Eidson, Jessica

Monday, September 19, 2016

Lance Daniel

Monday, September 19, 2016

Paizlee Faith

Friday, September 16, 2016

Javier Carlos

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Elsie Mae

Friday, September 16, 2016

Eve Lillian

Recently new artwork in the main areas of the PLHS Campus have been hung.  The photographer is a WHS graduate, Kyle Neuberger, of Franklin Arts based in Sioux Falls, SD.

Kyle stated, "Growing up in Watertown, before I knew art was my calling, I was amazed by Terry Redlin.  I would stare at pictures that my parents had around the house, not to mention everywhere else they were.  And they were everywhere in Watertown.  I marveled at the exquisite detail and the stories in his images.  Little did I know, his influence slowly seeped into my creative spirit to give me the confidence to tell my own stories through my own art and photography.

To come full circle and have my own artwork displayed in the very same space as Terry Redlin is so humbling.  To have artwork in a place where healing is imperative means the world to me.  Watertown is my home town and I am so excited and proud to be able to display art where I was first inspired as a child growing up.  I cannot thank Prairie Lakes enough for this amazing opportunity." 

The artwork chosen were photographed in the eastern side of SD and reflect the culture of the PLHS service area.  Below is a sampling of a few pieces.  DETOUR small

In the Radiology Department

OATH small

Main Hospital Lobby

CONJURE small

Hallway going to the Cafeteria

VALLEy small

Second Floor between Material Child Health and Dietitians

 

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Testosterone Q&A

Dr. Henri Lanctin of Prairie Lakes Urology Clinic has answered common questions regarding Men's Health:

Is there a relationship between testosterone level and overall health in men?

What is testosterone?

Testosterone is the male sex hormone that has an impact on sexual development and function, muscle strength, bone density, and psychological status.

What does it mean if I have low blood testosterone levels?

Testosterone can be measured in the blood in several different forms. Usually the levels are drawn on several occasions, early morning.  Low blood testosterone levels have also been associated with aging, Type II diabetes, heart disease and obesity.

Do many men suffer from low blood testosterone levels?

The prevalence of low testosterone in men is generally considered high with estimates ranging from 5.6 to 20%.  This is rapidly becoming more of a public health problem as more men are living to older ages and 1/3 of Americans are now considered obese.

What should I do if I think that I have low testosterone levels?

If you think you have low testosterone levels you are encouraged to see your doctor or contact Prairie Lakes Urology Clinic at (605)882-6810. All of the above factors must be considered in a discussion between a man and his health care provider when discussing treatment of low testosterone. Patients should also be aware that as obese men with low testosterone lose weight, testosterone levels typically rise to normal levels.

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Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Head & Neck Cancers Q&A

-Posting last reviewed by Dr. Mancell, September 2020.

In observance of Oral, Head, and Neck Cancer Awareness Week, Dr. Jered Mancell of Prairie Lakes Ear, Nose, Throat and Facial Plastic Surgery Clinic has answered common questions on the topic. If you are experiencing any of the mentioned symptoms Dr. Mancell is available to see patients with no referral from your doctor.

What are the most common types of head and neck cancers?

The two most common sites of head and neck cancer are the oral cavity (mouth) and larynx (throat).  The most common type of cancer of the head and neck is squamous cell carcinoma (SCCa), but multiple of forms of cancer can present here. 

I am a smoker, does this increase my risks of head or neck cancer?

Risk factors for head and neck cancer are well documented.  The two most significant risk factors include tobacco (smoking or smokeless) and alcohol.  At least 75% of head and neck cancers are attributed to the use of one or both of these products.  When individuals habitually use both tobacco and alcohol, their risk for developing head and neck cancers increases even more.   Other risk factors include; human papilloma virus (HPV) exposure, radiation exposure, sun exposure (lip cancer), poor oral hygiene, immune suppression, preserved/cured foods, and Epstein-Barr virus.

The oral cavity (mouth) and larynx (throat) are the most common sites of head and neck malignancy, can you explain each of these further and also what are some signs/symptoms to watch for?

The oral cavity is the most common site of head and neck malignancy.  The oral cavity includes the lips, gums, hard palate, the inside of the cheeks, and the front 2/3 of the tongue.  SCCa is the culprit in more than 90% of these cancers.  Other forms include basal cell carcinoma (BCCa), lymphoma, salivary gland cancers, and melanoma.   Oral cancers most frequently involve the lips followed by the tongue.  Cancers of the lip are often related to sun exposure may include SCCa, BCCa and melanoma.  Cancers of the tongue are most often related to tobacco, alcohol, and/or HPV.   Signs and symptoms may include: non healing lesions, ill-fitting dentures, difficulty swallowing, pain with swallowing, tight jaw, bad breath, numbness of the teeth, and a persistent neck mass.

The larynx (throat) is the second most common site of head and neck malignancy.  The larynx includes the vocal folds ("voice box") and the areas above and below.  Laryngeal cancers account for approximately 1-5% of all cancers.  The most common form of laryngeal cancer is SCCa but other forms of cancer can present here as well.  Risk factors include; tobacco and alcohol use, radiation, HPV, and chronic exposure to metal, plastics, paint, wood dust and asbestos.  Signs and symptoms may include; voice changes (hoarseness), difficulty swallowing, pain with swallowing, coughing up blood, ear pain, unexplained weight loss, a persistent neck mass, and the sensation of something stuck in the throat.

If I suspect that I may have cancer of the head or neck, what instruments and/or steps will help with the detection?

In addition to special imaging (CT's and MRI's), otolaryngologists (ENT's) have special endoscopes and instruments to evaluate these areas for malignancy.  If diagnosed, these cancers are stages based on the size of the tumor, whether or not the cancer has spread to the nearby lymph nodes, and whether or not the cancer has spread to more distant areas of the body.  Staging helps direct treatment which can include surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy or a combination thereof.  Although the treatment of head and neck cancer has improved significantly, prevention is the best approach.  

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