Health

Safety Tips For Ice Fishing Trips

National Weather Service Says Ice Formation Best For Fishing Seen In A Long Time.

The tents are coming up, the augers are coming out and ice fishing season is getting underway. Having a complete gear checklist, however, doesn’t mean fishermen are set. Todd Heitkamp, Owner of Dakota Angler in Sioux Falls, said ice is “unpredictable” by nature and anyone planning on going on top of the surface should heed caution. “There’s safety recommendation as…

Mobile Care Group Adds Two New Dental Trucks

SOUTH DAKOTA – A group working to bring healthy smiles to South Dakota kids is adding to their dental truck fleet. Delta Dental’s two new trucks hold two dental operators to provide free treatment for patients. They’ve been Christened “Molar One” and “Molar Two.” They will replace two of the organizations aging vehicles after one was destroyed in a fire…

Ryan Promises To ‘Defund’ Planned Parenthood

WASHINGTON (AP) – House Speaker Paul Ryan says upcoming legislation to repeal the health care law would cut off taxpayer money to Planned Parenthood. The Wisconsin Republican spoke after a special House panel issued a report criticizing the organization over providing tissue from aborted fetuses to researchers. Planned Parenthood provides birth control, abortions and various women’s health services. A similar…

Sanford Health Home To New Stem Cell Clinical Trial

First Of Its Kind Clinical Trial In The U.S. Will Focus On Healing Shoulder Injuries

Sanford Health is home to a new FDA-approved clinical trial. The trial includes using the body’s natural healing process to treat shoulder injuries; the first of its kind in the United States. “Most people will say it feels like their shoulder has a tooth ache. It’s a dull achy pain that won’t go away,” said Sanford Health Orthopedic Surgeon Dr….

Fire Rescue Offers Tips For Holiday Cooking Safety

SFFR: One-Third Of Yearly Structure Fires Come From Cooking Accidents

Last night, a fire destroyed a home near Harrisburg, displacing a family. Officials say a propane hose broke from a grill, starting the fire. Sioux Falls Fire Inspector John Wagner said concerns with a propane connection can be solved with soapy water. “If you see bubbles coming up from the connection, that means there is a loose fitting and it…

As Real As It Gets: Organization Uses Media To Demonstrate Impacts Of Impaired Driving

Prairie View Prevention Director: 'It's a long-term impact on your life'

Last year, there were 283 alcohol-related crashes in Sioux Falls. As a result, 137 people were injured. With increased drinking around the holidays, Prairie View Prevention Services wanted to use the media to show others just how much impaired driving can impact your life. KDLT’s Jill Johnson was our test subject. Today, I’m no longer Jill Johnson the reporter, but…

Air Force Vet Meersman Named Pine Ridge Hospital CEO

PINE RIDGE – The Indian Health Service says a new CEO has joined an embattled government-run hospital on South Dakota’s Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. Mark Meersman will be responsible for managing all administrative and health care activities at Pine Ridge Hospital. His appointment was announced Monday. Meersman retired from the U.S. Air Force as a lieutenant colonel after 23 years…

Most Popular Baby Names Of 2016 at Sanford Health

Harper and William top the list

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Sanford Health has released its list of most popular baby names for 2016. Harper was the most popular name for newborn girls at Sanford Health in 2016, while William topped the list for boys. Harper jumps to the top spot after not ranking in the top five in 2015. William was the fifth most popular name…

US Women Increasingly Use Pot During Pregnancy, Study Finds

CHICAGO  – U.S. women are increasingly using pot during pregnancy, sometimes for morning sickness. That’s according to an analysis of annual U.S. government drug surveys. Though the actual numbers are small, researchers and others say the trend raises concerns because of evidence linking the drug with low birth weights and other problems. In 2014, almost 4 percent of pregnant women…

Sioux Falls Mom Promoting Car Seat Safety After Crash

When Is It Safe To Turn Children Forward Facing In Cars?

1/8 Show Caption Hide Caption 2/8 Show Caption Hide Caption 3/8 Show Caption Hide Caption 4/8 Show Caption Hide Caption 5/8 Show Caption Hide Caption 6/8 Show Caption Hide Caption 7/8 Show Caption Hide Caption 8/8 Show Caption Hide Caption A Sioux Falls mom is taking to social media after her children were involved in a bad car crash earlier…

Watch Out For Frostbite As Temperatures Dip This Week

risk increases when temperatures fall below 5 degrees.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – As colder temperatures settle into the Sioux Empire, people are at greater risk for developing frostbite or even hypothermia. According to the Mayo Clinic, the risk really increases when temperatures fall below 5 degrees. Dr. Nate Johnson says it’s not often that people come through Avera’s Emergency Room doors with frostbite or hypothermia. “Fortunately, it’s not…

Birth Defects Seen In 6 Percent Of US Pregnancies With Zika

U.S. Study By The Journal Of The American Medical Association Finds Birth Defects In 6 Percent Of Zika Related Pregnancies

A U.S. study of pregnant women with Zika finds that 6 percent of the pregnancies resulted in birth defects. The rate was nearly twice as high for women infected early in pregnancy. The authors say the U.S. findings fit with research from other countries. All 442 women were infected outside the United States, or had sex with someone who got…

Obama Signs Bill Boosting Spending On Cancer Research

The 21st Century Cures Act invests $1.8 billion for a cancer research

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama has signed into law legislation that makes new investments in cancer research and battling drug abuse. Obama signed the bill at a ceremony on the White House campus flanked by Vice President Joe Biden and key lawmakers. The 21st Century Cures Act invests $1.8 billion for a cancer research “moonshot” that is strongly supported by…

Sanford Emergency Manager Talks Response Following SF Building Collapse

Greg Santa Maria: 'We advanced 50 years in 16'

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – It’s been more than a week since the former Copper Lounge building collapsed in Downtown Sioux Falls. While the incident killed one person and injured another, the response from emergency crews was reportedly second to none. KDLT’s Jill Johnson takes a look at how emergency response has changed in the last decade from an expert who…

Building Collapse Aftermath: Are Health Risks Involved?

Sanford Research Center Scientist Weighs In

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – On Friday, dozens of first responders responded to a scene full of dust and debris. Sioux Falls Fire Rescue says following the building collapse in downtown, their main focus was to save 22-year-old Emily Fodness and 24-year-old Ethan McMahon. But what kind of health impact could it have on the first responders or construction crews? Sioux…

Corson Pink Ladies Receive Anonymous Gold Coin Gift

"It's going to be given right back to the community to someone fighting cancer”

BRANDON, S.D. – Friday night we’re continuing our KDLT Cares series. About two months ago, we were contacted by a man who said he wanted to give back without receiving any of the credit. We’ve already distributed portions of his gift to a baby battling cancer, a nonprofit who helps women at risk of homeless and the Salvation Army’s Red…