Lorna Benson Feature Archive

Doctors and researchers are supporting new guidelines on the use of statin drugs, which are widely prescribed to lower bad cholesterol. The new guidelines urge their use in a wider group of people, and not limited to those whose cholesterol numbers are not good. (11/14/2013)
State officials told residents of the Como neighborhood in Minneapolis that they want to test 200 homes to see if vapors caused by a nearby General Mills Superfund site have breached the houses. (11/12/2013)
Recent soil tests in a small section of the Como neighborhood show that vapor levels from a common solvent exceed government health limits for indoor air.State officials will hold two public meetings Tuesday to update residents in the area of the potential hazard. (11/12/2013)
The University of Minnesota hopes a new online game will spark student interest in public health careers. (11/04/2013)
If the Ames/Lunda partnership successfully completes its bid review, it will be awarded the St. Croix Crossing contract later this month. (11/01/2013)
Minnesota's pre-term birth rate has grown worse. The change isn't drastic, but the shift in the wrong direction raises concerns that the state isn't doing enough to make sure that all mothers and babies receive proper care. (11/01/2013)
North Dakota Department of Health officials say a person who was infected with the virus participated in services and touched communion wafers at four churches in Fargo and Jamestown in late September and early October. (10/25/2013)
The vast majority of Minnesota's cases are caused by lead paint in older homes, said epidemiologist Stephanie Yendell. A very small amount of paint dust can cause lead poisoning in a child, she added. (10/22/2013)
New state fire statistics show that 50 people in Minnesota were killed by fires in 2012. That's six fewer deaths than the previous year. (10/21/2013)
Four people have been hospitalized with flu in recent weeks and three K-12 schools have reported outbreaks of influenza-like illnesses. (10/17/2013)
Tim Franko received CPR for two hours and 45 minutes after a recent heart attack. Doctors believe it's the longest CPR in a case where a patient who had no heartbeat was successfully revived. But it's not the only recent case in Minnesota of a really long resuscitation. (10/16/2013)
Blood transfusions save lives. If you need one, there's no question you should get one. A growing number of Minnesota hospitals are reducing unnecessary blood transfusions. It's a big change in how some physicians practice medicine and it has led some Minnesota hospitals to tighten their transfusion guidelines. (10/07/2013)
The fecal occult-blood test, also referred to as a stool card, is a common colon cancer screening tool that detects the presence of blood in stool. The test can cut the risk of dying from colorectal cancer by as much as a third over three decades, a new study shows. (09/18/2013)
Nationwide there have been an estimated 9,300 cases annually of an antibiotic-resistant microbe. The microbe poses an "urgent" threat to public health according to a new list of 18 superbugs released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. today. (09/16/2013)
Prevention messages that focus on obesity's threat to military readiness are popular among people who self-identify as politically conservative, according to the American Journal of Public Health. (09/12/2013)