Health

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…

Someone You Should Know: Sioux Falls Man Creates Nationwide Cancer Survivor Network

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Matt Ellefson was diagnosed with lung cancer and given 8 months to live. Eight years later, Matt is still here. He used those years to change the way patients all over the country fight cancer. He’s given people diagnosed with the disease two precious gifts. The gift of time and the gift of hope and it all started with a…

Giving Guests A Great Superbowl Spread

Hy-Vee's Scott Teal offers up these fantastic suggestions for easy (and delicious) ways to feed a crowd

Superbowl Sunday is this weekend, and if you’re feeding family and friends but stuck on what to serve, you’re in luck! Chef Scott Teal stopped in to talk with KDLT’s Carleen Wild and Simon Floss and offer these great tips for us all on how to please the whole crowd. Take a look. If you’d like to give the dishes…

Concussion Safety in Youth Football

Sioux Falls, S.D.- With the Super Bowl coming up this weekend and registration for youth football around the corner, parents in the Sioux Empire have a big decision coming up. “The game is being coached today safer than it’s ever been in the history of the game of football,” says former South Dakota Junior Football League President Larry Leveranz. Youth football…

Pharmaceutical Firms Give $305K To Oppose Drug Price Cap

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Two pharmaceutical companies have contributed a combined $305,000 to oppose a potential South Dakota ballot measure that would cap the amount state agencies could pay for prescription drugs. South Dakotans Against the Deceptive Rx Ballot Issue disclosed raising roughly $314,000 in cash and donated goods and services in a 2017 year-end campaign finance report. That includes…

World Health Organization Classifies “Gaming Addiction” As A Disorder

Sioux Falls, S.D.- With an international organization bringing headlines to the gaming world,  it appears too many people are becoming addicted to video games. The World Health Organization now classifies Video Game Addiction as a Disorder. “You can’t just say, ‘Well, I can control it, I can do that.’  Because if it’s truly an addiction, that’s the definition, you can’t…

New Ambulance Services Come to Harrisburg and Tea

HARRISBURG, S.D.  – Every minute counts when an ambulance is racing to save a patient’s life. Thanks to a new ambulance provider in Harrisburg, the response time should be a lot faster. Paramedics Plus cut the ribbon to a new facility on Friday. They’re expanding their Sioux Falls operation to Harrisburg. The communities of Harrisburg and Tea are growing in population,…

$10M Expansion Project Wrapping Up At Sturgis Hospital

STURGIS, S.D. (AP) – Construction of Sturgis Regional Hospital’s $10.2 million expansion project is down to the final days, with crews adding finishing touches in expectation of opening next month. The project that began in October 2016 adds 20,000 square feet of space to the hospital campus and replaces 8,000 feet of clinic space in a separate building. The expansion…

Fit Chic’s Best Foods For Weight Loss

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – If you’re trying to lose weight, and are still struggling to do so, have you done a gut check on what, and how much you’re eating? ‘Fit Chic’ and owner of CPM Fitness Annie Mello joined KDLT’s Simon Floss to discuss what foods you should, and shouldn’t, be eating to get to your goal of losing…

Zenner Continues To Balance Medical Field and NFL

Zenner Continues To Balance Medical Field and NFL

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — A former South Dakota State football standout has had early success playing in the NFL, but he’s also working on another career path- this one in medicine. Zach Zenner was in Sioux Falls today to speak with scientists at Sanford’s Imagenetics lab. Zenner just finished his 3rd year playing professional football where he’s scored 5 touchdowns overall….

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…