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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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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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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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3:06 am
Thu October 24, 2013

A Health Assessment Of South Dakota

A pediatric exam room at Sanford Health
Credit Kealey Bultena / SDPB

The Affordable Care Act is the catalyst for many health care discussions in Washington and across the U.S., but there’s much more to issues of health than the president’s flagship plan. As part of SDPB’s series the state of our state, this report examines how South Dakota stacks up.

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1:25 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

Elderly Population In South Dakota

Mike McCurry

Mike McCurry is assistant professor of sociology and rural studies and director of the Rural Life and Census Data Center at South Dakota State University in Brookings. According to McCurry’s research, population projections show strain in counties keeping quality of life as much of the state grows older. McCurry says if projections continue as they are over the next couple decades, 1 out of 20 South Dakotans will be over 85 and nearly a quarter over 65. McCurry uses the term “dependency ratio” in explaining his research.

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4:21 am
Mon October 21, 2013

Mobile Mammograms Bridge Screening Gap

The way a woman chooses to treat breast cancer is sometimes different based on where she lives. That’s according to a study by researchers at the Mayo clinic, who released the latest findings this summer. Women who live far away from health care facilities take more drastic measures to eliminate cancer and they're less likely to complete follow-up treatments. Health organizations recognize the rural-urban divide in treatment and prevention.

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1:27 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Medgene Receives Grant For Breast Cancer Research

Medgene has received a grant for breast cancer research and improving treatment for survivors of breast cancer. Survivors are often at risk for infection because many suffer from lymphedema, a condition in which fluid is retained because of damage to the lymphatic system. Sioux Falls is hosting the National NIH SBIR conference and this is the first NIH SBIR Phase 1 grant received in the state in three years. Sue Lancaster, Operations Director for Innovation Partners and manager of Medgene Labs and Tranzderm Solutions, discussed the grant and the research that it's being used for.

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2:05 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

High School Football And Concussions

Dr. Thayne Munce is Associate Director of the National Institute for Athletic Health and Performance at Sanford Health. Dr. Samuel Schimelpfenig is a pediatrician with Avera Medical Group. Last night, SDPB-TV aired the documentary “The Smartest Team: Making High School Football Safer.” The hour-long program examined ways football programs and athletes can reduce concussions and the risk of long-term injury by playing smarter. The doctors offered their perspectives on how concussions occur in youth and high school sports and effective ways to reduce them. 

  

  

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9:46 am
Wed October 9, 2013

Health Issues Of Livestock From Snow Storm

Russ Daly

Reports of cow and calf death losses, along with displacements of herds due to drifting of snow over fence lines are still coming in. SDSU Extension Veterinarian, Russ Daly gives a summary of some health issues South Dakota ranchers may see as a result of the blizzard. Prolonged stress placed on animals, especially younger animals, due to weather events results in increased cortisol levels in the animals' bloodstream, which can have profound effects on the immune system.

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3:08 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

The Art of Healing

Art can heal. That might seem like an overstatement, but it's an idea backed by research that healthcare professionals are now embracing. Hospitals are no longer square sterile boxes with small windows. Instead they're being designed with patient input. From the art on the walls to the music in the background experts say positive surroundings help us get better. This 43:00 SDPB radio documentary first aired on September 27, 2013.

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1:25 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Mental Illness Awareness Week

According to NAMI Sioux Falls, of South Dakota's approximately 800,000 residents, close to 30,000 adults live with serious mental illness and about 9,000 children live with serious mental health conditions. In 1990, the U.S. Congress established the first full week of October as Mental Illness Awareness Week in recognition of NAMI's efforts to raise mental illness awareness. On Sunday, NAMI Sioux Falls is sponsoring a Candlelight Vigil and 8-Block Candle Light Walk at First Lutheran Church at 12th & Dakota.

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3:10 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

New Health Insurance Marketplaces In SD

Melissa Klemann

Tomorrow, the new health insurance marketplaces under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act are scheduled to start signing up customers. South Dakota is one of thirty-six states letting the federal government set up its insurance marketplace. The on-line marketplace allows people to buy health insurance as part of an effort to reduce the numbers of uninsured. In South Dakota, the state Division of Insurance has certified Avera Health Plans, Sanford Health Plan and Dakotacare.

