Health

Blood Donations Needed Through Summer Months

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Blood donations are always needed, but especially during the summer months. With ‘World Blood Donor Day’ on Friday, you have the chance to help those in need. Rita Nelson from the Community Blood Bank stopped by to talk about the need for blood within the Sioux Empire. For more information, including where to donate, click here….

Walz Open to Special Session to Address Insulin Costs

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Gov. Tim Walz says he’s open to calling a special session to help diabetics who can’t afford the cost of insulin, but lawmakers must first work out a deal. Walz made his comments Wednesday after a discussion with diabetics, advocates and medical professionals. A measure that would have established an emergency insulin program had broad support…

Police: Material Witness Warrants Issued for Three in Weekend Shooting

Ramon Deron Smith Courtesy: Minnesota Department of CorrectionsSIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Police have issued material witness warrants for three people in connection with Saturday’s fatal shooting in Sioux Falls. Police say they are searching for 34-year-old Ramon Deron Smith, 30-year-old Sioux Falls resident Martece Arielle, and 22-year-old Sioux Falls resident Christina Haney. Smith is described as a 6’0″ 200-pound African-American male with long…

Medical Pot Laws No Answer for US Opioid Deaths, Study Finds

A new study shoots down the notion that medical marijuana laws can prevent opioid overdose deaths. Researchers repeated an analysis that sparked excitement years ago. It linked medical marijuana laws to slower than expected increases in state prescription opioid death rates. But the promising connection fell apart when researchers updated the analysis with seven years of recent data. Authors of…

Report: Opioid Prescriptions Down 13% in South Dakota in 2018

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – South Dakota doctors are finding progress in the fight against the opioid epidemic. That’s according to a national report provided by the South Dakota State Medical Association. It says opioid prescriptions in the state were down more than 13 percent last year. It also says there was a 13 percent increase in healthcare professionals registered in…

FDA Targets Vaping ‘Influencers’ for Online Promotions

(AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. regulators are targeting four vaping companies for inappropriately pushing their flavored nicotine products through so-called influencers on Facebook, Twitter and other websites The Food and Drug Administration on Friday sent warning letters to companies that used paid social media specialists to pitch their fruity and candy nicotine formulas to their online followers. The…

The Health Condition We May Be Putting Ourselves More At-Risk For

Why researchers believe nearly 1/3 of all men ages 35­–50 could develop some form of osteoporosis

  If you’re not already, start doing weight bearing exercises and drinking your milk. The advice comes from Avera Internal Medicine Physician, Dr. Jennifer McKay, after a new report is released that finds 28 percent of men and 26 percent of women between 35 and 50 years of age have osteopenia, a precursor to osteoporosis. McKay believes our more sedentary…

Deaths From Falls Among Older Americans Are on the Rise

CHICAGO (AP) – New research shows fatal falls have nearly tripled in older Americans in recent years, rising to more than 25,000 annual deaths. The findings highlight the importance of fall prevention. A separate study bolsters evidence that programs focusing on improving muscle strength and balance can help achieve that goal. Both studies were published Tuesday in the Journal of…

FaceTime Doctor Visits Coming to the Sioux Empire

Sandford Health patients can now use the TytoCare kit

SIOUX FALLS, SD— “This is in a way is bringing home calls back, some people in our foot-print may remember what house calls are,” said Dr. Josh Crabtree, Sanford Health senior vice president of clinical operations. “Although, they have not been part of the usual practice of medicine for quite some time.” The TytoCare exam kit advertises 24 hour round clock…

US Holds CBD Hearing as Fans, Sellers Await Legal Clarity

SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) – CBD products are widely available despite confusion around their legal status. Now U.S. regulators are exploring ways to officially allow the hemp ingredient in food, drinks and dietary supplements. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration held a hearing Friday to collect information about cannabis compounds such as CBD, which can be found in candy, syrups,…

Iowa Democrats Want Special Session for Medical Marijuana

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Disappointed in Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds’ veto of a bill that would have expanded Iowa’s medical marijuana program, two Democratic lawmakers are calling for a special session of the Legislature to override the veto. Sen. Joe Bolkcom and Rep. John Forbes called Wednesday for the special session, but that’s unlikely because it would require a…

CBD Oil Taken from Rapid City Store After THC Found in Products

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – Rapid City police seized hemp-derived CBD oil from a health-store because the products contained trace amounts of THC, the psychoactive component in marijuana that causes a high. Police spokeswoman Brendyn Medina told the Rapid City Journal the department got a tip that some of the CBD oil at Staple and Spice Market may have THC….

FDA Okays $2M Medicine, Most Expensive Ever

U.S. regulators have approved the most expensive medicine ever, a therapy meant to cure a disorder that rapidly destroys a baby’s muscle control and kills most within a couple years. The one-time gene therapy developed by Novartis, Zolgensma, will cost $2.125 million. It treats a rare condition called spinal muscular atrophy, or SMA, which strikes about 400 babies born in…

Research on Children’s Health Risks in Doubt Over EPA Funds

FILE – In this Sept. 21, 2017, file photo, a sign on a door of the Environmental Protection Agency in Washington. Long-running research projects credited with pivotal discoveries about the harm that pesticides, air pollution and other hazards pose to children are in jeopardy or shutting down because the Environmental Protection Agency will not commit to their continued funding, researchers…