Northern Plains News Service
Dealing with malaria is a fact of life for more than 91 million Ethiopians. Each year, 4 million to 5 million contract malaria, one of the biggest health problems in this poor country. "I was sick twice a year," said Woubet Alemu, a South Dakota State University doctoral student and a native of Ethiopia. The mosquito-transmitted illness causes headache, chills and vomiting. Alemu's stepmother got malaria after childbirth. By the time the family took her to the hospital 18 miles away, it was too late.
ELLSWORTH AIR FORCE BASE -- Members of the Air Combat Command Inspector General team began arriving on base to conduct a week-long unit effectiveness inspection from April 14 to 18. The IG team -- consisting of subject matter experts from a wide range of specialties -- will evaluate a number of base activities and operations to ensure the wing is complying with established standards and prepared to accomplish its mission at home and abroad. A new inspection process is being used.
RICHMOND, Va., -- Long-term health care costs in South and North Dakota have increased over the past five years, according to a new study. The 11th annual Genworth 2014 Cost of Care Survey reports that in South Dakota, the median hourly cost of homemaker services is $22 and the median hourly cost of home health services is $22.
Dakotans are not big complainers about paying their taxes. No, seriously. A Gallup Poll says so. The polling organization's recent survey says only Wyomingites and oil-rich Alaskans complain less about their state's taxes than South Dakotans.
SIOUX FALLS -- A Republican and Democrat came together in the public library Monday to complain about "big money" in the U.S. Senate race in general and former S.D. governor Mike Rounds in particular. State Rep. Stace Nelson (R-Fulton), a GOP candidate for the U.S. Senate nomination and Democratic Senate candidate Rick Weiland, Sen.
Let the flurry of bragging TV commercials begin across South Dakota's airwaves: Consumer Reports has just released its hospital safety study. Finishing as the "safest" hospital in South Dakota? The Avera Heart Hospital in Sioux Falls with a rating of 71. The "least" safest of the major hospitals per Consumer Reports? Prairie Lakes Healthcare System in Watertown. Consumer Reports says it focused on six categories in the safety ratings: infections, readmissions, communication, CT scanning, complications and mortality. No hospital in the United States scored the maximum of 100 points.
Four organizations representing farmers and ranchers, rural communities and consumers applauded last week's ruling supporting country-of-origin labeling. The court denied a preliminary injunction against enforcing COOL and found that the meatpacking industry was "unlikely to succeed on the merits of its claims." In December 2013, R-CALF USA, Food & Water Watch, the South Dakota Stockgrowers Association and the Western Organization of Resource Councils joined the case as friends of the court. In October, the groups joined the U.S.
Though Sioux Falls has a veritable first aid kit full of hospitals, specialists and clinics, Minnehaha County does not have the healthiest outcomes and health factors in South Dakota, according to a recent study. In an investigation by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health institute of every American county, they found that counties in northeast and southeast South Dakota had the best rankings. In terms of health outcomes, which the study called a "weighting of length and quality of life," the top counties were: 1. Hutchinson; 2.
South Dakota’s infant mortality rate is at a 10-year high, according to recently released statistics from the Centers for Disease Control. In the latest results available — 2008 to 2010 — South Dakota’s overall infant mortality rate hit a 10-year high of 737.6 infant deaths per 100,000 people, a 10 percent increase from 2005 to 2007. According to a 2013 report by the CDC’s National Vital Statistics System, the national infant mortality rate was 614 infants per 100,000 population.
Despite a string of wind generators in central and east central South Dakota, the state ranks 50th in having a clean energy economy, according to a new study by the Brookings Institute. The think tank says 6,659 jobs — 1.5 percent of all jobs in the state — are attributed to clean energy, which ranks it 45th in the nation. Between 2003 and 2010 South Dakota added 1,200 clean jobs for 2.9 percent annual growth, according to Brookings, This placed the state 47th and 32nd in those categories. Further, the study noted that, on average, each clean economy job in South Dakota produces $42,0