Lorna Benson Feature Archive

Researchers say chronic stress associated with harassment and discrimination is making sexual and gender minorities much more vulnerable to suicide and other health problems than the general population. (07/08/2014)
So far, 288 people in the United States have contracted measles during the first five months of the year. (05/29/2014)
Ticks are cold-blooded, and as long as they have protection from frigid air temperatures, they can survive, said Dave Neitzel, and epidemiologist for the Minnesota Department of Health. (05/20/2014)
The licensing change, which takes effect Jan. 1, applies to nurse-midwives, nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists and registered nurse anesthetists. (05/13/2014)
The new law removes the state's two-year time limit on storing those test results. It also eliminates the 71-day limit on archiving newborn blood spot cards. (05/06/2014)
A new hunger-relief program is testing whether better access to food can help reduce costly hospital readmissions among seniors. (04/30/2014)
Hunger rarely comes up when kids and their families see a doctor. Some clinics operate their own food banks or offer mobile food deliveries to patients, but programs that use food to try to improve patient health are still a relatively new idea. (04/21/2014)
The number of syphilis cases increased 64 percent, while gonorrhea cases were up 26 percent, the Minnesota Department of Health said Wednesday. (04/16/2014)
The nationwide study found that on average, minority populations are exposed to nitrogen dioxide levels that are 38 percent higher than levels of the gas found in predominantly white neighborhoods. (04/15/2014)
The Hennepin County Board has approved spending $10 million to acquire a city block directly across from HCMC's Emergency Department. (04/14/2014)
The man, who was returning to Minnesota from West Africa, was admitted to a hospital after arriving at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport with fever and confusion soon after his flight's arrival. (04/04/2014)
Organizers say the Healthy Savings cards will supplement food for struggling families and make it easier to find fresh fruits and vegetables, which are often absent or limited at food shelves. (04/01/2014)
At a time when melanoma cases are rising sharply in Minnesota, lawmakers appear poised to pass legislation that would ban anyone under 18 from using tanning equipment. (03/30/2014)
Bills sponsored by state Sen. Kathy Sheran, DFL-Mankato and state Rep. Dan Schoen, DFL-St. Paul Park, would give highly trained nurses independence by granting full practice authority to nurse practitioners, nurse midwives, nurse anesthetists and clinical nurse specialists. (03/25/2014)
The poisoning cases included children who swallowed or inhaled high levels of e-cigarette liquids, known as e-juice. (03/18/2014)