Lorna Benson Feature Archive

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)
Public health officials are betting that the United States will see the same flu strains that circulated last year. (08/22/2011)
A new cancer therapy that has cured brain tumors in dogs is now being tried in human patients at the University of Minnesota. (08/17/2011)
Regional economists say the probability of another economic downturn is growing, but a lot depends on how businesses and consumers react to the uncertainty in the months ahead. (08/15/2011)
A state-funded program that helps immigrant doctors qualify to practice in Minnesota has become a casualty of the state budget agreement. (08/08/2011)
The University of Minnesota's School of Dentistry has received a major gift from Delta Dental of Minnesota Trust toward its campaign to build the state's first hospital-based pediatric dental clinic. (08/04/2011)
Mayo Clinic researchers have discovered a new bacterium that's likely spread by the deer tick. The flu-like disease it causes can be quite serious in people with weakened immune systems. (08/03/2011)
A coalition of employers is working to improve health outcomes in Minnesota by rewarding doctors who deliver optimal care to their patients. (08/01/2011)
With a new state health and human services budget, it's clear that health plans, hospitals and providers will have less money to serve their patients with publicly-subsidized insurance. (07/29/2011)