Lorna Benson Feature Archive

With fewer than 20 percent of its inspectors on duty because of the shutdown, the Minnesota Department of Health say it won't have enough staff to thoroughly inspect the food served at festivals in the state. (07/08/2011)
A University of Minnesota study has found that eating disorders often stay with adolescents into young adulthood and beyond. (06/24/2011)
Doctors, nurses, dentists and other medical providers are rushing to renew their licenses before a possible government shutdown, or else find themselves prohibited from working. (06/23/2011)
A Minnesota physician's group has worked out a deal that allows doctors to renew their licenses earlier than usual. (06/23/2011)
Nursing home officials in Minnesota are breathing a little easier now that Gov. Mark Dayton wants to include nursing homes in a list of essential state services that should be paid if the government shuts down July 1, but they won't know for sure until a court takes the matter up today. (06/23/2011)
U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., says a shortage of chemotherapy drugs and other vital medications is getting worse. (06/17/2011)
Most children in Minnesota with terminal health conditions die either in the hospital or at home. Even though the hospice movement has been growing in recent years and Minnesota has 15 residential hospice homes for adults, there are none in the state for kids. (06/16/2011)
The University of Minnesota has been awarded a $51 million federal grant to help doctors and researchers collaborate so they can speed up the process of finding new disease treatments or cures. (06/14/2011)
Minnesota officials are declaring the state's measles outbreak over. It's been six weeks since the state's last measles case. (06/09/2011)
The high temperatures, which hit the 100-degree mark in the Twin Cities, helped pushed ozone levels up, prompting officials to issue an air pollution health alert through midnight. (06/07/2011)
Minnesota health officials say they are watching closely for any signs of the lethal strain of E. coli that has killed 18 people and sickened more than 1,500 in Europe. (06/02/2011)
Most health services in north Minneapolis are back to normal now after a tornado knocked out power last week. But caregivers still expect to be dealing with the fallout from the storm for months. Residents are facing issues that range from problems getting prescriptions to stress-related illness. (06/01/2011)
In the case of the tornado that hit north Minneapolis on Sunday, residents had at most eight minutes to find shelter after officials activated the first tornado sirens. (05/27/2011)
Disability advocates are urging Gov. Dayton to veto a Health and Human Services Finance bill that makes deep cuts in programs that help disabled people live more independently in the community. They say the provisions would ultimately cost the state far more money than it would save with the reductions. (05/19/2011)
A Mayo Clinic doctor has convinced three medical organizations to rename a rare vascular disorder because its namesake, celebrated German pathologist Dr. Friedrich Wegener, was a Nazi Party member who belonged to a paramilitary organization. (05/18/2011)