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9:50 am
Thu September 26, 2013

Art of Healing: Art Therapy And Lifelong Healing

This artwork was created by a young person in therapy. Mental health experts say creating art like this can help lead to healing. Photo courtesy of Lutheran Social Services

"Every picture has a story, and for a lot of children art is the medium that helps them get their story out," -- Linda Thompson with Lutheran Social Services.

The Art of Healing is the focus of a week-long series on SDPB.  We’ve heard how positive artworks in hospitals can speed recovery.  But, the act of creating art can also lead to healing and recovery.
 

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5:55 am
Wed September 25, 2013

Art of Healing: Quilts and Tiles

More than a thousand quilts have been made for patients.
Credit Cara Hetland

Art is playing a larger role in healthcare.  Administrators consider everything from the design of a building to the art inside as a way to create a positive healing experience.  As the series Art of Healing continues we look at how healing is found in the act of creating art.

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1:54 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

ALS Doctor

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), often referred to as "Lou Gehrig's Disease," is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Motor neurons reach from the brain to the spinal cord and from the spinal cord to the muscles throughout the body. The progressive degeneration of the motor neurons in ALS eventually leads to their death. When the motor neurons die, the ability of the brain to initiate and control muscle movement is lost.

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12:33 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

Art of Healing: Healing a Community

Planned memorial

August 2, 2011 is a day many Rapid City Police officers will never forget.  It's the day Officers Nick Armstrong and Ryan McCandless were shot and killed during a routine traffic stop.  Throughout the Art of Healing series we're hearing how art in hospitals can speed recovery and also how artists find healing from personal tragedy.  Here we examine how art plays a role in helping an entire community heal in the wake of tragedy.

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8:39 pm
Sun September 22, 2013

Art of Healing: Art Can Heal

Butterflies greet visitors to the Avera Behavioral Health Building in Sioux Falls. The butterflies are part of the theme throughout the building.
Credit Cara Hetland / SDPB

Art can heal.  That might seem like an overstatement, but it's an idea backed by research that healthcare professionals are now embracing.  Hospitals are no longer square sterile boxes with small windows.  Instead they're being designed with patient input.  From the art on the walls to the music in the background experts say positive surroundings help us get better.  This is the first in a series where we explore The Art of Healing.

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3:30 am
Mon September 9, 2013

The Face Of Hunger In SD

Volunteers drop food items into plastic bags for children who benefit from the Backpack Program.
Credit Kealey Bultena / SDPB

In a culture battling obesity and excess, it’s difficult to comprehend how many people struggle to get enough to eat. The number of South Dakotans seeking help to ease their hunger is growing, so advocates are finding ways to remind people of those in need. Those events happen in some unlikely places.

People on an outdoor patio in downtown Rapid City are gathered around tables and grouped at a cocktail bar. A grand piano sits near the fence at Murphy’s Pub and Grill. On the other side, another piano at another bar is poised for a duel, and the two instruments battle.

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3:50 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

Health Systems To Require Influenza Vaccinations For Employees

Today, South Dakota’s three largest hospitals jointly announced that they are taking a step to protect individuals from a dangerous and contagious disease. Starting this flu season, Avera, Sanford and Regional Health will require yearly vaccinations against influenza for all employees, health care providers and volunteers.

Doctor David Klocke is with Regional Health.

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1:42 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Veterinarian Speaks About Changing The Use Of Lead Ammunition

Dr. Helene Van Doninck is speaking at the South Dakota Wildlife Federation's annual meeting in Rapid City this Saturday afternoon at 1:00 pm Mountain. Her program addresses the scientific rationale for changing the use of lead ammunition as a way to protect wildlife populations. Van Doninck is a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at Central Nova Animal Hospital in Truro, Nova Scotia, Canada. She is also co-founder and now runs Cobequid Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, where they rehabilitate anything from field mice to birds of prey.

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1:34 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

March Into The Light

September is National Recovery Month.  On Saturday, Face It Together sponsors the third March Into the Light community walk to celebrate recovery from alcohol and drug addiction.  The walk begins at 6:45 a.m. at Washington Pavilion in Sioux Falls.  Face It Together is a group of social entrepreneurs dedicated to transforming the way our nation treats and understands addiction.  Face It Together CEO Kevin Kirby and Craig Kindrat, Manager of the Avera Behavioral Health Services Addiction Recovery Program, talked about addiction recovery and Saturday's walk on Tuesday's Dakota Midday.

