Lorna Benson Feature Archive

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)
Fewer people overall are getting their children vaccinated and diseases once controlled by vaccines are making a comeback. Measles was once almost wiped out in Minnesota, but so far this year 23 cases have been reported -- a third of them among Somalis. (05/10/2011)
The Minnesota Department of Health says a record number of Minnesotans contracted human anaplasmosis from black-legged ticks last year. (05/06/2011)
Staff and patients at the Amplatz Children's Hospital in Minneapolis are preparing for their big move to a new building on Saturday. It's a huge task to move 60 sick and injured children, their medical equipment and the rest of the hospital's contents in a matter of hours. (04/29/2011)