Lorna Benson Feature Archive

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)
Thanksgiving is associated with more home cooking fires than any other day of the year. Busy home cooks are being urged to take extra care in the kitchen. (11/28/2013)
Minnesota doctors are no longer being urged to give 10-year-olds a booster vaccine for whooping cough as reports of the disease decline. (11/21/2013)
A 51-year-old Minnesota man is recovering after receiving the state's first "breathing" lung transplant. (11/20/2013)
Some Minnesota physicians returning from the American Heart Association meeting in Dallas say they will stick with old guidelines for determining when to use cholesterol-lowering drugs, or statins, until the validity of a new risk calculator is verified. (11/19/2013)
Doctors and researchers are supporting new guidelines on the use of statin drugs, which are widely prescribed to lower bad cholesterol. The new guidelines urge their use in a wider group of people, and not limited to those whose cholesterol numbers are not good. (11/14/2013)
State officials told residents of the Como neighborhood in Minneapolis that they want to test 200 homes to see if vapors caused by a nearby General Mills Superfund site have breached the houses. (11/12/2013)
Recent soil tests in a small section of the Como neighborhood show that vapor levels from a common solvent exceed government health limits for indoor air.State officials will hold two public meetings Tuesday to update residents in the area of the potential hazard. (11/12/2013)
The University of Minnesota hopes a new online game will spark student interest in public health careers. (11/04/2013)
If the Ames/Lunda partnership successfully completes its bid review, it will be awarded the St. Croix Crossing contract later this month. (11/01/2013)
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)