Lorna Benson Feature Archive

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)
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)