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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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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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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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