Lorna Benson Feature Archive

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)
The Centers for Disease Control has warned that this year's vaccine could provide less protection than usual against the H3N2 subtype of influenza A that is circulating widely. Some flu experts say that message is confusing. (12/15/2014)
State health officials noted 65 recent hospitalizations and 19 schools that reported outbreaks of influenza-like illnesses. (12/11/2014)
Weather conditions are trapping fine particle pollutants near the ground and hurting air quality. (12/11/2014)
Public health officials are urging people to get vaccinated against the flu this week so they have some protection against the virus in time for the holidays. (12/08/2014)
Minnesota recorded its first pediatric death from flu this season and cases of the flu are increasing rapidly in southern Minnesota, the metro area and in the central part of the state. (12/05/2014)