Lorna Benson Feature Archive

Minnesota hopes a new statewide substance abuse collaboration will help the state get a handle on its growing opiate and heroin problem. (09/13/2012)
Minnesota schools must report all confirmed and suspected cases of chickenpox among their students and staff to public health officials starting this year. (09/11/2012)
State health officials say another case of a new swine flu strain has been linked to the Minnesota State Fair. (09/10/2012)
Federal officials say an estimated 96 percent of Minnesota children ages 19 to 35 months were vaccinated for measles, mumps and rubella through last year. (09/08/2012)
The state's numbers are still better than the national average which is around 30 percent. (09/06/2012)
A federal initiative adds to work already under way in Minnesota to prepare the state for an expected surge in Alzheimer's cases as baby boomers retire. (07/02/2012)
Despite the lack of injury during the flooding in northeastern Minnesota, there are still plenty of health risks facing the people who live in the ever-expanding flood zone. (06/22/2012)
Minneapolis-based Medica says it will offer in-network access to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester and its system of clinics beginning July 1 for new enrollees in 22 southern Minnesota counties. (06/14/2012)
The high-profile overdose death of former Wild hockey player Derek Boogaard has turned a spotlight on prescription drug abuse and doctor shopping. A state database has helped doctors detect patients who are abusing prescription narcotics. But supporters are disappointed though that many prescribers are still not using the tool. (06/13/2012)
The Mayo Clinic will lead a new partnership to provide mental health training to doctors. (06/04/2012)
A stricter lead exposure standard for young children is expected to cause a surge in the number of lead cases that require a public health intervention. The tougher federal standard acknowledges new research showing that even extremely low levels of lead are harmful. (05/29/2012)
Health care workers continue to vote on a new labor contract with eight metro-area hospitals. (05/22/2012)
Researchers say a new screening technique is effective in reducing colorectal cancer cases and fatalities. (05/21/2012)
The number of pertussis cases in Minnesota is surging, approaching 700 cases of the highly-contagious respiratory disease, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. (05/17/2012)
The Minnesota Department of Health says the state is approaching 700 cases of the disease, also known as whooping cough. (05/17/2012)