Lorna Benson Feature Archive

A big surge in flu cases and deaths has redefined how health officials are describing the current flu outbreak. The Minnesota Department of Health is now declaring that Minnesota is in the midst of a severe flu season. (01/11/2013)
Public health officials say the influenza picture that's developing appears to be pretty typical even though our recent mild flu years may have made it seem like flu is nothing to get too concerned about. (01/10/2013)
Fourteen southern Minnesota hospitals announced Wednesday they are implementing visitor restrictions in order to protect patients and staff from flu. (01/09/2013)
The Minnesota Department of Health has confirmed the flu-related death of a Minnesota teen. (01/08/2013)
Fairview Lakes Hospital in Wyoming is restricting some visitors due to a surge in flu cases at the hospital. (01/08/2013)
The Traumatic Brain Injury Center at the Hennepin County Medical Center will kick off a campaign this weekend to reduce the risk of concussions on ski slopes. (12/28/2012)
Minnesota has recorded its second death from influenza this season. The victim was a woman in her 90s with underlying risk factors that made her susceptible to flu complications. (12/28/2012)
Adoption officials in Minnesota are anxiously waiting to hear whether President Vladimir Putin of Russia will sign a bill banning adoption of Russian children by U.S. citizens. (12/27/2012)
Some Minnesota water treatment companies are using false claims and deceptive sales tactics to sell their water treatment systems, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. (12/26/2012)
So far this year, the Minnesota Poison Control Center has recorded 41 incidents where coin batteries were swallowed. (12/26/2012)
With more than 4,300 cases of pertussis in Minnesota, 2012 was a year for the record books. The state hasn't had this many cases of the respiratory infection since World War II. The problem seems to be related to a redesigned pertussis vaccine introduced in the 1990s. (12/26/2012)
Public health officials are urging good hand-washing this holiday season as the number of norovirus outbreaks in Minnesota surges. (12/24/2012)
A new campaign called "Make It OK" is encouraging Minnesotans to talk more openly about mental illness. (12/18/2012)
New details about the Connecticut school shooting will emerge over the next few days and weeks. For some people, the extensive media coverage may become too much to bear. It's OK for people tune out as they cope with the trauma of the event, says a psychologist. (12/18/2012)
Minnesota teens have experienced substantial declines in rates of sexual activity, smoking, binge drinking and other risky health behaviors since the 1990s. (12/12/2012)