Lorna Benson Feature Archive

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)
Doctors say clearing a sidewalk or driveway is not worth risking your health, if the job is too big or requires too much exertion. (12/04/2013)
The high expectations and added pressures of the holiday season can make it more difficult for people suffering from anxiety, depression or drug and alcohol addictions. (11/29/2013)
After Betsy Lucas underwent a life-saving bone marrow transplant, a sense of normalcy finally returned to her family's home and sparked a new holiday tradition aimed at keeping tracks of the important things in life. (11/28/2013)