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1:31 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

Treating Your Ankle From Further Injury

Dr. Greg Alvine of CORE Orthopedics Avera Medical Group talks about new ankle treatments. Dr. Alvine is a native of Sioux Falls. His father, Dr. Frank Alvine, developed the first artificial ankle in the U.S.

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1:37 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

West Nile Virus Detected In South Dakota

Credit South Dakota Public Broadcasting

The state Health Department reported the first human West Nile virus detection earlier this month: a Buffalo County child in the 10 to 19 age group. In June, mosquito pools in Brookings and Hughes counties were South Dakota's first West Nile virus detections of the season. In 2012 the first positive mosquito pool was detected July 2 and the first human case was reported July 13. 203 human cases were reported last year with 3 deaths. Since its first human WNV case in 2002, South Dakota has reported more than 2,000 cases, including 29 deaths.

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1:27 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

HPV Vaccinations

Dr. Maria Bell leads Sanford Health's Gynecologic Oncology team. A new study by the CDC says that those who get their HPV vaccinations are at a much lower risk for some cancers and infections (cervical cancer is often times caused by HPV). In fact, since the vaccine became available and was recommended as a routine vaccine for females four years ago, incidents of infections dropped by almost 60 percent.

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2:03 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

Looking For A Cure For Diabetes

Shawn Murphy, Executive Director for the American Diabetes Association of Nebraska, South Dakota and western Iowa, talks about the ADA's desire to have more local presence in South Dakota as well as their "Tour de Cure," coming up on July 13th. For more information on the "Tour de Cure" event, go to www.diabetes.org/toursouthdakota.

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4:40 am
Thu June 20, 2013

Stakeholders Talk Indian Health Research

More than 350 people attend the summit at the Sanford Center in Sioux Falls to discuss American Indian health research.
Credit Kealey Bultena / SDPB

Partners in three states are working with Native American communities to focus on health in Indian country. A federal grant worth more than $13 million establishes a collaboration to research American Indian health in South Dakota, North Dakota, and Minnesota.

Researchers from one dozen health and education organizations meet with members and advocates of America Indian communities. It’s a break on day two of a major health summit in Sioux Falls, and a young woman chats with fellow college students at the conference.

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1:53 pm
Mon June 17, 2013

The Effect Of War On Children

Dr. Gerard Jacobs is a clinical/community psychologist, who has been working in disaster psychology since 1989. He is a Professor of Psychology at the University of South Dakota and Director of the Disaster Mental Health Institute. Following the BBC "Children and War" report, Dr. Jacobs discusses the effect of war on children in this part of the country.

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Health
11:57 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

Indian Health Summit Convenes

Attendees listen to a presentation at the Indian health summit.
Credit Kealey Bultena / SDPB

Members of tribal communities and health researchers meet in Sioux Falls this week. It’s an annual summit for the Collaborative Research Center for American Indian Health. The meetings involve people from South Dakota, North Dakota and Minnesota.

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3:24 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

Anti-Inflammatory Diets

Dietitian Jocelyn Johnson of the Avera Heart Hospital joined host Cara Hetland on Friday's Innovation to discuss Flavanols/anti-inflammatory diets.

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Health
1:29 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

Mental Health Services For Veterans

The Sioux Falls VA Health Care System is part of the nationwide effort to ensure veterans receive the mental health services and support they need. They are one of 15 pilot sites where the VA is working with community based mental health providers to help veterans access mental health services in a timely manner.

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Health
3:16 am
Mon June 3, 2013

Patient, Professionals Examine Mental Health

Health-conscious people often hit the gym and eat well-balanced diets. Those are good, solid habits, and experts trumpet their impacts. What people don’t freely discuss when lifting weights is that another part of wellness involves mental health. Statistics show one in four people has a mental health challenge, and South Dakota's aren't immune to maladies of the mind.

This man is no stranger to people in Sioux Falls and other South Dakotans.

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4:34 am
Thu May 23, 2013

Mall Shoppers Get CPR, AED Training

Teenagers learn hands-only CPR at the mall in Sioux Falls.
Credit Kealey Bultena / SDPB

Some professions automatically come with opportunities to physically save lives. Think doctors, nurses, EMTs. That sacred ability is also inherent in welders, bartenders, factory workers and students. Emergency medical professionals in Sioux Falls are reaching out to everyone, equipping people with the basic tools to save lives.

