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2:23 pm
Tue February 10, 2015

Dakota Midday: 'Being Mortal'

Dr. Atul Gawande talks with a patient
Credit Courtesy of Frontline

Because doctors are trained to fix problems, it’s difficult for many of them to talk about the one thing they can’t fix: death. In his book, Being Mortal, surgeon and New Yorker writer Atul Gawande explores how the medical profession could better help people navigate the final chapters of their lives with confidence, direction and purpose.

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2:25 pm
Mon February 9, 2015

Dakota Midday: Measles and Vaccinations

In December South Dakota saw its first case of measles since 1997. It was part of a Mitchell outbreak that resulted in 13 cases. An additional case unconnected with the Mitchell outbreak was reported in Sioux Falls on January 24. Nationwide there have been over 150 cases of measles since December, most connected to an outbreak at Disneyland. Measles is a highly contagious viral disease and the best protection is the measles vaccine. State epidemiologist Lon Kightlinger joined Dakota Midday and discussed measles, vaccinations and the flu season.

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Health
1:51 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

Dakota Midday: Health Insurance Marketplace Deadline Approaching

HealthCare.gov website

As of January 9th, just over 17,000 South Dakotans had enrolled in private health insurance plans through the state health insurance exchange. The deadline for people to sign up for through the Marketplace Open Enrollment is February 15th. People who don’t have health insurance from elsewhere and don’t enroll by that date could be locked out of the market for the rest of the year. They could also face penalties when they file their taxes. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services operates the Health Insurance Marketplace for South Dakota and other states without their own exchanges.

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Health
4:58 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

Measles in Mitchell--First SD Outbreak in 18 Years

One extended family in Mitchell is at the center of the first measles outbreak in South Dakota in 18 years.
Credit Kealey Bultena

A newly reported case of measles has popped up in Mitchell.   This brings the total number of measles cases in the state to 13.   All of the people infected so far are in the same extended family group, but not all of them live in the state.

It’s the first measles outbreak in South Dakota in 18 years.  The State Epidemiologist Dr. Lon Kightlinger says those who are properly vaccinated are immune to the disease.
   
“It’s showing time and time again, and again in this outbreak--all the people associated with this outbreak had not been vaccinated, says Kightlinger”

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Health
2:24 pm
Fri January 9, 2015

Brain Injury Risk in Youth Football

Thayne Munce is associate director of the Sanford Sports Science Institute. He authored a study on brain injury risk in youth football. The studied monitored 22 local youth football players ages 11 to 13 during a single season of 27 practices and 9 games. Each player wore sensors in his helmet which measured head-impact frequency, magnitude, duration and location. More than 6,000 head impacts were recorded, and found to be similar in magnitude and location to those in high school and college football but less frequent.

Health
12:51 pm
Mon December 29, 2014

Changes To Health Exchange

Deb Muller.
Credit Avera Health

This is the second year of the federal health insurance marketplace, also known as the "exchange." December 15 is the deadline to apply for the insurance exchange under the Affordable Care Act. Deb Muller, Avera Health Plans Chief Administrative Officer, joined Innovation host Cara Hetland to visit about what has been learned and changes coming with respect to the exchange.

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Health
12:32 pm
Mon December 29, 2014

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorder Study

Dr. Gene Hoyme.
Credit Sanford Health

Dr. Gene Hoyme is internationally known for his work with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorder. He also serves as president of Sanford Research and chief academic officer for Sanford Health. Hoyme has led FASD research studies in South Africa for the past 15 years. He co-authored a study that shows nearly five-percent of U.S. children may be affected by FASD.  The study explored the incidence of FASD among first grade students in Sioux Falls.

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Health - Workshop - Trauma
4:51 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Workshop Offers Solutions For Trauma And Stress

The Wounded Knee Massacre is an example of an event that can cause historical trauma for generations. U.S. Army soldiers are seen here placing the remains of Lakota men, women and children into a mass grave after the 1890 massacre.
Credit Courtesy Library of Congress / Public Domain

Psychological trauma and chronic stress can be overwhelming to deal with. But Rapid City’s Youth and Family Services group is joining with The Center for Mind-Body Medicine to provide a free Self-Care Workshop. The goal is to teach people how to move beyond the negative and find the positive in the moment.   

