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2:27 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Initiated Measure 17: Voters Will Decide Healthcare Law

SD Chamber of Commerce President David Owen details the opposition to Initiated Measure 17 at a press conference in Sioux Falls/September 23, 2014
Credit Kealey Bultena SDPB

When South Dakotans go to the polls on Tuesday, they’ll vote on a ballot measure dealing with healthcare. Initiated Measure 17 would change state law by requiring health insurers to include all willing and qualified health insurers on their provider lists. It would allow medical doctors, clinics, and specialty hospitals to become part of insurance networks that they currently can’t join.

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Health
2:46 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Treating Multiple Myeloma

Dr. Kelly McCaul
Credit Avera Health

According to the American Cancer Society, over 24 thousand adults in the U.S. will be diagnosed with multiple myeloma this year. Over 11 thousand will die from the disease. There’s no cure for multiple myeloma, but the cancer can be managed in many patients for years.

On Saturday, November 1st, the Avera Cancer Institute in Sioux Falls hosts “Living with Multiple Myeloma." The education program features discussions about treatment and care of multiple myeloma.

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Health
4:56 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Genomic Medicine Transforms Breast Cancer Treatment

Dr. Brian Leyland-Jones
Credit Avera Health

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease. Dr. Brian Leyland-Jones is among those working to eradicate breast cancer. He’s a native of England and an internationally-known cancer researcher. He leads a team at Avera Health in Sioux Falls working to decode human genetics for individualized breast cancer treatments. Dr. Leyland-Jones joined Dakota Midday and discussed the latest developments in genomic breast cancer research.

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Health
3:19 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

'FRONTLINE' Investigates Antibiotic Use on Farms

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated two million people in the United States are infected with antibiotic resistant bacteria each year. Of them, at least 23 thousand die.

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Health
2:40 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

Study Shows Benefits of 3-D Mammograms

Dr. Thomas Cink
Credit Sanford Health

A national study published this summer suggests that three-dimensional mammograms are better at detecting invasive tumors and can avoid false alarms which lead women to get extra breast cancer scans that turn out normal.

The study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, was led by Sarah Friedewald, M.D., of Advocate Lutheran Hospital in Park Ridge, Illinois, and co-authored by Thomas Cink, M.D., a breast radiologist for Sanford Health in Sioux Falls.  It compared mammograms from over 450,000 women at 13 hospitals, including 30,000 at Sanford. Dr.

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Health
4:19 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

Back Talk

Back and neck pain can be so debilitating that it makes simple acts like getting in and out of bed or driving a car very difficult. An estimated four out of five Americans will suffer from back pain at some point in their lives. While most find these episodes will resolve within six weeks with rest, medication and exercise, others face acute and chronic back pain.

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Health
4:07 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

Sioux Falls Man Uses Cancer Experience to Help Others

Matt Ellefson

Matt Ellefson was first diagnosed with late stage lung cancer five years ago. After experimental treatment in Houston, the Sioux Falls man’s cancer went into remission. But since then, he’s had three recurrences. The most recent was this past summer after some 20 months with clean scans.

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Health
3:22 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Preventing Suicide

Anne Kelly, professor of psychology at Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell, SD
Credit Dakota Wesleyan University

This is National Suicide Prevention Week. Suicide is the tenth leading cause of all deaths in the United States and the ninth leading cause in South Dakota. Dakota Wesleyan University psychology professor Anne Kelly is conducting research on suicide with the aim of improving prevention efforts and its contributing causes.

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Health
1:43 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

NOVA Program Answers Vaccination Questions

PBS' new NOVA special "Vaccines - Calling the Shots" takes viewers around the world to track epidemics and explore the science behind vaccinations.
Credit Genepool Productions

Diseases that were largely eradicated in the U.S. a generation ago are returning - in part because some parents aren’t letting their children get vaccinated. Tonight’s PBS NOVA program, “Vaccines - Calling the Shots,” examines the science of immunization and the risks of opting out.

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Health
2:08 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Frontline Goes Inside Ebola Outbreak

Health care workers at an emergency field hospital in Sierra Leone run by Doctors Without Borders
Credit Courtesy of Frontline

Some 4,000 people in West Africa have been confirmed infected with Ebola since the outbreak started in March. Around half have died of the disease. The World Health Organization says responders need to be prepared for an “exponential increase” in cases in upcoming weeks. The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the Ebola outbreak is “spiraling out of control.”