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2:10 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

"Vaccinophobia"

Dr. Archana Chatterjee.
Credit Sanford

Archana Chatterjee, M.D., Ph.D., chair of the Department of Pediatrics and senior associate dean for faculty development at the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine, has edited a need book on vaccinophobia - the fear of the adverse effects of vaccines and preventative medicine.  Published by Springer, "Vaccinophobia and Vaccine Controversies of the 21st Century" explores the phenomenon in detail and offers a foundation for the development of solutions to dispel the misinformation and myths that surround vaccines.

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2:11 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Obesity In South Dakota

A recent study from the Centers for Disease Control reports that childhood obesity rates have dropped, with South Dakota showing one of the biggest declines in the nation.  An annual report released last week from the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has adult obesity rates holding steady but still high.  South Dakota is tied at 24th in the nation.  Dieticians Teresa Beach of Sanford Health and Mary Beth Russell of Avera Heart Hospital discussed efforts to fight obesity.

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2:08 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Mobile Dentists Deliver $10M In Care

Pierre Area Boys and Girls Club youth display the $10M milestone
Credit Delta Dental

An effort to bring dental care to children across South Dakota has provided more than $10 million worth of services. The Dakota Smiles program from Delta Delta has provided more than 22,000 patients with treatment and check-ups.

A 40 foot-long truck takes the place of a brick-and-mortar dentist office for thousands of South Dakota kids. Delta Dental’s program director for Dakota Smiles, Carrie Mikkonen, says children without access to dental care are often in immense pain.

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11:19 pm
Sun August 11, 2013

Tribal Chairmen's Health Summit Looks at First 1,000 Days

The Great Plains Tribal Chairmen’s Health Board is focusing on giving babies a good start. The board serves as an advocate for tribes in South Dakota, North Dakota, Iowa, and Nebraska. At this year’s Tribal Chairmen’s Health Summit, leaders and health officials came together to discuss how to prevent and mitigate stress in the first one thousand days of child’s life.  

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1:55 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

Cancer Research Critical For Drug-Delivery Systems

Om Perumal (left) and Hemachand Tummala (right)

Om Perumal, who is the new head of the pharmaceutical sciences department, and assistant professor Hemachand Tummala have developed drug-delivery systems through their work with the Translational Cancer Research Center, one of the most successful of the 2010 Governor Research Centers. Perumal's research focuses on drug-delivery systems for breast, prostate and skin cancer as well as other skin diseases. He has formed a startup company, Tranzderm Solutions, which has had an off-campus lab since 2012 to commercialize his technologies.

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1:00 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

Johnson Hosts VA Backlog Roundtable

James Brubaker, VA Regional Office; Sen. Tim Johnson (D-SD); Rick Barg, VFW
Credit Kealey Bultena / SDPB

A roundtable discussion Wednesday in Sioux Falls drew veterans representatives. U-S Senator Tim Johnson hosted the event to discuss his plan to reduce a backlog in VA disability claims. The Senator credits the South Dakota work ethic for being one of the more efficient offices in the country.

"Here in South Dakota, we are fortunate to have one of the higher-performing VA Regional offices. As of July 29, the Sioux Falls Regional Office had 299 pending more than 125 days," Johnson says.

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12:17 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Brookings Health Seeks Baby-Friendly Status

Credit Kealey Bultena

A South Dakota health system is moving toward fulfilling the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative. Brookings Health System is in Phase 2 of the program from the World Health Organization and UNICEF.

To be baby-friendly according to the international standard, health organizations must complete 10 steps for successful breastfeeding. Those extend through hospital policies and practices, and they include education for staff, physicians and community members.

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11:10 am
Mon July 29, 2013

Ovarian Cancer Survivor Races To Raise Money For Cancer Research

It is commonly known that pink is the color for breast cancer… but did you know that teal is the color for ovarian cancer? Jenn Sommermann is a survivor of the disease- and has made it her goal to raise money for the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund or OCRF- while educating people along the way about this type of cancer. Through her 50 by 50 by 100 campaign- Sommermann participates in triathlons around the country- and will race in South Dakota at the end of August.

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12:42 am
Thu July 25, 2013

Board Readies for Health Summit

The Great Plains Tribal Chairmen’s Health Board is preparing for its third annual health summit. The board serves South Dakota, North Dakota, Nebraska, and Iowa. This year’s event focuses on maternal and child health.

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