Health

Avera Behavioral Health Center Turning to Students To Fill Shortage in Mental Health Industry

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- One in five Americans in the United States will experience some form of a mental illness, but health experts say the shortage of psychiatrist’s and workers in the mental health industry is becoming a growing problem and a Sioux Falls mental health center is feeling the effects. Dr. Matt Stanley has been a psychiatrist at Avera Health…

Girl Scouts’ Day Of Play Encourages Kids To Get Active

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- The Girl Scouts are encouraging all kids to put down their devices this Saturday and join them for their annual Day of Play. Day of Play will go from 1-3 p.m. at the Sanford Field House in Sioux Falls on Saturday, September 23. The event is free and all kids are welcome, regardless of gender or age….

Worries Of GOP Backlash Revive Party’s Health Care Drive

WASHINGTON (AP) – A brew of political pressures is pumping fresh life into the last-gasp Republican drive to erase the Obama health care overhaul. These include the party’s increasingly impatient conservative base, incumbents’ nightmares about primary challenges and wrathful presidential tweetstorms. Two months ago, the Senate rejected the GOP effort to scuttle President Barack Obama’s 2010 statute. Since then, a…

FDA Issues New Warnings On Mixing Opioid Addiction Treatments, Other Meds

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) – The Food and Drug Administration has issued new warnings about the dangers of combining medication for opioid addiction with antidepressants and other drugs that also slow breathing and brain activity. The FDA warns that mixing such drugs can cause difficulty breathing, coma or death and should be done with caution. Many patients fighting opioid addiction by…

Pence Says White House ‘All In’ On Obamacare Repeal

WASHINGTON (AP) – Vice President Mike Pence says the Trump administration is “all in” on a last-ditch effort by Republicans to undermine former President Barack Obama’s health care law. Pence was speaking to Republican senators at their weekly luncheon and urging them to act on health care. Pence and South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham flew back to Washington from the…

Clever Tips For Adding Nutrition To Your Child’s Lunch

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- School is back in session, and summer eating habits can be tough to break. The Fit Chic Annie Mello stopped by the KDLT Kitchen to share some delicious ways to sneak nutrition into your child’s lunch. Mello says it’s easier to get a kid excited about their lunch when it’s sported in a cool lunch bag. It’s a…

Healthcare Officials Celebrate Simulation Week and Its Impact

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- This week health care professionals across the world are in the spotlight for Simulation Week. It’s designed to showcase the training professionals undergo to improve safety and efficiency in patient care. “They are life like, they are realistic, we can use that particular equipment to train the clinical staff on how to handle various types of situations,” says…

Iowa Official: ‘Less Optimistic’ About Future Of ACA Plan

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – An Iowa official says he’s less optimistic a proposal will be approved that would allow the state to shift money used for the Affordable Care Act. Iowa Insurance Commissioner Doug Ommen told lawmakers Tuesday he’s still awaiting a decision from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services regarding a so-called stopgap measure for the state’s…

New Program Benefits Elementary Students With Special Needs

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – In the first week back to school, a Sioux Falls elementary is implementing a new program to benefit those with special needs. “Trends are that children are less active, they aren’t rolling down hills, and they are not making mud pies,” says Physical Therapist at Susan B. Anthony Elementary, Jolene Gordon. Gordon says technology is changing…

Local Effort Uses Month Of September To Fight Hunger

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- Feeding South Dakota is using the month of September as “Hunger Action Month” to inspire people to take action and raise awareness about the hundreds of thousands of people who experience hunger in our communities. In South Dakota, one of every eight people are considered food-insecure. This includes one of every six children. Jennifer Stensaas with Feeding South…

Inside The World Of Imagenetics: Sanford Health To Open New Building

In 2014, T. Denny Sanford donated $125 million to establish the Imagenetics Program at Sanford Health. Three years later, the 100,000-square-foot building dedicated to the program is almost complete. If the video board on the outside doesn’t get your attention, one step inside the Imagenetics building on 22nd Street and Grange Avenue in Sioux Falls will. The center of the…

7 Companies Interested In Testing Medical Marijuana

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – Seven companies with experience in other states have expressed interest in testing medical marijuana in North Dakota. The response pleases state officials who were concerned about how much interest there would be among in-state labs that focus mainly on agricultural and environmental testing. North Dakota voters approved medical marijuana last year, and the state Health Department…

South Dakota Ambulance Services Struggle To Hire Staff

MITCHELL, S.D. (AP) – Ambulance services in some South Dakota towns are struggling to recruit emergency medical technicians despite a new state law reducing the number of EMTs required to respond to calls. Ambulance services in Gregory, Burke and Bonesteel/Fairfax may have to shut down in the next two years if the recruiting issue isn’t resolved. State law used to…

Minnesota Officials: Measles Outbreak Is Over; 79 Sickened

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Minnesota health officials say a measles outbreak that sickened 79 people is over. The outbreak that began April 11 was the largest measles outbreak in Minnesota since 1990. It affected mostly unvaccinated children in Minnesota’s Somali-American community, where many parents avoided the vaccine because of unfounded fears that it causes autism. Twenty-two of those who…

Avera Health Breaks Ground On New Sioux Falls Campus

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Earlier this year, Avera Health announced plans to build a 262,000 square foot campus at the intersection of 69th Street and Louise Avenue in Sioux Falls. Today, they celebrate the groundbreaking with construction on the $174M project beginning this fall. The campus is expected to be complete in 2020. The first phase includes a surgical hospital…

5 Simple And Healthy School Lunch Ideas To Try This Year

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- As parents prepare for crammed school nights and busy mornings, Chef Scott Teal from Hy-Vee is offering a few creative ways to make preparing lunches quick and easy. Keeping lunches healthy and colorful is key. As a dad, Chef Teal knows green is a big no-no for kids! He suggests avoiding green vegetables and packing colorful bell peppers. When…