Health

Coastin’ For Cancer Provides A Healthy And Active Way To Raise Money For Charity

SIOUX FALLS, S.D – Kayla Andernacht is tough. “I am a survivor or pediatric cancer. I was 10 years old when I was diagnosed with Stage 3 brain cancer,” she says. She was one of the many physical trainers that participated in the Coastin’ for Cancer event. Coast 2 Coast Sports & Fitness partnered with the JY6 foundation. This non-profit…

GNC Celebrates 5th Anniversary And Inspires In The Process

SIOUX FALLS, S.D – The GNC at Dawley Farm Village celebrated its 5th anniversary of being family owned. They hosted a costumer appreciation event in honor of the accomplishment. It was a special day for fitness junkies in the Sioux Empire. The event had 25% off all retail, a St. Jude drive…. and a visit from 4-time World’s Strongest Man,…

Illinois Patient’s Death May Be First in US Tied to Vaping

CHICAGO (AP) – Illinois health officials are reporting what could be United States’ first death tied to vaping. In a Friday news release, the Illinois Department of Public Health says a person who recently vaped died after being hospitalized with “severe respiratory illness.” The agency didn’t give any other information about the patient, including a name or where the person…

State: 4 Iowans with Respiratory Illness Have Vaping History

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Health officials say four cases of respiratory illness have been confirmed in four young Iowans with a history of vaping. The Iowa Department of Public Health said in a news release Thursday that several other states have recently reported cases of severe respiratory illness among teenagers and young adults who’d been vaping. Their symptoms include…

Planned Parenthood Seeks Cash After Bailing From US Program

(AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)SALT LAKE CITY (AP) – Planned Parenthood clinics in several states are charging new fees, tapping financial reserves, intensifying fundraising and warning of more unintended pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases after its decision to quit a $260 million federal family planning program in an abortion dispute with the Trump administration. The fallout is especially intense in Utah,…

NAMI SD Looking For ‘End The Silence’ Volunteers

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A non-profit dedicated to spreading mental health awareness wants your help. ‘NAMI’ is looking for volunteers for their ‘End The Silence’ campaign. The group travels to middle and high schools across the state talking about the importance of mental health. KDLT News talked with organizers and volunteers about why this is important, how to book the…

Back-to-School Mental Health Awareness

Mental Illness Signs in Returning Students

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Many students might be excited about heading back to school but others could really be struggling. Especially those heading into high school. “There’s always going to be that natural anxiety when starting up, especially if you’re starting high school or middle school,” said Mallory Kloucek with NAMI SD. Health experts say symptoms of mental illness often…

Guidelines Say More Women May Need Breast Cancer Gene Test

WASHINGTON (AP) – New health guidelines say more women may benefit from gene testing for hereditary breast or ovarian cancer, especially if they already survived cancer once. Mutations in genes called BRCA1 (pronounced B-R-C-A) and BRCA2 aren’t common, but when they’re passed through families they greatly increase the chances of breast, ovarian and certain other cancers. Some specialists say too…

Planned Parenthood Leaves Federal Family Planning Program

NEW YORK (AP) – Planned Parenthood says it’s pulling out of the federal family planning program rather than abide by a new Trump administration rule prohibiting participants from referring patients for abortions. Planned Parenthood’s acting president and CEO says the organization’s nationwide network of health centers will remain open and strive to make up for the loss of federal money….

Brand-name Drug Prices Rising at Slower Pace, Lower Amounts

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) – Drug companies are still raising prices for brand-name prescription medicines, just not as often or by as much as they used to. That’s according to an Associated Press analysis of drug prices provided by health information firm Elsevier. After years of frequent list price hikes, many drugmakers are showing some restraint. In the first seven months…

All Lake Nokomis Beaches Close After Illnesses Jump to 49

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Health officials have closed all beaches at a popular Minneapolis lake after number of illnesses identified in people who swam there rose to 49. All of the diarrhea cases involve people who became ill after swimming at Lake Nokomis since mid-July. The Minnesota Department of Health reported the jump in cases Friday. The 49 cases include the…

Government Wants a New 911-like Number Just for Suicide Hotline

NEW YORK (AP) – With suicides on the rise , the U.S. government wants to make the national crisis hotline easier to reach. Once implemented, people will just need to dial 988 to seek help. Currently, National Suicide Prevention Lifeline uses a 10-digit number, 800-273-TALK (8255). Callers are routed to one of 163 crisis centers, where counselors answered 2.2 million…

US Makes New Push for Graphic Warning Labels on Cigarettes

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. health officials are making a new attempt at adding graphic images to cigarette packets to discourage Americans from lighting up. The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday proposed 13 warnings that would appear on all cigarettes, including images of cancerous tumors and diseased lungs. Most developed countries worldwide have adopted similar graphic warning labels. The FDA’s…

Impact of Running on Mental Health

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – With summer ending, it’s easy to get into a little mental funk. One way to help pull yourself out happens to be exercise, and in particular, running. Running, and higher intensity workouts, release endorphins. Those endorphins can improve your mood, and overall mental well being, according to experts with Avera. Not only can running help with…

FDA Approves TB Pill That Cures More Hard-to Treat Patients

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) – U.S. regulators have approved a new tuberculosis medicine that shortens and improves treatment for the hardest-to-treat cases, a worsening problem in many poor countries. It’s the first TB drug developed by a nonprofit group, the TB Alliance, which was formed to come up with better treatments. The Food and Drug Administration approved pretomanid (preh-TOH’-meh-nihd) for use…

Planned Parenthood Sets Exit From Federal Family Planning Program

WASHINGTON (AP) – Planned Parenthood says it will leave the federal family planning program by Monday unless a court puts a hold on Trump administration rules that bar clinics from referring women for abortions. Spokeswoman Erica Sackin tells The Associated Press that Planned Parenthood clinics will be formally out of the program by then unless the full 9th U.S. Circuit…

Regional Health Participates in National Opioid Research

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – Regional Health is participating in a two-year study on patients’ experiences with pain and their prescribed opioid use. Researchers and physicians want to better understand a wide range of patient needs, including those in Rapid City’s rural areas. Regional Health research director Roger Deraad says they have good information from certain populations regarding opioid use,…

3 Children Sick with E. Coli, Lake Nokomis Beaches Closed

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Minnesota health officials say three children have gotten sick from E. coli bacteria after swimming in a popular Minneapolis lake. Two beaches at Lake Nokomis have been closed until further notice because of high bacteria levels while the state Department of Health investigates. Minnesota Public Radio News reports Park Board Superintendent Al Bangoura says it’s the first…

Parents Beware: Health Officials Say Buy the Right Size Backpack

SIOUX FALLS, SD— As the new school year begins, one thing students need to think about is proper backpack usage. “When we look at an ideal backpack, we want to go between the small or medium-sized backpack. Just so that can limit the amount of weight that can be carried,” said Dr. Mike Clarke, HealthSource Chiropractic. “When we look at the…