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.

Harp Therapy

Sep 19, 2012

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