Health

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…

“The Big Squeeze” Encourages Blood Pressure Screening

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Sioux Falls health officials are encouraging people to learn more about their risk for serious health problems. The 8th annual “Big Squeeze Blood Pressure Awareness” effort kicked off today in Sioux Falls at Sanford Imagenetics. The program is to remind residents of all ages to get their blood pressure tested. According to new guidelines by the…

New law will expand Iowa’s mental health services

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – A new law is expanding access to mental health services across Iowa. Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds signed legislation Thursday at a ceremony in the state Capitol rotunda that creates six access centers to provide short-term care for people in crisis. The legislation also doubles the number of teams across the state that provide 24/7 flexible…

Minnesota company recalls 48 tons of canned chicken products

MADELIA, Minn. (AP) – A Minnesota food company is recalling 48 tons of canned chicken products that may be contaminated with hard plastic. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service said Wednesday that Tony Downs Food Co. of Madelia issued the recall. The canned chunk chicken breast items were produced on Nov. 28 and Nov. 29, 2017….

Flu Resurgence Causing Concerns About Influenza B

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The flue season is past its peak for the year, but there is a resurgence of one type of influenza. Influenza B is on the rise nationwide, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Cases have shown that this strain is hitting children particularly hard. Symptoms and prevention of Influenza B are about the same as…

Iowa selects 5 cities for medical marijuana dispensaries

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – A state agency has offered licenses to three companies to operate medical marijuana dispensaries in Iowa. The Iowa Department of Public Health announced Tuesday it would allow medical marijuana sales in five Iowa communities. Dispensaries would be operated in Council Bluffs, Sioux City, Davenport, Waterloo and the Des Moines suburb of Windsor Heights. Patients will…

Cycling Booming In Brookings

BROOKINGS, S.D. – Bookings has become a destination spot for every kind of cyclist. Around this time in 2017 the Brookings City Council passed a ‘Biking Master Plan’ in order to make the city more biking friendly. While already an active community, the plan is geared towards getting even more citizens pedal pushing their way around the city. While still…

US regulators renew scrutiny of menthol, tobacco flavors

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal health officials are taking a closer look at flavors in tobacco products that appeal to young people, particularly menthol-flavored cigarettes, which have escaped regulation despite nearly a decade of government scrutiny. The Food and Drug Administration issued a call Tuesday for information about flavored tobacco products, with the aim of preventing children and young people from…

Festive & Fit During St. Patricks Day

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – During the holidays we like to eat festive foods, but many times forget what and how much of it we’re eating. ‘Fit Chic’ and co-owner of CPM Fitness Annie Mello stopped by the KDLT studio to give us some healthy and festive recipes for the upcoming St. Patrick’s Day this weekend. Recipes: Thin Mints -http://www.fitchicla.com/2013/02/19/did-someone-say-homemade-gluten-free-thin-mint/ Shepard’s…

Allergists Give Tips On The Upcoming Allergy Season

Sioux Falls, S.D. – Warmer temperatures are a reminder that allergy season is on the way. Doctors say now is the time to take precautions to make sure you’re not stuffy for the beautiful spring weather. “The key is be ready,” says Dr. Mark Bubak from Dakota Allergy and Asthma. It’s that time in late March and April when the…

North Dakota lawmakers sign off on medical marijuana rules

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – The North Dakota Legislature’s Administrative Rules Committee has signed off on proposed rules for the state’s developing medical marijuana program. The rules approved by the State Health Council in January cover such things as testing, security and transportation requirements. The Health Department can now move forward with application periods for medical marijuana manufacturers, dispensaries, patients and…