Health

US Vaping Illness Count Tops 500 with Cause Still Unknown

NEW YORK (AP) - U.S. health officials say 530 people have now been diagnosed with vaping-related breathing illnesses, but the cause remains unknown. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday said confirmed and probable cases have been reported…

Study Finds Air Pollution Reaches Placenta During Pregnancy

WASHINGTON (AP) - A new study suggests when a pregnant woman breathes in air pollution, it can travel beyond her lungs to the placenta that guards her fetus. Pollution composed of tiny particles from car exhaust, smokestacks and other sources…

State, Avera Partner to Treat Displaced Behavioral Patients

YANKTON, S.D. - South Dakota and Avera Behavioral Health are teaming up to provide support for patients impacted by the tornado damage in Sioux Falls last week. Governor Kristi Noem announced that the Department of Social Services and Avera Health…

CDC: 3 in 10 Minnesota Adults are Obese

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Minnesota's adult obesity rate has climbed above 30% for the first time. Survey data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released Thursday show Minnesota's rate of 30.1% in 2018 is up from…

Judge Blocks ND Law on Reversing Medication Abortions

FARGO, N.D. (AP) - A federal judge in North Dakota has blocked a state law passed earlier this year that required physicians to tell women they may reverse a so-called medication abortion if they have second thoughts. North Dakota is…

South Dakota Reports 1st Two Vaping-related Illnesses

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota health officials are reporting the state's first two cases of illnesses related to vaping. The health department gave no details Monday beyond the victims being ages 20-24. U.S. health officials said Friday they have…

Juul Warned Over Claims E-cigarette Safer Than Smoking

WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal health authorities say vaping giant Juul Labs illegally pitched its electronic cigarettes as a safer alternative to smoking, including in a presentation at schools. The Food and Drug Administration issued a stern warning letter to the…

US Health Officials Report 3rd Vaping Death, Repeat Warning

NEW YORK (AP) - U.S. health officials are again urging people to stop vaping until they figure out why some are coming down with serious breathing illnesses. Officials on Friday said they had identified 450 possible illnesses, including at least…

Is Meatless Meat Actually More Healthy for You?

SIOUX FALLS, S.D - Meatless meat seems to be trending in the food industry, but is this alternative actually better for you? A burger without the meat. Seems like an impossible task… until…

Walk to End Alzheimer's Funds Local Programs

SIOUX FALLS, SD- South Dakota has the third highest death rate in the country when it comes to Alzheimer’s disease. That is why the Alzheimer’s Association of South Dakota is putting more…

MNsure Announces 7-week Enrollment Period for 2020 Coverage

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Minnesota's state-run health insurance exchange has announced a seven-week enrollment period for 2020 coverage. MNsure said Wednesday that Minnesotans will have from Nov. 1, 2019, to Dec. 23, 2019, to shop for 2020 health coverage.…

Michigan Moves to Be 1st State to Ban Flavored E-cigarettes

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is moving to make Michigan the first state to ban flavored e-cigarettes. The Democrat announced Wednesday that she ordered the state health department to issue emergency rules. They will prohibit the sale and…

Juul Labs Facing Scrutiny From Federal and State Officials

WASHINGTON (AP) - E-cigarette giant Juul Labs is facing a mounting number of state and federal investigations into its marketing and sales practices, as a top Trump administration official pledged Friday to use all of the government's regulatory and enforcement…

More Vaping Illnesses Reported, Many Involving Marijuana

WASHINGTON (AP) - Health officials are investigating more cases of a breathing illness associated with vaping. While the cause remains unclear, officials said Friday that many reports involve e-cigarette products that contain THC, the mind-altering substance in marijuana. Officials from…

Report: US Native American Health Agency at Crossroads

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) - Emergency rooms shut down for months. Hospital policies put patients at risk for opioid abuse and overdoses. A longtime pediatrician was charged with sexually abusing children. The federal agency that administers health care to more than…

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