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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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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.

Listen to Ronald Fuchs explain his health insurance situation, and hear from leaders about their perspective on Medicaid expansion in South Dakota.

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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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Health
1:50 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Increasing Cancer Cases

Dr. Jonathan Bleeker.
Credit Sanford Health

According to a new report from the World Health Organization, cancer cases are expected to surge 57% nationwide in the next 20 years.  According to Christopher Wild, director of the International Agency for Research on Cancer, the rising incidence of cancer will require a heavier focus on preventative health policies.  Sanford Health oncologist Dr.

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Health
1:27 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

National 211 Day

Tomorrow (2/11) is National 211 Day in honor of 211 service. The Helpline Center and Volunteer Sioux Falls is seeking 211 volunteers tomorrow in a daylong project helping kids, adults, seniors, military members, people who have mental health concerns, veterans and military families. Janet Kittams-Lalley, executive director of the Helpline Center, and Sara Carothers, volunteer services coordinator, are leading efforts to make the 211 program statewide.

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Health
3:49 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Medicaid Expansion

Supporters of Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act say it's a benefit for South Dakotans.  Governor Dennis Daugaard has resisted expansion, saying he's concerned the federal government could renege on its promise to pay most of the cost.  Last week, however, Daugaard made a move that could partially expand Medicaid in the state.  He sent a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius asking for permission to cover people earning up to 100% of the poverty line in the Medicaid program.  The Affordable Care Act calls for states to expand up to 133% of the poverty

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Health
2:37 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Bill Prevents Adoption Agencies From Being 'Pregnancy Help Centers'

South Dakota lawmakers are moving forward with a bill that changes which organizations are considered pregnancy help centers. House Bill 1180 adds to a law passed three years ago that requires women seeking an abortion first attend counseling.

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Health
2:34 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Committee Supports Prenatal Care For All Babies Born In SD

A bill that seeks to provide prenatal care for all babies born in South Dakota is on its way to the full House of Representatives. House Bill 1158 extends prenatal services to pregnant women, regardless of their immigration status. Supporters say the move saves American lives.

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Health
1:10 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Weiland: Open Medicare To All Ages

US Senate candidate Rick Weiland announces his health care proposal called the Medicare Choice Act.
Credit Kealey Bultena / SDPB

The lone Democrat running for South Dakota’s open US Senate seat says he knows how to improve health care across the county. Rick Weiland says the government should open up Medicare coverage to everyone. Weiland says, if elected to Congress, he'll propose the Medicare Choice Act.

"I’m talking about a  law would incorporate the best that we got out of that torturous debate several years ago – preexisting conditions, lifetime caps, 26-year-olds – but give in that law an opportunity for people to buy into Medicare," Weiland says.

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Health
1:26 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

New Treatment And Diagnosis For Cervical Cancer

Dr. Luis Rojas and Dr. David Starks, both with Avera Medical Group Gynecolocic Oncology, discussed new treatment and diagnosis of cervical cancer. January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month.

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Health
5:01 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

Governor On Medicaid Expansion: 'Not Now'

Governor Dennis Daugaard says he stands by his decision not to grow South Dakota’s Medicaid program for now. This comes one day after a poll shows a majority of South Dakotans supports expanding Medicaid. Some 20,000 adults in South Dakota make too much for current Medicaid standards but too little to purchase insurance on the new health insurance exchange. Daugaard says he doesn’t recommend expanding Medicaid this year.

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Health
1:33 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

H1N1 Flu Back In South Dakota

The lethal H1N1 flu has returned to South Dakota. But health officials currently classify the spread of H1N1 at a low level in South Dakota. It is widespread in 10 states - Wyoming, Kansas, Alabama, Alaska, Louisiana, Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas and Virginia. Dr. Lon Kightlinger, state epidemiologist for the South Dakota Department of Health, says the virus is a similar strain to the lethal mutation of influenza that swept across the state and nation in 2009-10.

