Health

Staying True To New Years Resolutions

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - A few weeks into the year, how are those resolutions going? https://www.statisticbrain.com/ reports that only 9.2 percent of people ever achieve their new…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

A Christmas Miracle in the Hospital

SIOUX FALLS - Isabella Mars entered the world on October 28th, 2017, although no one was expecting her before February. The first child for the Mars family, her mother Bridget’s water broke at…

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…

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…

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…

FDA Approves Diabetes Drug That Also Helps With Weight Loss

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - U.S. regulators have approved a new diabetes drug that reduces blood sugar levels and also helps people lose weight. The Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday approved the once-a-week shot for people with Type 2 diabetes.…

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…

Regional Health Plans New Health Campus Serving Spearfish

SPEARFISH, S.D. (AP) - A Rapid-City based health system is fundraising to build a more than $100 million new health care campus to serve the Spearfish area. Regional Health's announcement comes after a 40-acre land donation from a Spearfish company…

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