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Rare Disease Day

Feb 25, 2014

Rare Disease Day is an observance held on the last day of February to raise awareness of rare diseases and improve access to treatment and medical representation for individuals with rare diseases and their families.  Liz Wheeler is the director of Coordination of Rare Diseases at Sanford (CoRDS).  CoRDS and Sanford Children's Health Research Center is hosting the 4th Sanford Rare Disease Symposium Thursday and Friday at the Sanford Center in Sioux Falls.  CoRDS is a registry that stores information on individuals affected by a rare disease to help accelerate research into rare diseases.  T

What Is Multiple Myeloma?

Feb 13, 2014

Former NBC Nightly News anchor and Yankton native Tom Brokaw announced Tuesday that he has been diagnosed with cancer.  In a statement posted on, Brokaw said he has multiple myeloma, a cancer affecting blood cells in the bone marrow.  Brokaw, who turned 74 last Thursday, said doctors are optimistic about his prognosis.  There is no cure for multiple myeloma, but treatments are available that slow its progression.  Diagnosed in August, Brokaw has continued to do work for NBC, including contributing to the coverage of the Winter Olympic Games.  Sanford Health oncologist Dr.

Increasing Cancer Cases

Feb 11, 2014
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According to a new report from the World Health Organization, cancer cases are expected to surge 57% nationwide in the next 20 years.  According to Christopher Wild, director of the International Agency for Research on Cancer, the rising incidence of cancer will require a heavier focus on preventative health policies.  Sanford Health oncologist Dr.

Sanford Imagenetics

Feb 7, 2014

Sanford Health recently announced a $125 million gift to fund the genomic initiative for internal medicine. The gift launches Sanford Imagenetics. Dr. Eugene Hoyme, President of Sanford Research, joined Innovation to discuss genetic testing for patients. For more information, go to:

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Sanford Health has received $125 million gift from philanthropist T. Denny Sanford to create a genomic initiative for internal medicine. Sanford Health calls this new program Imagenetics.

Health officials claim integrating genomic medicine will improve the diagnosis and treatment of adults. Sanford Health President and CEO Kelby Krabbenhoft says this $125 million gift keeps healthcare in the region moving forward.

Today, South Dakota’s three largest hospitals jointly announced that they are taking a step to protect individuals from a dangerous and contagious disease. Starting this flu season, Avera, Sanford and Regional Health will require yearly vaccinations against influenza for all employees, health care providers and volunteers.

Doctor David Klocke is with Regional Health.

New Study Hoping To Help Breast Cancer Patients

Aug 23, 2013

Keith Miskimins, PhD, Sanford/USD Medical Center/Sanford Research (Sioux Falls), is performing a study that uses metformin to reduce cardiac toxicity in breast cancer patients. The objective of the study is to determine if co-administration of the medications metformin and doxorubicin in breast cancer patients receiving adjuvant therapy will reduce the number of patients who develop a significant change in left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF). He'll also discuss a new grant he's received to further his study.

Adam Hoppe of the SDSU Chemistry and Biochemistry Department is the project director on the proposal that got $12 million from the state for translational research activity. It's a collaboration among researchers from SDSU, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology and the University of South Dakota as well as Sanford Health and Avera Health. They'll use advanced imaging techniques and computation analysis to develop plants that are more productive and disease resistant and will look at ways to use new materials to repair and replace damaged tissues.

Etubics Corporation has received a $1.03 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to move a vaccine for human papilloma virus (HPV) developed by a Sanford researcher to clinical trials. The vaccine was engineered by Sanford Research's John Lee and his team in collaboration with Etubics. Dr. John Lee discusses the vaccine.

Dr. Gene Hoyme

Jul 3, 2013

Dr. Gene Hoyme, president of Sanford Research, talks about funding for medical research.

Limb Preservation

Mar 5, 2013

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.

CoRDS Symposium

Feb 15, 2013

Liz Donohue, Director for Coordination of Rare Diseases at Sanford (CoRDS), discussed the 3rd annual rare disease symposium.  The symposium is scheduled for March 1, at Sanford Center in Sioux Falls.

Sanford Health Acquires Biotech Firm Hematech

Jan 4, 2013

Sanford Health is buying a pharmaceutical research firm in Sioux Falls.

Sanford officials say the acquisition of Hematech will enhance Sanford’s own research capabilities. 

Hematech was founded in 1998 and works to produce human antibodies in genetically
engineered cattle as medicine for humans.

Robotic Assisted Surgery

Jan 4, 2013

Sanford Health has received a $2.4 million grant to purchase two robotic-assisted catheterization systems to aid in placing stents and balloons in patients with coronary artery disease.  South Dakota is one of five locations to receive the device.  Dr. Tom Stys talked about the new procedure which Sanford will begin using later this month.

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.