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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.

A recent surge in sexually transmitted diseases in South Dakota is prompting free screenings in Sioux Falls. Planned Parenthood is providing tests for four STDs at no charge this week. The advocacy group and a doctor with the state agree that STDs are a growing public health concern.

The state epidemiologist says South Dakota had record numbers of STDs in 2014. By the end of the year, 4,170 cases of chlamydia were found in South Dakota. That’s the most ever reported in the state in one year.

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.

Feeding America

The latest information from Feeding America shows more than 1 in 10 South Dakotans lacks consistent access to enough healthy food. A recent study shows that, in the past year, more than 12 percent of people in South Dakota didn’t have access to enough food. 

Every county in South Dakota suffers from food insecurity. The numbers prove hunger affects children, and it’s more likely in certain parts of the state.

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.

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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.

Dakota Midday: Author Advocates Metabolic Theory of Cancer

Mar 25, 2015

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.

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Health and dental insurance premiums for Sioux Falls employees are the same now as they were 10 years ago. The details are cumbersome, but officials cite three main reasons they have managed to avoid increases. Leaders say the situation is unusual and it probably won’t last long-term.

The health plan for the City of Sioux Falls has about $14 million in claims every year. Compensation and benefits manager says, despite that price tag, employees haven’t paid higher costs for coverage for a decade.

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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.

State health experts say that more than one third of South Dakota’s children are overweight or obese. That’s according to the most recent sampling from schools across the state. The numbers aren’t much worse than the previous year but they also aren’t any better.

How can research help South Dakota’s tribal communities? That’s the question being addressed this week during a symposium in Eagle Butte. “Researching, Restoring and Rebuilding Our Oyate for a Longer Life” is the theme of the symposium. The event features presentations from researchers from Cheyenne River and beyond. It takes place on Wednesday, March 18 at Oglala Lakota College-Cheyenne River College Center.

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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.

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  An effort to add more newborn screening tests is moving through the legislature.  A House Committee approved Senate Bill 60 that adds inherited and genetic disorders to the list of diseases tested on infants.

Cyanide Detection

Jan 23, 2015

Cyanide poisoning can kill within 30-minutes.  Having a quick, easy means of detecting exposure can save lives.  Brain Logue, associate professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry at South Dakota State University, and his team have developed a sensor that will detect cyanide poisoning in less than a minute through a National Institutes of Health/Department of Defense grant.  The current clinical standard is a 24-hour lab-based test.  The new technology would be used by emergency rooms and first responders.  A post-doctoral student on the project, Randy Jackson explained that multiple prototypes

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”

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Psychological trauma and chronic stress can be overwhelming to deal with. But Rapid City’s Youth and Family Services group is joining with The Center for Mind-Body Medicine to provide a free Self-Care Workshop. The goal is to teach people how to move beyond the negative and find the positive in the moment.   

The pioneering approach combines psychological self-care, mind-body techniques, and group support to relieve symptoms of profound psychological trauma and significant stress.

Self-Care Workshop Offers Relief For Trauma

Dec 18, 2014
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Dealing with psychological trauma and chronic stress can be overwhelming, especially in this fast-paced world. But there are ways to move beyond the negative and find the positive in the moment.

Rapid City’s Youth and Family Services group is joining with The Center for Mind-Body Medicine to provide a free Self-Care Workshop. Their pioneering approach combines psychological self-care, mind-body techniques, and group support to relieve symptoms of profound psychological trauma and significant stress.

Michael Lawler, Ph.D., Dean of the USD School of Health Sciences discusses the role of interprofessional education in Health Sciences.  The concept called "interprofessionalism" simulates and teach activities that mimic reality.  It helps students understand the role of other healthcare professionals as it relates to their own field.  

The season of sore throats, the flu, and coughs is upon us, and doctors say the search to feel well again can actually hurt your health. Using antibiotics too often or when they can’t help…leads to superbugs that resist treatment, and health care professionals are working to curb antibiotic overuse.

When a sore throat or sinus infection strikes, some people rush to the doctor hoping to get antibiotics to wipe the sickness away. But many winter ailments are viral – some statistics show up to 90 percent – and most medicines are not effective remedies.

Nearly 7 percent of South Dakotans are affected by diabetes. Nationwide, diabetes affects one in ten people. For Native Americans that number is one in four. If left undiagnosed or untreated, diabetes can lead to serious health problems, including heart attack and stroke.

November is Diabetes Awareness Month with next Friday, November 14 as World Diabetes Day. The evening before, both the Crazy Horse Memorial and the Falls of the Big Sioux River will glow blue to help raise awareness of diabetes.

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According to the American Cancer Society, over 24 thousand adults in the U.S. will be diagnosed with multiple myeloma this year. Over 11 thousand will die from the disease. There’s no cure for multiple myeloma, but the cancer can be managed in many patients for years.

On Saturday, November 1st, the Avera Cancer Institute in Sioux Falls hosts “Living with Multiple Myeloma." The education program features discussions about treatment and care of multiple myeloma.

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October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease. Dr. Brian Leyland-Jones is among those working to eradicate breast cancer. He’s a native of England and an internationally-known cancer researcher. He leads a team at Avera Health in Sioux Falls working to decode human genetics for individualized breast cancer treatments. Dr. Leyland-Jones joined Dakota Midday and discussed the latest developments in genomic breast cancer research.