Lorna Benson Feature Archive

A bill would allow the Minnesota Department of Health to save newborn blood samples and test results indefinitely. (03/16/2014)
State health officials say they are primarily targeting populations that are at higher risk for mercury exposure, including Somali, Asian, Latino and African American communities. (03/13/2014)
They're trying to change state law, which requires advanced practice nurses to have some supervision from physicians. Nurses say the requirement limits the treatment they can provide, and is a significant barrier to practicing in health care shortage areas. (03/05/2014)
The Minnesota Legislature is preparing to debate a measure that would allow doctors to prescribe some form of medical marijuana. That has many Minnesota physicians asking if marijuana is an effective treatment for pain, illness and disease. (03/03/2014)
Minnesota's bitter winter has overstayed its welcome for many, but it has been good for the state's air quality. (03/02/2014)
The source of the outbreak has not yet been identified, but the outbreak appears to be over. (02/24/2014)
The Health Care Homes initiative has increased patient access to clinics, particularly for people of color, while improving quality and coordination of care, according to a state study released Thursday. (02/20/2014)
An MPR News investigation found the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has dealt with allegations and suspicions of child sexual abuse involving at least 70 clergy members since 1950 -- nearly double the church's official count. (02/19/2014)
An MPR News investigation found the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has dealt with allegations and suspicions of child sexual abuse involving at least 70 clergy members since 1950 -- nearly double the church's official count. Explore an interactive database with details of the allegations against those priests, deacons and monks, along with the locations of their service and their current status. (02/19/2014)
More than 20 outdoor rink locations will remain open a bit longer, weather permitting, said Al Bangoura, director of Recreation Centers and Programs. (02/15/2014)
There were 63 hospitalizations related to flu last week, which is about half the number of hospitalizations as reported the previous week. (02/13/2014)
State health experts believe physicians' reluctance to forcefully recommend the vaccine for human papillomavirus -- HPV -- is one reason why vaccinations rates have stalled. The Department will be offering a series of online and in-person information sessions for doctors that will focus on adolescent vaccination. (02/11/2014)
In a statement on the city's website, Golden Valley Mayor Shep Harris said the City will use the time to address residents concerns and educate the community about mental illnesses. (02/08/2014)
The wife of former vice president Walter Mondale, Joan Mondale wasn't shy about stepping out on her own. She leveraged the political prominence of her husband to focus national attention on arts and culture. (02/08/2014)
Research has shown that access to high quality jobs, education and housing are associated with improved health. (02/04/2014)