Lorna Benson Feature Archive

Major race-based differences are evident in almost every major disease condition in Minnesota. This Saturday the Minnesota Department of Health will deliver a report to the Legislature that underlines policies that routinely provide health advantages to white people while producing chronic disadvantages for people of color. (01/30/2014)
Some Minnesota hospitals are using their electronic medical records to identify patients who might be a fall risk. They also post alerts on patients' doors and give them red socks, so staff members can easily identify vulnerable patients who are walking outside of their rooms. (01/23/2014)
A Minnesota Department of Health report found that health disparities between whites and minorities in part resulted from structural racism, which refers to racism that's built into systems and policies. The report extends beyond health policy, touching on transportation, geography and employment policies, among others. (01/17/2014)
Highly trained nurses are seen as a potentially cost-effective way to extend routine medical care to underserved patients. Nurses with doctoral degrees are trained to diagnose and treat conditions, prescribe drugs, and even lead a primary care practice with some physician oversight. (01/14/2014)
Although the settlement ends a long-running court fight over the department's collection and storage practices, the battle over the state's archiving plan going forward appears to be far from over. (01/13/2014)
New restrictions on potential visitors who think they might have the flu or have been in close contact with someone who is sick are a permanent change that will likely occur each season, and will last until flu is no longer considered a significant threat. (01/09/2014)
The Minnesota Department of Health says the flu is now widespread across Minnesota. (01/02/2014)
High doses of vitamin E may help delay the progression of mild to moderate Alzheimer's disease, according to the findings of a new Department of Veterans Affairs study. (12/31/2013)
Radon gas is dangerous, but in Minnesota a relatively small number of people fix radon problems in their homes. A new real estate disclosure law is an attempt to make the threat of radon more conspicuous. (12/22/2013)
Somali and white children in Minneapolis were about equally likely to be identified with an autism spectrum disorder, new research shows. (12/16/2013)
The Minnesota Department of Health is investigating a possible norovirus outbreak traced to a Brooklyn Park restaurant and banquet facility. (12/12/2013)
Minnesota Department of Health statistics show that over a ten-year period, the number of people in the state who may have been sickened by raw milk was 25 times higher than the number of cases traced to well-publicized outbreaks. (12/11/2013)
After a month-long journey from England, the world's largest imaging magnet has been unloaded in its new home at the University of Minnesota. (12/09/2013)
Over the past two years universities have trained, and the state has licensed, 28 dental therapists, practitioners who perform many basic dental procedures that previously only a dentist would do. (12/09/2013)
General Mills faces at least lawsuits that allege residents in a Minneapolis neighborhood suffer property damage due to chemical contamination that has migrated from a former research site into the ground beneath their homes. (12/05/2013)