Health

South Dakota Has 1st Human West Nile Virus Case Of The Year

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota has its first confirmed human case of West Nile virus this year. The state Health Department says the case is in a Davison County resident who is in his or her 60s. West Nile virus is spread by mosquitoes. Symptoms include fever, headache, body aches and rash. Many people infected with the virus experience…

SF Animal Control Asks Residents To Vaccinate Pets: ‘The chances of recovering from rabies are slim’

Sioux Falls Animal Control wants to remind residents to go to the vet and vaccinate their pets for rabies. They say they’ve had concerns recently about whether pets that have been bitten by wild animals were protected against the disease. Animal Control Supervisor Julie DeJong said, “As the weather warms up, people are outside more with their pets, they’re taking…

How To Avoid Heat Related Illnesses This Summer

All You Need Is Some Water And Some Shade

The official start of summer may be a couple of weeks away of still but the Sioux Empire is going to get another early taste of what summer feels like this weekend. A low-pressure system is going to pull up a lot of unstable air as well as bring some hot temperatures to the area starting on Friday… in short,…

Healthy Ways To Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- June is National Candy Month and the Fit Chic Annie Mello stopped by the KDLT Kitchen to share some healthy options for satisfying your sweet tooth. Though Mello admits to having sugar cravings (especially gum,) she always sticks to organic candy. One of her favorite summer treats is a strawberry puree popsicle, which are only 90 calories…

Sunscreen Tips For Summer

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Studies have recently shown that skin cancer rates are dramatically on the rise and experts are urging people not to let their guard down when protecting themselves against the sun.  With Summer packing a full punch across the Sioux Empire, we decided to find the best ways to stay safe. It’s that time of year again. …

Celebrating National Cancer Survivors Day

Nationwide, there are 15 million Americans living with a history of cancer

  SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – For many of us, hearing the word cancer is scary, unless it’s followed by the word survivor. Nationwide, there are 15 million Americans living with a history of cancer; and today is their day. It’s National Cancer Survivors Day. You don’t have to look far in the Sioux Empire to find someone affected by cancer….

Sioux Falls Man Received Treatment Using His Own Fat Stem Cells

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Doctors say a breakthrough in stem cell research from over a decade ago could someday replace traditional medicine.  A procedure using a patient’s own fat stem cells has already helped many people across the world, but these types of procedures haven’t been approved in the U.S.  That’s why one Sioux Falls man and some Sanford doctors…

Minnesota Measles Outbreak May Be Nearing Its End

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Minnesota health officials are hoping the state’s measles outbreak is nearing its end as the number of new cases plateau for the last 13 days. The Pioneer Press reports that the Minnesota Department of Health’s daily tally has remained steady at 68 for two weeks. However, health officials are still urging caution and recommending vaccinations. The state…

SFFR Looking To Combat Post Traumatic Stress

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – When talking about post-traumatic stress disorder, we often think of military men and women dealing with the aftermath of their experiences. But after uncovering some alarming statistics, and seeing it firsthand, a local first responder discovered people in other professions are also prone to the mental disorder. So he wanted to do something about it. Sioux…

Iowa’s GOP Senators Say Health Care Law Repeal Unlikely

ALTOONA, Iowa (AP) – Iowa’s two Republican senators, both key players in the health care debate, say full repeal of “Obamacare” is unlikely and that any final agreement with the House is uncertain. At a joint appearance in suburban Des Moines, Sens. Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst say majority Republicans don’t agree on provisions of an alternative to the 2010…

Bringing Part Of The Boston Marathon To SF

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – It’s been almost four years since two bombs went off near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. Families from around the nation attended the event, including one in the Sioux Empire. Now that family is bringing a piece of the Boston Marathon here, for an upcoming run in Sioux Falls. The Scott family remembers seeing…

Senators’ Demands Underscore McConnell’s Health Care Problem

WASHINGTON (AP) – Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell wants to write a Republican-only health care bill he can push through the Senate. To do that, the Kentucky Republican has to resolve warring demands from conservative and moderate GOP senators. Whatever bill the Republicans write will lose if just three of the 52 GOP senators defect. That gives McConnell little room…

Kayaks Hit Missouri River For South Dakota Challenge

Hundreds Of Boaters From Around The Country Take 70 Mile Trek

YANKTON, S.D. — Damp conditions Saturday morning didn’t stop hundreds of kayaks from hitting the Missouri River. The 2017 South Dakota Kayak Challenge brought veteran and novice kayakers from around the country. Danny Loental from Overland Park, Kansas said he’s using the challenge as practice for another event in Missouri. “As a new kayaker, I do have aspirations of doing…

Department Of Public Safety Encouraging Safe Start To Summer

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The state Department of Public Safety is encouraging travelers to start the summer off safely over the Memorial Day holiday weekend. Lee Axdahl, director of the state Office of Highway Safety, says officials don’t want roadway safety details to get lost in the excitement of planning a trip. The department says Highway Patrol troopers will be…

Star Of “Pitch Perfect 3” Anna Camp Talks Less-Is-More Lifestyle

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- After wrapping up “Pitch Perfect 3” actress Anna Camp is partnering with Nestea to promote her less-is-more approach to summer. Camp joined us from Nestea’s tiny house in New York City’s Herald Square, which she says wouldn’t mind living in for a while! In collaboration with Nestea, Camp’s less-is-more approach to summer is all about simplicity and finding…

Planned Parenthood To Close 4 Iowa Clinics After Funding Cut

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Planned Parenthood says it’s closing four of its 12 clinics in Iowa after the Republican-led Legislature cut its state funding. Local affiliate Planned Parenthood of the Heartland said Thursday that the closings will reduce its facilities that provide abortions in Iowa from eight to five. More than 30 employees will be laid off. Republican lawmakers…

South Dakota Hospital Expansion Focuses On Mental Health

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – A Rapid City hospital plans to expand its emergency room over the next two years with the goal of providing better care for people suffering a mental health crisis in western South Dakota. The Rapid City Journal reports Rapid City Region CEO Paulette Davidson said Wednesday that the expansion will include eight “safe rooms” where…

How much is too much caffeine? Avera Doctor Says There’s No Magic Number For Adolescents

How much is too much caffeine? Many are asking the question after health officials in South Carolina are blaming a teen’s death on a caffeine induced cardiac event. But one local doctor says the answer isn’t so clear-cut. Officials say a 16-year-old collapsed in his classroom last month and died in an emergency room. The coroner says the teen had…