Lorna Benson Feature Archive

Minnesota's pre-term birth rate has grown worse. The change isn't drastic, but the shift in the wrong direction raises concerns that the state isn't doing enough to make sure that all mothers and babies receive proper care. (11/01/2013)
North Dakota Department of Health officials say a person who was infected with the virus participated in services and touched communion wafers at four churches in Fargo and Jamestown in late September and early October. (10/25/2013)
The vast majority of Minnesota's cases are caused by lead paint in older homes, said epidemiologist Stephanie Yendell. A very small amount of paint dust can cause lead poisoning in a child, she added. (10/22/2013)
New state fire statistics show that 50 people in Minnesota were killed by fires in 2012. That's six fewer deaths than the previous year. (10/21/2013)
Four people have been hospitalized with flu in recent weeks and three K-12 schools have reported outbreaks of influenza-like illnesses. (10/17/2013)
Tim Franko received CPR for two hours and 45 minutes after a recent heart attack. Doctors believe it's the longest CPR in a case where a patient who had no heartbeat was successfully revived. But it's not the only recent case in Minnesota of a really long resuscitation. (10/16/2013)
Blood transfusions save lives. If you need one, there's no question you should get one. A growing number of Minnesota hospitals are reducing unnecessary blood transfusions. It's a big change in how some physicians practice medicine and it has led some Minnesota hospitals to tighten their transfusion guidelines. (10/07/2013)
The fecal occult-blood test, also referred to as a stool card, is a common colon cancer screening tool that detects the presence of blood in stool. The test can cut the risk of dying from colorectal cancer by as much as a third over three decades, a new study shows. (09/18/2013)
Nationwide there have been an estimated 9,300 cases annually of an antibiotic-resistant microbe. The microbe poses an "urgent" threat to public health according to a new list of 18 superbugs released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. today. (09/16/2013)
Prevention messages that focus on obesity's threat to military readiness are popular among people who self-identify as politically conservative, according to the American Journal of Public Health. (09/12/2013)
A coalition of state and local public health organizations says want the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to regulate electronic cigarettes and other unregulated tobacco products. (09/11/2013)
Well-meaning family members and physicians often contribute to a patient's eating disorder by encouraging diets rather than healthy eating, a new study says. (09/09/2013)
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warns that children who use electronic cigarettes may end up getting hooked on nicotine, possibly making them more likely to switch to conventional cigarettes. E-cigarette proponents counter that e-cigarettes are intended to help smokers quit tobacco. (09/06/2013)
Compared to last year's massive pertussis outbreak, it's shaping up to be a quieter year for the bacterial infection. But public health officials are concerned the return to school could mean an upsurge in new cases of an infection, even as they try to figure out why it's hitting Minnesota harder than usual. (09/03/2013)
Minnesota State Fair officials say there was a huge attendance spike on Sunday after cooler weather finally swept in. (09/02/2013)