According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated two million people in the United States are infected with antibiotic resistant bacteria each year. Of them, at least 23 thousand die.

Sanford Health

A national study published this summer suggests that three-dimensional mammograms are better at detecting invasive tumors and can avoid false alarms which lead women to get extra breast cancer scans that turn out normal.

The study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, was led by Sarah Friedewald, M.D., of Advocate Lutheran Hospital in Park Ridge, Illinois, and co-authored by Thomas Cink, M.D., a breast radiologist for Sanford Health in Sioux Falls.  It compared mammograms from over 450,000 women at 13 hospitals, including 30,000 at Sanford. Dr.

Back Talk

Oct 6, 2014

Back and neck pain can be so debilitating that it makes simple acts like getting in and out of bed or driving a car very difficult. An estimated four out of five Americans will suffer from back pain at some point in their lives. While most find these episodes will resolve within six weeks with rest, medication and exercise, others face acute and chronic back pain.

Preventing Suicide

Sep 11, 2014
Dakota Wesleyan University

This is National Suicide Prevention Week. Suicide is the tenth leading cause of all deaths in the United States and the ninth leading cause in South Dakota. Dakota Wesleyan University psychology professor Anne Kelly is conducting research on suicide with the aim of improving prevention efforts and its contributing causes.

Genepool Productions

Diseases that were largely eradicated in the U.S. a generation ago are returning - in part because some parents aren’t letting their children get vaccinated. Tonight’s PBS NOVA program, “Vaccines - Calling the Shots,” examines the science of immunization and the risks of opting out.

Alzheimer's Association

Over five million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s Disease and as many as 16 million could have the disease by 2050.  According to the National Center for Health Statistics of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Alzheimer’s is the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States. It’s the fifth-leading cause of death in South Dakota, which also has the second highest Alzheimer’s death rate in the country.

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Officials say that some of the people who fled an Ebola quarantine center in a slum in Monrovia, Liberia when it was attacked over the weekend are again under observation at a hospital. The attack is an example of the struggles health workers face in their efforts to contain the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

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.

Non-Profit Provides Vet Services For Rez Dogs

May 19, 2014
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.

iHike Program Allows Virtual Badlands Treks

Mar 21, 2014
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.

Mitochondria Disease Lecture In Sioux Falls

Mar 13, 2014

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.

Deadline Approaching To Apply For Healthcare

Mar 13, 2014

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 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.

Medicaid Expansion Debate Set For Pierre

Jan 17, 2014

Lawmakers in Pierre are grappling with the idea of expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.
Those in favor of expansion say it would be foolish for South Dakota to turn down the federal government’s offer to give Health Coverage to about 48-thousand South Dakota residents who could otherwise not afford it.   
But as SDPB’s Charles Michael Ray reports opponents say they don’t trust the Federal Government’s ability to follow-through for the long term and don’t want South Dakota stuck with the bill.

New Treatment And Diagnosis For Cervical Cancer

Jan 17, 2014

Dr. Luis Rojas and Dr. David Starks, both with Avera Medical Group Gynecolocic Oncology, discussed new treatment and diagnosis of cervical cancer. January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month.

World Diabetes Day/Living With Diabetes

Nov 14, 2013
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Larissa Luther is a Sioux Falls realtor living with Type 1 Diabetes.  She is also a board member of the South Dakota Chapter of JDRF.  Today is World Diabetes Day and Luther discussed the disease in which the body has trouble regulating its blood glucose, or blood sugar, levels.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Oct 28, 2013

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. 


Health Issues Of Livestock From Snow Storm

Oct 9, 2013

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.

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.

Looking For A Cure For Diabetes

Jun 25, 2013

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

South Dakota Report On Child Welfare

Jun 24, 2013

South Dakota ranks 18th in the nation in the annual Kids Count Survey by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. The report examines child welfare in four areas: economic well-being, education, health and family/community. Of the sixteen factors examined in the report, South Dakota improved in the economic and health areas, but conditions got worse in education and family/community. The state ranks 48th in deaths of children younger than 21.

ICWA Summit

May 16, 2013

SDPB's Victoria Wicks has been covering the Indian Child Welfare Act Summit this week in Rapid City.  The summit was organized to delve into controversial issues of the welfare of children on South Dakota's Indian Reservations and the large number of American Indian children who are relocated from their families on the reservations to non-Indian families off the reservation.  Dakota Midday guest host Joe Tlustos visited with Wicks on today's program.

Cold And Flu Season Is Not Over Yet

Mar 12, 2013

If you and your family are plagued by the flu or a nasty cold that won’t let go you are not alone.   
State health officials say the flu is now on a downward trend after a peak in January.     But they add that this cold and flu season is worse than previous years.  
On Tuesday the Lennox Schools District had 30 of its 400 elementary students out sick.   School officials say the problem was worse last week with twice that many out due to illness.     
Superintendent Dr. Robert Mayer says the school is also taking extra precautionary measures.

Makers: Scientists

Jan 18, 2013

In the final part of Dakota Midday's "Makers" series, Innovation host Cara Hetland spoke with Barbara Szczerbinska, Assistant Professor of Physics at Dakota State University, and Amy Elliott, Director of the Center for Health Outcomes and Prevention at Sanford Research/USD.  Szczerbinska and Elliott talked about their careers, their research and their journey as female scientists.

Gareth Davies' Research

Jan 18, 2013

Gareth Davies, PhD with the Avera Institute for Human Genetics discussed his research and his recent trip to speak at The Dutch Royal Academy of Science.

Global Soap Project

Jan 4, 2013

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.

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.

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.

Early Flu Cases

Nov 20, 2012

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.

Organization Uses Gardens As Classrooms

Nov 14, 2012

A non-profit organization in Sioux Falls is using gardens to help children learn and develop. Ground Works brings academic lessons to life as students use teaching gardens as an outside classroom. There are currently three teaching gardens in Sioux Falls where more than 12 hundred students interact.

Health Care Summit

Sep 20, 2012

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.