Health

“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…

Personhood Bill Fails Deadline To Move Ahead In Iowa

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – A legislative effort by Iowa Republicans to outlaw abortion in the state has failed to advance past a legislative procedural deadline. The so-called personhood bill was kept off the agenda of a Senate Judiciary Committee meeting Thursday. The committee needed to vote on the measure for it to survive a deadline that requires certain legislative…

House Committee Sends Cannabidiol Measure To Full Chamber

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A state House panel has approved 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. The House Health and Human Services Committee voted 7-3 to approve the bill, which has passed through the Senate. The…

Iowa Senate Subcommittee Approves 20-Week Abortion Ban

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – A bill that would prohibit abortion after 20 weeks has cleared a Senate subcommittee, joining several GOP-led legislative efforts to restrict abortion in Iowa. The legislation passed the Senate human resources subcommittee Tuesday amid a tight legislative deadline that demands policy bills pass full committees before the end of the week. Sen. Mark Chelgren, an…

Iowa GOP Lawmakers In Senate Approve ‘Personhood’ Bill

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – A so-called personhood bill that would effectively ban abortion in Iowa has passed out of a legislative subcommittee, though it’s unclear if it has the necessary backing to clear the Senate. The measure was approved Monday as dozens gathered at the Capitol to support or oppose the bill. It now heads to the Senate Judiciary…

Iowa House Panel OKs Medical Marijuana Oil Bill

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – An Iowa House subcommittee approved a bill that would legalize medical marijuana oil and create a state-run program to grow and dispense the product. People affected by epileptic seizures, multiple sclerosis and cancer spoke Wednesday in support of the bill, telling lawmaker cannabis oil helped them. The GOP-led panel unanimously supported the bill, which now…

Medical Assistant Careers On The Rise

From 2014-2020 the profession is expected to grow 23 percent

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – They don’t prescribe medicine or stitch you up. They’re not doctors or nurses, but they’re in one of the fastest growing medical fields, and they’re in high demand. “I do a lot scheduling for patients and answering those phone calls,” says Sandi Hoogendoorn. “But we’re crossed trained in the office, so I also do rooming for…

House Panel Tables Abortion Bill

PIERRE (AP) – A House panel has tabled a bill that would have banned a type of second-trimester abortion in the state. The House Judiciary Committee voted 7-6 to shelve the bill, which had an amendment pending that would have changed it substantially. As introduced, the measure would have banned a procedure known medically as dilation and extraction, though the…

Hy-Vee and Community Blood Bank Partner to Save Lives

Sioux Falls – Hy-Vee stores in Sioux Falls are teaming up with Community Blood Bank to host blood drives throughout February and March to help boost local blood supplies. “The last few weeks have proven to be difficult to keep up with the community’s needs,” said Ken Versteeg, Executive Director, Community Blood Bank. “With the cold and flu season at its…

McConnell Intends To Replace ‘Obamacare’ Without Democrats

WASHINGTON (AP) – Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says Republicans intend to overhaul health care and the tax code this year without Democratic help. In the past, McConnell has condemned Democrats for passing “Obamacare” in the first place without any Republican votes, claiming that approach set the law up to fail. But now McConnell is promising the same approach himself,…

Ice Cream From The Cow To The Cone

A closer look at the organic process of Stensland Family Farms

SIOUX FALLS – You’ve probably heard the term “farm to table,” but a Sioux Falls ice cream shop is sprinkling in its own twist on the phrase. And the result is pretty sweet. KDLT photojournalist Josh Bixler spent a day with the folks at Stensland Family Farms for a look at how their operation goes from cow… to cone. Stensland…

Assisted Living Communities Battle The Flu Bug

Avera and Sanford Health Put The Elderly As One Of Their "At-Risk" Populations

For the Primrose Retirement Community in Sioux Falls, this isn’t the most relaxing time of year. The flu is making its rounds across the country and confirmed cases in South Dakota have spiked over the last couple weeks. Despite the jump, however, Director of Nursing Dianne Larson said it doesn’t come as a surprise. “We’ve been taking precautions for quite…

Child Obesity Stagnant In South Dakota After 2 Decades

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota Department of Health is claiming success in fighting childhood obesity despite numbers that show an unchanged percentage since it began tracking the rate nearly two decades ago. The Rapid City Journal reports the department announced Tuesday that 32.1 percent of South Dakota children ages 5 to 19 years were either overweight or…

Minnesota Reports 1st Child Flu Death Of Season

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Minnesota has recorded its first child death due to influenza this season. The state Department of Health said Thursday that one child death related to influenza has been reported since the start of the flu season. Influenza is considered widespread in Minnesota, according to a weekly update. The Health Department says 156 people were hospitalized…