Lorna Benson Feature Archive

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)
The U.S. government will invest nearly $8 million dollars to study an Alzheimer's treatment that was pioneered in Minnesota. (05/16/2012)
A new report shows that the portion of Minnesotans who have health insurance has not recovered from losses that occurred during the recession that ended in 2009. (03/06/2012)
McLaughlin is credited with helping create and launch Select Comfort's Sleep Number brand in 2001. (02/28/2012)
Minnesota researchers set up special work stations at a Minneapolis business Tuesday to assess the health benefits of standing rather than sitting at a desk. (01/24/2012)
Advances in diabetes treatment, such as insulin pumps and more accurate glucose monitors, are making it easier for people to manage the disease. But it continues to require a lot of diligence from diabetics and their caregivers. (01/19/2012)