Lorna Benson Feature Archive

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)
In an experimental treatment that may be the only way they can save some people who have contracted a dangerous colon infection, some Minnesota doctors are transplanting donated human feces into their patients' colons. (12/10/2012)
A new scanning technique only available at the Mayo Clinic is helping doctors detect recurrent prostate cancer months, even years, earlier than before. The scan allows men with cancer to get treatment that is both faster and potentially more effective than current tests. (12/03/2012)
Health and housing leaders unveiled a new "Healthy Homes" plan this week that will try to coordinate the state's prevention work on problems such as mold, radon and carbon monoxide. (11/24/2012)
The Alzheimer's Association said it typically sees an increase in calls to its 24-hour helpline during and after Thanksgiving and Christmas. (11/22/2012)
Severely obese truckers have about a 50 percent higher accident rate in their first two years on the job than their colleagues who are a normal weight, according to researchers at the University of Minnesota-Morris. (11/20/2012)
When many people think of truck drivers and their lifestyle, they likely envision someone who sits a lot, eats loads of unhealthy food and consumes too many soft drinks. (11/20/2012)
University of Minnesota researchers have found that Twin Cities teens are using steroids and muscle-enhancing substances at higher rates than previously thought. (11/19/2012)
Public health officials have confirmed Minnesota's 13th fungal infection linked to contaminated steroids. (11/15/2012)
A new health campaign launching in Minnesota seeks to dispel the notion that it's safe to schedule an elective delivery before 39 weeks of pregnancy. (11/13/2012)