Health

No immediate ruling in GOP’s latest ‘Obamacare’ lawsuit

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) – A federal judge in Texas did not immediately rule on the latest push by Republicans to end the Affordable Care Act. A small group of protesters Wednesday stood outside a Fort Worth, Texas, courtroom where 20 Republican-led states have launched a new challenge over the law that insures 20 million Americans. Republican Texas Attorney General…

Trump’s pollution rules rollback to hit coal country hard

GRANT TOWN, W.Va. (AP) – President Donald Trump picked West Virginia as the place to announce he’d roll back pollution rules for coal-fired power plants. But he didn’t mention that coal country would be hit the hardest by the health impacts. Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency predicts up to 1,500 people a year nationally would die because of extra pollution from…

Sanford Acute Care Clinic and Lewis Drug Store Open Downtown

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Residents in downtown Sioux Falls have a new one-stop shop for medical care and pharmaceutical needs. Sanford Health and Lewis Drug opened the new facility on Thursday. It’s an 800 square-foot Sanford Acute Care Clinic and a 52,000 square-foot Lewis Drug store. The setup allows patients to receive care for minor injuries and illnesses, then fill…

Mom’s prenatal opioids may stunt kids’ learning, study says

CHICAGO (AP) – Learning disabilities and other special education needs are common in children born with opioid-related symptoms from their mother’s drug use while pregnant, according to the first big U.S. study to examine potential long-term problems in these infants. About 1 in 7 affected children required special classroom services for problems including developmental delays and speech or language difficulties,…

EPA rethinking air pollution rule for power plants

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Environmental Protection Agency is rethinking a 2012 rule limiting mercury emissions and other pollutants from power plants. EPA spokeswoman Molly Block says the agency proposal is still a draft and that there are few details to release. The 2012 rule established federal limits for mercury and some other toxic pollutants from fossil fuel power plants. Democratic…

Avera Announces Human Performance Center at the Avera on Louise Health Campus

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Avera announced on Wednesday, plans to build a Human Performance Center at the Avera on Louise Health Campus in Sioux Falls. The $14 million, 60,000 square-foot facility is the third development at the new campus located at 69th Street and Louise Avenue. The Human Performance Center joins the surgical hospital and the Avera Addiction Care Center…

Officials Reopen Lake Alvin for Swimming

HARRISBURG, S.D. – South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks have reopened swimming beaches at Lake Alvin after it was closed for unhealthy levels of bacteria. Lake Alvin closed for the second time this summer on August 24th. Officials stated that tests indicated an unhealthy level of E. Coli. Officials say tests this week show a healthy level of bacteria. Officials…

The Journey Of Hope

  SIOUX FALLS, SD-  “At first when children are born they don’t look normal per say. They don’t come out looking clean, so we didn’t really think much of it. The lady that delivered Drake E. said, ‘I’ve never seen that before.’ ” Inspired by his young son, Robb Freed is riding his bike across the country.  He’s trying to…

Feds confirm 507 people sick after eating McDonald’s salad

CHICAGO (AP) – Federal health officials say they’ve confirmed more than 500 cases of people who became sick with an intestinal illness after eating McDonald’s salads. The illnesses reported earlier this year are linked to the cyclospora parasite, which can cause diarrhea, intestinal pain, nausea or fatigue. The Food and Drug Administration said Friday that 507 cases have been confirmed…

Iowa boosts Medicaid payout by $344 million in new contracts

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa officials say they’re giving a $344 million raise to two companies that manage the state’s Medicaid program. The state’s share is nearly $103 million, or a 7.5 percent increase. The federal government will cover the remainder. The Iowa Department of Human Services, which oversees the health care program for 680,000 poor and disabled Iowans,…

Health care at forefront of North Dakota US Senate race

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – Health care has emerged as a major issue in North Dakota’s U.S. Senate race. And Democratic U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp and Rep. Kevin Cramer, her Republican challenger, are arguing over who will do more for people with medical problems. Heitkamp says she’s fighting to keep a popular component in former President Barack Obama’s health care law…

Pennington County to pursue grant for mental health study

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – A western South Dakota county will pursue a grant aimed at improving the region’s mental health services. The Rapid City Journal reports that the Pennington County Commission voted Tuesday to reverse a previous decision and allow the county’s Health and Human Services Department to submit a proposal to the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley…

Trump plan rolls back Obama’s coal emissions standards

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Trump administration is preparing a plan to give states broad authority to determine how to restrict carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global warming. The Environmental Protect Agency says states will be given guidelines for setting performance standards for existing coal-fired power plants. A summary of the plan and people familiar with…

US approves new generic competitor to EpiPen

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. health officials have approved a new generic version of EpiPen, the emergency allergy medication. The Food and Drug Administration’s action Thursday opens the door to more competition for a drug that has faced public outrage over its price tag. The injections are stocked by schools and parents to treat allergic reactions to food and bug bites….

Calming Parents, Kids Fears Over Childhood Vaccine Schedule

Sanford Health Family Medicine Specialist outlines the importance of each shot as kids get set to head back-to-school

Parents nationwide continue to voice concerns over what has been a growing vaccine schedule in recent years, so much so, that some families are routinely skipping required shots for their children to go back to school. South Dakota doesn’t see as much push back as other states. Still, there is a risk to not only children, but entire communities for…