Health students run Vermillion Community Clinic

The Vermillion Community Clinic (VCC) opened its doors in Jan. 2022 and is a student run clinic from the health affair programs at USD. They recently hosted a clinic on April 11.  Assistant professor Matt Dewald said in an interview through email, the VCC is hosted at the Sanford Vermillion Clinic as a collaboration between […]

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New CARE Team collects research to aid in USD’s, South Dakota’s COVID-19 response

USD’s School of Health Sciences has created the Community Action Response Epidemiology (CARE) team to partner with the South Dakota Department of Health and the Great Plains Tribal Chairmen’s Health Board to provide contact tracing, health promotion and comprehensive services to the state of South Dakota. Susan Puumala, the project director of the CARE team, […]

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USD Sanford School of Medicine sees new dean

The USD Sanford School of Medicine is seeing a new leader this semester. Tim Ridgway, former executive dean, is now the dean of faculty affairs for the medical school and the vice president of health affairs.  Ridgway began his new position at the beginning of September, but he has worked at USD since 2006. In […]

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How COVID-19 compares to past pandemics

Correction: The graph and previous version of the article state that the Swine Flu of 2009 caused 151 million deaths, when there were actually 151,700-575,400 death according to the CDC. The Volante regrets this error. COVID-19 first appeared in Wuhan, China in December of 2019. Since then, the disease has spread to more than 600,000 […]

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Medical marijuana: Should we be more concerned?

Medical marijuana has been a controversial topic in the United States for a while now. We’ve all heard about the benefits of utilizing medical marijuana, but we should be more careful about who receives these prescriptions.  Thirty-three states and Washington, D.C. allow marijuana to be used for medical purposes.  The amount research supporting the use […]

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CPR class teaches lifesaving skills

Saving lives takes practice and certification. The Red Cross held a CPR and First Aid certification class last Sunday at the Wellness Center. The class instructed USD students on how to properly perform CPR and other level 3 first aid procedures including —  operating an automated external defibrillator (AED) and how to properly clear the […]

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Experimental “health” technology is going too far

When it comes to technological advancements, people tend to fall into two categories: those who are excited about the next big thing and those who are extremely concerned about the dangers of these new technologies.  Technological advances have provided immense convenience to our lives. Along with that, though, technological advances have been the cause many […]

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