Lorna Benson Feature Archive

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)
Minnesota schools must report all confirmed and suspected cases of chickenpox among their students and staff to public health officials starting this year. (09/11/2012)
State health officials say another case of a new swine flu strain has been linked to the Minnesota State Fair. (09/10/2012)
Federal officials say an estimated 96 percent of Minnesota children ages 19 to 35 months were vaccinated for measles, mumps and rubella through last year. (09/08/2012)
The state's numbers are still better than the national average which is around 30 percent. (09/06/2012)
A federal initiative adds to work already under way in Minnesota to prepare the state for an expected surge in Alzheimer's cases as baby boomers retire. (07/02/2012)
Despite the lack of injury during the flooding in northeastern Minnesota, there are still plenty of health risks facing the people who live in the ever-expanding flood zone. (06/22/2012)
Minneapolis-based Medica says it will offer in-network access to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester and its system of clinics beginning July 1 for new enrollees in 22 southern Minnesota counties. (06/14/2012)
The high-profile overdose death of former Wild hockey player Derek Boogaard has turned a spotlight on prescription drug abuse and doctor shopping. A state database has helped doctors detect patients who are abusing prescription narcotics. But supporters are disappointed though that many prescribers are still not using the tool. (06/13/2012)
The Mayo Clinic will lead a new partnership to provide mental health training to doctors. (06/04/2012)