Lorna Benson Feature Archive

A new comprehensive analysis of flu studies concludes that most flu vaccines provide only moderate protection against influenza, and in some years barely make a difference at all. That's contrary to the message given by the heavy promotion and easy access to the vaccine -- that anyone who is immunized will be protected from the flu. (10/25/2011)
A new study shows that Minnesota had more than 4,300 amputations caused by leg artery blockages from 2005 to 2008, resulting in $88 million in hospital costs. (10/20/2011)
Premature babies often experience life-threatening respiratory distress. Children's hospitals in Minnesota participated in a decades-long clinical trial that led to the approval of a drug treatment to help give preemies a better chance to survive, and even thrive. (10/19/2011)
The health department says a woman from Olmsted County contracted a strain of flu that appears to be covered by this year's vaccine. (10/13/2011)
The Metropolitan Council has asked its lawyers to explore legal options against 3M related to millions of dollars in costs of meeting new state requirements for discharging perfluorinated chemicals - which 3M stopped producing in 2002 - from wastewater treatment plants into the environment. (10/12/2011)
Physician reactions are mixed regarding a new recommendation from the U.S. Preventative Task Force not to use a blood test to routinely screen healthy men for prostate cancer. (10/07/2011)
Mental health advocates say the stable rate could be because the state is doing a good job of reaching out to residents in crisis. But they also say suicide is a deeply complicated situation that's rarely explained by just one event. (10/06/2011)
Dozens of mental health groups around the state are encouraging Minnesotans to undergo an evaluation for depression today during National Depression Screening Day. (10/06/2011)
The cases involved a 12-month old child who became ill shortly after returning from a trip to Kenya, and a 15-month old who became ill after visiting the first child's family. (09/29/2011)
Fairview Health Services is notifying nearly 14,000 patients that a laptop containing their personal and medical information was stolen. (09/27/2011)
Minnesota has some of the strictest rules in the nation for mitigating radon gas in homes. But the state Department of Health is concerned the rules don't go far enough. (09/19/2011)
The state's largest physicians' organization is debating a proposal that would encourage short physical activity breaks in the workplace. (09/16/2011)
Fires burning in northern Minnesota appear to be causing hazy skies and foul-smelling air across the Twin Cities metro area this afternoon. (09/09/2011)
A study finds that the nation's blood supply is vulnerable to a tick-transmitted parasite that is widespread in parts of Minnesota and other states. (09/06/2011)
A new national survey finds that early childhood immunizations have increased in Minnesota for three vaccines. (09/01/2011)