Health

Trump plan rolls back Obama’s coal emissions standards

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Trump administration is preparing a plan to give states broad authority to determine how to restrict carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global warming. The Environmental Protect Agency says states will be given guidelines for setting performance standards for existing coal-fired power plants. A summary of the plan and people familiar with…

US approves new generic competitor to EpiPen

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. health officials have approved a new generic version of EpiPen, the emergency allergy medication. The Food and Drug Administration’s action Thursday opens the door to more competition for a drug that has faced public outrage over its price tag. The injections are stocked by schools and parents to treat allergic reactions to food and bug bites….

Calming Parents, Kids Fears Over Childhood Vaccine Schedule

Sanford Health Family Medicine Specialist outlines the importance of each shot as kids get set to head back-to-school

Parents nationwide continue to voice concerns over what has been a growing vaccine schedule in recent years, so much so, that some families are routinely skipping required shots for their children to go back to school. South Dakota doesn’t see as much push back as other states. Still, there is a risk to not only children, but entire communities for…

Iowa reports 1st West Nile virus death of 2018

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Authorities say Iowa’s first reported 2018 death associated with the West Nile virus has occurred. The Iowa Public Health Department said in a news release Friday that the victim was 81 or older and lived in central Iowa. Another infected man age 61 to 80 who lives in Palo Alto County has recovered from the…

SD’s first West Nile death this year occurs in Brown County

ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) – The first confirmed West Nile virus-related death in South Dakota this summer has occurred in the northeastern part of the state. The American News reports that Joshua Clayton, state epidemiologist, said Tuesday that a woman in her 80s had died. As of last Thursday, there were two people with confirmed cases in Buffalo and Minnehaha counties….

Officials are promoting lower-cost, short-term health plans

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Trump administration says it’s clearing the way for health insurers to sell short-term plans as a low-cost alternative to pricey Obama-law policies for people struggling with high premiums. But the policies for individuals have no guarantees of coverage for existing medical conditions and come with limited benefits. Federal health officials say the plans can last for…

Autism, sleep apnea now qualify for medical marijuana in Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Minnesota residents with autism or obstructive sleep apnea can now qualify for the state’s medical marijuana program. Those additions are effective Wednesday, marking the latest expansion of the program that launched in 2015. Minnesota lawmakers passed one of the nation’s most restrictive medical marijuana laws in 2014, banning the plant form and restricting its use…

The “Dos” and “Dont’s” in the Kitchen

SIOUX FALLS, SD-  It’s easy to forget the basic rules of cooking when you’re really hungry, but that comes at a risky cost. “I would say smell and taste are going to be the best biggest things. But that’s not always the best indicator as well. If when in doubt, throw it.”  Dietician, Tiffany Krogstad from Sanford Health says there…

Help Through Horsepower

SIOUX FALLS, SD —  Ericka Williams is four years old, and she loves to rise horses.  But living life like most four year olds doesn’t come without some challenges. At birth, Ericka suffered a stroke which has led to a weakness on the right side of her body along with other health challenges. “She’s got some muscle tightness and just…

Some Ritz Products Recalled Due to Salmonella Risk

UNDATED – The maker of Ritz Crackers is voluntarily recalling some of its products because of the risk of salmonella. Mondelez Global says it’s recalling 16 varieties of Ritz Cracker Sandwiches and Ritz Bits products in the U.S. The products contain whey powder, which its supplier has recalled due to the potential presence of salmonella. Mondelez states no illnesses have…

Baltimore Bans Sodas from City Restaurants

BALTIMORE – A new ordinance in Baltimore bars city restaurants from including sodas and other sugary drinks on kids’ menus. Baltimore’s health department says the measure went into effect Wednesday. Water, milk and 100 percent fruit juices must now be the default beverage choices for kids’ meals at city eateries. Children can still drink soda at city restaurants if an…

Hy-Vee Recalling Spring Pasta Salad

Reported illnesses in South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa & Nebraska

Hy-Vee is recalling containers of its spring pasta salad because it may be contaminated with salmonella. About 20 people in South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa and Nebraska have become sick after eating the salad.  The recall affects Hy-Vee Spring Pasta Salad in one pound and three pound clear plastic containers.  They were sold between June 1 and July 13.  Customers should…

FDA plans to ease OTC approvals for some prescription drugs

The Food and Drug Administration wants to make it easier for some common medicines to be sold without a prescription. The agency proposed new guidelines Tuesday for drugmakers who want to switch prescription drugs to over the counter. In a statement, FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb said the agency is evaluating ways to make sure patients don’t take an inappropriate…