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CDC/Jim Gathany

The state health department is reporting the first West Nile virus detection case of the season. It was detected in a mosquito pool in Meade County last week.

Since its first human West Nile virus case in 2002, South Dakota has reported 2,168 human cases and nearly 700 hospitalizations with 32 deaths. In 2013 there were 149 human cases of West Nile with three deaths. Last year 57 cases were reported.

Karl Gehrke SDPB

Now that we’re well into the summer, people are spending more time out on the state’s lakes and rivers. South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks is encouraging boaters to be safe on the water and wear life jackets. According to the U.S. Coast Guard, 84 percent of people who drowned in boating fatalities were not wearing life jackets.

This Friday through Sunday is also Operation Dry Water’s national heightened awareness and enforcement weekend for boating under the influence.

South Dakota State Medical Association

The South Dakota State Medical Association has a new president. Tim Ridgway, MD of Brandon was elected during the organization's annual meeting May 29. Dr. Ridgway is dean of faculty affairs and associate professor of medicine at the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine. He has an active gastroenterology practice and serves as director of endoscopy at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Sioux Falls.

Third Annual CRCAIH Summit

Jun 12, 2015
Sanford Health

Dr. Amy Elliott, director of the Center for Health Outcomes and Prevention at Sanford Research, visited about the Third Annual Collaborative Research Center for American Indian Health Summit.  In 2013, Sanford Research and its partners received a $13.5 million grant, the largest in its history, from the National Institutes of Health's National Institute on Minority Health and Disparitites to create CRCAIH.

Health disparity in the U.S. is a problem among certain population groups, such as South Dakota’s rural areas and Native American communities. To help bridge the health care gap, the Rise-Up program offers internships to young men and women from underserved areas who are interested in health care careers. The idea is that they will return and serve their home communities.

Andean Health and Development

On Saturday, Dr. Michael Heisler and some 30 bicyclists begin a trek taking them from Skykomish, Washington to Sioux Falls. The 1,500 mile, three week trip is a fundraiser for Andean Health and Development to support the completion of the Hesburgh Hospital in Santo Domingo, Ecuador. The mission is to raise $500,000 thousand dollars to help fully equip the hospital and support research and training.

Sanford Health

Customized cancer treatment is the future of cancer therapy, but analyzing the unique genetic make-up of individuals can take an enormous amount of time. It typically takes weeks for clinicians to analyze each genetic mutation, but IBM Watson Genomic Analytics in some cases can complete the process in just a few minutes and produce a report, including treatment recommendations. The ambitious goal is personalized medicine for cancer patients everywhere based on their unique genomic profile.

Courtesy of Frontline

Salmonella found on chicken has become one of the top food safety issues in the U.S. Around one in four pieces of raw chicken is estimated to be contaminated with salmonella today.

Americans are living longer than ever before, creating challenges for family caregivers. A new AARP survey of South Dakotans age 45 and over show that more than half have provided care on an unpaid basis for an adult loved one who is ill, frail elderly or who has a disability. Of those who have never provided care, 45 percent say they are at least somewhat likely to do so.

Dr. Shelby Terstriep, medical oncologist (based in Fargo) and medical director for embrace Survivorship Program and Meagan Huisman, affiliate coordinator for Susan G. Komen South Dakota.  They discuss a Susan G. Komen grant to start a survivorship program for women with breast cancer.  The program is designed to create an innovative program to meet the physical, emotional, spiritual, and psychological needs of every cancer survivor.  

Dakota Midday: SDSU Hosts West River Nurse Camp

Apr 20, 2015
South Dakota State University

By the time many students are in middle and high school, they’re starting to consider more seriously what they would like to do for a career. South Dakota State University’s annual Jackrabbit Nurse Camp gives them the opportunity to find out what it would be like to be a nurse. The camp takes place in June in Rapid City and Sturgis. Sandra Mordhorst, instructor at SDSU West River Department of Nursing, joined Dakota Midday and discussed the summer nurse camp. For more information click here.

South Dakota Battles Superbugs

Apr 13, 2015
SD Department of Health

State Health officials say South Dakota is part of a national plan to combat antibiotic resistant bacteria.