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Health
5:26 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

Intimate Documentary Portrays Family's Struggles with Alzheimer's

Banker White and his mother, Pam White
Credit Banker White

Alzheimer’s is a disease that robs people of their memories, language, judgment, and personalities. It’s an incurable form of dementia that is most often diagnosed in patients over the age of 65. The Genius of Marian is an intimate, heartbreaking portrait of one woman losing herself to Alzheimer’s and the toll it takes on her family. The documentary airs on SDPB1 Television Monday, September 8 at 9 pm (CT)/8 pm (MT).

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Health
2:27 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Walks to End Alzheimer's Set for September

Participants in the 2013 Walk to End Alzheimer's
Credit Alzheimer's Association

Over five million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s Disease and as many as 16 million could have the disease by 2050.  According to the National Center for Health Statistics of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Alzheimer’s is the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States. It’s the fifth-leading cause of death in South Dakota, which also has the second highest Alzheimer’s death rate in the country.

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Health
2:41 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

Fighting Human Trafficking from a Medical Perspective

Dr. Tad Jacobs talks about Avera Health's role in identifying victims of sex trafficking. / August 2014
Credit Kealey Bultena SDPB

This week health care professionals are gathering in Sioux Falls at the Violent Crime and Human Trafficking Conference sponsored by Avera Health and the Department of Justice. Avera has new protocols for health care professionals if they suspect patients are victims of sex trafficking. Nurses, doctors and other health care workers can listen for red flags during assessments and move to more standard questions to identify abuse.

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Health
2:53 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

West Nile Virus Returns to South Dakota

Credit Jim Gathany CDC

The South Dakota Department of Health  is reporting the first human West Nile cases of the season. As of July 3, three human cases if West Nile virus had been reported in Hughes, Codington, and Lincoln Counties. Last year there were 149 human cases of West Nile, including three deaths.

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Health
2:51 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Brookings Health System Raises Concern of Healthcare Cost Discrepancy

The Brookings Health System has raised concern of an agreement between the state and Sioux Falls hospitals to provide Tier 1 services for full coverage to state employees, but only at the approved facilities.

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Health
12:03 am
Thu June 19, 2014

SD Recieves Ranking In Long-Term Care

The latest national ranking on meeting the needs of older people who require long-term care puts South Dakota right in the middle. The AARP Scorecard shows the state is 24th overall in long-term care. But the average rating doesn’t necessarily reflect success or failure in multiple categories.

Despite its overall rating of 24th in the country, South Dakota ranks 5th in the nation in a dimension of care labeled Quality of Care and Quality of Life. Erik Nelson with AARP South Dakota says people in the state take pride in their commitment to long term care.

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Health
2:48 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

Pilot Study Seeks Ways To Predict Best Cancer Treatments

Dr. John Lee of Sanford Health
Credit Sanford Health

Sanford Health has partnered with Chronix Biomedical in a new cancer study. The basis of the study is the ability to map out whole genomes of cancer cells. The big question: can this ability be used to predict how cancer patients will respond to different therapies? Dr. John Lee of Sanford Health joined the program to discuss the study, along with Chronix Biomedical CEO Dr. Howard Urnovitz and Professor Ekkehard Schutz, Chief Techonology Officer of Chronix. 

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Health
3:58 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

Sanford Researcher Wins $1.75 Million Grant

Sanford Research's Dr. Jill Weimer recently won a $1.75 million grant from the National Institutes of Health. Over five years, this money will help Dr. Weimer study intracellular trafficking in neurological disorders, including the rare pediatric Batten disease. Dr. Weimer joined the program to share her knowledge of Batten disease and how this grant will help expand knowledge of other disorders.

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Health
3:14 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

Avera Team Uses Genetics to Fight Cancer

Credit Avera Medical

Dr. Brian Leyland-Jones leads the applied genomics team that specializes in scientific and medical aspects of cancer at Avera McKennan. He joined the program to discuss genetics in a clinic setting, as well as the possibility of cancer treatments beyond chemotherapy.

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Health - Reservation - Dogs
12:10 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

Non-Profit Provides Vet Services For Rez Dogs

Veterinarian Erica Monaco performs neuter procedure on "Bull" during Lakota Animal Health Care Project spay & neuter clinic.
Credit Photo by Jim Kent

 A non-profit organization on the Pine Ridge Reservation was founded with two primary goals in mind: care for the animals on the home lands of the Oglala Lakota, especially dogs…and reduce the population of “man’s best friend” that wander through the reservation’s villages.

Today we visit with a group of women who are doing their best to achieve both those goals – one “sunka” dog at a time.

