Lorna Benson Feature Archive

A coalition of employers is working to improve health outcomes in Minnesota by rewarding doctors who deliver optimal care to their patients. (08/01/2011)
With a new state health and human services budget, it's clear that health plans, hospitals and providers will have less money to serve their patients with publicly-subsidized insurance. (07/29/2011)
The spending agreement is still about a billion dollars short of the forecasted growth in health and human services programs. (07/20/2011)
Emergency departments across Minnesota are bracing for a spike in patients with heat-related illnesses this week. Twin Cities metro area hospitals have already treated numerous patients for dehydration and other ailments brought on by the excessive heat. (07/18/2011)
Republican legislative leaders are in hot water with Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life after agreeing to drop several abortion and human cloning bans. (07/15/2011)
The Minnesota Department of Health has called back to work a small number of employees in one of its disease units. The workers had been furloughed during the state government shutdown. (07/11/2011)
An air pollution health advisory has been issued for the Twin Cities metropolitan area due to elevated levels of ozone. (07/08/2011)
With fewer than 20 percent of its inspectors on duty because of the shutdown, the Minnesota Department of Health say it won't have enough staff to thoroughly inspect the food served at festivals in the state. (07/08/2011)
A University of Minnesota study has found that eating disorders often stay with adolescents into young adulthood and beyond. (06/24/2011)
Doctors, nurses, dentists and other medical providers are rushing to renew their licenses before a possible government shutdown, or else find themselves prohibited from working. (06/23/2011)
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)