Health

Study: Minnesota patients say medical pot helps reduce pain

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Minnesota health officials say many medical marijuana users report significant reductions in pain. More than 60 percent of the more than 2,200 patients surveyed by the state report benefits from using marijuana in inhaled or pill forms during the first five months after Minnesota approved cannabis to treat pain. The report surveyed patients who used…

New Therapy Improves Body by Tricking It

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Knee and shoulder injuries can hinder the body for months. Now a relatively new therapy is being used in the Sioux Empire and it helps strengthen the body by tricking it. Blood flow restriction is being coined the new ‘it’ therapy by Sanford Health. They say BFR’s taken off locally in the past year and nearly 100…

Some Children Receiving Two Flu Shots

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Your doctor may have recommended you get a flu shot this year. but have you ever heard of getting two flu shots in one season? It’s been a particularly concerning year for the flu in the United States. It has doctors in Sioux Falls on high alert as well, like doctor Aaron Zylstra from Sanford. “There have…

One of the Easiest Ways to Check On Your Heart

$25 may be all it takes to buy you some peace of mind

Sanford Health is offering through the end of the month, heart and vascular screenings that are $25 each at its main campus. The screenings check your cholesterol and blood pressure. An EKG is also performed along with a CT calcium score, among other tests. This is all recommended for anyone 40-75 years of age whether you have heart disease in…

US Panel Says It’s OK To Use Nasal Spray Flu Vaccine Again

NEW YORK (AP) – A federal panel says it’s OK for doctors to start using a kid-friendly nasal spray flu vaccine again. Two years ago, the advisory group pulled its recommendation for FluMist vaccine after research found it wasn’t working against the flu bug making most people sick. But the Advisory Committee of Immunization Practices voted Wednesday to recommend the…

Minnesota Reports 116,000 Jump In Uninsured

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Minnesota says the number of people without health insurance in the state jumped by 116,000 in the past two years. The Minnesota Department of Health says the uninsured rate rose to 6.3 percent last year, up from 4.3 percent in 2015. Around 349,000 Minnesotans don’t have coverage. The department says the rise in uninsured Minnesotans…

‘Fit Chic’s’ 5 Tips To Stay Motivated

SIOUX FALLS, S.D – How’s that New Years Resolution to get in better shape and lose weight going? Right about now a healthy number of us start losing steam and motivation when it comes to our resolutions. Study’s show that 77% of resolutions are done after two weeks. ‘Fit Chic’ and co-founder of CPM Fitness Annie Mello gave KDLT’s Simon…

Trump Plan: Less-Comprehensive Health Plans At Lower Cost

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Trump administration is clearing the way for a lower-cost alternative to comprehensive medical insurance plans sold under former President Barack Obama’s health care law. Proposed regulations out Tuesday from the Health and Human Services department allow health insurers to sell so-called “short-term” policies that can last up to 12 months. The plans don’t have to meet…

Sioux Falls Woman Uses Unique Therapy To Help Others Reduce Stress

Sioux Falls Woman Uses Holistic Practice To Help Others Relax

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — A Sioux Falls woman left the competitive corporate world to put an end to the stress she was feeling from work. Now, her new mission is to help others relax. “There will be many people who scoff at it and question it, and that’s okay too,” says Namken. Heidi Namken, owner of Relax, Release, Renew, is talking…

Congress Restores Two More Years Of Funding For Community Health Centers

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Officials at Falls Community Health are applauding recent action by congress that has restored their federal funding. Community health centers across the country were facing a “fiscal cliff” as federal funding ran out last September. This past week, congress restored that funding for the next two years. The move means community health centers, like the four…

Feds: Apnea Testing Could Have Prevented Crashes

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal investigators are blaming a lack of required testing for sleep apnea for recent train accidents in New York and New Jersey that killed one person and injured more than 200. The National Transportation Safety Board released a report Tuesday on accidents at Hoboken in September 2016 and in Brooklyn in January 2017. In both crashes the train’s…

Sioux Falls Church Takes Proactive Measures to Fight the Flu

SIOUX FALLS, SD- For the eight years Tom Yount has been pastor at Calvary Chapel in Sioux Falls, he hasn’t been too worried about the common cold or the flu in his church. Pastor Tom has come up with a system to make germs harder to spread in the first place. “We try to take a more proactive approach rather than…

Iowa Department Reports Norovirus Outbreaks

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The Iowa Department of Public Health says it’s received numerous reports of norovirus illnesses in the past few weeks. Norovirus cases occur all year but are usually higher in the colder months because people are indoors more and in closer contact. The virus spreads easily when people don’t stay at home with diarrhea or vomiting…