Health

SD Lawmakers Looking At Teen E-Cigarette Use

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Some South Dakota lawmakers are trying to keep e-cigarettes and vapes away from teenagers. According to the Surgeon General, one in five high school students and one in 20 middle school students use e-cigarettes nationwide. Some lawmakers are proposing a tobacco tax on electronic cigarettes. However, Governor Kristi Noem has said previously that she does not wish…

Legionnaires’ Disease Cases Investigated in NW Minnesota

CROOKSTON, Minn. – The state Department of Health is investigating four recent cases of Legionnaires’ disease in northwestern Minnesota. The department said Friday the four people became ill between Jan. 22 and Jan. 27 after visiting the Crookston Inn and Convention Center. The four did not stay overnight but had visited the hotel. Investigators are working with the hotel to…

Flu Cases On The Rise In South Dakota

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – The number of flu cases is starting to climb in South Dakota. State health officials say that as of early February, about 1,000 cases of flu have been reported. In Pennington County, 21 cases from December to February have involved hospitalization, including one death. Regional Health Director of Infection, Prevention and Control Tyron White tells…

Part 2: Sanford & State Representative Respond to Autism Therapy Insurance Exceptions

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – On Wednesday night, we introduced you to South Dakota moms fighting for their children with autism. They say their children benefited from ABA, or applied behavioral analysis therapy. Now, it’s no longer covered by their insurance, and they say their children are paying the price. In 2015, former Governor Dennis Daugaard signed Senate Bill 190 into…

“Our Whole World Fell Apart” – South Dakota Moms Fight For Autism Therapy Insurance Coverage, Part One

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- A group of South Dakota moms didn’t know each other a couple of weeks ago. Now, these moms are bonded forever. They’ve teamed up, fighting for their children with autism ,and they’re taking their battle to the state capitol. A child’s cry, seeking sensory experiences in an overwhelming world. This is autism. “If we didn’t understand her…

Department of Health Confirms Whooping Cough Case in Dell Rapids

DELL RAPIDS, S.D. – Another case of the highly contagious whooping cough has been found in South Dakota, this time in Dell Rapids. The South Dakota Department of Health informed the Dell Rapids School District of the diagnosis and the district notified parents. Doctors say parents should watch for common cold symptoms followed by a deep cough. Pertussis, also known…

Exercise, Along with Diet, Key To Achieving Fitness Goals

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – It’s February, which is about the time many of us fall off the fitness wagon. We might see some fitness results after focusing on our diet, but to really get to where we’d like to be, exercise must be incorporated. Kimberly Henderson is a Profile Coach with Sanford Profile. She stopped by this morning with important…

Chronic Pain Given as Top Reason for Using Medical Marijuana

FILE – In this Oct. 2, 2018, file photo, a clerk reaches for a container of marijuana buds for a customer at Utopia Gardens, a medical marijuana dispensary in Detroit. Chronic pain is the most commonly cited reason people give when they enroll in state medical cannabis programs. A study published Monday, Feb. 4, 2019, in the journal Health Affairs…

Woman delivers premature baby after crash with drunk driver

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Authorities say a pregnant woman went into premature labor and gave birth after the pickup truck in which she was riding was rear-ended by an alleged drunken driver in Philadelphia. The child was hospitalized in very critical condition following the crash, which happened about 3 a.m. Tuesday. The mother was listed in stable condition. Her name was…

Flu on the Rise in South Dakota

  SIOUX FALLS, SD- Flu season is in full swing in South Dakota.  So far, there have been over 15-hundred confirmed cases in the state.  But there’s some good news this season. “It’s peaking at almost the exact same time as it did last year. But we’re not seeing as serve of illnesses. I think what we’re seeing is we…

Elements Begin to Emerge of Walz Agenda for Rural Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. – New Gov. Tim Walz won’t release his first budget until Feb. 19 but some elements of his agenda for rural Minnesota are already emerging. Walz is Minnesota’s first governor from greater Minnesota since Rudy Perpich left office in 1991. The Democratic former congressman from Mankato has provided some glimpses recently about his plans for the parts…

Measles Cases on the Rise

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Measles have not broken out in South Dakota since 2015. Where they are breaking out right now is in Washington and Oregon, with the number of cases now past 40. At one point, measles was thought to be almost eliminated in the United States. Almost every year though, some location experiences an outbreak. So what could be…

Drug Company Expands Voluntary Recall of Infant Ibuprofen

MONMOUTH JUNCTION, N.J. —Tris Pharma has expanded its voluntary recall of infant ibuprofen because it may contain overly high concentrations of the drug. The company, based in Monmouth Junction, New Jersey, announced the move this week. It says the concentration can be as high as 10 percent above the specified limit. The affected brands include CVS health and Equate and…

Tyson Recalls Some Chicken Nuggets, Contamination Possible

FILE – In this Oct. 28, 2009, file photo, a Tyson Foods, Inc., truck is parked at a food warehouse in Little Rock, Ark. Tyson Foods is recalling more than 36,000 pounds (16,329 kilograms) of chicken nuggets because they may be contaminated with rubber. The U.S. Agriculture Department says there were consumer complaints about extraneous material in 5-pound (2 kilogram)…