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Breaking
11:47 am
Fri May 16, 2014

South Dakota Joins ACA Challenge

South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley has joined 19 other Attorneys General in filing suit to stop the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare.  The states contend the nation’s health plan violates the Origination Clause of the Constitution—that requires that all tax bills begin in the House of Representatives.  Jackley says he feels the Attorneys General have a good chance to win the challenge.

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Health
3:24 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Mental Health Awareness

May is Mental Health Awareness Week. An estimated one-in-four adults has a mental illness, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. A mental illness is a medical condition that disrupts a person's thinking, feeling, mood, ability to relate to others and daily functioning. Just as diabetes is a disorder of the pancreas, mental illnesses are medical conditions that often result in a diminished capacity for coping with the ordinary demands of life. But recovery is possible.

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Health
5:32 am
Wed May 14, 2014

Real Stories Of Living With Mental Illness

Some symbols immediately invoke awareness for a cause. A pink ribbon bumper sticker reminds people of the battle against breast cancer. The red dress pin lends its image easily to heart health for women. But it’s harder to identify a cultural symbol for mental health. May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and this feature introduces two people willing to reveal how they ensure mental illness doesn’t define their lives.

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Health
7:09 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

CDC Names SD Childhood Immunization Champion

Jennifer A. Schriever, MD is the Lead Physician at Sanford Clinic Family Medicine in Sioux Falls, SD

A Sioux Falls physician is being recognized for her efforts to boost childhood immunization rates.   

The Centers for Disease Control named Dr. Jennifer Schriever the South Dakota “Childhood Immunization Champion."

The CDC appointment comes alongside a report from the World Health Organization about the increase in so called “super bugs” or antibiotic resistant bacteria.

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Health
3:12 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Group Sends Medicaid Request To Gov

Graduate students, community leaders, and people who are uninsured talk about the letter to Gov. Dennis Daugaard urging Medicaid expansion in South Dakota.
Credit Kealey Bultena / SDPB

Some South Dakota leaders urge the governor to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. Community health professionals, college students, and assistance providers say expanding medical coverage to the working poor helps individuals and communities.

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Health
2:12 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

STD Awareness Month

Credit Your STD Help

April marks the annual observance of STD Awareness Month.  Individuals, health care providers and community-based organizations are encouraged to bring a renewed sense of focus to their awareness and prevention of sexually transmitted diseases.  Studies show that people who have STDs such as gonorrhea, herpes and syphilis are more likely to get HIV compared to people who are STD-free.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 20 million new STDs, including 50,000 new HIV infections, occur every year.  Mary Beth Johnson, CPN, leads Sanford Health's downtown Sioux Falls cl

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Health
1:58 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Rates Of Colon Cancer Declining Among Older People

CNP and Gastroenterology Specialist Ashley Oliver

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. According to a new report from the American Cancer Society, rates of colorectal cancer, or colon cancer, are decreasing steeply among older people in the U.S. Over the last ten years, colon cancer incidence rates have fallen by thirty percent among people 50 and over, with the largest fall in those over 65. The report says that those rates are falling because of colonoscopy screening, which can detect and remove precancerous growths. Screening has nearly tripled among those aged 50 to 75, from nineteen percent in 2000 to 55 percent in 2010.

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Health
2:51 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

Better Living Through Mindfulness

Ronald Siegler, PsyD

Given the busyness our daily lives, it’s easy to lose connection with the present moment. The practice of mindfulness focuses attention on the present moment and advocates says it can improve both mental and physical health. Ronald Siegler, PsyD, is Assistant Professor of Psychology at Harvard Medical School and a long-time student of mindfulness. His books include “The Mindfulness Solution.”

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Health - Badlands - Virtual
1:00 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

iHike Program Allows Virtual Badlands Treks

Web Ranger iHike program showing SDPB journalist Jim Kent's progress on a virtual hike through Badlands National Park.
Credit Photo by Jim Kent

Badlands National Park has announced the introduction of its virtual Web Ranger iHike. The computer program challenges people of all ages to get outdoors, get active, and get moving by matching actual distances walked or hiked with equivalent virtual distances on Badlands Park trails.

I spent some time at the Badlands learning about the program and going for a short hike with a park ranger. Then I tried it on my own in the Southern Hills – with some canine support.

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Health
1:30 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Mitochondria Disease Lecture In Sioux Falls

Dr. Megan Landsverk

Mitochondria disease or dysfunction is an energy production problem. Almost all cells in the body have mitochondria, which are tiny "power plants" that produce a body's essential energy. Mitochondrial disease means the power plants in cells don't function properly. When that happens, some functions in the body don't work normally. Scientifically, it is actually a category or group of diseases. That's why mitochondrial disease takes many different forms and no two people may look alike. Dr.

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