Lorna Benson Feature Archive

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)
Mayo Clinic researchers have discovered a new bacterium that's likely spread by the deer tick. The flu-like disease it causes can be quite serious in people with weakened immune systems. (08/03/2011)
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)