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Health
1:45 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

Avera And Orthopedic Partners Introduce Personalized Medicine

Avera and its orthopedic partners in Sioux Falls and Mitchell, S.D., today (12/19) announced plans to offer personalized medicine for post-surgical pain management in patients undergoing elective orthopedic surgery. Personalized medicine is a term which describes the use of genetic analysis to better manage a patient’s disease. In this case, the genetic analysis is a “snapshot” of how the liver metabolizes medication.

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Health
1:25 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

Minnehaha County Homeless Count

The number of homeless people in South Dakota is about the same as last year. That’s according to the South Dakota Housing for the Homeless Consortium’s Point in Time Homeless Count conducted in September. The count was done in collaboration with community agencies and homeless service providers in fifty-two of the states sixty-six counties. The total number was 1,155 individuals. That’s a slight reduction from last year’s count of 1,166. Forty percent were men, thirty-two percent were women and 28 percent children. In Sioux Falls, however, numbers went up from 2012.

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Health
3:50 am
Tue December 10, 2013

Docs Encourage Moms To Delay Inductions

Doctors in Sioux Falls are working to keep babies growing as much as possible before being born. Physicians say an effort to prevent unnecessary inductions results in more healthy newborns. 

In early October of last year, Emily McNamara had no idea how many monitors and breathing machines would surround her in a matter of hours. She was on bed rest at fewer than 33 weeks pregnant when her blood pressure suddenly skyrocketed.

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Health
9:58 am
Tue November 26, 2013

Avera Employee Wellness Project

A project at a Sioux Falls hospital is advocating employee health, all while showcasing employee talent through artwork.

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Health
2:24 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

World Diabetes Day/Living With Diabetes

Larissa Luther.
Credit HJN Team Realtors

Larissa Luther is a Sioux Falls realtor living with Type 1 Diabetes.  She is also a board member of the South Dakota Chapter of JDRF.  Today is World Diabetes Day and Luther discussed the disease in which the body has trouble regulating its blood glucose, or blood sugar, levels.

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1:54 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

Fighting Diabetes in Indian Country

Dr. Jeff Henderson

Tribal nations in South Dakota have some of the highest rates of diabetes in the United States–but new efforts are underway to change that.  Dr. Jeff Henderson is the President and CEO of the Black Hills Center for American Indian Health. 

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Health
1:43 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

Governor Dennis Daugaard Announces New Cardiac Care Project

Today Governor Dennis Daugaard announced a new project to improve cardiac care across the state with life-saving technology. South Dakota and North Dakota are the first states in the country to have this system to improve survival rates from cardiac arrest.

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Health
2:03 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

Lessons Learned From October Snowstorm

Disasters have a tendency to teach lessons and the major October blizzard a month ago is no exception.  The freak and ferocious storm caught many off guard.  Hundreds were trapped in their cars and thousands became snowbound at home, many without power or heat.  In the wake of the storm many residents are vowing to be better prepared for the next disaster.  Alexa White, assistant coordinator with Pennington County Management, and Mike Carter, Custer County Emergency Manager, talked about the lessons learned and about what individuals can do to get ready for the next time a major disaster di

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Health
3:23 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

NIH Conference Guests

Michelle Fennessy.

South Dakota State University Professor Alan Young of MedGene Labs and Michelle Fennessy of the Ohio State University School of Nursing joined Dakota Midday from the 15th Annual National Institutes of Health Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technical Transfer Conference in Sioux Falls.  Fennessy also owns two companies; Fennessy Associates Consulting and Medical Registry Reporting Solutions.

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Health
3:01 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and SDPB's Cara Hetland spoke with a local surgeon about treatments, prevention and what's new in the field of breast cancer research. Dr. Tricia Merrigan is a breast surgeon with Avera Medical Group Comprehensive Breast Care in Sioux Falls. She is part of a team of physicians who treat women diagnosed with breast cancer. 

  

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