Health

Parents Find Comfort In Baby Rockers

"That's what made it easy for me to go home to the rest of the kids at night"

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Having a baby is one of the happiest times in a parent’s life, but it can also be one of the most stressful. Especially if a newborn is sick and has to stay in the NICU. But at one local hospital there are volunteers to help during the difficult times. Six weeks ago Jennifer and Brett…

First Patients Moved Into Brookings Hospital Expansion

$46 Million, 62,400 Sq. Foot Expansion Features New State-Of-The-Art Equipment

It was a big moving day for more than a dozen patients at Brookings Hospital Tuesday. The $46 million, 62,400 sq. foot expansion is complete after about 16 months of work. Brookings Hospital opened its doors to the community in 1964. Brookings Health President and CEO Jason Merkley said they needed to get with the times. “It did the trick…

American Heart Association Introduces Bill to Require High Schoolers to Have CPR Skills Before Graduation

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – “Even bad CPR, is still better than nothing at all, “says Jeremy Robertson, EMS Educator. Robertson has been an EMS educator for 15 years and knows during an emergency, every minute counts. “When I go to a cardiac arrest call if I see somebody doing CPR; I know that person’s chances are pretty good, but if…

House Committee Passes Bill Making Abortions After 19 Weeks A Felony

PIERRE – A State House Committee passes a bill to boost the penalty for performing abortions after 19 weeks of pregnancy. A law approved last year made performing abortions at that stage of pregnancy a misdemeanor, except in medical emergencies but this proposal would make them a felony. Supporters say the misdemeanor charge was an inconsistency in the State’s abortion…

Super Bowl Can Trigger Heart Attacks

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – It’s a yearly tradition for football fans, to watch the two best teams in the league duke it out in one of the most anticipated games of the year and while watching, many are indulging in their favorite foods, but that consumption comes with consequences. “It is actually very important to realize that lifestyle is extremely important…

Behind All The Red: National Wear Red Day Shines Spotlight On Heart Health In Women

For the last 14 years, everyone from celebrities to news anchors have been sporting red on the first Friday in February. National Wear Red Day was created by the American Heart Association and the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute to raise awareness about heart disease in women. But why women? Heart Disease is the number one killer in women,…

Iowa Reports Rising Number Of Flu-Related Deaths

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa authorities say at least 25 influenza-related deaths have occurred since Oct. 2, including 11 reported to the state last week. The Iowa Department of Public Health said in a news release Friday that all but one of the people who died had underlying conditions or contributing factors. The department says the deaths included 19…

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…