Bacteria evolve quickly and many strains have now become immune to antibiotics that used to stop them.  Global health officials are expressing increasing concern over the rise of so called “super bugs.”    

Angela Jackley is with the South Dakota Department of Health.  

Dakota Midday: Tourette Syndrome

Apr 8, 2015
Sanford Health

Tourette Syndrome is a neurological disorder that causes uncontrollable tics, such as repeated eye blinks, heard and shoulder jerks or unwanted sounds. Signs and symptoms of Tourette Syndrome typically show up between ages two and twelve. As many as one in five children may have a tic disorder. But recognizing Tourette’s can be difficult.

Tamoxifin has been credited with saving millions of women’s lives. But the story of how an abandoned contraceptive was turned into an effective treatment cancer is a fascinating tale of a failure transformed into a medical breakthrough.

Sanford Health

Next week, SDPB-TV airs the latest Ken Burns documentary, Cancer the Emperor of All Maladies. The three-part, six-hour series covers the first documented appearances of cancer thousands of years ago through today’s battles to cure, control and conquer the disease.

Sanford Health

75 years ago, Canton, South Dakota native Ernest O. Lawrence accepted the Nobel Prize in Physics for the invention and development of the cyclotron particle accelerator. Among the uses of  the cyclotron today is in medicine to make relatively short-lived radioisotopes for imaging and research.

Dr. Christopher Fischer is a nuclear medicine specialist at Sanford Health in Sioux Falls. He joined Dakota Midday and discussed the use of the cyclotron in nuclear medicine and cancer diagnosis and treatment.

The metabolic theory of cancer has been rejected by the scientific establishment, but in his book, Tripping Over the Truth, South Dakota author Travis Christofferson argues for taking a closer look at alternative cancer research. The metabolic theory is that cancer is not a genetic disease, but rather a disease of metabolism. Christofferson’s book looks at the history of cancer research over the last century.

A new study by researchers at the University of South Dakota finds both men and women admit to texting while driving, but it’s harder to convince men that the practice is unsafe. The study “Gender differences in psychosocial predictors of texting while driving” was published in the journal Accident Analysis and Prevention.

According to the Brain Injury Association of America, an estimated 2.4 million children and adults in the United States sustain a traumatic brain injury each year. The association sets aside every March as Brain Injury Awareness Month.

Courtesy of Frontline

Vaccines have changed the world by largely eradicating a series of diseases, but some parents in the U.S. are choosing not to vaccinate their children -  this despite pressure from medical and public health officials and warnings of the return of preventable diseases once thought to be eliminated.

Measles, mumps and whooping cough have been making a comeback. Late last year there was an outbreak of measles at Disneyland. South Dakota reported its first case of measles since 1997 in December. That outbreak centered around Mitchell and totaled more than a dozen cases.

The deadline for open enrollment for private health insurance through the insurance exchange was last month, but there’s a special enrollment period that will still allow some individuals and families to get coverage. It runs through the end of April and is for those who did not have health coverage in 2014 and are subject to a penalty when they file their taxes in South Dakota and other states that use the federal Health Insurance Marketplace.

Credit Centers for Disease Control

In 1918, an influenza pandemic circled the globe, killing an estimated 50 million people. Since December of 2013, nearly ten thousand people have died in the Ebola outbreak, mostly in West Africa.

On Sunday, March 15 at the Journey Museum in Rapid City, Dr. James Keegan leads a 2 pm Learning Forum discussion on “Ebola vs Bigger Health Threats.” Dr. Keegan is a private practice, board-certified Infectious Disease and Internal Medicine physician based in Rapid City. He did Regional Health’s Ebola training.

Colorectal cancer is one of the leading causes of cancer death in the U.S., but it’s also one of the most preventable forms of cancer. Nine out of 10 colorectal cancers could be prevented or successfully treated with regular colon cancer screenings.

March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Studies show that people who are screened have a 90 percent reduced risk of developing colon cancer. Yet nationwide only about 50 percent of people who are eligible take advantage of regular screenings.

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.

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.

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.

Measles in Mitchell--First SD Outbreak in 18 Years

Jan 12, 2015
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”

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.

Changes To Health Exchange

Dec 29, 2014
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.

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorder Study

Dec 29, 2014
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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