Lorna Benson Feature Archive

The Minnesota Department of Health's investigation of Assumption Home found that the facility didn't assess the risks of using a bed rail for a patient suffering from dementia. The patient died of asphyxiation after becoming lodged between the bed's mattress and rail. (07/24/2013)
The shortage of bone marrow donors is so acute that last year only about half of the 12,000 patients requesting a donor received one. A key problem is that doctors find it hard to convince younger people -- whose blood cells are better able to fight cancer -- to join the registry of donors. (07/24/2013)
The illnesses occurred in young adults who reported swimming and boating in the Big Island area of the lake on July 4. One person was hospitalized and has since recovered. (07/19/2013)
Black Minnesotans who have reached the age of 65 can expect to be healthy for far less of their remaining years than whites, according to new federal government data. (07/18/2013)
Minnesota is entering its peak period for Lyme disease diagnoses. As common as the tick-borne disease is, there's still a lot unknown about it. A debate has raged for many years over how to treat it. (07/17/2013)
University of Minnesota researchers have discovered a single human enzyme that they say is a major source of cancer-causing DNA mutations. (07/14/2013)
Blood donations are down across parts of the region, prompting an appeal for more donors. (07/10/2013)
Rabies in animals appears to be up slightly for the first half of this year. The Minnesota Department of Health has confirmed 25 positive rabies tests so far. (07/07/2013)
The height of tick season has passed, but the Minnesota Department of Health says people should still take precautions to prevent tick bites over the next several weeks. (07/05/2013)
Grab the bug spray. It will soon be peak season for disease-carrying mosquitoes in Minnesota. (07/04/2013)
A Listeria outbreak linked to a soft, Brie-style cheese has sickened two people in Minnesota. And one of the victims has died. (07/03/2013)
A new study shows that aggressive management of hypertension can help more patients maintain proper control of their blood pressure. (07/02/2013)
Since 1966, the Mayo Clinic has collected as many medical records as possible in Minnesota's Olmsted County to generate powerful studies that help save lives. The Rochester Epidemiology Project, with nearly 600,000 medical records, has provided groundbreaking information on a variety of conditions. The project is expanding to other counties, which will help researchers broaden its database. (03/25/2013)
Carver County is ranked as Minnesota's healthiest county in a new report while Cass County is at the bottom of the list. (03/20/2013)
A rare, antibiotic-resistant form of Group B Streptococcus appears to be getting more common in Minnesota and there's concern that the infection will gain a foothold in the state and sicken more infants. (03/20/2013)