Health

Someone You Should Know: Experiencing, But Not Remembering

Epileptic episode causes memory loss for a 21-year-old Dell Rapids woman

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A University of Sioux Falls student is getting back on her feet after an epileptic episode changed her life forever. “I don’t really recall everything that happened, but I was really sick,” says Savannah Green. The incident happened nearly two years ago. “When we walked in and found her, she was pretty much delirious,” says her…

Sanford Could Pioneer Malaria Vaccine; World Health Organization Starting Trial

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Sanford may be one of the only clinics in the world to administer the first-ever vaccine for malaria. The World Health Organization is starting a new trial of the vaccine. Sanford has 20 clinics in Ghana, where they often treat patients suffering from malaria, many of them children. Doctor Scott Boyens runs Sanford’s International Clinics. If…

Avera McKennan’s CEO Looks Back Before Moving On

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The 16th president and CEO in the 100-year history of Avera McKennan is stepping down. Dr. Dave Kapaska announced his retirement Tuesday. During his 7 years in the top position, Kapaska has led some major develops, including the placement of clinics at Dawley Farms and West Benson Road. But it’s Avera’s latest project that is driving…

Minnesota House Republicans Pass Abortion Bills

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – The Minnesota House has passed legislation that would increase restrictions on abortions in Minnesota. The bills, passed on the strength of Republican votes, require abortion providers to obtain permits from the state’s health department and would ban the use of state funds for abortions. The Senate is planning to take up the permitting bill next…

Project NICE And KEEP Underway In Sioux Falls, Mayor Lends A Hand

For the 28th year, the city is cleaning up several Sioux Falls neighborhoods. Project NICE and KEEP began after the city noticed an increase in the number or nuisance calls each year. The city now identifies several older neighborhoods or areas where people don’t have the means to take their unwanted items to the landfill. This year, crews are picking…

Attorney Generals To Trump: Don’t Cut Drug Treatment Funds

The top government lawyers from 19 states are telling President Donald Trump and the Republican leaders of Congress not to cut federal money for drug treatment programs. A group of Democratic state attorneys general sent a letter Friday to federal officials saying the government “cannot abandon this commitment to our communities.” It’s the latest of several actions from Democratic attorneys…

GOP Lawmakers In Iowa OK Bill Defunding Planned Parenthood

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The Republican-controlled Iowa Legislature has approved a budget bill that would give up millions in federal Medicaid money to remove funding for Planned Parenthood. The Senate voted 28-21 Thursday night along party lines for the roughly $1.7 billion health and human services budget bill. The House approved the bill Wednesday. It now heads to Gov….

New Sanford Cancer Study Sanford Aims For More Treatment Options

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A new cancer study for Sanford Health aims to give patients more access to treatment, the clinical trial called “TAPUR,” or Targeted Agent and Profiling Utilization Registry Study, is sponsored by the American Society of Clinical Oncology. It looks to tie in the effect certain cancer-fighting drugs can have on different gene mutations. It’s goal is…

Under Trump, States May Demand Work For Medicaid

WASHINGTON (AP) – Work requirements for Medicaid could lead to major changes in the social safety net under President Donald Trump. In a break from past policy, the federal Health and Human Services department has notified governors it stands ready to permit new state programs encouraging work. Separately, an amendment to the still-stuck House GOP health care bill would allow…

Avera Health Begins New Construction With Demolition Of Old Tower

Avera Health started the process of building its new health campus in Sioux Falls with the demolition of an old tower Wednesday morning. Some in the small crowd shouted, “Any minute now.” In order to start construction of the largest building project in the city’s history, crews had to take down a 300 foot tower first. The tower on 69th…

New Program Helps VA Reach Out To At-Risk Vets

REACH VET Aimed At Preventing Suicides

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs says they’re trying to reach at-risk veterans before it’s too late. The VA says 20 veterans die by suicide every day. Their new program called ‘REACH VET’ is aimed at providing preventative care and support before a Veteran even has suicidal thoughts. REACH VET analyzes existing data from Veterans’ health records to identify those…

CDC To Launch Awareness Campaign Warning Of Opioid Dangers

ATLANTA (AP) – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention plans to launch a new ad campaign to raise awareness about the dangers of opioid addiction. CDC acting director Anne Schuchat discussed the problem at the National Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit on Wednesday in Atlanta. Schuchat said the rising rate of deaths and addiction due to opioids is…

Feds Practice Ebola Evacuations Despite Past Trump Criticism

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Trump administration recently conducted drills for transporting Ebola virus patients to the United States, even though Donald Trump railed against his predecessor’s decision to bring Ebola-infected patients to the U.S. for treatment in 2014. The State Department and the Department of Health and Human Services say they led an unprecedented inter-agency drill last week to test…

Trump To Sign Bill Extending Veterans’ Health Care Program

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump plans to sign legislation to extend temporarily a program that gives veterans access to private-sector health care. White House spokesman Sean Spicer says Trump will sign the bill Wednesday at the White House. The extension will provide stopgap services while Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin develops a longer-term plan to allow veterans to more…