov. Terry Branstad says his priorities for the new Iowa Legislature include removing state funding for Planned Parenthood and prohibiting public workers from bargaining for their health insurance. Branstad highlighted his plans Tuesday during his annual Condition of the State address. It’s expected to be his last address before he becomes ambassador to China. Branstad…

Sanford Health To Break Ground On New Western Sioux Falls Clinic

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Sanford Health will break ground on a new clinic in western Sioux Falls in the spring of 2017. The clinic with more than 42,000 square feet will be located southeast of the Sanford Wellness Center Tea/Ellis location, which is near the intersection of W. 32nd Street and S. Ellis Road. It will offer family medicine, pediatrics,…

Autism-Friendly Gym Opens Up In SF

Special Strengths Fitness is located near 69th and Western Avenue

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – It’s a New Year’s resolution for many: hitting the gym to get in shape. But fitness centers can be busy and loud, making it a difficult environment for people with autism. One woman noticed this issue, and decided to do something about it. “Nice! Let’s go a little bit heavier,” says Sharon Bethke as she’s training…

Boy Dances Through Cancer Battle

Nine Year Old Performs In "Coppelia" Despite Going Through Chemotherapy Treatments

Samuel Miller Denton, 9, has battled Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia since he was twenty-two month old. Dancing, particularly ballet is what Sammy yearns to do. His mother, Kelly, said it’s also his inspiration. “That’s his motivation. That’s what keeps him going,” said Denton. Since Christmas Eve, he has had his eyes set on a performance in Sioux Falls this weekend. “Coppelia,”…

Minnesota State Officials Urge Residents To Get Flu Vaccinations

MINNESOTA – Minnesota and neighboring states are among those seeing an increase in flu cases. Minnesota Department of Health epidemiologist Karen Martin is now urging residents to get vaccinated. She says its disappointing that only about 40 percent of Americans were vaccinated by November. She worries these vaccination rates can impact future flu vaccine manufacturing because of low demand. Martin says…

Touchmark Plans Fitness Center For Ages 55+

Touchmark is slated to open a brand new Health & Fitness Club this spring that caters specially to those 55 and older. Robert DiBonto, the director of the Health & Fitness Club, says Touchmark is very proactive in how they approach fitness with their residents. He says as people mature and age, you should be active so that you’re healthier…