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2:34 pm
Fri December 7, 2012

World's Smallest Microscope

SDPB news producer Kealey Bultena joined Innovation host Cara Hetland to discuss her experience in watching Dr. Muslim Atiq perform a procedure using the world's smallest microscope.

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Health
4:09 am
Fri December 7, 2012

SF Doctor Uses World's Smallest Microscope

Dr. Muslim Atiq uses the world's smallest microscope.
Credit Sanford Health

Doctors at a Sioux Falls hospital have a new tool to help patients facing cancer. Sanford Health now has the world’s smallest microscope. It allows physicians to view cells as they live inside patients.

His family huddles along the wall as an aging man stretches out in a hospital bed. They listen to a doctor clad in the classic white coat. A fluorescent light illuminates the room. The patient wears a light patterned hospital gown.

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Health
2:03 pm
Thu December 6, 2012

Medicaid Reimbursement

Dr. Robert Allison, President of the South Dakota State Medical Association, finds Governor Daugaard's proposed 3% Medicaid reimbursement an important step in the right direction.  However, the SDSMA is concerned that the Medicaid program is still underfunded.  The Association plans to advocate for adequate funding during the 2013 legislative session.

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Health
4:34 am
Wed November 21, 2012

Healthy Tips For Thanksgiving

Tryon Gym on Marion Rd. in Sioux Falls
Credit Kealey Bultena / SDPB

There's a reason they call it Turkey Day. People across South Dakota prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving with bountiful meals, and some forget to count the calories. Ahead of the big day, a Sioux Falls fitness expert has a few tips for managing the food-focused holiday.

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Health
1:18 pm
Tue November 20, 2012

Early Flu Cases

South Dakota had its first confirmed case of influenza in October, a month earlier than expected by medical experts.  State epidemiologist Lon Kightlinger says the first cases typically crop up closer to Thanksgiving and peak in February and March.  The most recent South Dakota Department of Health report has 68 cases of influenza confirmed across the state.  Kightlinger talks about the early cases, whooping cough and this summer's spike in West Nile on today's Dakota Midday.

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Health
4:31 pm
Mon November 19, 2012

Alzheimer's Awareness Month

November is National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month.  On today's Dakota Midday, Gary Drevitch, NextAvenue.org Caregiving and Health & Well Being Editor and Jane Aspaas, Executive Director of the Alzheimer's Association of South Dakota, offer real-world advice for Alzheimer's patients and their families.  They also provide insight on caregiving and end-of-life planning.

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Health
4:10 pm
Tue November 13, 2012

Food Roundtable Promotes Collaboration

A group of food producers and suppliers gathered Tuesday to discuss safety, availability and cost. The food roundtable in Sioux Falls brought together farmers, retailers, processors and other people in food service. They’re talking about ways to keep the country’s food safe and affordable.

Alcester farmer Steve Rommereim specializes in corn, beans, hogs and cattle. He says producers realize consumers have choices; that’s why collaboration among food industries is essential to maintain quality standards and practices.

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Health
3:14 pm
Tue November 13, 2012

World Diabetes Day

Wednesday is World Diabetes Day.  SDPB News Director Cara Hetland is joined by Donna Keeler of South Dakota Urban Indian Health, Diabetes educator Mary Oyos, Diabetes Coalition Chairperson Sue Johannsen, Coalition member Dawn Haan and professional diabetes educator Susan Barnes.  They discuss planned activities, the burden of diabetes and blue circle tests.

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Health
2:35 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

73 Cents to the Walking Gallery

Regina Holliday is the keynote speaker at the 5th Annual South Dakota eHealth Summit in Sioux Falls this Friday.  Holliday is an artist and health information technology advocate.  She painted a series of murals depicting the need for clarity and transparency in medical records.  Her advocacy mission was inspired by her husband Frederick Allen Holliday II and his struggle to get appropriate care during 11 weeks of continuous hospitalization at five facilities.  She recently wrote the book "The Walking Wall: 73 Cents to the Walking Gallery."

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Health
2:10 am
Thu November 1, 2012

State Child Obesity Rate Rises

State Nutritionist: A little Halloween candy is great, just not every day of the year.

The ghosts and goblins who made the rounds Halloween night  are now enjoying the piles of candy they collected.   But Halloween comes along with a new scary fact.  This week the State’s Department of Health announced that childhood obesity is on the rise in South Dakota. The Health Department reports that almost 16-percent of the state’s under 19 population is now considered obese–that’s up slightly from last year.

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Health - Cancer - Scarves
2:59 am
Tue October 23, 2012

Survivor collects scarves for cancer patients

Paula Tonemah and husband, Larry Pratt.
Courtesy "Scarf It Up!"

A breast cancer survivor in Hot Springs has started a program to help others with the disease find at least one way to feel better about themselves.

The “Scarf It Up!” program collects scarves and hats for cancer patients who’ve lost their hair during treatment.

Paula Tonemah was diagnosed with breast cancer last March. As a Native American, Tonemah says losing her hair did more than just impact her emotionally.

