Health

Red Cross Blood Supply at Critical Levels

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The American Red Cross provides blood for patients in approximately 2,600 hospitals across the U.S. The organization works to keep blood on the shelves for trauma and emergency situations. But this winter, their blood supply is critically low. Recent wintry weather – and the spreading flu virus – have cancelled a number of blood drives and…

Sanford Health Expands Healthcare Services Globally

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Sanford Health is expanding their healthcare services on a global level. CEO Kelby Krabbenhoft announced today Sanford Health will begin services to a number of countries around the world. The expansion will help health care locations in New Zealand, Ireland, Costa Rica, Vietnam, South Africa, Ghana and China. Sanford World Clinic launched in 2007 and is…

School Rallies Behind Sick Teacher

Waverly, S.D.- “Someone goes down, something happens to someone.  And the snap of a finger, everyone’s together to make it right, and help that person get back on their feet,” says Assistant Track Coach Nathan Lamb. In September of 2017, Waverly South Shore teacher and track coach Ryon Gross was diagnosed with Stage Four Lung Cancer. Students at the K-12…

Dairy Program at SDSU Flourishing

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – It’s fair to say the dairy program at South Dakota State University is doing well. Along with an education, students gain real world experience, as well as an incredible 100% job placement. However, in many cases students have a job waiting for them before they graduate, due to the high demand in the industry. Members of…

Hospital Groups Creating Company To Make Cheap Generic Drugs

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) – Several major not-for-profit hospital groups are trying their own solution to drug shortages and high medicine prices: creating a company to make cheaper generic drugs. The plan, announced Thursday, follows years of shortages of generic injected medicines that are the workhorses of hospitals, along with some huge price hikes for once-cheap generic drugs. Those problems drive…

Staying True To New Years Resolutions

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A few weeks into the year, how are those resolutions going? https://www.statisticbrain.com/ reports that only 9.2 percent of people ever achieve their new year’s resolutions and break free from bad habits. Chef Scott Teal from the Louise Ave Hy-Vee in Sioux Falls talked with KDLT’s Simon Floss about healthy food-options to keep your resolutions on track….

Eastern Iowa Hospitals Limit Visitation As Flu Season Rages

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) – Some eastern Iowa hospitals have announced restrictions on visitation in the wake of a vicious flu season that has strained hospitals across the country. Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque and Dyersville and UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital in Dubuque have announced patient visitation restrictions starting Friday because of the respiratory virus. All children under 14 and any…

Officials Report Iowa Flu Toll 6 Since October

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa officials have reported four more influenza-related deaths, bringing the state total to six since October. Iowa Public Health Department spokeswoman Polly Carver-Kimm said Friday the department recorded three flu-related deaths for the same period last year. The department says three of the four were at least 81 and one was age 61 to 80….

A Look At Smaller Sioux Falls Gyms

Sioux Falls, S.D.- As people begin the new year looking for a new gym to join, some have an interest in going with a smaller gym. There are many positive features to working out at a smaller facility. some people like the smaller environment and the fact that most of the trainers and staff can remember who you are. Primal…

Bikers Ride In New Year’s Tradition

Sioux Falls, S.D.- Today’s temperatures didn’t stop Sioux Falls cyclists from taking part in a new year’s tradition. “Spoke N Sport” has hosted a new year’s day bike ride for more than 30 years. Today around 90 cyclists bundled up, and rode down Minnesota Avenue to Yankton Trail Park and back for about a 10-mile ride. Owner Chad Pickard says this…

Local Gym Celebrates With Member Appreciation Party

Sioux Falls, S.D.- “We wouldn’t be here without our members,” says GreatLIFE Assistant General Manager Jenn Johnson. Most gyms are a place to workout and go home.  At GreatLIFE Woodlake Athletic Club, the staff make an effort to thank their members for their loyalty with fun events like hosting a member appreciation party. There was an event catered towards children…

Planned Parenthood To Close Clinic In Eastern Iowa

BETTENDORF, Iowa (AP) – A Planned Parenthood clinic in eastern Iowa that is providing abortions will close soon. Planned Parenthood of the Heartland said Wednesday its clinic in Bettendorf will close Friday, several months after the local affiliate announced plans to do so. Planned Parenthood said in May that four of its 12 clinics in Iowa, including the Bettendorf location,…

Staying Healthy During The Holiday Season

Sioux Falls, S.D.- The holiday season is time for feasts, parties and a lot of cold weather. But in the midst of the celebrations, people don’t necessarily pay attention to the effect the foods they eat have on their body. Science Nutrition co-owner Joel Jansen says there’s a key balance to staying healthy and fit. “70 to 80% comes from…

South Dakota Reports First Flu Death Of The Season

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota has recorded its first flu death of the season. The Department of Health reports that the victim was a Day County resident in his or her 70s. Further information about the patient is not being released. But State Epidemiologist Joshua Clayton says the case is a reminder that influenza can be a very serious…