Lorna Benson Feature Archive

Minnesota researchers set up special work stations at a Minneapolis business Tuesday to assess the health benefits of standing rather than sitting at a desk. (01/24/2012)
Advances in diabetes treatment, such as insulin pumps and more accurate glucose monitors, are making it easier for people to manage the disease. But it continues to require a lot of diligence from diabetics and their caregivers. (01/19/2012)
Over the past 15 years, the number of Minnesotans with diabetes has grown so fast that state health officials describe the disease as a juggernaut threatening to overwhelm the state's health care system. As bleak as the numbers are, there is some hope. Researchers at the Mayo Clinic and the University of Minnesota have set out to conquer diabetes within 10 years. (01/17/2012)
The cure for diabetes could come from cells from pigs being raised in germ-free pens in Western Wisconsin or from human skin cells in a lab on the University of Minnesota campus. Those two experiments are part of a joint project launched one year ago by the University of Minnesota and the Mayo Clinic to defeat diabetes within a decade. (01/17/2012)
The University of Minnesota Medical School has sent a cautionary letter to one of its surgeons for violating several conflict of interest disclosure requirements. (12/20/2011)
Public health officials are disappointed with new findings that show there has been no significant change in tobacco usage among teenagers during the past few years. (12/05/2011)
The U.S. Surgeon General is encouraging families to create a written record of their medical histories Thursday during National Family History Day. (11/23/2011)
If the registry collects enough ovarian and testicular tumor cases, researchers may be able to diagnose children earlier. (11/21/2011)
The Minnesota Department of Health can no longer store blood samples indefinitely from its newborn screening program or make them available to researchers without parental consent. (11/16/2011)
The Metropolitan Council is joining the state of Minnesota in its lawsuit against 3M Co. seeking damages for alleged environmental consequences tied to its disposal of chemicals once used to make Scotchgard. (11/07/2011)
Minnesota could become the next hub for brain research and treatments if a collaborative effort between researchers at U of M and Norway gains enough support. (11/04/2011)
Minnesota cancer doctors say they're pleased that President Obama has taken steps to address acute drug shortages, which have affected several cancer drugs. (10/31/2011)
It took a decade for researchers to sift through all the studies, and interview more than 6,000 families and children, in their quest to figure out the easiest way to identify the most serious mental health disorders. (10/28/2011)
A day after a new study revealed that flu vaccines are not as effective as once thought, doctors report that their patients are asking questions about the findings. (10/26/2011)
Flu season is here. You've seen vaccination signs everywhere from the drug store to the grocery store. But now you're wondering what to do after hearing the news that the flu vaccine is not as effective as previously thought. If you missed it, a new study out Tuesday found that flu vaccines provide only moderate protection against influenza. (10/26/2011)