Health

Free Health Fair Saturday in Sioux Falls

Health Connect of SD to offer children free hair cuts, lunch, health screenings

  Keeping kids and families healthy is the focus of the Annual Health Connect Fair. Organizers say over 400 attended last year’s event. This year, they’re hoping to reach even more, knowing there is incredible need in the community for even basic health care services. Will Bushee, President of the Board for Health Connect of South Dakota, was in with…

Breast Navigation: A Story of Survival and Support

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Two years ago, Jill Schlumbohm was helping people through possibly through one of the hardest chapters of their lives. She was an imaging navigator for breast cancer pre-diagnosis at Avera. Then, the roles reversed, and she became the patient. “I’m sorry,” said Schlumbohm. “I did not think I would cry.” It’s news that Schlumbohm’s patients had…

Hy-Vee Recalls 6 Products Due to Potential Salmonella Contamination

Cowgirl Chicken Griller PattySIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Hy-Vee is recalling six of its meat and potato products across several states due to a possible contamination with Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes. Hy-Vee says the recall comes after their supplier, McCain Food, recalled ingredients used in six Hy-Vee products. Hy-Vee is recalling the following products: Hy-Vee Bacon Wrapped Cowgirl Chicken Grillers Hy-Vee Fire…

First Cases of Flu Seen in South Dakota

Public health officials encourage everyone possible to get vaccinated

Health officials, hoping to avoid a repeat of last year’s deadly flu season, are encouraging everyone over the age of six months, to get vaccinated for the flu. The request comes on the heels of news the state of Florida is marking the first pediatric death of the 2018-2019 flu season. The age and gender of the child remain unknown,…

Seventh Minnesota Child Struck by Rare, Paralyzing Illness

State latest to report another case of mysterious acute flaccid myelitis

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Health says a seventh child has been struck by a rare, paralyzing illness that has been reported around the country. Health specialists say the symptoms in the latest case match those of the other children in Minnesota who have been diagnosed with acute flaccid myelitis, or AFM. Categories: Health, Local News, News…

Sanford Health Pediatric Residents Learn About Farm Safety

  SALEM, SD-   On Saturday morning, the Residents of Sanford Health learned an important lesson about farm safety because there are over 2 million farms across the United States.  According to recent studies, 45 children are injured everyday by farming equipment. “Some of the common injuries are amputations, degloving injuries, fractures, but the main one is almost mutilation,” says the…

Avera Health to Create 24-Hour Behavioral Health Team

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Avera Health is expanding its telemedicine services to address mental health and addiction needs in the region. Avera announced today that is plans to create a 24-hour behavioral health telemedicine service. The expansion comes with the help of a $7.8 million grant from the Helmsley Trust. Officials say the behavioral health team will assess and treat…

Trump signs bills to help patients stop overpaying for drugs

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump has signed into law two bills that would allow pharmacists to tell consumers when paying cash would be cheaper than using insurance for their prescriptions. Under bipartisan legislation he signed Wednesday, health plans or middlemen can no longer prohibit pharmacists from telling customers when they would be better off not using their insurance plans….

Local Research Helps With Advancements in Available Cancer Immunotherapy Treatments

  While immunotherapy is getting more attention with the Nobel Prize in Medicine going to a pioneering U.S. researcher in the field, Dr. Christopher Sumey, a hemetology/oncology specialist with Sanford Health says therapies have been available for years, and that number is only growing. The novel therapies being developed are happening in part, thanks to research that’s taken place locally…

Raising Mental Health Awareness By Lighting Up The Night

  SIOUX FALLS, SD-  “When you’re lighting the candle, you are lighting it for a better quality of life.” South Dakota currently ranks 13th for the highest death by suicide rate.  It’s an improvement from last year, but many say more work can be done to fight back. “Anything from your A.D.H.D all the way to bipolar, depression, anxiety, suicide,”…

Arizona company recalls more than 6.5 million pounds of beef

TOLLESON, Ariz. (AP) – An Arizona company has recalled more than 6.5 million pounds of beef that could be contaminated with salmonella. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced the recall Thursday. An investigation traced products including ground beef and beef patties to JBS Tolleson, Inc. Federal officials say the raw beef was packaged between July…

American Heart Association Introduces New ‘Kids Heart Challenge’ to Schools

SIOUX FALLS S.D.- For the last 40 years the American Heart Association has worked to promote heart health in South Dakota elementary schools.This year they’re taking a different approach. The American Heart Association is fighting back against heart disease. Their first line of defense: teaching kids healthy habits. “With Heart disease being 80 percent preventable, we have an opportunity to…

Minnesota’s health insurance rates are dropping for 2019

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Premiums are going down next year for Minnesotans who buy health insurance on their own. State regulators announced final rates for the individual health care market on Tuesday. The average decreases between health care plans range from a 7.4 percent drop to a 27.7 percent decrease. The dropping prices were expected after insurance companies indicated…

Aberdeen getting new and larger Veterans Affairs clinic

ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) – Aberdeen is getting a new and larger Veterans Affairs clinic. The American News reports that the federal agency has hired a North Carolina-based construction company to build the facility. The Sioux Falls Veterans Affairs Health Care System says ground is to be broken in the spring. The current Aberdeen VA clinic has 8,141 square feet. The…

Family Finds Hope With Pediatric Physical Therapy

BRANDON, S.D. – It’s a scary situation that millions of parents find themselves in every year.  Your baby was born premature. However, a booming field of healthcare that you may have never heard of is making all the difference. When you look at the playful girl now, it’s hard to believe three-and-a-half-year-old Klara Klawitter didn’t start walking until a little…

Packing A Healthy & Happy School Lunch

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Getting your kids the proper nutrition can be a difficult task, but is critically important. September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness month. According the http://www.healthcare.gov, one in five children struggle with and are classified as obese. While the month is all but wrapped up, keeping these facts in mind is important all throughout the year. Owner…