Health

FDA OKs 1st Generic Nasal Spray of Overdose Reversal Drug

U.S. regulators have approved the first generic nasal spray version of Narcan, a drug that reverses opioid overdoses. The Food and Drug Administration on Friday OK’d naloxone spray from Israel’s Teva Pharmaceuticals. Naloxone has been sold as a nasal spray in the U.S. since 2016 under the brand name Narcan. Pharmacists can dispense it without a prescription. It is also…

US Awards $350M in Research Funds to Fight Opioid Epidemic

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. health officials are giving $350 million to researchers in four states hit hardest by the deadly opioid epidemic. The study announced Thursday aims to cut overdose deaths by 40% over three years in local communities grappling with misuse of the addictive drugs. Researchers will study evidence-based techniques for fighting addiction and overdose, such as medication-based treatments…

Iowa Officials Report 2nd Confirmed Measles Case Since 2011

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – State health officials say Iowa has confirmed its second case of measles since 2011. Iowa Public Health Department said Thursday that the unvaccinated person is a household contact with the person in the first case, who also unvaccinated. The department says the first person contracted measles while on a trip to Israel, where outbreaks have…

Nebraska’s Tough Approach to Medical Marijuana May Backfire

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) – Nebraska’s conservative lawmakers are again expected to reject a measure calling for highly regulated medical marijuana, but that likely won’t be the end of the issue. In fact, such a vote could have the unintended consequence of encouraging a voter-approved ballot measure that would establish one of the most unrestricted medical marijuana laws in the country….

Telemedicine Tied to More Antibiotics for Kids, Study Finds

NEW YORK – A new study finds coughing kids seen via telemedicine visits are more likely to be prescribed antibiotics than children who went to a doctor’s office or clinic. The study, released Monday, found the drugs should not have been given in many cases. The researchers looked at more than 340,000 insured children who had respiratory illness visits in…

Amid Rising Anxiety, Colleges Tell Students it’s OK to Fail

WALTHAM, Mass. – A growing number of U.S. colleges are sending a message to students saying it’s OK to fail. Campus mental health officials from Massachusetts to California are trying to normalize failure for students as one way to combat rising rates of anxiety and depression among college students. Bentley University near Boston recently hosted an event inviting students to…

Bill Would Improve Tribal Veterans’ Access to Health Care

U.S. Sens. John Thune (R-S.D.) and Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) have reintroduced the Tribal Veterans Health Care Enhancement Act. Thune, in a press release, stated the legislation would improve tribal veterans’ access to health care by allowing Indian Health Services (IHS) to cover copay costs for tribal veterans who are referred by IHS to the Veterans Health Administration (VA) for services that…

US Investigates Seizure Risk With Electronic Cigarettes

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. health officials are investigating whether electronic cigarettes may trigger seizures in some people who use the nicotine-vaping devices. The Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday it is reviewing 35 reports of seizures among e-cigarette users, particularly young people. Regulators say it’s not yet clear whether vaping is responsible. But they say they’re concerned and want the…

Tickets For 6th Annual Cattleman’s Foundation Gala On Sale

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The South Dakota Cattleman’s Foundation and Feeding South Dakota have once again teamed up to fight hunger. For the sixth year, they’ll be hosting the ‘Cattleman’s Foundation Gala and Concert’ on June 22nd, and they’ve booked quite the musical guest. Country music star Jake Owens will headline the concert. Tickets for the event go on sale…

Minnesota House Democrats Fault GOP on Rising Drug Prices

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Minnesota House Democrats are making a fresh push to try to make prescription drugs more affordable and accessible. They held a news conference Tuesday to highlight several bills that have been making their way through House committees but have seen little action in the GOP-controlled Senate. The legislation includes a bill to ensure access to…

Take These Safety Precautions in Flood-Stricken Areas

Avera Health is among the organizations offering assistance in many communities struggling to recover

While it may not appear an emergency to many throughout the Sioux empire because they just haven’t been affected, there are thousands impacted by the ongoing spring flooding. Avera’s Director of Community Partnerships, Micki Lundin, joined Carleen Wild on KDLT News Today Tuesday to talk about the safety precautions people throughout the Midwest might take as they approach flood recovery…