Health

Romaine lettuce E. coli outbreak spreads to Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – A national food poisoning outbreak linked to romaine lettuce has reached Minnesota. The state Department of Health said Tuesday that 10 cases of E. coli infection in Minnesota residents are linked to the multi-state outbreak. People got sick from April 20 through May 2. Three people were hospitalized, and two developed a potentially fatal complication…

Spring Workouts for Summer Shape

With spring in full swing and summer just around the corner, many of us are looking to get into shape, but don’t know where to begin. ‘Fit Chic’ and Co-Owner of CPM Fitness, Annie Mello, met up with KDLT’s Simon Floss and Karl Letsche to lend out the best spring-time workouts to get your body in summer shape. For more…

Iowa governor signs 6-week abortion ban into law

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds has signed a six-week abortion ban into law, marking the strictest abortion regulation in the nation. The Republican governor signed the bill on Friday in her formal office at the state Capitol. But the measure is expected to quickly face a court challenge. The Iowa affiliates of Planned Parenthood and the…

Spike in Bug-borne Diseases in U.S.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- Soon we’ll start to see a lot more bugs out like mosquitoes and ticks. We always try to avoid them, but it’s especially important to stay away this year. According to the CDC, more and more people are being infected by deadly diseases these insects can carry. The City of Sioux Falls Environmental Health Division wants people…

Proposed project to add $31M psychiatric hospital in Iowa

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Mercy Medical Center wants to build a $31 million psychiatric hospital in the Des Moines area to respond to an extreme shortage of mental health services. The Des Moines Register reports that the new hospital would have 100 beds. Mercy currently has 34 psychiatric beds in its downtown facility. Mercy spokeswoman Laura Vanden Bosch says…

Someone You Should Know: The Face of Hope For Rare Diseases

SIOUX FALLS, SD – A young family in Sioux Falls is fighting for those with incurable, often untreatable diseases.  Their motivation centers around their son, who’s in a battle of his own.  He’s proof that a diagnosis doesn’t have to define you. Isaac Haberman loves Legos and all things “boy.”  His older sister, Jordan, is happy to play with him. …

US warns liquid nicotine packets resemble juice boxes, candy

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal health authorities are issuing warnings to makers of liquid nicotine whose packaging resembles children’s juice boxes, candies and cookies. The Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday the packaging practice is illegal for vaping formulas. The agency says children could mistakenly drink the liquids, which are intended for use in e-cigarettes and vaping devices. Exposure to nicotine…

Administrator named for South Dakota Human Services Center

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota’s Department of Social Services has named a new head administrator for the state-run mental health hospital in Yankton. Ken Cole currently is operations director for the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education Mental Health Program in Colorado. He has led projects for state psychiatric hospitals and mental health agencies. Cole is to begin…

Health officials warn of measles exposure in SE Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – State health officials are warning residents of southeastern Minnesota about possible exposure to measles. The Minnesota Department of Health learned this week that a non-Minnesota resident with confirmed measles traveled through Minnesota from another state. According to the department, people may have been exposed to measles on April 13 at a McDonald’s on Main Street…

First drug approved for most common inherited kidney disease

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the first drug to slow kidney decline in patients with the most common inherited kidney disease. Jynarque, from Japan’s Otsuka Pharmaceutical, was approved Tuesday for autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease. The progressive genetic disorder is the fourth-leading cause of kidney failure. It causes fluid-filled cysts to develop in…

Profile by Sanford Announces Plan to Expand Nationwide

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Sanford is taking its personal health coaching service coast to coast. Officials announced on Tuesday that Profile by Sanford will expand to 275 locations in 35 states, from California to Florida. Profile currently has 45 stores in 18 states. The company aims to eventually have 1,000 locations across the US and expand worldwide. Profile pairs customers…

Effort to bring medical marijuana to public vote fails

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Supporters of allowing medical marijuana in South Dakota have failed to bring the matter to a public vote. A petition to put medical marijuana legalization on the November general election ballot was rejected because it didn’t have enough valid signatures. Secretary of State Shantel Krebs said a random sampling determined that the petition with about…

Dayton seeks nearly $1M to keep suicide hotline afloat

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton is calling on lawmakers to set aside $969,000 to keep the state’s only suicide prevention hotline from closing. The Minnesota Suicide Prevention Lifeline recently announced it would be forced to shut down next month without new funding. The 24-hour phone line links callers with local mental health professionals as well as…

Iowa health officials seek second cannabis oil manufacturer

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The Iowa Department of Public Health is seeking a second medical cannabis oil manufacturer. Interested parties must notify their intent to apply by 4 p.m. May 16. Formal applications will be due May 31. The department will announce its intended licensee June 29. The state’s first manufacturer, MedPharm Iowa, which was licensed last year, is…

2 South Dakota Senior Volunteer Programs Lose Sponsor

ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) – Two senior volunteer programs in eastern South Dakota remain in limbo after Volunteers of America announced that it will stop administering them in May. The Aberdeen American News reports that Volunteers of America will no longer facilitate the Foster Grandparents and Retired Senior Volunteer programs in eastern and northeastern South Dakota. Both service programs are available…

Salmonella in chicken salad kills 1, sickens 265 in 8 states

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Chicken salad contaminated with salmonella bacteria made by an Iowa food processing company and distributed by Fareway Stores has sickened 265 people in eight states and caused one death in Iowa. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the outbreak which sickened people from early January through mid-March appears to have ended. Food…

Opioid addiction costs employers $2.6B a year for care

A new report shows large employers spent $2.6 billion to treat opioid addiction and overdoses in 2016, an eightfold increase since 2004. More than half went to treat employees’ children. The analysis released Thursday by the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation finds such spending cost companies and workers about $26 per enrollee in 2016. Employers have been limiting insurance coverage of…