The pioneering approach combines psychological self-care, mind-body techniques, and group support to relieve symptoms of profound psychological trauma and significant stress.

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Health - Workshop - Trauma
4:36 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Self-Care Workshop Offers Relief For Trauma

Participants at a Mind-Body Medicine Professional Training Program - sponsored by The Center for Mind-Body Medicine.
Credit Courtesy The Center for Mind-Body Medicine

Dealing with psychological trauma and chronic stress can be overwhelming, especially in this fast-paced world. But there are ways to move beyond the negative and find the positive in the moment.

Rapid City’s Youth and Family Services group is joining with The Center for Mind-Body Medicine to provide a free Self-Care Workshop. Their pioneering approach combines psychological self-care, mind-body techniques, and group support to relieve symptoms of profound psychological trauma and significant stress.

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Health
2:37 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Dakota Midday: Flu Season Could Be Treacherous

H3N2 flu virus
Credit Centers for Disease Control

Along with parties and presents, the holiday season can also bring the flu. In the most recent report for the week ending December 6th, influenza activity in South Dakota was rated as "sporadic,” among the lowest in the country.

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Health
1:17 am
Mon November 24, 2014

Sanford USD Medical Center Designated As Ebola Hospital

This is the flu virus. Health officials say it will likely kill far more people in the United States this year than Ebola.

In the unlikely event a case of Ebola pops up in South Dakota there is now a plan of action and a designated health care facility to diagnose and treat any sick patients.

The plan may also help the state deal with any future outbreaks of infectious disease.

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Health
2:11 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

SDSU Professors Receive Grant to Study New Strain of Influenza

Two professors at South Dakota State University have received a research grant to study Influenza C, a strain of flu that has been found in swine and cattle. 

Professors Feng Li and Radhey Kaushik are conducting research through a two-year $400,000 grant from the National Institute of Health to study the characteristics of Influenza C. This strain of flu has been discovered in swine and cattle in several states across the U.S. The virus has also been found in China.

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Health
1:34 am
Mon November 17, 2014

SD STD Skyrockets

So far this year more than 3,400 cases of Chlamydia have been reported in South Dakota, that’s a 24% above average.   Gonorrhea is also seeing a spike at 680 reported cases, it’s almost 40% higher this year than the norm. Seventy-four cases of syphilis have been reported in South Dakota through October.  That may not sound like a lot,  but it’s approaching a 1000% increase over the five year average.

Health
1:25 am
Mon November 17, 2014

MRSA, Not Just In Hospitals Anymore

The cases of invasive MRSA are now up 84% over the five year average in South Dakota.   MRSA is more commonly called a staph infection and is often resistant to common antibiotics.  So far this year  140 cases have been reported.    
 
State Epidemiologist Lon Keightlinger says the practice of basic hygiene, hand washing, and wound care are still the best defenses against  MRSA.
 

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Health
2:49 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Michael Lawler, Ph.D. On Interprofessional Education

Michael Lawler, Ph.D., Dean of the USD School of Health Sciences discusses the role of interprofessional education in Health Sciences.  The concept called "interprofessionalism" simulates and teach activities that mimic reality.  It helps students understand the role of other healthcare professionals as it relates to their own field.  

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Health
2:46 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Dr. Russ Wilke Releases Study On Genetics and Statins

Russ Wilke, MD, Internal Medicine Physician at Sanford Health in Fargo.  Wilke is a co-author in a study published in Nature Communications  about how statin medications that can be attributed to genetic factors. Statins are the most commonly prescribed class of drugs in the United States.  These drugs reduce the frequency and severity of cardiovascular disease in patients at risk for heart attack and stroke.  The study looked at genetics, drugs and side effects in patients.

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Health
2:43 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Diabetes Coalition Raises Awareness of Disease

Nearly 7 percent of South Dakotans are affected by diabetes. Nationwide, diabetes affects one in ten people. For Native Americans that number is one in four. If left undiagnosed or untreated, diabetes can lead to serious health problems, including heart attack and stroke.

November is Diabetes Awareness Month with next Friday, November 14 as World Diabetes Day. The evening before, both the Crazy Horse Memorial and the Falls of the Big Sioux River will glow blue to help raise awareness of diabetes.

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Health
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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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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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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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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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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