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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

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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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Health
1:23 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Deadline Approaching To Apply For Healthcare

With just a couple weeks before the deadline, less than 10 percent of South Dakota's estimated uninsured population have signed up for health insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act. As of Tuesday, nearly 6,765 people in the state had signed up for coverage. South Dakota is one of 36 states relying on the federal Healthcare.gov website to sign up for insurance. Those without health insurance have until March 31 to enroll to avoid a penalty next year of $95 or 1 percent of their income, whichever is greater.

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Health
3:39 am
Wed March 12, 2014

Medicaid Decisions Impact Mitchell Man

Ronald Fuchs showcases books with South Dakota ties at the Carnegie Resource Center. He volunteers there when he feels well enough to help.
Credit Kealey Bultena / SDPB

Health care advocates hoped the last week of South Dakota’s legislative session would usher in changes for the state’s Medicaid program. That hope is dwindling. The federal government says South Dakota has to expand Medicaid to the full extent under federal law or not at all. State lawmakers say progress this week isn’t likely. The expansion decision impacts thousands of South Dakotans who live in poverty.


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Health
1:33 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

First Annual Sanford FASD Symposium

Kenneth Warren

The first annual Sanford Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Symposium was held at the research center Thursday, February 27. Dr. Gene Hoyme, Chief Academic Officer at Sanford Health and President and Senior Scientist with Sanford Research, and Kenneth Warren, PhD who is the acting director of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), discussed the symposium.

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Health
2:12 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Child Obesity Rate Drops

A new report from the Centers for Disease Control shows a sharp drop in obesity rates among young children, ages 2-5.  South Dakota is among the states showing the biggest decline.  The director of the CDC said that this is the first report to show many states with declining rates of obesity in very young children after decades of rising rates.  Mary Beth Russell of Avera Health discussed the new CDC report.

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Health
2:32 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

Rare Disease Day

Rare Disease Day is an observance held on the last day of February to raise awareness of rare diseases and improve access to treatment and medical representation for individuals with rare diseases and their families.  Liz Wheeler is the director of Coordination of Rare Diseases at Sanford (CoRDS).  CoRDS and Sanford Children's Health Research Center is hosting the 4th Sanford Rare Disease Symposium Thursday and Friday at the Sanford Center in Sioux Falls.  CoRDS is a registry that stores information on individuals affected by a rare disease to help accelerate research into rare diseases.  T

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Health
3:02 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

What Is Multiple Myeloma?

Tom Brokaw.
Credit NBC

Former NBC Nightly News anchor and Yankton native Tom Brokaw announced Tuesday that he has been diagnosed with cancer.  In a statement posted on NBCNews.com, Brokaw said he has multiple myeloma, a cancer affecting blood cells in the bone marrow.  Brokaw, who turned 74 last Thursday, said doctors are optimistic about his prognosis.  There is no cure for multiple myeloma, but treatments are available that slow its progression.  Diagnosed in August, Brokaw has continued to do work for NBC, including contributing to the coverage of the Winter Olympic Games.  Sanford Health oncologist Dr.

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Health
2:33 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Feeding South Dakota

Feeding South Dakota is in the opening three months of a three year, $6 million campaign to enhance the hunger relief services the statewide agency provides to all 66 counties in the state.  The organization operates food banks in Rapid City, Pierre and Sioux Falls.  Funds raised through Feeding South Dakota's Hand to Hand campaign will help the organization expand its services.  Feeding South Dakota executive director Matt Gassen discussed details.

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