Lorna Benson Feature Archive

A couple dozen Minnesota patients have been urged to get a medical evaluation for possible meningitis infections. The patients all received injections of a steroid that has been linked to 42 illnesses and five deaths in six states. (10/05/2012)
The Minnesota Department of Health estimates that as many as 1,000 patients may have received contaminated steroids that have been implicated in a national meningitis outbreak. Two Twin Cities-based health care groups used steroids from the same product lots that have been linked to the deaths of five patients and 30 illnesses in six states. (10/05/2012)
Two Twin Cities-based health care groups used steroids from the same product lots that have been implicated in a deadly meningitis outbreak. (10/04/2012)
But the Minnesota Department of Health has confirmed more than 3,700 cases of whooping cough so far this year -- the most since the 1940s. (10/04/2012)
An outbreak of infections last year at St. Cloud Hospital caused serious harm, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. (10/02/2012)
Minnesota kicked off a campaign Tuesday to urge more Minnesotans to plan for their needs as they age so they can live independently for as long as possible. (10/02/2012)
On the law's 5-year anniversary Monday, state health commissioner Dr. Edward Ehlinger says a study from the Mayo Clinic shows a decline in heart attacks after the ban took effect. (10/01/2012)
The fatal shooting at a sign shop in Minneapolis is the state's deadliest workplace homicide in at least 20 years. Six people, including the gunman, are dead from the shooting. According to the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry, until yesterday the highest number of employee's killed in any one case of workplace violence was two. Job termination is a well-known risk factor that can lead to workplace violence. But it's rarely the only reason. (09/28/2012)
Health officials say one Twin Cities-area resident has been sickened as part of a 19-state salmonella outbreak, linked to peanut butter sold under the Trader Joe's brand. (09/25/2012)
One hundred eighty-nine new cases of pertussis were confirmed in Minnesota in the past week. More than 3,500 cases of the bacterial infection have been reported so far this year. (09/22/2012)
Many Minnesota parents may be wondering whether they should stop feeding their children rice after a report this week revealed that inorganic arsenic is present in dozens of rice products, including infant cereal. (09/20/2012)
The Minnesota obesity rate will more than double in less than 20 years if the state's current weight-related trends don't change, according to an analysis from the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. (09/18/2012)
The University of Minnesota will lead a new center that will provide national guidance on the best ways to reshape health care education so graduates learn how to practice collaboratively. (09/15/2012)
Two Minnesota children who visited the State Fair swine barn contracted the new variant strain of H3N2 flu. Both children have recovered. (09/13/2012)
Minnesota hopes a new statewide substance abuse collaboration will help the state get a handle on its growing opiate and heroin problem. (09/13/2012)