Health

Eastern Iowa Hospitals Limit Visitation As Flu Season Rages

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) – Some eastern Iowa hospitals have announced restrictions on visitation in the wake of a vicious flu season that has strained hospitals across the country. Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque and Dyersville and UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital in Dubuque have announced patient visitation restrictions starting Friday because of the respiratory virus. All children under 14 and any…

Officials Report Iowa Flu Toll 6 Since October

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa officials have reported four more influenza-related deaths, bringing the state total to six since October. Iowa Public Health Department spokeswoman Polly Carver-Kimm said Friday the department recorded three flu-related deaths for the same period last year. The department says three of the four were at least 81 and one was age 61 to 80….

A Look At Smaller Sioux Falls Gyms

Sioux Falls, S.D.- As people begin the new year looking for a new gym to join, some have an interest in going with a smaller gym. There are many positive features to working out at a smaller facility. some people like the smaller environment and the fact that most of the trainers and staff can remember who you are. Primal…

Bikers Ride In New Year’s Tradition

Sioux Falls, S.D.- Today’s temperatures didn’t stop Sioux Falls cyclists from taking part in a new year’s tradition. “Spoke N Sport” has hosted a new year’s day bike ride for more than 30 years. Today around 90 cyclists bundled up, and rode down Minnesota Avenue to Yankton Trail Park and back for about a 10-mile ride. Owner Chad Pickard says this…

Local Gym Celebrates With Member Appreciation Party

Sioux Falls, S.D.- “We wouldn’t be here without our members,” says GreatLIFE Assistant General Manager Jenn Johnson. Most gyms are a place to workout and go home.  At GreatLIFE Woodlake Athletic Club, the staff make an effort to thank their members for their loyalty with fun events like hosting a member appreciation party. There was an event catered towards children…

Governor To Name Former Lawmaker To Fill Vacant House Seat

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Gov. Dennis Daugaard will name a former state lawmaker to fill the western South Dakota state House seat vacant after former Rep. Craig Tieszen’s death. Daugaard’s office said Friday that he will appoint Michael Diedrich of Rapid City to fill the vacancy. The governor’s appointee will serve for the current term running through the end of…

Planned Parenthood To Close Clinic In Eastern Iowa

BETTENDORF, Iowa (AP) – A Planned Parenthood clinic in eastern Iowa that is providing abortions will close soon. Planned Parenthood of the Heartland said Wednesday its clinic in Bettendorf will close Friday, several months after the local affiliate announced plans to do so. Planned Parenthood said in May that four of its 12 clinics in Iowa, including the Bettendorf location,…

Staying Healthy During The Holiday Season

Sioux Falls, S.D.- The holiday season is time for feasts, parties and a lot of cold weather. But in the midst of the celebrations, people don’t necessarily pay attention to the effect the foods they eat have on their body. Science Nutrition co-owner Joel Jansen says there’s a key balance to staying healthy and fit. “70 to 80% comes from…

South Dakota Reports First Flu Death Of The Season

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota has recorded its first flu death of the season. The Department of Health reports that the victim was a Day County resident in his or her 70s. Further information about the patient is not being released. But State Epidemiologist Joshua Clayton says the case is a reminder that influenza can be a very serious…

Chickenpox Cases Grow In Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Minnesota health officials say there’s an increase in the number of chickenpox cases this year. Department of Health spokesman Doug Schultz says nearly 400 cases have been reported, the highest number since 2013 when about 480 cases were reported. Schultz says there’s an outbreak of 15 cases in one Hennepin County school and another six…

December-February Peak Flu Season Months

December-February Peak Flu Season Months

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — The flu season is among us as December through February are peak illness months. This season has already seen record outbreaks nationwide but how does South Dakota measure up? “Here in Sioux Falls we have not seen a ton of flu yet. It definitely looks like it’s going to be coming,” says Dr. Whittington. That’s Sanford Pediatrician…

Patients May Pay For On-Scene Care In Western Iowa

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) – Emergency medical technicians might charge patients who receive on-scene care but don’t require transportation to the hospital in a western Iowa city next year. The Sioux City Council will vote Monday on a proposal to introduce a $186 to $327 fee for services received from paramedics at a scene. The new fee structure comes as…

Sioux Falls Family Races Clock Against Daughter’s Rare Disease

Sioux Falls Family Races Clock Against Daughter's Rare Disease

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — A Sioux Falls family is up against the clock raising money to find a cure for a rare genetic disease. Friedreich’s Ataxia or FA for short has no cure or treatment. It’s a protein deficiency that attacks nerve and heart cells. About 4,000  people have FA nationwide. Patients typically require a wheelchair before graduating high school and suffer…

Autism, Sleep Apnea Added As Medical Pot Qualifiers

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Minnesota health officials say they’re adding autism spectrum disorders and obstructive sleep apnea as conditions that qualify for medical marijuana. Health Commissioner Ed Ehlinger says there is increasing evidence that medical marijuana can help people with severe autism or obstructive apnea. The state health department takes public input each year on conditions that might be…