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Health
12:31 am
Mon October 1, 2012

New Non-Invasive Heart Valve Replacement Procedure in Sioux Falls

Heart valve replacement x-ray

Patients in Sioux Falls in need of a heart valve replacement may no longer face mandatory open heart surgery.    Sanford Health in North and South Dakota has been approved as one of a hundred other sites around the country in performing a new non-invasive heart valve replacement procedure.  On today’s Dakota Digest SDPB’s Cara Hetland has the story of how the surgery is different but necessary for the sickest of patients.

Marjorie Walberg was told in February she would need her aortic valve replaced.  For her it was bound to happen sometime.

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Health
12:08 pm
Fri September 28, 2012

Flu Virus Already in South Dakota

The new flu vaccine is here and health care offices across the state are encouraging residents to come in and get vaccinated. South Dakota already has four confirmed cases of influenza this year. As SDPB’s Cassie Bartlett reports, South Dakotans need to be proactive in preventing the flu.

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Health
1:51 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

Health Insurance Exchanges

Sabrina Corlette, research professor at the Health Policy Institute of Georgetown University, presents an overview of the health insurance exchanges mandated in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.  Unless the law is repealed, a health insurance exchange must be operated in every state by 2014.  The federal government will directly operate and fund exchanges in those states choosing not to operate state-run exchanges.  At Georgetown University, Corlette directs research on health insurance reform issues as they affect consumers and patients.

Health
1:44 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

Governor Daugaard on Health Insurance Exchange

Governor Dennis Daugaard announced on Wednesday that South Dakota will not operate a state health insurance exchange but will maintain control of insurance regulation in South Dakota.  South Dakota joins other states that have chosen not to run their own exchanges.  "After extensive research and analysis, it has become very apparent that operating our own exchange will simply not work for South Dakota," Daugaard stated.  Governor Daugaard joins Dakota Midday host Karl Gehrke to explain the state's decision.

Health
6:02 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

Governor: SD Will Not Establish State Insurance Exchange

SD State Capitol, Summer 2012
Kealey Bultena

South Dakota won’t establish its own health insurance exchange. That’s the decision from Governor Dennis Daugaard. The Affordable Care Act requires each state have an exchange in place by 2014, and all states have the option of creating their own or using one set up at the federal level.

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Health
12:15 pm
Mon September 24, 2012

South Dakota organization starts homeless count

South Dakota had almost 1500 homeless people living in the state last year. The South Dakota Housing for the Homeless Consortium does two counts a year to determine homeless numbers and set goals to reduce the problem. As SDPB’s Cassie Bartlett reports, homelessness affects people across the state.

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Health
2:18 pm
Thu September 20, 2012

Health Care Summit

SDPB Radio's Kealey Bultena reports from this morning's Health Care Summit hosted by the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce at the Washington Pavilion.  Many businesses, including over 2200 Chamber members had the chance to ask questions about how the Affordable Care Act will affect business.  Panelists included Deb Fischer Clemens of Avera Health, Tom Pruner from Eide Bailly LLP, Cindy Morrison with Sanford Health and Dave Kroon of Woods, Fuller, Schulz & Smith.

Health
5:30 am
Thu September 20, 2012

Guest Speaker Envisions Health Care's Future

Dr. Carl Hammerschlag hosts an informal discussion following his speech to more than 700 health care professionals.
Kealey Bultena

Click the first "Listen" option above to hear the Dakota Digest that airs on SDPB Radio. Select the second "Listen" option to hear complete interview with Doctor Carl Hammerschlag. The conversation includes one of his experiences with legendary physician Patch Adams.

Health care as we understand it is changing. That’s the message a nationally recognized psychiatrist offers hundreds of South Dakota health care professionals. Doctor Carl Hammerschlag explains that he welcomes a new perspective in health care.

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Health
5:33 pm
Wed September 19, 2012

Harp Therapy

Nebraska native Tami Briggs is a therapeutic harpist.  She founded Musical Reflections in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in 1999.  The company's mission is to provide products and services to enhance and support the healing journey.  She is certified by the International Harp Therapy Program and has played the harp at the bedside of hundreds of hospital and hospice patients.  As a composer and recording artist, Briggs has created 13 CDs for relaxation, comfort, healing and sleep.  She has also written two books: "Women as Healers: Voices of Vibrancy" and "Grace Notes: Reflections on the Harp and H

Health
1:36 pm
Tue September 18, 2012

BPI Lawsuit

Chuck Baldwin, instructor in the University of South Dakota Contemporary Media and Journalism department, weighs in on the situation involving BPI and ABC News. The Dakota Dunes beef processing company BPI is suing ABC News over reports that aired this spring about the company's lean, finely-textured beef. Attorney Dan Webb filed the lawsuit in Union County Circuit Court last Thursday morning, on behalf of Beef Products, Incorporated.

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Health
1:30 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

Free Medicare Info Sessions Planned

Seniors seeking information about Medicare programs can find help in Sioux Falls this week for free. Area Medicare experts are holding meetings to educate seniors and their families about the intricacies of the program. The sessions are geared toward people will all levels of Medicare knowledge.

Free seminars in Sioux Falls seek to inform people about Medicare rights, options, and benefits. Dan Kurtz with Kurtz and Associates in Sioux Falls says some people have specific questions about different parts of the program.

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