Health

Adventures With Ahtra: Deskercise

  SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- Sitting in an office and staring at a screen all day can cause tense muscles and sore joints. Our staff at KDLT are no exception to falling victim to lazy posture and bad habits! Annie and Chris Mello from CPM Fitness ambushed KDLT’s newsroom to teach us some “Deskercise” moves. Annie says chairs are the biggest…

Senate Conservatives: Ease Obama Health Care Law Protections

WASHINGTON (AP) – Conservative senators are pushing to diminish insurance coverage requirements imposed by President Barack Obama’s health care law. The effort comes as Senate Republicans start fashioning legislation overhauling the nation’s health care system. The conservatives’ ideas include erasing Obama consumer protections, like barring higher premiums for people with pre-existing medical conditions, but allowing states to opt into them….

Nurse Navigators: Guiding Patients Through Breast Cancer

Meet Sanford Health's two-person team who help breast cancer patients

This week, we’ve partnered with the Edith Sanford Breast Center to raise awareness of the importance of screenings for the early detection of breast cancer.  Sometimes getting through a cancer diagnosis is a little easier with help from a nurse navigator. Gloria Top (left) & Donna Dwire (right) “I feel very privileged to be able to be here, to be…

FDA Approves Avera Clinical Trial Aiming To Treat Peripheral Vascular Disease

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A new treatment could become available for people suffering from peripheral vascular disease that affects around eight million Americans. The treatment was recently approved by the FDA for a clinical trial. Vascular scaffolding therapy is a drug-device combination that will work to open peripheral vascular arteries by stretching the artery wall, allowing for adequate blood flow….

State Health Commissioner Says Emergency Funding Needed

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Minnesota’s health commissioner is asking state legislators to provide $5 million for an emergency fund to deal with an outbreak of measles and other infectious diseases. Dr. Ed Ehlinger says public health officials are dealing with the largest measles outbreak in Minnesota in nearly 30 years and in recent months have responded to drug-resistant tuberculosis…

Sen. Thune Begins Work On Health Care Bill

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – It was one of the biggest promises President Trump made during his election campaign. He was going to repeal and replace Obamacare. Last week, House Republicans took the first step in doing this, passing Trump’s American Health Care Act. But the Senate still needs to vote on the bill. One organization hopes some big changes are…

Study: Side Effects Emerge After Approval For Many US Drugs

CHICAGO (AP) – Almost one-third of new drugs approved by U.S. regulators over a decade ended up later with warnings about sometimes serious side effects. That’s according to a new analysis published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association. It involves all 222 prescription drugs approved by the Food and Drug Administration from 2001 to 2010. Researchers looked…

Making Breast Health A Mission: Edith Sanford Breast Center

Center aims to care for patients from prevention to diagnosis & treatment

“Edith Sanford was Denny Sanford’s mother.  She died of breast cancer when Denny was only four years old,” says Sanford Health Cancer Services Executive Director Sharon Hunt, standing next to a picture of Edith Sanford inside their 18th Street facility. That tragic loss became a mission: that no other child should lose a parent to breast cancer.  So, Denny Sanford…

Senate At Bat In Dealing With Health Care Law

WASHINGTON (AP) – Now it’s the Senate’s turn to tackle health care legislation. And while Senate Republicans are already saying their bill will be different from the House’s, the process will probably be just as tense and complicated. A lot of the drama is likely to play out behind closed doors. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has named 12 GOP…

Understanding Breast Cancer: An Ever-Changing Journey

Sanford Health's treatments & research to beat the disease

This week, we’re partnering with the Edith Sanford Breast Center to raise awareness of the importance of screenings for early detection of breast cancer.  One woman took it upon herself to be proactive in her fight. “I don’t know if you want to call it women’s intuition but I knew something was going on wrong with my body.  And when…

Cut-A-Thon For Pancreatic Cancer

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Both Supercuts locations in Sioux Falls are holding a fundraiser to help out a cause that hits close to home for the salon manager. “We’ve had a tough couple of years, this probably the first year that I was able to actually not cry when talking about it,” says Leah Rasmussen. Five years ago, Rasmussen lost…

Abortion Advocates Say Court Action Helps Women

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Planned Parenthood and ACLU of Iowa are applauding the Iowa Supreme Court’s decision to temporarily halt a 72-hour abortion waiting period soon after Gov. Terry Branstad enacted several restrictions. The state will have an opportunity to respond to the temporary injunction on Monday. The court will then decide whether to extend the short-term injunction. Planned…

Two-A-Day Practices Sacked By NCAA

April Decision To End Tradition Aims To Tackle Head Injury Risks

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – For this year, college football preseason will play by different rules. Last month, the NCAA Division Two Presidents Council eliminated “two-a-day” practices in the weeks leading up to the fall season. Division Two now joins Division One and Division Three, which already banned the tradition. Two-a-days typically brought two tough practices a day for athletes. Dr. Thayne…

10% Of New Tick-Borne Illness Cases Fatal

IOWA – An Iowa expert warns that with the mild winter it will be a bad year for ticks, and this year there’s a new tick borne illness to be aware of. It’s called Powassan virus, there’s no cure and it could be deadly. It can be carried by deer ticks, same kind that carry Lyme’s disease. Powassan can be…

SD Delegation Meets With VA Secy Shulkin To Discuss Future Of Hot Springs Facility

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sens. John Thune and Mike Rounds, a member of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, and U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem met with U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin, who told the delegation he is still reviewing the decision by the Obama administration to close the Hot Springs facility. Secretary Shulkin noted that clinical operations in Hot Springs…

House GOP Votes To Gut Obama Health Care Law

WASHINGTON (AP) – Relieved Republicans have pushed their prized health care bill through the House. The mostly party-line 217-213 vote advances a bill that addresses their longtime pledge to erase the 2010 Obama health care law. Thursday’s vote sends the measure to the Senate. Many senators consider the House bill too harsh and it’s expected to undergo substantial changes. The…