When soon-to-be sixth grader Nicholas Galvin stops by the mall with his mom, he walks out with a lot more than a few shopping bags.

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1:53 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

Mental Health Month

Avera Behavioral Health in Sioux Falls.

May is Mental Health Month, and more people are finding effective treatment for cognitive challenges.  Dr. Matt Stanley and Avera Behavioral Health Assistant Vice President Steve Lindquist discussed why more people are seeking treatment for conditions typically seen in clinical practice.

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7:24 am
Fri May 10, 2013

Fundraisers Attract Runners, Supporters

Events calendars in the state’s largest cities are often littered with different seminars or public gatherings. As the weather warms, almost every weekend is host to a walking or running fundraiser of some sort.

Physicians, personal trainers, and even middle school gym teachers say it. Running is a healthy way to exercise. Doctor Jodi Scott in Sioux Falls is a longtime runner, and she’s lacing up her shoes for the Avera Race Against Breast Cancer.

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4:19 am
Fri April 5, 2013

Brookings Shoppers Try Surgical Robot

Kealey Bultena SDPB

Most people who undergo surgery don’t comprehend the precision and skills doctors use because they don’t witness it. Emerging technology makes operations less invasive and more exact, and people in Brookings become familiar with a new tool in an unlikely place.

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Health
5:00 am
Fri March 29, 2013

Abortion Wait Raises Debate

House Bill 12-37 was signed by Governor Dennis Daugaard earlier this month, extending South Dakota’s 72-hour abortion waiting period to not include weekends or holidays. As SDPB’s Jilanne Doom reports in today’s Dakota Digest, though the bill is now law, the abortion argument in the state is far from over.

“Hi, I’m Caitlin DeGroot. I’m 21 and I am a mom of an almost-two-year-old Charlie. Charlie, you want to say hi?”

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2:06 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

Indian Health Issues

Dr. Jeff Henderson discussed health issues in Indian Country.  In 1998, Henderson founded the Black Hills Center for American Indian Health, a community-based, non-profit organization whose mission is to enhance the wellness of American Indians through research, service, education and philanthropy.  The Center has met with considerable success, garnering over $26 million through 19 peer-reviewed health research grants and contracts.

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3:00 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

Limb Preservation

Sanford Health has announced a new limb preservation program.  The Sanford Limb Preservation Center specializes in treating lower extremity wounds in patients at high risk of amputation and compromised leg and toe function, particularly those with diabetes and peripheral arterial disease.  The Center also includes Sanford Health's wound clinic, which is home to nurses trained in managing and treating acute infections of the lower extremities.  Dr. Patrick Kelly, a vascular surgeon at the Sanford Limb Preservation Center, explained what the center does and how it is helping patients.

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2:07 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

South Dakota United

South Dakota United Executive Director Jennifer Constantine talked about the agency's volunteerism, advocacy education and peer support for those who have mental health issues.  She said that the peer component enhances recovery.

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2:36 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

"Twenty One Days Later: The Journey"

A family tragedy propelled Tony Baccarini on a journey towards healing and discovery.  He was admitted at Kenilworth Psychiatric Clinic and spent the next 21 days coming to terms with a failed relationship, bipolar disorder and grief.  The process made him discover his love and talent for writing poetry.  "Twenty One Days Later: The Journey," is the story of Baccarini's coming to terms with his mental illness and finding true inner peace.  Baccarini joined Dakota Midday from London, England.

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3:49 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

Circle Of Smiles

A new $3.3 million grant will help with oral care on South Dakota's Indian reservations.  Connie Halverson, vice president of public benefit at Delta Dental of South Dakota, discussed the need for the grant and the services that will be provided as a result.

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1:40 pm
Wed January 30, 2013

FARM Program Participation

Dr. Susan Anderson.

The first group of medical students has been selected for participation in the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine's Frontier and Rural Medicine (FARM) program.  The FARM program is a new initiative designed to combat rural physician shortage by exposing students to the challenges of unique opportunities inherent in rural medicine.  Dr. Susan Anderson, director of the FARM program, explained the program on Wednesday's Dakota Midday.

