Health

Sioux Falls Pharmacist Reacts To Amazon Pharmacy Deal

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Changes could be coming to how you get your prescriptions. It’s the latest effort by Amazon to move into the health care industry. Amazon announced Thursday that it is acquiring online pharmacy service PillPack. The deal is expected to close later this year. Sioux falls Pharmacist Dan Peterson says he’s not surprised by Amazon’s move. He says…

Sanford Health Expanding To Focus On Eating Disorders

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Sanford Health is expanding its research work by adding in a Fargo, North Dakota-based research institute focused on eating disorders and obesity. Sanford Research is absorbing Neuropsychiatric Research Institute. NRI was established in 1955 and previously worked with Fargo-based MeritCare Health System, which Sanford Health absorbed in a 2009 merger. Sanford says the goal is…

Medical milestone: US OKs marijuana-based drug for seizures

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. health regulators have approved the first prescription drug made from marijuana, a milestone that could spur more research into a drug that remains illegal under federal law. The Food and Drug Administration approved the medication from GW Pharmaceuticals on Monday to treat two rare forms of childhood epilepsy. The strawberry-flavored syrup is a purified form of…

Lawsuits challenge efforts to push abstinence-only on teens

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) – Several affiliates of Planned Parenthood are suing the Department of Health and Human Services over its efforts to impose an abstinence-only focus on its Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program that has served more than 1 million young people. The lawsuits were filed Friday in federal courts in New York City and Spokane, Washington, by four different Planned…

Touchmark Raising Alzheimer’s Awareness

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Alzheimer’s Disease affects nearly everyone and is one of the most deadly diseases without a known cure. For people living with Alzheimer’s, every day feels like the longest day which is why Touchmark at All Saints Events in Sioux Falls is doing their part in raising awareness through ‘The Longest Day’ summer series kicking off tonight….

New evidence that viruses may play a role in Alzheimer’s

WASHINGTON (AP) – A provocative new study says viruses that sneak into the brain just might play a role in Alzheimer’s. Some scientists have long suspected viruses or bacteria somehow set the stage for Alzheimer’s. Now, the main theory is that sticky brain-clogging plaques are the culprit. Thursday’s findings don’t prove viruses cause the mind-robbing disease but they promise to…

Wired Wednesday: Gaming Addiction Among Teens

World Health Organization Declares 'Gaming Addiction' A Mental Health Issue

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Earlier this year the World Health Organization declared gaming addiction a mental health condition. Will Bushee stopped by for another edition of Wired Wednesday talking gaming and online addictions among teens, well as a brand new summer cyber camp coming up ‘Cyber Patriot.’ For more information on the free camp, click here.   Categories: Health, KDLT…

US could back 1st pot-derived medicine

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado (AP) – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is expected to decide soon whether to give its first approval to a prescription drug made from the marijuana plant. But parents who have used other products containing chemicals from the plant to treat their children’s severe forms of epilepsy are feeling more cautious than celebratory. They want assurance…

Could Your Loved One Be Suicidal? Here Are The Warning Signs

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – In the wake of multiple celebrity suicides this week, mental health is again taking center stage. Officials with The Helpline Center in Sioux Falls say the news shows that mental health issues can affect anyone. ”Everybody has pain in their and even though there’s somebody famous and it looks on the surface that everything’s going great, I…

Auditor to review Iowa’s privatized Medicaid costs

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa’s auditor says her office will review the state’s claims of savings under its privatized Medicaid program. State Auditor Mary Mosiman confirmed the move in a statement Thursday night. She didn’t provide details on the scope of the review but says any findings will be released publicly. Mosiman says the review is in response to…

School Zone: Ninja Warrior Camp

Kids learn life skills through fun activities

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The end of the school year means the beginning of summer camp season. Embrace Church in Sioux Falls is hosting a ‘Ninja Warrior Camp’ open to kids from kindergarten to fifth grade and their parents on Saturday, June 9th at Terrace Park. The event will build friendships, teach teamwork, and give kids and parents a safe…