Lorna Benson Feature Archive

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)
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)