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11:22 am
Thu January 24, 2013

Midwifery Amendment Deferred To 41st Day

 

After more than an hour of testimony and debate, the State House Health and Human Services Committee deferred House Bill 10-65. The bill allows student midwives to act in other health care capacities while in training. Several state medical groups spoke in opposition, including the South Dakota Board of Nursing, represented by executive director Gloria Damgaard.

Damgaard told members, "House bill 1065 requires that the lay midwife student be directly supervised by a licensed nurse practitioner, a licensed midwife, or a physician.

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11:17 am
Thu January 24, 2013

State Committee Effectively Stops Midwifery Bill

The State House Health and Human Services Committee effectively defeated a measure that would change training methods for midwives in South Dakota. House Bill 10-65 allowed student midwives to assume the role of nurse practitioners or nurse midwives in certain circumstances. Representative Jacqueline Sly of Rapid City favored passage.

"The nearest school for certified professional midwifery is in New Mexico," Sly told the committee. "However, in this digital age, people can take classes on line, similar to other professions.

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2:40 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

Influenza Research

Dr. Victor Huber.

As the influenza virus continues to spread rapidly across the country, Dr. Victor Huber, assistant professor of Basic Biomedical Sciences for the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine, is working to help scientists predict the severity of flu strains to better prepare for future outbreaks.  His research focuses on keeping track of changes in the flu virus so public health workers have an earlier warning that a more lethal strain may be developing.

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1:13 pm
Wed January 9, 2013

City sizes affect disabled care

The Department of Human Services is attempting to establish resources in all communities regardless of size to serve disabled people in South Dakota. Department secretary Laurie Gill says the department has 19 community support providers located across the state. She says South Dakota’s larger cities like Rapid City and Sioux Falls have a pretty strong base of services to cater to the disabled, but reaching those smaller communities is more difficult.

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1:07 pm
Wed January 9, 2013

Department of Social Services looks to expand behavioral health services

Part of the proposed South Dakota Public Safety Improvement Act is providing more treatment options for drug and alcohol abuse offenders. Secretary Kim Malsam-Rysdon with the Department of Social Services spoke to members of the Senate Health and Human Services committee Wednesday morning about expanding the state’s behavioral health services. Malsam-Rysdon says the department will play a big role if the proposed initiative is passed, as it will mean more funding for substance abuse treatment. She says providing mental health care to those in need can help keep citizens healthy.

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1:50 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

Global Soap Project

Maren Johnson of Watertown celebrated her 18th birthday Friday while also reaching her goal of collecting 18,000 pounds of soap for the Global Soap Project.  Johnson told Innovation about the collection efforts and what will happen with the soap.

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2:43 pm
Thu January 3, 2013

Native American Healers

Sanford Health is beginning a system-wide program to improve employees' cultural awareness of the area's Native American populations. The health system is working to hire two traditional Native healers to inform health care staff of specific needs and cultural concerns of American Indian patients. Sanford Health received a 12 million dollar award from the Center for Medicaid Services to design and develop a new model of care, and implement that new model of care through training and workforce development. One healer has been hired, and one more will join the staff soon.

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1:54 pm
Wed December 12, 2012

Sleep Disorders

Dr. Rizan Hajal.

Dr. Rizan Hajal discussed the basics of healthy sleep, diseases that could affect sleep and changes in sleep with aging.  Hajal is board certified in pulmonary medicine, sleep medicine and critical care medicine.  He is the medical director of the Sioux Falls Sleep Center.  Hajal will speak on sleep disorders at a health forum at Avera St. Luke's Hospital in Aberdeen on Thursday evening.

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3:38 pm
Fri December 7, 2012

South Dakota Sees Its First Flu Related Death Of The Season

The South Dakota Department of Health has reported the first influenza death of the season. The person was elderly and from Pennington County. The individual had Influenza B and was hospitalized. Lon Kightlinger is the state epidemiologist and says we have an early flu season this year and it is very important to get vaccinated. Kightlinger adds that there are other things that can be done to stop the spread of the flu virus.

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