Lorna Benson Feature Archive

The number of syphilis cases increased 64 percent, while gonorrhea cases were up 26 percent, the Minnesota Department of Health said Wednesday. (04/16/2014)
The nationwide study found that on average, minority populations are exposed to nitrogen dioxide levels that are 38 percent higher than levels of the gas found in predominantly white neighborhoods. (04/15/2014)
The Hennepin County Board has approved spending $10 million to acquire a city block directly across from HCMC's Emergency Department. (04/14/2014)
The man, who was returning to Minnesota from West Africa, was admitted to a hospital after arriving at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport with fever and confusion soon after his flight's arrival. (04/04/2014)
Organizers say the Healthy Savings cards will supplement food for struggling families and make it easier to find fresh fruits and vegetables, which are often absent or limited at food shelves. (04/01/2014)
At a time when melanoma cases are rising sharply in Minnesota, lawmakers appear poised to pass legislation that would ban anyone under 18 from using tanning equipment. (03/30/2014)
Bills sponsored by state Sen. Kathy Sheran, DFL-Mankato and state Rep. Dan Schoen, DFL-St. Paul Park, would give highly trained nurses independence by granting full practice authority to nurse practitioners, nurse midwives, nurse anesthetists and clinical nurse specialists. (03/25/2014)
The poisoning cases included children who swallowed or inhaled high levels of e-cigarette liquids, known as e-juice. (03/18/2014)
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)