Lorna Benson Feature Archive

University of Minnesota researchers, using stem cell technology, have sparked muscle regeneration in laboratory mice with a fast-moving form of muscular dystrophy, a disease that severely weakens muscles. (03/05/2013)
The rate of cesarean-section deliveries occurs in wide variation in U.S. hospitals, shows a University of Minnesota study. (03/04/2013)
University of Minnesota researchers will be able to tap a new pot of money to support their projects if they lose some of their federal grant funding. (03/02/2013)
Flu-related deaths in Minnesota continue to climb, even as the outbreak tapers off. (02/28/2013)
Fine particle pollution in the air across southern Minnesota is causing unhealthy breathing conditions for children, the elderly and people with respiratory diseases. (02/26/2013)
Minnesota's death toll from influenza has reached 127. (02/07/2013)
Minnesota's adult smoking rate is much higher than public health officials previously thought. A report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that 19 percent of Minnesota adults smoke. (01/29/2013)
Some signs indicate Minnesota's influenza outbreak is slowing, but the state Department of Health isn't yet ready to say that it has peaked. "We still have a lot of influenza activity out there," said the agency's Kris Ehresmann. (01/24/2013)
Two DFL lawmakers are proposing to create a state grant program that would dedicate $4 million each year to spinal cord and traumatic brain injury research. (01/23/2013)
A pioneering brain tumor researcher at the University of Minnesota has died following his own battle with cancer. John Ohlfest, Ph.D. died Monday, January 21, 2013 of melanoma. He was 35. (01/23/2013)
The risk of frostbite and hypothermia is high this weekend as temperatures dip below zero across much of the state. (01/20/2013)
The newly released case numbers brings the state's influenza death toll to 60 so far this flu season. However, the Minnesota Department of Health says there's nothing particularly unusual about the situation. (01/18/2013)
A new report on Somali women in Minnesota sheds light on the resistance of Somali women to cesarean sections, prenatal care and family planning. (01/16/2013)
The Minnesota Department of Health says it is aware of some cases where people haven't been able to get flu vaccine from their primary care clinics. (01/15/2013)
New federal government estimates show that this year's flu vaccine has an effectiveness rate of about 62 percent. (01/11/2013)