Lorna Benson Feature Archive

A coalition of dental groups Thursday urged lawmakers to raise payment rates for pediatric dental care to the average among states, saying Minnesota's rates are the lowest in the nation. (02/26/2015)
Last year 98 patients in Minnesota were seriously injured and another 13 patients died. (02/26/2015)
Minnesota health officials have spent more than $2 million to monitor people arriving from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. (02/23/2015)
The independent "Team B" group was set up to provide fresh perspectives on the unprecedented quest to deliver Ebola vaccines in record time. (02/17/2015)
MNsure has granted a brief extension to customers who had trouble enrolling in the insurance marketplace over the weekend. (02/16/2015)
A fifth child has died of influenza this season. Although flu season is winding down, there are still many localized outbreaks being reported. (02/12/2015)
A bill in the Legislature would require parents to consult with a medical professional before claiming a vaccine exemption. (02/09/2015)
Hoping to slow AIDS, Minnesota in 1985 became the first state to require reporting of positive HIV tests. It ignited a fight between gay rights activists and public health officials. (01/29/2015)
There was little help for patients when Dr. Keith Henry opened Minnesota's first AIDS clinic in 1985. Things are dramatically better now, but he says there are still too many new cases. (01/29/2015)
MPR News' Lorna Benson has been telling us all winter how to stay healthy. Then the norovirus came for her. (01/09/2015)
During sub-zero weather exposed fingers, noses and ears can suffer frostbite within 10 minutes. (01/05/2015)
Minnesota saw many pertussis cases in 2014, though far short of the number during the massive outbreak in 2012. (01/02/2015)
Minnesota had an exceptionally severe flu season two years ago. But so far this season is worse and hitting sooner, officials say. (12/31/2014)
Minnesota's new radon disclosure law has led to a big jump in the number of homes equipped with radon removal systems. (12/30/2014)
Many Minnesota hospitals are getting slammed with sick people suffering from influenza and other viruses, and a second child under the age of 18 has died from influenza. (12/19/2014)