Health

Minnesota Reports 2 More Deaths From Vaping

Robert F. Bukaty/APMINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Minnesota health officials are reporting the state’s second and third deaths due to lung illnesses caused by vaping. The Department of Health said Wednesday both deaths involved people over age 50 who died in September after complicated hospitalizations. One had vaped several products including THC, the compound that gives marijuana its high. The other patient…

Gov. Noem, Avera, and Sanford Announce ABA Coverage in 2020

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.  – In a joint statement Friday, Governor Noem, Avera Health and Sanford Health announced they will offer coverage for a therapy benefiting children with autism in 2020 after South Dakota families lost coverage this year. In 2021, all Affordable Care Act individual and small group plans will be required to include coverage for applied behavior analysis therapy,…

EPA Proposes Upping Lead Testing at Schools in Rule Overhaul

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Environmental Protection Agency is proposing a major overhaul of rules on lead contamination in drinking water, including tightening testing requirements at the nation’s schools and day care centers. But critics say another change would give utilities decades more to fully replace lead pipes in water systems with high lead. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler on Thursday announced…

US Urges Shared Decisions with Pain Patients Taking Opioids

U.S. health officials are again warning doctors against abandoning chronic pain patients by abruptly stopping their opioid prescriptions. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services instead urged doctors to share such decisions with patients. The agency Thursday published steps for doctors in a six-page guide and an editorial in the Journal of the American Medical Association. In the 1990s,…

Officials Link Many Sudden Baby Deaths To Unsafe Sleeping

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Minnesota health officials say the majority of sudden unexplained infant deaths reported in the state in recent years are related to an unsafe sleeping environment. The Department of Health says its research shows 82 percent of 90 sudden infant deaths in 2016 and 2017 involved unsafe sleeping. Most involved babies who were not sleeping in…

Look Inside New Avera Specialty Hospital & Medical Group Clinic

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Two facilities on the new ‘Avera on Louise’ campus are complete. An open house for the Avera Specialty Hospital & Medical Group Clinic is scheduled for Sunday, October 13th, but KDLT News got a preview this morning. To watch the interviews, click on the videos below. Categories: Health, KDLT News Today, KDLT News Today Interviews, Local…

Avera Health Prepares to Open First Buildings at Avera on Louise Campus

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Avera Health is preparing to open the doors of the first buildings finished at their Avera on Louise Health Campus. So far, the campus has two buildings completed at 69th and Louise totaling 260,000 square feet. The five-story specialty hospital is connected to a three-story medical group building. The campus is giving Avera Health the ability…

3 Sexually Transmitted Diseases Hit New Highs Again in US

NEW YORK (AP) – U.S. infections from three sexually transmitted diseases have risen for the fifth consecutive year. More than 1.7 million cases of chlamydia were reported last year. The infection rate rose 3 percent from 2017. It’s the most ever reported in a year, though the trend is mainly attributed to increased testing. About 580,000 gonorrhea cases were reported….

Kroger, Walgreens to Stop Selling E-cigarettes in US

Robert F. Bukaty/APNEW YORK (AP) – Two major retailers say they will no longer sell e-cigarettes in the U.S. amid mounting health questions surrounding vaping. Supermarket chain Kroger and drugstore chain Walgreens announced Monday they would discontinue sales of e-cigarettes at their stores nationwide, citing an uncertain regulatory environment. The vaping industry has come under scrutiny after hundreds of people…

US Vaping Illnesses Top 1,000, Death Count is Up to 18

Robert F. Bukaty/APNEW YORK (AP) – The outbreak of U.S. vaping-related illnesses has surpassed 1,000 cases. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday that 1,080 confirmed and probable cases have been reported in 48 states and one U.S. territory. The count includes 18 deaths in 15 states. The first illnesses occurred in late March. Recently, 200 or more…

Consumer Watchdog Agency Probes Juul and 5 More Vaping Firms

Robert F. Bukaty/APWASHINGTON (AP) – The government’s consumer watchdog agency is ordering Juul and five other vaping companies to hand over information about how they market e-cigarettes. The move from the Federal Trade Commission comes amid a nationwide crackdown on e-cigarettes as lawmakers and health authorities try to reverse an explosion of underage vaping. The agency said Thursday it is…

Trump Touts Support for Medicare, Slams ‘Medicare for All’

(AP Photo/Evan Vucci)WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump is touting his support for Medicare and its private insurance option as he slams left-leaning Democrats on their “Medicare for All” plan. Trump is traveling Thursday to The Villages, a bustling community for adults located in Central Florida. The area overwhelmingly supported Trump in 2016. The trip comes as the Republican president…

Yankton School District Confirms Two Cases of Mumps

Alissa Eckert/Centers for Disease Control and PreventionYANKTON, S.D. – Yankton School District officials are warning parents after they confirmed two cases of mumps. Officials say they are working with the Yankton Medical Clinic, Yankton County Health Officer, and the South Dakota Department of Health. Mumps is a very contagious viral disease. Officials are asking if parents if their children show…

Retail Giant Walmart Halts Sales of Zantac and Related Drugs

Walmart has become the latest store to halt sales of the popular heartburn treatment Zantac after health regulators warned about a potentially dangerous contaminant in the drug. The nation’s largest retailer said Wednesday that it suspended sales of all drugs sold over the counter, or without a prescription, that include Zantac’s active ingredient, ranitidine. Aside from Zantac, that includes Equate…

Red Meat Part of a Healthy Lifestyle?

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say the average American eats 4.5 servings of red meat a week, and these meat lovers are having a good day. The Annals of Internal Medicine’s new study says you don’t necessarily have to limit red meat consumption. It’s one of the most cited and influential medical journals in the…

Watchdog Finds DEA Was ‘Slow to Respond’ to Opioid Epidemic

(Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel via AP, File)WASHINGTON (AP) – The Justice Department’s inspector general says the Drug Enforcement Administration was “slow to respond” as America grappled with a rising opioid epidemic. The watchdog released a report Tuesday examining the agency’s regulatory and enforcement efforts to control opioids. It found that as the number of opioid-related deaths drastically increased between 2013 and…

Hy-Vee Suspends Sale of Zantac Following FDA Alert

WEST DES MOINES, I.A. – Hy-vee is temporarily suspending the sale of all over-the-counter Zantac and Topcare brand ranitidine products following an FDA alert. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently announced that ranitidine products may contain a low level of nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA), a probable human carcinogen. Hy-Vee says the suspension is being taken out of an abundance of caution….

CVS Stops Sale of Heartburn Drugs with Suspect Contaminant

CVS has halted sales of popular heartburn treatment Zantac and the store generic version after warnings by U.S. health regulators. CVS is the latest retailer to pull the heartburn tablets from store shelves. Earlier this month, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned consumers about a potentially dangerous contaminant in prescription and over-the-counter versions of Zantac. In its announcement this…